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Chrome Might Soon Tell You Which Tab is Playing Sound

by Brandon Russell | February 26, 2013February 26, 2013 10:30 am PST


Your tabs are piling up, yet you keep opening more. We all do it. Suddenly a terrible, uninvited sound begins somewhere in your browser, and the only way to stop it is to rifle through your twenty or thirty tabs. It becomes a guessing game, an Internet Russian Roulette. You can hunt down the noise or, what I find works best, just quit your browser altogether.

I don’t know how many times I’ve thought, “Where’s that sound coming from?” An upcoming version of Chrome might tell you, meaning you don’t have to blindly dig through a pile of open tabs. The new feature, currently found in Chromium, will display a simple EQ animation over the offending tab’s favicon. Problem solved.

Right now, the feature doesn’t work on the OS X build of Chromium, and the Windows version doesn’t respond to Adobe’s Flash Player. It seems to be in the early stages, so don’t expect a respite from unwanted Internet noise anytime soon. That said, I think we can all agree this is one of those “FINALLY!” features.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...