Everyone wants a responsive web experience, hence why the likes of Mozilla, Microsoft and Google continue to fine-tune the guts of their browsers. But once the easy optimisations are done, you have to be a little more aggressive with your improvements. Google nearly took it too far with the latest Chrome, which was originally going to massively "throttle" background tabs... a change that would have busted popular web apps including Slack and Discord.
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You can imagine that back in August 2011, when a user requested support for the lossless audio format FLAC in Chrome, it didn't shoot to the top of Google's list of critical features to implement. But that was five years ago. It's only with Chrome 56, the browser's next major revision, that FLAC will be playable natively.
Chrome might be the default browser for the internet at large, but it's not the only one. And it's also not without its frustrations. Chrome - at least until the most recent update - had a habit for using a metric ton of RAM. It wasn't the de facto king of speed. And the odd tab crashing was enough to cause many a pegged stress ball.
In my fury, I did the unthinkable: I switched to the devil himself, Microsoft Edge. And I persisted for a whole week, migrating my whole workflow to the world of Microsoft. It only lasted a week, and came to a swift end when I'd finally had my fill of the things Edge couldn't do.
The second you log onto the internet, you start leaving a trace that's more telling than you think. Browsers can not only identify where you are in the world, but they collect a ton of other data too, such as where your mouse is hovering and when you launch a private browser window. Here's a way to find out exactly what you're leaking.
Last month we covered a browser extension called "BS Detector", designed to flag links to certain news sites as "unreliable". According to creator Daniel Sieradski, the plugin's website was banned by Facebook today, before being allowed through again a few hours later.
One of the great things about Google Chrome is that it offers thousands of third-party extensions that developers have come up with to add features, boost performance, and fix problems. Here are 17 Chrome extensions that we'd have a difficult time living without.
Google doesn't just want the Chrome browser dominating laptops and desktops of this world, it wants it on as many mobile devices as possible too. If you have Chrome installed on your iPhone or Android, there are a handful of ways you can make it even better than the default settings. Here's how to make sure you're getting the most from the Chrome browser on your mobile devices.
In a rush to get through all the episodes of Luke Cage? Way behind your partner on seasons of House of Cards? You can get through your Netflix queue faster than normal and save yourself some time, as long as you're prepared to do a little bit of under-the-hood tinkering in your browser.