Today, Google released a new version, 23.0.1271.64, of its Chrome Web browser, for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. The new release includes easier checking and setting of Web site permissions (e.g., access to your Webcam, or geolocation). For Windows users, this release also enables video decoding using a system’s graphics processor (GPU). Since these chips typically draw less power than the CPU, this should provide somewhat longer battery life for mobile devices. More information on these new capabilities is available in a post on the Google Chrome Blog.
The new release also fixes 13 identified security vulnerabilities, five of which Google rates as High severity; it also fixes a High-severity bug specific to Mac OS X. It also incorporates a new version (18.104.22.168) of the embedded Adobe Flash Player. More information is available in the Release Announcement.
Because of its security content, I recommend that you update your systems as soon as you conveniently can. Windows and Mac users can get the new version via the built-in update mechanism; Linux users should check their distribution’s repositories for the new version.