Google promises less power-hungry Chrome -- for some

The browser also makes it easier to control Web site permissions, security fixes, and the option to send a "do not track" request.

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Google claims the updated version of its Chrome browser can lead to longer battery life for your computer -- if you have a dedicated graphics card.

The search giant unveiled the latest version on its blog today, touting the browser's ability to run GPU-accelerated video. You can get Google Chrome 23 stable for Windows (download), Mac (download), Linux (download), and Chrome Frame. Since separate graphic processing units are more power efficient than running off of a computer processing unit, the new Chrome can save a lot of battery life for anyone who watches online video.

Batteries tested with Chrome running GPU-accelerated video lasted 25 percent longer than the older version, the company said.

The browser also makes it easier to view and control permissions for Web sites, specifically for features such as geolocation, pop-ups, and access to cameras and microphones. Rather than go through the settings, there's a lock icon near the address bar that allows for easier access to the permissions.

In addition, the browser gets a slew of security fixes, highlighted here.

Joining Internet Explorer and Firefox, Chrome also includes the option to send a "do not track" request to Web sites and online services, though it notes that the effectiveness of the request is dependent on how those sites and services respond.

Lastly, the updated browser supports a nascent Web standard called WebRTC that enables real-time video and audio chat, or Skype-like services delivered directly through the browser. Other browsers such as Opera and Mozilla's Firefox have endorsed the technology too.