First discovered in 2010, battery-draining bug yet to be fixed
It seems Microsoft has quietly slipped into the habit of commissioning at least one study every year that compares the power-consumption habits of major web browsers and declares the latest version of the company’s very own Internet Explorer to be the most power-efficient browser of them all. Although one can’t take such comparisons seriously, there may be some truth to them after all, especially where the lackluster performance of Chrome is concerned.
A ferocious free-for-all among the top web browsers
The landscape is evolving and you can either change with it or be left behind. This is the position browser makers find themselves in as cloud computing and touch interfaces take center stage, as Windows 8 with its vastly overhauled UI continues to wiggle into more homes and businesses around the world, and as web developers push increasing amounts of rich content at site visitors.
Note: This article was originally featured in the December 2013 issue of the magazine.
Google will once again play host to the Pwnium hacking contest to draw star hackers and crackers out of the woodwork. Prizes up to $2.7 million total will go to anyone who can hack Chrome OS so Google can better patch specific exploits and issues. If you're up to the task, there are several cash prizes at stake, which you could take home as an individual or a member of a team.
Looking for "Add to Feedly" or "Tweet This Page" in the Chrome Web Store? You won't find them now, as Google has removed them for violating Google's TOS. It just so happens that both extensions were created with code that is also used to set up advertisements. While neither extension had more than 100,000 users, those who had adopted Chrome took to forums to level complaints against the removal.
Google has been tweaking the way we use Chrome to search, and the experimenting doesn't exactly sit well with a good amount of users who have been testing out the changes. This is in response to Google's promise last month to offer updates for those using more outdated versions of Chrome.
Net Applications data show trends in users changing browsers
Are you a faithful Firefox or Google Chrome user? It appears a good portion of Firefox users are jumping ship to join the Google Chrome bandwagon. Statistics from Net Applications show (via PCWorld) a sharp decline in Firefox usage, with a rise in users flocking to Google Chrome during June and July.
Let’s face it, the light-and-fast Google Chrome browser is the only way to surf the web—no question. But whether you’re new to the browser or an old veteran, we’ve got some tricks to improve your mileage. Our Google Chrome Optimization Guide will show you which Google Chrome extensions to download and ways to tweak settings you didn't even know were there.
Well, here's something we didn't think we'd be saying yet: by one group's numbers, Google Chrome just passed Internet Explorer as the most popular web browser in the world. The difference is only a fraction of a single percentage point, but nevertheless, the king has fallen in ridiculously short order -- Chrome passed Firefox for the second-place spot less than six months ago.