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

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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.

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Zach Epstein

October 11th

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

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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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Chris Mills

September 17th

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Hell yeah, Chrome is finally going to block Flash

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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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Chris Mills

August 9th

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

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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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Jacob Siegal

August 3rd

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Google’s Omnitone surround sound project brings us closer to web-based VR

British television presenter Rachel Riley shows a virtual-reality headset called Gear VR during an unpacked event of Samsung ahead of the consumer electronic fair IFA in Berlin, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) As has been the case with so many industries, the pendulum of VR will eventually swing back from dedicated apps towards web-based systems — and when that happens, Google will be ready. It published details of a new method for delivering serious surround sound over the web, a system it calls Omnitone. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

July 25th

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Finally: Google’s Chrome browser integrates Cast feature

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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.

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Chris Smith

July 6th

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Chrome is about to get way faster

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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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Chris Mills

June 16th

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Chrome is about to get way faster

Chrome Crashing Improves
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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Chris Mills

June 16th

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Ditching Chrome for Opera can increase your laptop battery life by 50%

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Chrome didn't take very long to become one of the most popular desktop web browsers in the world, and it stole users away from Internet Explorer and Firefox by addressing common pain points users had with these two top browsers. Now, Opera is making waves by stealing a page from Google's playbook. The company recently announced the addition of free and unlimited VPN to the developer preview version of its desktop web browser, and now Opera is back with a new announcement. The latest build of its pre-release browser includes a new power saving mode that can increase a laptop's battery life by 50% or even more.

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Zach Epstein

May 12th

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Google Chrome experimenting w/ native Mac OS X push notifications, here’s how to enable it

Google is experimenting with bringing native Chrome notifications to Mac users via integration with Apple’s built-in Notification Center in OS X. For now the feature is hidden as Google continues development, but there’s a way you can already enable it…

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Jordan Kahn

April 6th

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