Chrome Update

Google’s next major Chrome update will reduce RAM consumption by up to 50%

October 11th at 4:01 PM

Google’s next major Chrome update will reduce RAM consumption by up to 50%

Google’s Chrome web browser is widely regarded as the best browser in the world… probably because it is. Chrome is feature-rich, fast and extremely versatile thanks to a terrific ecosystem of third-party extensions. Other browsers from Microsoft’s Edge to Mozilla’s Firefox have been gaining in certain areas recently, but no other software offers the all-around experience Chrome affords.

Of course, nothing is perfect and that goes for Google’s web browser, too. As anyone who uses Chrome knows, it can be a huge memory hog, especially for users who leave multiple tabs open all the time. There’s good news to be had, though: An update is coming that should have a dramatic impact on resource consumption. More →

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Browser Battery Life

Microsoft used fudged tests to pretend the Edge browser is actually good

September 16th at 10:00 PM

Microsoft used fudged tests to pretend the Edge browser is actually good

The inbuilt Windows browser, whether you’re talking about Internet Explorer or Edge, mostly exists to be the butt of bad jokes. But Microsoft has greater aspirations for Edge, and it’s working hard to make it a real browser. It’s made grown-up browser things like extensions and an engine that isn’t lamentably slow, and it’s all kinda coming together.

But not fast enough, which is why Microsoft had to “intelligently” use test results to make it seem like Edge is a competitive browser. For shame, Microsoft.

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Chrome 53 Battery Power

Chrome shouldn’t devour your PC’s battery quite as quickly any more

September 6th at 5:00 PM

Chrome shouldn’t devour your PC’s battery quite as quickly any more

In many ways, Chrome is the best browser available for any platform, but it’s not without its issues. One of the biggest frustrations for many Chrome users is how quickly it depletes the battery, especially on Windows devices. Last week, Google finally addressed that issue with the release of Chrome 53.

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Chrome Web Store Apps

The latest change in Google’s Chrome browser is infuriating, but we’ll show you how to undo it

August 23rd at 5:35 PM

The latest change in Google’s Chrome browser is infuriating, but we’ll show you how to undo it

Google’s Chrome web browser is a resource hog. Because of that, it’s also often a battery hog. It doesn’t have a few of the cool new features rival browsers have such as built-in free VPN, and it doesn’t look quite as sleek as other options out there like Safari. But Chrome is lightning-fast and its user interface is slick and minimalistic. It also offers fantastic tie-ins with other Google services and a catalog of third-party extensions that no other browser can touch. Those are just some of the reasons it’s the most popular web browser in the world, and why I have no plans to switch away from it despite the fact that one of Google’s changes in the latest Chrome update is driving me insane. More →

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Instagram Stories Save Extension

Secret Instagram hack lets you download all your friends’ disappearing photos

August 12th at 3:00 PM

Secret Instagram hack lets you download all your friends’ disappearing photos

Last week, Instagram decided to become Snapchat by adding Stories, a feature that lets users post photos and videos that only last for 24 hours. Only, this is the internet, so everything lasts forever, whether you want it to or not.

Developer Alec Garcia made a Google Chrome extension that, as you’d expect, lets you view and download Stories from the web browser. Want to save everyone’s awful photos for posterity, or just want to Insta-creep from your laptop? Well, now you can.

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Flash Chrome

Hell yeah, Chrome is finally going to block Flash

August 9th at 5:30 PM

Hell yeah, Chrome is finally going to block Flash

It’s been years since Flash did anything useful, unless you count munching on all my RAM as ‘useful.’ Just like the Java plugin before it, Flash is dying a slow and ungraceful death, and Chrome is trying to help it on its way a little.

In a blog post today, Google announced the next step in ridding Flash from Chrome. Starting with Chrome 53 in September, the browser will automatically block background Flash content. In December, Google will go further, and only show the HTML5 version of websites. If a site is Flash-only (because apparently that’s still a thing!) you will have to specifically enable Flash for that site. Or, y’know, go back and make a note never to visit again.

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Chrome 52 Android Update Download

Chrome on Android now provides faster, more power efficient video playback

August 3rd at 5:27 PM

Chrome on Android now provides faster, more power efficient video playback

How many hours a week do you spend watching video on your smartphone? It’s an incredibly convenient way to digest clips from late night talk shows, news reports, sports highlights and more, but it’s also the easiest way to kill your battery.

That’s why Google has made it a priority to turn Chrome into the best video playback browser on Android with its latest update.

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Google Chrome Chromecast Cast

Finally: Google’s Chrome browser integrates Cast feature

July 5th at 9:35 PM

Finally: Google’s Chrome browser integrates Cast feature

Google Chromecast and Google Chrome are two popular Google products that work well together. But in order to cast content from your browser to a TV connected to a Chromecast, you still need a browser extension to handle the functionality. If that seems strange to you, given that Google controls both the software and the hardware, don’t worry: Google is working to fix it. More →

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Speed up Chrome

5 ways to speed up Google’s Chrome browser

June 21st at 11:21 AM

5 ways to speed up Google’s Chrome browser

Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge ship as the default web browsers on Windows computers. Safari is the default web browser on any MacBook, iMac or Mac Pro. And yet despite its massive disadvantage compared to rival browsers from Microsoft and Apple, Google’s Chrome internet browser is the most popular browser in the world as of two months ago. According to data from Net Applications, Chrome currently holds 45.63% of the global browser market while Microsoft’s Internet Explorer has a 33.71% share and Safari’s share sits at just 4.69%.

As popular as Chrome is though, it still lags behind rivals at times when it comes to speed and performance. In this post, we’ll tell you five simple things you can do to speed up Chrome on your Windows PC or your Mac. More →

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Android Apps Chrome

Android apps are officially available on Chrome OS

June 17th at 7:18 AM

Android apps are officially available on Chrome OS

Ladies and gentlemen, remember this date: June 17th, 2016. Why? Because on that day, the game officially changed.

Google’s Chrome OS powers a fleet of laptop and desktop computers that offer users a fantastic alternative to Windows machines. Chromebooks and Chrome desktop PCs are just as good as Microsoft-powered computers when it comes to browsing the web, streaming movies or music, or even light work. Windows is probably your best bet if you need to run custom Windows software in an enterprise environment, but Chrome is a fantastic alternative for home users looking to save some money without sacrificing much in the way of performance.

And now, Chrome OS is a better option than ever before thanks to the addition of Android app support. More →

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Chrome Crashing Improves

Chrome is about to get way faster

June 15th at 9:30 PM

Chrome is about to get way faster

Remember when Chrome was the fastest browser around? I certainly don’t, because I deleted it 18 months ago, when it ate all my RAM and crashed OS X for the 17,000th time. It’s a shame, because Chrome also has the best extensions and Google integrations.

Google knows about its browser’s shortcomings, and it looks like a major fix is in the works. Analysis done on the current beta build, Chrome 53, points to a near-50% improvement across the board.

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Google Chrome Flash HTML5

Google is officially killing Flash in Chrome this year

May 16th at 7:45 AM

Google is officially killing Flash in Chrome this year

The death of Flash is imminent; we’ve known that for a few years. A security threat and a battery hob, Flash is replaced with other tools. Even Adobe has had it with Flash. But Google will drive another nail in Flash’s coffin by disabling it in Chrome by the end of the year. More →

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