Google just added a beautiful new feature to its Chrome Dev build (the version of the browser for developers), and our fingers are crossed we'll see it in the next update to the public browser. Think of the most annoying things about browsing multiple tabs. If this isn't number one on your list, it's got to be up in the top five.
We're talking about audio playing in a tab you're not using, whether from a video or an ad. This happens all the time, especially with so many videos set to autoplay.
Chrome's already been addressing these annoyances, with an icon letting you know which tab has audio playing, and a one-click mute button. But the autoplay will still jolt you when a video or ad on an open tab you're not looking at starts blasting sound.
The latest Chrome Dev will only play videos and other media when you have their particular tab up front. This feature also conserves power for the browser, which is notoriously power-hungry.
We can't wait for the new feature to come out for the regular Chrome browser. We'll let you know as soon as it does - just check back often to our Happening Now page.