Google has unveiled a tweak to their “Chrome” browser that could dramatically cut the amount of processing power it uses. Starting in version 57, the web browser will throttle background tabs that are using excessive power in order to limit the average CPU load to one percent. This will stop background tabs from consuming a “third of Chrome’s power usage on desktop” and boost battery life of laptops, the firm says. The new update will automatically minimize tabs the API deems to be in the background unless they need to run at full capacity – this excludes those playing music or maintaining real-time connections. Although Google has not revealed how much battery life will be saved using the new method, it has suggested that the throttling mechanism will lead to 25% fewer busy background tabs.
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