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It’s been eight years in the making, but Mozilla is now rolling out multiprocess support to its production branch of Firefox via the Electrolysis (E10s) project. Firefox 54 is being billed as “the best Firefox ever” and uses its multiprocess support to enable web users, who often have a dozen (or dozens of) tabs open at a time, to enjoy a faster and more stable browsing experience. In the case of Firefox 54, E10s spreads all open tabs across up to four open processes. This allows Firefox 54 to make better use of system resources, and in the event that one rogue tab causes issues that could hamper... Read more...
Google rolled out Chrome 59 for desktop platforms earlier this week, and now it’s time for Android to get the same treatment. While Chrome 59 for Android (59.0.3071.92) obviously doesn’t have the native desktop notification improvements found in the macOS version or Headless Chromium, it does bring changes that make your browsing experience even better. The biggest change is that pages will now load even faster, while using less memory, thanks to a revamped JavaScript engine. Chrome’s penchant for devouring memory is well documented, so it’s good to see that Google is continually tackling these... Read more...
If you are a Google Chrome user — and according to the latest stats, that includes a majority of internet users — there is a new release that just hit the Stable Channel. Chrome 59 comes out of the gate with a pretty big update for those currently running the macOS operating system: native notifications. This latest release allows notifications that are sent via the Notifications API or Chrome’s own chrome.notifications extensions API to use the native notification system incorporated into macOS. Chrome had previously used its own system for web and app notifications, which sometimes clashed with... Read more...
Google Chrome is the most dominant desktop web browser on the market, but it isn’t without its critics. While the browser is extremely versatile and generally provides excellent overall performance, those pluses often comes at the expense of higher memory usage and a penchant for chewing through CPU cycles (and memory), which in turn reduces battery life on mobile devices. Google is taking steps to vanquish is power hog demons with the release of Chrome 57. The latest iteration of Chrome was actually released last week, but Google only recently gave us details on what exactly changed with this... Read more...
It’s been a long time coming, but Google today announced that the iOS version of Chrome has now joined its Chromium open source project. Chrome doesn’t have nearly the same penetration rate on iOS that it does on other platforms, but it provides a safe haven for users that prefer Google services and are partial to Apple hardware. In case you’re not up to speed on the iOS version of Chrome, Apple requires third-party browsers to use the same rendering engine as Safari: Apple’s WebKit. On the other hand, alternate versions of Chrome — available for Windows, macOS, Linux and Android — make use of... Read more...
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... Read more...
“Make a America Great Again”? Apparently, ain’t nobody got time for that. We all know that what this world actually needs is more furry creatures — more specifically, cuddly kittens. That where a Google Chrome extension comes into play, which is simply called “Make America Kitten Again”. The extension, which can be added to Chrome here, will simply replace all images of Donald Trump found on a website with adorable pictures of kittens. The pictures offer a humorous lightening of the atmosphere for what can at times be serious issues. Take for example the image below on a Reuters article about... Read more...
There’s no question that Google Chrome is by far the most dominant player in the desktop browser market. As we reported in early November, Chrome has more market share than both Internet Explorer and Edge combined. And over the past year, Chrome has seen its market share climb from 35 percent to 55 percent. During its meteoric rise, Microsoft has done its best to assail Chrome and promote its Edge browser as the faster and more efficient choice for Windows 10 users. But with Chrome 53, Google gave Windows 10 users a 15 percent speed boost by using Microsoft Profile Guided Optimization (PGO) technology.... Read more...
Google's Chrome is the most used internet browser on the planet, but it is not without its faults. Chrome has been routinely criticized for its excessive memory usage and battery consumption over the years, and Google is taking steps to combat both problems. After taking repeated blows to the head from Microsoft over Chrome’s impact on battery life compared to Edge, Google publicized its efforts to give mobile users longer runtimes. While it is still unlikely to match Edge’s battery performance in Windows 10 (for now), the improvements are definitely noteworthy. Now, Google is exorcizing another... Read more...
Over the past few months, Microsoft has attacked Google Chrome for its propensity to chew through notebook batteries at a rapid pace. Any enthusiast that uses Chrome on a regular basis (and that includes the majority of the computing populace) knows that the browser is a resource hog, but Microsoft has been looking to spread the word around in an effort to prop up its competing Edge browser in Windows 10. After sitting on the sidelines while Microsoft pummeled Chrome in benchmark after benchmark, Google finally responded with the release of Chrome 53. Using Microsoft’s Surface Books as benchmark... Read more...
It’s safe to say that Adobe Flash is one of the most disliked pieces of software in the modern computing era. What started off as an innovative way for users to experience interactive content and simple online games has transformed into a resource hog and significant security risk. Software vendors have taken extreme measures to scale back support for the plugin and Adobe itself has announced that Flash will soon be on the chopping block. This week, we’re learning that Google is taking further steps to ensure Flash’s demise. Starting in the fourth quarter, Google Chrome will default to HTML5 instead... Read more...
There was once a time when Google Chrome was the fast, fresh-faced browser on the market. Now, seven years after it was first introduced in beta, Chrome has become a lot more bloated and not as lithe as it used to be. Google hopes to change that with its new Brotli compression algorithm, which will take the place of its current Zopfli counterpart. Brotli was first discussed back in September 2015, and uses a “new data format” to allow for 20 to 26 percent higher compression ratios than what’s possible with Zopfli. “We show that Brotli is roughly as fast as zlib’s Deflate implementation,” said Google... Read more...
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is poised to become the biggest movie of 2015; and perhaps even the biggest movie of all time. With years of hype surrounding its release along with a big name director helming the project, J.J. Abrahams, there’s no question that fans are eager to get get a taste of what Disney has to offer with the newest Star Wars trilogy. However, with all the hype comes the possibility for spoilers. And with our lives these days revolving around the Internet, it’s almost impossibly to avoid spoilers for movies that we have yet to see. If details of a film aren’t spoiled by our Twitter... Read more...
Can I get an “Amen” from the congregation? The planets are aligning and it appears that more heavy-hitters are throwing support behind taking down one the Internet’s greatest villains: Adobe Flash. Back in June, we brought you news that Google would be introducing a new “Intelligent Pause” function to Chrome that would disable all Flash content by default (or give Chrome the option to choose what Flash content is deemed worthy). If for some reason you actually need to access a blocked Flash element on a site, you will have the option to click on the element to re-enable it. Google favors HTML5... Read more...
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