Google's frequent Chrome browser updates are rarely exciting, but one new feature built into the latest version ought to wake you up.
Chrome 21, released yesterday (July 31), fully implements WebRTC (for "real-time communication"), a new standard that lets websites and Web applications use your computer's camera and microphone — all the better to see and hear you with, of course.
Previously, websites and apps had to use browser plug-ins such as Adobe Flash Player or Microsoft Silverlight for audio and video interaction with the user.
WebRTC leverages the powers of HTML5, the next generation of code underlying the Web, to build multimedia features directly into the browser. Google's Chrome blog already points to a couple of fun sites that let you take your picture with the browser or play a virtual xylophone.
That all sounds great, but there doesn't seem to be any way to disable WebRTC in Chrome 21.
An email seeking clarification from Google was not immediately returned.
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