GOOGLE CHROME 56 has begun rolling out across Windows, Mac and Linux.The latest version of the world's most used browser brings with it a number of new security features and bug fixes.
Top of the list is that this is the first stable version of Chrome to be 100 per cent HTML5 by default for all users, meaning if there's an option not to use nasty plugins, it will take it. Chrome already blocks Flash content, but this gives the full enchilada to HTML5, a symbolic milestone in the interwebs history.
Chrome 55 brought in the HTML5 first rules but only for a small number of test users.
Also new is a clearer labelling of unencrypted HTTP sites, promised for some time as the company continues its crusade to make the web as HTTPS as possible. Anything that collects data but isn't secure will now be marked clearly in the address bar.
The news follows just a day after Moz://a brought a similar feature to Firefox users.
FLAC support in-browser has been added, something that iTunes doesn't offer and therefore will make Apple fans go hippy-dippy at the knees.
And for those that moan that Chrome is too much of a resource hog (it is) there's a new "Browser Timer" which will throttle background pages if they're not playing media and are taking up too much of a proportion of the allotted run-time they've been given.
The whole issue of resources is one that has been plaguing Chrome for a long time since it launched with the mantra of "eight tabs, no crashes" on billboards. (Note it doesn't mention freezes caused by lack of memory due to excessive resource use).
Nevertheless, it hasn't stopped Chrome weeing on all-comers with over 50 percent of the global browser market, a feat made even more impressive by the fact that Chrome is to all intents and purposes an operating system making a cuckold of Windows and Mac OS.
Oh yeah, and the fact that Windows 10 users get spam messages in Chrome telling them to switch to Edge. µ
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