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Major battery save coming to your devices via Chrome

Major battery save coming to your devices via Chrome

There's a new feature coming to the Chrome web browser from Google that'll drastically cut down on battery drain on multiple platforms. If you're using a Windows PC, Mac (Apple), Linux (on a PC), Chrome OS, Android, or just Android WebView, you've got the potential to increase your device's battery life by a noticeable amount. It all comes down to throttling Javascript timers.

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Chrome on Android is about to get a little bit faster

Chrome on Android is about to get a little bit faster

Whether it's by user choice or strategic bundling, it's hard to deny that Chrome has the lion's share of the web browser market on Android. It is hardly the best in some aspects, like battery efficiency or even speed. It's not like Google developers aren't doing anything to change that situation but there are some fixes to this problem that seems almost too simple to have not been done in the first place. One of those is having a 64-bit version of Chrome, something that could have been done half a decade ago.

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Google Chrome will soon eat up less of your laptop battery

Google Chrome will soon eat up less of your laptop battery

Chrome is probably the most used web browser on all platforms but it's not exactly because it is the perfect browser. Although it has considerably improved over the years especially in memory management, it's still notorious for being a huge drain on battery life, something that the pre-Chromium Microsft Edge tried to capitalize on. That may soon be a thing of the past if the latest update makes it to the stable version of Chrome, saving users 30 minutes to even 2 hours of battery life even with dozens of tabs open.

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Microsoft Edge has reportedly come close to being intrusive nagware

Microsoft Edge has reportedly come close to being intrusive nagware

With Microsoft Edge, Microsoft was supposedly heading in a fresh new direction without the gigantic baggage that Internet Explorer brings with it, both technically and legally. After a brief attempt at carving its own path, Microsoft decided to cut its losses and build upon the same Chromium base used by Google Chrome. Now that Microsoft Edge is finally out of its testing phase, however, it seems that Microsoft may have fallen back to its old habits and is giving non-Edge users no small amount of headache and stress over its installation practices.

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Opera browser adds Twitter sidebar feature in version 69

Opera browser adds Twitter sidebar feature in version 69

Opera browser has been updated and, among other things, brings a new integration with Twitter. Starting with version 69, Opera users can open and browse their Twitter account directly in the browser's sidebar, eliminating the need to keep it open in a browser or toggle to the Twitter app. Opera has already integrated a variety of other popular social media platforms and messaging services.

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Google’s latest Chrome extension lets users link to specific text

Google’s latest Chrome extension lets users link to specific text

Google has released a new Chrome browser extension called Link to Text Fragment that makes it easy for users to link directly to specific text on a web page. The extension builds upon the related feature recently added to Chromium, simplifying the process for users who otherwise wouldn't bother with manually creating Text Fragments links. Not all web browsers support these links right now, however.

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Shared Piano is Google’s latest Chrome experiment

Shared Piano is Google’s latest Chrome experiment

Google has launched a new Chrome experiment called Shared Piano that enables more than one person to play a digital piano at the same time. The notes are recorded and presented as colored columns similar to the kind used in tutorial videos. The idea is that one person can play one part of a song and another person can play the other part -- or, if you have a full 'room' of players, everyone can contribute to the final masterpiece.

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Windows 10 update can chop RAM hog Chrome

Windows 10 update can chop RAM hog Chrome

The latest Windows 10 update appears to roll with a feature that allows the user to cut the amount of RAM used by the Google Chrome web browser. Window 10 May 2020 Update, also known as update 20H1, cuts RAM use for Win32 apps aplenty. If you're the sort of person that uses Microsoft's own Edge web browser, you might already be taking advantage of the feature called SegmentHeap - memory usage cuts for the win!

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Google Chrome might try hiding full URLs for good

Google Chrome might try hiding full URLs for good

URLs or Uniform Resource Locators, more commonly known as web addresses, are pretty much the way we get around the Web. Just like physical addresses, however, you often don't need to memorize those addresses once you've become extremely familiar with them or know how to get to them quickly. Web sites themselves have, or should have, easy to use navigation and for everything else, there's Google. The latter is probably the driving force behind what could be the company's controversial decision to once again hide full web addresses in a future version of the Chrome browser.

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Brave web browser inserted affiliate code in Binance crypto links

Brave web browser inserted affiliate code in Binance crypto links

The Web has become a scary place thanks to all the ads and trackers that try to make money off your browsing activity. There have been a few attempts at developing privacy-focused browsers but some of those, like Mozilla Firefox, have trouble finding a way to generate revenue for their developers. Brave, developed by a company co-founded by Brendan Eich of Javascript fame and infamy, took a rather unorthodox route towards profitability and some of those methods seem to be causing a few users some concern, like this recent "link hijacking" the startup is being accused of.

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Windows 10 update installs the new Edge browser with an important caveat

Windows 10 update installs the new Edge browser with an important caveat

Microsoft Edge has had a rather colorful story as Microsoft attempted to replace its iconic but also prehistoric Internet Explorer. Finally cutting its losses, it rebuilt Edge to use the same foundations as Google Chrome and released that earlier this year. During that period, Microsoft still provided the old DIY version of Edge but with the latest Windows 10 update that's rolling out, it is basically forcing users to pick a side.

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iOS 14 Safari to get built-in translation, better Apple Pencil support

iOS 14 Safari to get built-in translation, better Apple Pencil support

The Internet has made the world a smaller place but, unless you've taken time to learn multiple languages, chances are you'll come across pages that are incomprehensible to you. Translation tools and browser add-ons do exist, of course, but, in typical Apple fashion, Safari will soon have the ability to translate a page without requiring an extra package or, worse, exposing your data to third parties or even Apple itself.

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