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Tesla's in-car web browser is switching to Chromium

One of the defining features of recent Tesla vehicles is the massive center touchscreen. It acts as the main control center for the car, with media controls, live camera feeds, maps, settings, and more. It also has a web browser, for some reason, which will soon be replaced with a version using Chromium — the open-source version of Google Chrome.

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Chrome picture-in-picture video to get 'Skip Ad' button

A few months ago, Chrome added a picture-in-picture mode for watching videos, be it on YouTube or other sites. However, the implementation lacked a few essential features, like reopening the video and skipping ads. The former is getting worked on and should soon hit the stable of Chrome, while the latter has just been added to the Chromium Gerrit by François Beaufort.

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Chrome may soon save you from pages that block the back button

The internet can be a wonderous wellspring of information with all the world's knowledge at your fingertips. However, it can also be a shady, aggravating place where some jerk on the other side of the world wants to trick you into thinking you won a free iPad. Oh, you pressed the back button? You "won" a PS4 instead. Chrome developers may soon stick it to that jerk with a tweak to keep pages from manipulating your back button.

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Chrome's password manager may be getting favicons in the near future

Chrome's built-in Password Manager is a convenient way to store and use your login credentials, especially when convenience is paramount. But actually managing passwords in that list can be a bit tedious, given it's just a long list of URLs, usernames and blocked-out passwords. Thankfully, Google is adding favicons to the Password Manager, making it easier to navigate the list at a glance.

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Network file shares now enabled by default in Chrome OS Canary channel

As of the latest Canary build (v70), Chrome OS now has network file shares enabled by default. SMB sharing was previously possible via a flag that was added back in March, although it was quite unstable at that time. It should hopefully perform better now, allowing you to add a file share service such as Samba.

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Chrome outlines further changes to security indicators for HTTP/HTTPS sites

Earlier this year, the team behind Chrome stated that all HTTP pages will be marked as 'Not secure' later on this year, in a bid to encourage even more site owners to move to the more secure HTTPS standard. We now know a little bit more about planned changes to Chrome's security indicators, including how HTTPS pages will be shown as default pages going forward.

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[Update: New UI in Chrome OS Canary] Google may give Chrome a Material Design 2 facelift for its 10th birthday in September

A reference to "Material Design 2" was noticed in a Chromium Gerrit commit back in February, which was made private soon after it was pointed out. That commit has since been reopened to the public and has changed references to a Material Design update to mentions of a touch-optimized UI for Chrome. There is, however, a hint that Google plans to roll out a Material Design 2 refresh for Chrome on the browser's 10th birthday in September.

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Chrome OS 65 lands with video profile pics, local search, and more

For the past couple weeks now, ever since Google published Chrome 65, we've been wondering when the next iteration of Chrome OS would go official. After all, we've been following the platform's development quite closely, and have been curious to see what would make the cut. Well, our answers are finally here, as a little earlier this week Google started rolling out Chrome OS 65 to the Stable channel.

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'Secret upcoming 4K Chromebooks' mentioned in Chrome OS commit

The Pixelbook sports a 12.3" 2400x1600 display, and nobody's complaining about it. In fact, we even praised it in our review for being nice in basically every aspect. But companies are constantly seeking to cram more and more pixels into their devices' screens, and Google is no different. According to a recent Chrome OS commit, we'll be seeing 4K displays on Chromebooks in the near future.

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Chrome OS 64 hits stable, with tablet mode screenshot shortcut and Android app improvements

At the end of last year, we learned that Chrome OS was about to get some improvements in the way it handles Android apps. The Chrome OS 64 beta allowed you to run them side-by-side just as you can with regular laptop apps. This improvement and more should now be part of the latest stable release, which is up to version number 64.0.3282.134 (Platform version: 10176.65.0).

The most notable addition is a new screenshot shortcut for touchscreen devices. You can now press volume-down and power button buttons simultaneously, just like on Android phones and tablets. This will be useful for convertibles but could also be seen as preparation for Chrome OS devices with no keyboard whatsoever, like this leaked Acer tablet.

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