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Google Chrome 98 re-adds 'only' keyword for color-scheme by default

Starting with Google Chrome 98, the 'only' keyword has been re-added to the specification for color-scheme as a way of per-element opt-out of color-scheme override like forced darkening. Meaning, this feature can essentially be used to do per element opt-out of color-scheme overrides like forced darkening. If the user has indicated an overriding preference for a particular color scheme, and the author has not disallowed this (by using the only keyword), the user agent may override the color scheme, forcing the used color scheme to the user’s preferred color scheme. If the element does not support that color scheme, the user agent must also auto-adjust other colors into this chosen color scheme, such as by inverting their brightness, while preserving any color contrast necessary for the readability of the page. In this case, UA may also auto-adjust colors within replaced elements, background images, and other external resources as appropriate. The specifics of such auto-adjustme

Google Chrome 97 to get rid of a serious ‘security problem’ after 8 years

Starting with version 97, Google Chrome has decided to deprecate and remove what it describes as ‘a security problem' from Chromium and WebRTC. The SDES key exchange mechanism for WebRTC, which was declared Historic by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) in 2013, is finally being removed from the stable Chrome version 97, which is scheduled to release on Jan 4, 2022. What is SDES key exchange mechanism? Stands for Session Description Protocol Security Descriptions, SDES for Media Streams was proposed for standardization to the IETF in 2016 as a way to negotiate the key for Secure Real-time Transport Protocol. The keys transported in the Session Description Protocol (SDP) attachment of a Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) message ensure the attachment is end-to-end encrypted so that no one else can see the attachment. The problem statement The Google Chrome team says it exposes session keys to Javascript. Therefore, entities with access to the negotiation exchange, or with the

Window Controls Overlay could render Spotify's desktop app useless

A Chrome feature that makes desktop web apps look just like native desktop applications is almost here. The upcoming feature Window Controls Overlay , which will allow web developers to turn their progressive web apps (PWAs) installed on the desktop to look just like their native counterparts, is now in the final stages of development and rollout, Techtsp has learned. As a result, Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge users will not be able to differentiate between progressive web apps and native desktop applications. One of the groundbreaking features has already made its way into version 97 (canary/dev) build and will be fully functional, with a stable release scheduled for January 4, 2022. Customized Title Bar with Window Controls Overlay The main goal behind this feature is to allow web app developers to extend the customizability options to the title bar area, similar to native desktop applications. As a result, developers can maximize screen real estate to show customized options over

[Exclusive] Google Chrome will be soon getting dedicated side search panel

Google is currently working to add a new side search panel to its Chrome desktop browser, Techtsp has spotted multiple Chromium commits confirming this new development. Apparently, this move is aimed at driving more traffic to Google Search while allowing users to continue working within the existing tab without getting distracted.  Google Chrome Side Search: What is it? Searching the web while working on some task can be a distraction at times. Therefore, Google has decided to soon allow users to search within the Chrome browser without actually navigating away from your existing tab. For instance, if you have to search the web using Google search, you will no longer have to search or navigate to google.com within the existing tab. Instead, Google will provide users with the side search panel within the Chrome browser which will then take care of all your outbound activities. This way, Google Chrome aims to minimize additional navigations and encourage a distraction-free web browsing

Chrome working on new ‘Privacy Review’ settings

Chrome has been working on a new feature 'Privacy Review' to help users review various privacy settings, Techtsp has spotted a new development. Available behind a feature flag, this feature will serve as an entry point to new privacy checkups in the Chrome browser. Privacy Review in Chrome This new feature flag has been added to the Developer build and is disabled by default. Once enabled, it shows a new subpage under the ‘Privacy and security’ tab in Chrome. The flag description reads: “Shows a new subpage in Settings that helps the user to review various privacy settings.” How Privacy Review Chrome flag works Enabling the new #privacy-review feature flag in Chrome adds a new subpage under privacy settings called ‘Privacy and security review.’ This will help users review the most important privacy and security controls in one place. However, clicking on the new ‘privacy review’ tab did not open any new settings. It looks like the feature is not fully ready and is currently und

Now natively open files with Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge PWAs on Windows 10

