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Save Your Laptop’s Battery And Upgrade To New Version Of Chrome

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Chrome which is Google’s web browser — it was once a lightweight alternative to the much slower Internet Explorer and Firefox — but now it is a resources hog because Google wants to know everything about you.

Now, Google has partly addressed that issue by throttling background tabs so that they don’t use a lot of CPU time, thus saving power.

The change will not affect tabs playing audio or maintaining real-time connections such as WebSockets and WebRTC.

A technical explanation, aimed at developers, of how the new Chrome handles background tabs is available here.

Google says the long-term goal is for background tabs to be fully suspended, with services that need to do stuff in the background relying on new APIs, but we’re not quite there yet. In the meantime, Google will do what it can to make Chrome suck on that battery a little slower.

Chrome 57 is available for download now. If you already have it, it likely auto-updated to the last available version already. So you don’t have to do anything just check if it is updated to the newer version already.


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