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Google has helped lower the blood pressure of internet users across the world with an experimental Chrome feature that makes it easy to identify which of your open tabs is blaring out noise.

The feature, which is available in Chromium and the bleeding edge "this might crash horribly" Canary build of Chrome, puts a little visual indicator in tabs that are playing noise.

The technology lays a six-frame bitmap of a throbbing EQ over the website's favicon, making it a lot easier to find tabs that are playing music.

If multiple tabs are playing music, then each one outputting audio will get its own little icon.

chrome canary feature lets you find audio tabs

That's nice, that.

The Register tested the feature and found it worked for Google-owned properties like YouTube and other sites as well, such as radio stations (pictured).

The feature stops being of any use if you have so many tabs open that the icons all accordion together and disappear, so the usefulness of it will depend on your browsing habits.

The feature was created last week and modified on the weekend, according to the Chromium Code Review. Google+ user François Beaufort publicized the feature on his G+ page on Monday. ®

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