What You Need To Know About The Google Chrome Flash Update

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Google Chrome Flash Update 

Earlier this year, Google turned on a feature in the Chrome beta that will help to save notebook battery power by freezing some content that is rendered using Adobe’s Flash Player. The option is turned on by default in the beta, which is one of the three channels that Chrome maintains, and will also be automatically enabled in the stable build.

With the new update, when you are on a website that runs Flash, Chrome will intelligently pause any content that is not central to the page, while keeping all central content, including a video playing without any type of interruption. The update works to significantly reduce power consumption which will allow you to search the Web much longer before you have to plug in your laptop.

The power saving feature can be manually enabled on the stable branch, or can be disabled in any version through the Preferences pane. Users will have to click “Show advanced settings,” followed by the “Content setting” button under the Privacy page, and then select one of the three choices of the Plugins.

The new update follows Safari’s suit. Apple added a very similar feature to Safari 7 in 2013 in which it will ship with “Power Save” enabled. In both web browsers, users can simply click any Flash content to activate it. Without a click, the content will remain static but visible.

For more information on the Google Chrome Flash update, and what it may mean for your computerscontact Proactive Networks in Pasadena, California.