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Next Version of Chrome Browser May Show Which Tabs Are Making Noise

Published on November 11, 2013
by Liz Gannes

Google today said the new beta version of its Chrome browser includes visual indicators of which tabs are making noise, a long-awaited feature for users who often wonder where the sound of that infernal autoplaying video ad is coming from. But this is just in the Chrome beta — not approved for general release — so the earliest tab muting would make its broad debut is with the next “stable” release in about a month, noted a spokeswoman. Along with audio, Chrome will also show if a tab is accessing the Webcam or connected to Google’s Chromecast for display on a TV.

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