Google Chrome 76 beta makes it harder to use Flash, easier to dodge paywalls

The last great feature of Google Chrome was the dark mode in Chrome 73 and 74, and version 75 did not get much attention, but Chrome 76, in today's beta, has some clever features that you might want to know.

While Adobe Flash will not really die until 2020 and has been blocked by all major browsers in one form or another for several years, Chrome 76 is moving one step further. Not only are the individual elements of Flash blocked by default, but now the entire browser function is also disabled by default. If you opt for the beta version and go to Chrome: // settings / content / flash, you should see that the "Ask first" setting is disabled instead of enabled, according to 9to5Google . [19659004] Another somewhat covert improvement: Google Chrome developer Paul Irish says that websites will no longer be able to detect when their Chrome browser is in incognito mode. That will be a nuisance for editors like The New York Times who uses those detection schemes to prevent him from reading an infinite number of free stories, and it directs him to pay for a subscription.

There is also an intriguing improvement for the Dark Mode itself. Now, web developers can program their sites to automatically offer a dark version of their website when they see their Dark Mode browser, apparently by simply adding some extra code.

The stable (non-beta) version of Chrome 76 is tentatively scheduled for July 30. You can read about additional changes in the Google Chromium blog post.

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