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Google silences noisy tabs with Chrome alert

It's happened to all of us. You're working away with multiple browser tabs open when suddenly, the music, advertisement, or video begins. You can hear it, but can't see it. You click around feverishly. Where is it coming from?! Make it stop!

Google feels your pain, and has thus added a feature to the beta version of Chrome that will help you find a noisy tab.

"With today's latest Chrome Beta release, you can now visually scan your tabs for a speaker icon to quickly find the offender," Google said in a blog post . "Chrome will also indicate which tabs are currently using your webcam or are being cast to your TV."

The beta version of Chrome is a test version that's released right before an update to the stable version. It's usually reserved for developers and other tech-savvy web users, so the average user should probably wait until this feature rolls out to the stable channel.

In addition to helping you keep your cool in the face of chatty tabs, Google also rolled out an update for the "Metro/Modern" version of Chrome on Windows 8. "We've made it possible to manage multiple Chrome windows and quickly get to your favorite Chrome Apps with an integrated app launcher," Google said. "If you use a Chromebook the change may look familiar — with a common interface we'll be able to bring great experiences to both even more quickly!"

Earlier this month, Google announced that it will require all extensions to be hosted in the Chrome Web store, starting in January. Usually, Chrome will ask for permission before installing extensions on a user's browser. But scammers have figured out how to silently install extensions without a user knowing.That came shortly after Google said it will add automatic malware blocking to Chrome and the option to reset browser settings.