Google Chrome is arguably the most popular web browser, but it kills laptops’ battery life and requires a great deal of memory to run.
Google is making a significant change that might help in that department.
An update, which is now in beta, disables Flash ads from autoplaying when you load a page. Users can chose if they want to disable all content from autoplaying or if they want to only autoplay content which is “central” to a webpage, like video. If Chrome accidentally pauses something you wanted to see, just click on it to play.
This feature will almost certainly improve laptop performance for Chrome users in addition to helping maintaining sanity; it will doubtlessly be appreciated well beyond its battery-saving intention.