Chrome Is Killing Your Battery, Chatroulette For Stoners, And More… [Tech News Digest]
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
I’m not sure why this is happening but Google Chrome is really beginning to mess up. Has Google finally gone the Microsoft way?
— Harsh Sabale (@HarshSabale) July 14, 2014
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 is in order.
PuffPuffChat Is Chatroulette For Stoners
After receiving a lot of early attention, the novelty of Chatroulette 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 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 fun until you realize whoever invented it definitely owns a private island while you’re in your dark room binge watching tv shows
— puuurrrrrrrachel;) (@yungfinn) March 12, 2014
Netflix 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 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
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
We get off the Number 10 bus at a pub called ‘The Fox and Hounds’. ‘If anyone asks,’ Mum tells me, ‘say we came by taxi.’
— David Mitchell (@david_mitchell) July 14, 2014
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 means local multiplayer — 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.
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