Items tagged with chrome 56

Google Chrome 56 is finally here. The latest web browser update addresses 51 bugs (over 20 of which were identified by external contributors) and introduces a slew of new features. This update is a welcome addition for Chrome’s 1 billion users on Windows, macOS, and Linux. Google Chrome now issues a warning when websites that collect passwords or credit card numbers but do not utilize HTTPS. In the past, Chrome used a green label for secure websites, and a neutral icon for websites that did not use HTTPS. A red triangle will now serve as a warning. Firefox 51 did something similar earlier this week. Page reloads are also now quite a bit faster. Users usually hit the reload button if their page... Read more...
No one likes a battery hog, but given its vast feature set and overall performance, most people simply put up with Google Chrome's penchant for attacking system resources. However, Chrome 56 is introducing a new timer to help throttle background pages. The intent of these timers is to improve battery life and overall browser performance. How will these timers work? First, each WebView will have a budget for running timers in the background. Once the timer starts, its run time is subtracted from the budget, however, it is important to note that the timer is only able to run if the budget is non-negative. Last, the budget will regenerate at a rate of 0.01 seconds per second. The only pages... Read more...
Earlier this month, and right on schedule, Google released Chrome 55 which tackled high memory usage and put a tighter muzzle around Adobe Flash. Hot on the heels of Chrome 55 is the upcoming release of Chrome 56. One of the biggest changes coming with Chrome 56 is the way that it treats HTTP websites. Up to this point, Chrome hasn’t exactly been hostile to HTTP connections, simply displaying an icon (a circle with an “i” inside) that when clicked displays the message “Your connection to this site is not secure”. However, Chrome 56 will begin clearly marking any HTTP site that collects passwords and credit cards as being insecure. So not only will you see the familiar circular icon, but it will... Read more...