Category archives for: Linux/Unix

Chrome 55 Will Greatly Reduce RAM Usage Due to New JavaScript Engine


Chrome has received several updates ever the past year to cut down on memory usage, but the ubiquitous browser is still notorious for being somewhat of a resource hog. Well, more enhancements are on the way, with Google Chrome 55 bringing new changes that dramatically reduce the amount of RAM used by up to 50%. […]

Mozilla Launches Firefox 49


While it was originally scheduled for last week, some last-minute issues preventing the software non-profit organization from releasing it until today. This version is expected to expand their multi-process support, which separates UI updates from site updates. Typically, Firefox disables the feature with add-ons, because they are given the tools to make decoupling these two […]

Gmail Optimizing Emails for Viewing on Mobile Devices


Google said it plans to support emails made with responsive design so they are easier to view and interact with on mobile devices. Responsive design allows emails to reformat themselves based on the screen size and shape, making text, links, and buttons bigger. This in turn makes it easier to tap or select items within emails. […]

Next Year, HTTP Websites Will Be Marked As ‘Not Secure’ In Chrome

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Beginning January 2017, Chrome version 56 and beyond will begin to label HTTP websites as “Not Secure.” Initially, only pages that transmit passwords or credit card numbers will be labeled this way, but Google’s end game is to mark all HTTP connections as non-secure. Google has been encouraging HTTPS adoption for some time through incentives […]

Netflix Finds VP9 Video Codec Beats HEVC at 1080p Resolutions and Higher

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Netflix, being one of the biggest video streaming services in the world, tested how efficient various video codecs are for a given level of quality. The company discovered that the royalty-free VP9 codec developed primarily by Google is almost as efficient as HEVC, and can sometimes be even better at resolutions of 1080p and higher. […]

Google Plans to End Chrome App Support In Chrome Browser

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Four years ago, Google introduced the idea of Chrome apps. These were web apps that would work as if they were native apps with offline capabilities. However, Google recently announced it would no longer support Chrome apps because they are used by only 1% of Chrome users The idea of Chrome apps was mainly introduced […]

The Linux Foundation Has Added PNDA


The Linux Foundation on Tuesday added PNDA — the Platform for Network Data Analytics — to its project list. PNDA provides an open source, scalable platform for next-generation network analytics. It integrates data from multiple sources on a network and works with Apache Spark to crunch the numbers in order to find useful patterns in […]

Skype Gains More Bots to Help with Travel and Purchases


Microsoft has updated Skype for Android, iOS, Mac, the web, and Windows devices and given the communications tool access to more chat bots. Microsoft says it worked with select partners this time around to bring dedicated services to Skype. A bot from Skyscanner lets Skype users search for flights, while a StubHub bot makes it […]

3DMark Now Does Stress-Testing


3DMark isn’t just a benchmark anymore. The Futuremark software received an update that adds stress-testing modules to Advanced and Professional editions of 3DMark that enable users to check the stability of their system. The update has four tiers of stress tests based on the Sky Diver and Fire Strike (all three versions) benchmarks, offering different […]

Chrome Will Default to HTML5 by Q4 2016 – The End of Flash Is Near

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Google wields a lot of influence on the web as the developer of the most popular desktop browser in the world – Chrome. As detailed in a draft proposal (via Venture Beat), the company wants to effectively kill Flash by blocking the plugin and prioritizing HTML5 by the end of the year. The plan has yet to be finalized, but […]

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