Whatever the relative merits of the various browser options, there’s one big advantage that Apple’s homegrown Safari has over most of the competition – using it as your browser can have a significant positive impact in terms of battery life on portable Macs. Now, Google is hoping to close that gap with upcoming changes to Chrome.
Chrome already got a new feature that can disable crappy Flash ads and win you back some battery cycles, but there’s more in the pipeline. Per senior Chrome engineer Peter Kasting outlining future steps on Google+, we’re going to see changes to the way Chrome handles rendering of background tabs (i.e., the ones you aren’t immediately looking at), and eking out some minor but important gains in the CPU efficiency of searching with Google.
There’s a lot more going on, most of which is designed to help Chrome match or approach CPU efficiency…
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Google on Thursday unveiled Android M, its newest major Android release that focuses on significantly improving the overall user experience. The company talked on stage about a bunch of new features, including new ways to manage app permissions, battery improvements, Android Pay support, fingerprint sensor support, and new Google Now capabilities. But there are plenty of other Android M features under the hood that Google didn’t have time to properly explain, and some of them are really quite interesting.
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Google unveiled Android Pay on stage during its Google I/O media event, and it seems the service will largely work like Apple’s own wireless payments service. More interestingly, however, is that Google seems to already have come up with an even cooler idea for a mobile payments service that could one day replace Android Pay
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It’s taken quite some time for One World Trade Center to be built from the ground up, although an incredible new video posted by EarthCam makes it seem like it happened in just over two minutes. The video takes 11 years’ worth of still photos from the site of One World Trade Center and shows it being gradually built up from the ruins of the old World Trade Center that was destroyed by the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001.
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