Latest Google Chrome beta makes it easy to locate tabs playing annoying audio

By on November 11, 2013, 6:30 PM
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Few things on the Internet are more annoying than trying to track down a noisy browser tab when you have dozens open at a time. If you’ve ever had audio-specific sites like SoundCloud, YouTube, Spotify and Vevo open alongside select websites embedded with auto-playing videos, you know how annoying it can be.

Fortunately, the latest beta version of Google Chrome comes with a remedy baked right in that’s brilliantly simple.

Browser tabs in the beta now feature a speaker icon beside the name of all open tabs that are playing audio. This simple visual indication will let you know what tab is playing the offending audio so you can handle it properly either by pausing / stopping the source or closing the tab completely.

Similarly, you’ll also see icons on tabs that are utilizing your webcam as well as ones that are streaming content to a Google Chromecast dongle. And in related Chrome beta news, the search giant has also added a new malware protection feature designed to bolster the current browser’s security even further. Chrome already notifies users when they are about to visit a potentially dangerous website but now, the browser will also block files from downloading that are deemed to be malicious in nature.

Google isn’t the first to implement such a solution as third-party apps such as MuteTab have been around for quite some time. Regardless, it’s certainly a welcomed feature and with any luck, we’ll see other browser makers take notice and bake in similar functionality in the near future.

You can download the latest Chrome beta here, just choose your platform: Windows, Mac, or Linux.




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ikesmasher said:

Do people usually have dozens open at a time? I have 7 or 8 O.o

howzz1854 said:

15~20 spread across at least one or two windows is average for me. it sucks having to click through everyone of them to see which one is the culprit spamming the audio.

wastedkill said:

Currently I have 214 on 3 different chrome windows.... I like to jump back into stuff instead of opening another tab and going back to it... I hate being slowed down xD

Adhmuz Adhmuz, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Currently I have 214 on 3 different chrome windows.... I like to jump back into stuff instead of opening another tab and going back to it... I hate being slowed down xD

214? That's down right impressive, how much ram does that use out of curiosity?

This still shouldn't really be an issue, with the use of pop up blockers, add blockers, flash blockers and a blacklist of sites I've never had the issue happen to me on any of my own PCs. But it has happened when using friends or work computers which use none of the aforementioned solutions. It's almost a hobby, blocking annoying garbage on the internet, and there sure is a lot of it.

wastedkill said:

214? That's down right impressive, how much ram does that use out of curiosity?

This still shouldn't really be an issue, with the use of pop up blockers, add blockers, flash blockers and a blacklist of sites I've never had the issue happen to me on any of my own PCs. But it has happened when using friends or work computers which use none of the aforementioned solutions. It's almost a hobby, blocking annoying garbage on the internet, and there sure is a lot of it.

Well not sure but with that many tabs with 3 chrome windows, 2tabs on firefox(hotmail,icloud), steam. skype,origin,sublime text 2 I am getting 24% out of 32GB Ram so its not too bad

ikesmasher said:

Welp I guess when you have 32gb you dont have to worry that much xD

Ill understand when I get passed my 4GB DDR2

1 person liked this | Lurker101 said:

Google goes back to doing something right. Let's hope the whole "doing things right" thing catches on when everyone else notices that doing things right improves user satisfaction and increases the user base.

Currently I have 214 on 3 different chrome windows....

And exactly how much of that is porn?

treeski treeski said:

I noticed that today. Metro IE 11 does the same thing, at least for audio, not sure about other medias.

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

I still say Chrome is the best browser know to mankind at the moment & these thoughtful little inclusions just solidify my opinion.

Guest said:

Wow, an original idea for Google Chrome that wasn't taken directly from a Firefox addon, I am impressed. However, give it a week and there will be a Firefox addon for this that somehow works better. :p

IAMTHESTIG said:

I like this idea... I've had to track down a tab playing audio from an ad many times. Very aggravating.

For any advertisers out there who like audio in their internet ads, if I come across an ad that plays audio without my initiation, I WILL NOT buy that product\service. Same goes for radio ads that repeat a phone number 3 or more times.

JC713 JC713 said:

Great stuff. Keep it up Google.

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