Latest version of Chrome Beta identifies noisy tabs, blocks malware

Google has released a new version of its Chrome Beta Web browser that tells users which of the websites they've opened is emitting sound.

The new feature uses a small speaker icon that displays to the left of the small "X" users click on to close a tab. As soon as audio starts playing the icon appears, and it goes away when audio stops.

"Have you ever shuffled through your tabs to figure out where that sound or music is coming from? We hear you!" Google said in a blog post. "With today’s latest Chrome Beta release, you can now visually scan your tabs for a speaker icon to quickly find the offender."

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Besides the speaker icon, Chrome Beta version 32 will also include a red circle on tabs that are using users' webcams and it will display a blue square icon on tabs that are casting to users' Chromecast digital TV receivers.

Chrome Beta is a version of the Google Chrome Web browser that gets new features, such as this one, early. However, Chrome Beta is not as stable as the official version of Chrome. Users can download Chrome Beta from Google to try it out.

Google also introduced two other features in the latest version of Chrome Beta. Now, the browser will automatically block malware files from downloading onto users' computers. It will display a message to notify users when it does this. Chrome Beta has also been updated so that users can manage multiple Chrome Beta windows when they use the browser on Windows 8.


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