Chrome 23 Uses Less Power
Article by George Norman
On 07 Nov 2012
The latest version to be released to the Stable channel, Chrome 23, uses less power. You will use up less battery and you will be able to watch online videos for longer.

The simple truth of the matter is that a computer’s CPU drains the battery faster than a dedicated graphics chip. By switching to GPU-accelerated video decoding you use up less power and you can expect to get significantly longer battery life. That is the main new change the recently released Chrome 23 web browser has to offer.

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Google enabled GPU-accelerated video decoding for Chrome on Windows so the browser uses less power and you can watch YouTube videos for example for longer. After playing a 1080p 30fps h.264 video on a Lenovo T400 laptop powered by Windows 7, Google uncovered that with Chrome 23 the battery lasted 25% longer.

Another thing Chrome 23 brings to the table is easier access to website permissions for geolocation, pop-ups, camera/microphone access, and other capabilities. Instead of digging through settings pages, you can easily access these permissions by clicking the page/lock icon in the omnibox, next to the site’s URL. Once you have access to these permissions, you can tweak them as you see fit.

From a security and privacy point of view, it must be mentioned that Chrome 23
  • fixes a total of 13 security issues. 6 are high level vulnerabilities, another 6 are rated as medium, and 1 is rated as a low level security issue. Find out more about Chrome 23’s security side here.
  • includes an option to send a “Do Not Track” request to websites and web services.

Via the auto-update feature, Chrome users will get version 23 as it is being rolled out.
If you want to get the browser right now, you can download Chrome 23 for Windows right here on FindMySoft.



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