The newest version of Google's browser, Chrome 23,
has a number of new features, including easier handling of website
permissions and the promise of longer battery life.
The browser also has a so-called Do-Not-Track function. This requests websites not to follow visitors and not to collect information about them. However, the effectiveness of such requests depends on the compliance of the individual website.
Chrome 23 is also quicker and more economical to run than previous versions. This is because videos are played using the computer's graphics chip (GPU) rather than the CPU processor.
Because the GPU works more efficiently and uses less power than the CPU, the browser should noticeably improve the battery life of notebooks running Windows. Google tests found the battery lasted 25 per cent longer when GPU-accelerated video decoding was enabled.
Chrome users can download the new version by clicking on Update now in the About Chrome menu.
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