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Chrome Is Killing Your Battery, Chatroulette For Stoners, And More… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 21-07-2014

Also, Google finds success in schools with Chromebooks, Netflix hides your embarrassing taste in movies, Fonhandle is a handle for your phone, David Mitchell tells a tale via Twitter, and Push Me Pull You features mad multiplayer.


Google Chrome Is Hungry For Power

If you’re running Google Chrome on a Windows laptop then your Web browser of choice could be killing your battery. This is due to a problem with the “system clock tick rate,” which Chrome sets to 1,000ms as opposed to the norm of 15.625ms. This could, in theory, raise power consumption by “as much as 25 per cent.

Ian Morris at Forbes, who brought this issue to mainstream attention, has a full explanation of what is happening. In layman’s terms Chrome is forcing your computer to check for events 1,000 times per second as opposed to other browsers which do it 64 times per second. Thus, your Windows computer consumes more power. Macs and Linux machines are unaffected.

The worrying part of the story is not that Chrome has this issue, but that Google has ignored it for four years. The first report of this bug was filed in 2010, but it has taken this public shaming for Google to start working on fixing the issue. Until it is fixed perhaps switching to another Web browser Are You Really Using The Best Web Browser For Windows? Ask anyone about the best browsers in the web browsing market and you’ll likely get the following list - IE, Chrome, Firefox. Those who are more tech-savvy might list Opera as an alternative. Those are... Read More is in order.

PuffPuffChat Is Chatroulette For Stoners


After receiving a lot of early attention, the novelty of Chatroulette The Top 10 Funniest ChatRoulette Screenshots & Videos ChatRoulette is a video chat site that randomly matches people for a fun chat. Users from around the world can interact via instant message, webcam, and voice. Everyone is anonymous and no login of any... Read More soon wore off. However, a new variant on the idea, called PuffPuffChat, is growing in popularity. As the name suggests, this is Chatroulette for stoners, with fans of smoking weed paired off according to how high they are.


Unlike Chatroulette, having a conversation via text is available as well as video. Which surely helps when illicit drugs are involved. How long until we also see ChugChugChat for heavy drinkers, or ThrustThrustChat for sex addicts?

Chromebooks Are A Big Hit In Schools

The Chromebook Everything You Need To Know About Switching To A Chromebook Chromebooks run a slimmed-down operating system optimized for getting on the web with just the Chrome browser and Chrome apps. Can you switch to a Chromebook? Read More is going from strength to strength, with Google boasting that schools bought one million of the cloud-based computing devices in the last quarter. This is an impressive figure, and putting Chromebooks in the hands of children could have a big impact on the computer purchasing decisions of the consumers of the future.

Netflix Testing Private Viewing Mode

Netflix Is Netflix Worth The Money? There are more people who don't subscribe to Netflix as those who do, and that swathe of the population wants to know if they're missing out on anything. Is Netflix worth the money? Read More is currently testing a private viewing mode which will allow customers to watch content without anyone else finding out about it. A decision on whether to roll this feature out across the board will be taken after extensive testing.

This incognito mode for Netflix would be great for those who like binge-watching A Short Guide To Binge-Watching [Weird & Wonderful Web] Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video have turned binge-watching into a mainstay of the mainstream. Before you begin binge-watching TV you should arm yourself with some important information. This short guide helps. Read More secret guilty pleasures. Which may include romantic comedies and musicals… two genres I, as a heterosexual man, obviously don’t enjoy. Obviously.


Fonhandle: A Handle For Your Phone

Another day, another dumb Kickstarter Crappy Crowdfunding: 10 Dumb Kickstarters We Did Not Support [Weird & Wonderful Web] The success of crowdfunded innovations has attracted the brilliant...and also the inane and insane. Here are 10 of the absolute worst Kickstarter campaigns we could find. Watch them because they are comedy gold. Read More . At least we think this one is dumb, you may disagree. Fonhandle is a handle for your phone. Nothing more, nothing less.

Uses for Fonhandle include extending your arm for selfies, protecting your phone from sand, and as a cheap and cheerful GoPro substitute. Oh, and helping you stay single as people keep their distance from the weirdo holding his or her phone with a handle.

David Mitchell Tweets A Short Story

David Mitchell, the author best known for the epic Cloud Atlas, has released a short story via Twitter, with a stream of 140-character updates compiling into a full narrative. The short story was delivered in this way to promote new book The Bone Clocks, and, as we’re writing about here on MakeUseOf, it’s clearly been a successful endeavor.

Push Me Pull You Offers Mad Multiplayer

And finally, the jump to online gaming Know Your Enemy: 5 Types Of Online Gamer You're Guaranteed To Encounter Assuming you play online then you're guaranteed to have met certain types of online gamer. It's unavoidable. There are a wide range of them out there, but they can all be pared down to just... Read More means local multiplayer 6 Video Games With Fantastic Local Multiplayer For Dorm Room Gaming There are still some titles that faithfully provide an excellent couch experience for multiple players. They either allows for up to four people to play at once, or provide an entertaining enough experience to keep... Read More — with people sat in the same room competing against each other — has been neglected. However, a game called Push Me Pull You may be about to reverse that trend.


Push Me Pull You sees two players working cooperatively to control a human pushmi-pullyu. The video above demonstrates the strangely mesmerizing gameplay, which is both entertaining and creepy as Hell. Push Me Pull You will be available for PC, Mac and Linux later this year.

Your Views On Today’s Tech News

Have you ever noticed Google Chrome’s hunger for power? Are you for or against Chromebooks being used in schools? Do you think Fonhandle is a good idea or are you still shaking your head in awe at its stupidity?

Let us know your thoughts on the tech news of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.

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  1. Grcoeeg
    August 16, 2014 at 4:17 am

    Chrome is still a winner with me in the Zorin OS world, I'm now using it in the new Zorin 9 core. It just all fits and works well. Firefox is my backup though.

  2. Marios
    August 14, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Chrome used to be my browser of choice for the last 2 years but I've now switched to Firefox because after installing an extension, it wouldn't show up the next time I opened my browser. It also had stability problems and it is very resource intensive, too.

  3. JESUS
    July 21, 2014 at 6:03 pm


  4. dragonmouth
    July 21, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    "with Google boasting that schools bought one million of the cloud-based computing devices in the last quarter. This is an impressive figure"
    I think it is more about Google "boasting" than about the Chromebooks per se. "Million" is a nice, round number to boast about. I notice Google did not crow about Chromebooks in schools until they hit one million per quarter.

    While a million may be an impressive figure, it would help if it was put into some kind of context. Is it a million in the US or world- wide? Are these the first million Chromebooks to into schools or just the latest? How many other Chromebooks are in schools already? How does the number of Chromebooks in schools already compare to the number of iPads already in schools? From the article you link to, it could be assumed that the "million" Chromebooks bought were world-wide. However, we all know about the word "ass-u-me."