Google Chrome web apps can soon express their ability to read and edit files from Windows 10’s native file system. Therefore, in addition to native apps, users can choose to open and edit certain file types with progressive web apps (PWAs) installed on Windows 10 computers. This has been made possible with the help of an upcoming feature called File Handling, Techtsp has learned. Now, similar to native apps, Google specifically wants web apps to declare their ability to handle files with given MIME file types and extensions. This way, Google says it wants to increase transparency between web apps and native apps by providing users with a more consistent user experience across both. “The goal for this project is to implement an API that will allow Chrome progressive web apps (PWAs) to 'handle' (read) files in the host OS's file system, in much the same way as a native app would,” said Google engineer Darwin Huang in a design document seen by Techtsp. “This dovetails with the

Google Chrome users can soon mute mic, turn off camera, end video calls with picture-in-picture

Google Chrome is extending Picture-in-Picture (PiP) capabilities to video conferencing actions with the help of something called Media Session API , Techtsp.com has spotted a new development. This feature has not shipped to any Chrome channel and is only being prototyped at the moment. This feature will allow users to easily mute their microphone, enable/disable the camera, or end their conference calls using a PiP window.  Techtsp.com has also obtained an early UX mockup of the feature. "We want to make picture-in-picture (PIP) more useful on video conferencing platforms by enabling the user to mute/unmute their microphone, enable/disable their camera, or hang up the call from the PIP window. To accomplish this, we’ll add new actions for these to the MediaSession API and let websites declare handlers for those actions," said Google engineer Tommy Steimel in a design document seen by Techtsp.com. This functionality is mostly applicable with Desktop platforms, including Linux,

Microsoft Edge PWAs will soon be visually indistinguishable from native apps

Microsoft Edge will soon introduce a new feature called  Window Controls Overlay to make Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) visually indistinguishable from their native counterparts, enabling developers to customize the title bar area of their PWAs. [Listen to this article on Spotify] "This feature enables developers to build web apps which make better use of screen space and allows them to design their app to feel more like a native app. As devices become smaller for portability, the title bar consumes a larger fraction of the screen, leaving less room for the user to interact with the app," Microsoft Edge's Amanda Baker said in a technical document seen by Techtsp. Edge is trying to solve one of the biggest problems with Progressive Web Apps: the lack of customization of the title bar area. Unlike native apps, which come with a customizable title bar, PWAs have a title bar section reserved by the system. As a result, PWAs end up looking like they are running on in a separate

Google Chrome will soon restrict browser customization at workplace

Google Chrome is working towards adding an enterprise policy for configuring the browser theme color, Techtsp.com has spotted a new development. This new feature will practically prevent Chrome users from changing the theme color of the browser. However, this has been designed for enterprise users (systems enrolled as a part of an organization) and not personal users. The feature is currently under development. [Listen to this article] Google's enterprise policy for configuring Chrome's theme color Here is how the feature will work. The system admins can now create a policy that will set a single theme color across all Chrome systems. Meaning, individual employees in the firm will not be able to change the browser theme color. While the preliminary code review and UI check are complete, we are a few steps away from seeing this feature in action. Developers have used an intuitive User Interface for this feature. Techtsp.com has also obtained some screenshots showing how the cust

Apeaksoft Blu-ray Player review: Excellent at 4K capabilities

Apeaksoft Blu-ray Player is an impressive Blu-ray player that combines an easy-to-use User Interface and HQ video playback at Full HD and 4K qualities. We can recommend this powerful utility to Blu-ray enthusiasts who want to watch and manage their content collection on a PC or Mac. Pros Incredible compatibility with Blu-ray/DVDs Completely lossless playback Easy-to-use User Interface Cons macOS version has limited features Rating 4/5 Review In the past years, dedicated Blu-ray players have become a thing of nostalgia. Thanks to the rise of streaming platforms and other on-demand content, not many people turn to Blu-ray discs for entertainment. However, you may already have a fantastic Blu-ray collection of your favorite movies, TV series, and other content. If that is true, you would love the Apeaksoft Blu-ray Player that we will review in this article. First, we will check Apeaksoft Blu-ray Player and how it lets you play and manage Blu-ray content with ease. Things we liked about Ap