Rest of the Day: Microsoft Claims Edge Is the Best Browser for Battery Life
If you’re a Windows 10 user and battery life is your top priority, you might want to stick with Microsoft’s own apps. So says Microsoft, which recently put its Edge browser on edge in a race to battery life with popular alternatives.
Ultimately, Edge lasted 70 percent longer than an identical laptop (Surface Book) playing an identical online video in Chrome. While this is obviously not without bias, it is all vaguely scientific! And I believe them; Chrome, which was once touted as a lightweight browser, has become something of a resource eater. Edge might just as well have some fun when you’re trying to extend battery life (although testing Microsoft software on Microsoft hardware has definitely given them an edge in the home arena, so to speak). [Windows Experience Blog]
- In other news, hackers hacked into Acer’s online store and stole credit cards from 34,500 customers. Acer has already notified all affected customers; compromised purchase data consists of transactions that took place between May 12, 2015 and April 28, 2016 [ZDNet]
- If 4G internet isn’t fast enough for you, here’s the good news: The FCC is adding another G! In particular, the FCC is pushing forward the necessary work to open up high-frequency bands that will enable the use of 5G networks. 5G doesn’t exist yet, but FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler expects next-generation wireless to be 10 to 100 times faster than current technology. [The Verge]
- Tomorrow, Tumblr is launching some kind of live video product. It’s still unclear if this will be a curated series, a proprietary tool for all users, or just an integration with existing video services, but they tease a number of broadcasts on the new Live Video blog. [TechCrunch]