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Which is the world’s fastest browser? According to Zimbra, Safari runs fastest, though it didn’t beat out Firefox by much. Both Safari and Firefox were roughly twice as fast as Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 7.
Of course, Zimbra was testing for how these browsers perform with the Zimbra Web application. Your mileage may vary with other applications. In fact, I’d love to see a wide range of tests for different sites and applications. Who’s next?
As an aside, I continue to be impressed at how Zimbra treats non-Microsoft platforms as first-class citizens (along with Microsoft). Firefox is the same way. Both allow you to run on the Mac, for example, without losing any functionality that you’d find in Windows/IE.
It’s called great code. Weak developers write code that limps on anything but Windows. Great developers write code that ports well to diverse platforms.
Over the past month or so, I’ve noticed a steady decline in the performance and life of my iPhone battery. A little disappointing to say the least. It seems I can’t go any more than 2 days without charging my iPhone up again… where as when I first picked up the unit, I could go 4, 5, maybe even a week without charging depending on how heavily it was used.
This got me to thinking… What are the specs on the new iPhone 3G battery anyway? I certainly hope it packs in a much improved battery… I’m getting a little tired of charging this darn thing!
So lets take a look at the new iPhone 3G battery specs:
iPhone 3G Battery Specs:
Talk time: Up to 5 hours on 3G / Up to 10 hours on 2G
Standby time: Up to 300 hours
Internet use: Up to 5 hours on 3G / Up to 6 hours on Wi-Fi
Video playback: Up to 7 hours
Audio playback: Up to 24 hours
Compare those numbers above to the original 2G battery life estimates of 5 hours of talktime on 2G, and 16 hours of audio playback, you can see that the battery issue has been addressed. With the 3G you’ll get double the talk time (if you’re still on 2G) and an 8 hour increase in audio playback time. We can only assume and extrapolate that all other factors have increased to a similar degree as well.
Of course, I would expect the usual slowdown in performance and life of the battery. I guarantee that when you pick up you iPhone 3G in July (or win one) that in a years time you have a pretty good shot at griping about the drop in battery performance… Lets hope for the opposite though
The 3G iPhone isn’t even out yet (due July 11th) and the manufacturers are starting to get their accessories for it out.
You may remeber the iClooly iPod Touch stand we featured previously, well the have a new version out for the 3G iPhone.
The iClooly 3G iPhone stand features a 90 degree pivot joint so you can watch your iPhone in either portrait or landscape, it also features ports, so you can use your dock connector and headphones.
The iClooly 3G iPhone stand is available to buy online for $68.50 from GeekStuff4U.
(Via Dashboard Widgets)
By Ian Chiu
When room space is in scarcity, not everyone can afford a 5.1 surround system for their computer entertainment system. That however doesn’t mean one has to miss the theatrical experience. SRS earlier has come up with TruSurround HD which in essence allows for virtualization of up to 6.1 channels on a 2.1 speaker set. Their processing techniques create phantom speakers that trick you into thinking that sound is coming from a certain direction when it is in reality coming from the front. While the technology is specifically for mid-range and high-end TV market, the SRS TruSurround HD has made its way into Logitech’s Z Cinema.
The Logitech 2.1 speaker set also benefits from this proprietary audio enhancement, but since the TruSurround HD requires multi-channel input (for virtualization), USB is employed to replace the analog audio cables. Each satellite puts out 35W RMS, with right speaker doubling as a receiver for the bundled Vista MCE remote as well as LCD screen for status display. In Everything USB’s review, the Z Cinema was praised for doing its job right; the reviewer felt a more submersive experience with the surround sound emulation enabled. He tested it with Transformers (the movie), 300, Half-Life 2 and Call of Duty 4. The only disappointment came from the lack of volume produced and the price which, as of this writing, is $220.
The iPhone has definitely injected new life into the world of consumer electronics since it was launched, and this ripple is even felt in the automotive industry with Mercedez unveiling a new cradle just for the iPhone in the following models – the Mercedes-Benz C-, E-, CLK-, CLS-, S-, CL-, SL-, M- and R-Class (all those in addition to the upcoming GLK-Class). You do need to specify Optional convenience telephony (Order Code 386) first, where the cradle will then hook up with the iPhone through the optional Media Interface or the retrofittable iPod Interface Kit. When installed, the iPhone’s functions are controlled through the multi-function steering wheel controls. Pricing for the Apple iPod cradle is set at €249 after taxes. On a note of conscience – should you be purchasing a gas guzzler like a Benz in today’s world?
There are those among you who enjoy constantly pointing out your disappointment with the iPod touch. There are plenty of iPod touch users out there, this writer included, that are perfectly happy with the device. It might not make the most competent iPod, but for me, its Internet capabilities and upcoming app-store compatibility make the device, leaving its audio-playing capabilities as a secondary thought.
Amid the iPhone 3G hoopla, Apple hasn’t forgotten about us, either. AppleInsider is speculating that a reported reduction in 16GB iPod touch inventory at Best Buy stores and an increased lead time for the 8GB model online could point to new models appearing in September (ship times are now back to 24 hours, but the rest still seems relevant).
This news comes after Apple launched its back-to-school promotion giving an 8GB iPod touch to students who purchase a new Mac, and the possible introduction of new models would happen after the promo comes to an end. With the potential for a $199 iPhone, many are also feeling that the iPod touch will need a price adjustment or large feature increases to continue to be a relevant part of Apple’s product line.
While I would love to see added features (a camera would be nice), I’m not entirely sure they are necessary. It seems much more likely that instead the iPod touch will receive a storage bump, a slight form-factor change, or the addition of a white model. If you ask me (and I know you didn’t), those holding out for Bluetooth or GPS are going to be disappointed come September.
Apple’s Steve Jobs has most loyal staff in tech
Apple CEO Steve Jobs leads the pack in tech firm employee approvals
Apple CEO Steve Jobs has a 91 per cent approval rating among Apple staff – higher than any other CEO in the technology industry, a report claims.
Dell CEO Michael Dell has a 66 per cent approval rating; Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer a 55 per cent approval rating, while Motorola CEO Greg Brown has just 19 per cent approval, reveals Seeking Alpha.
These figures are based on data supplied by company insiders to a website called Glassdoor, which is a company rating site for employees to rate their own companies and management in a public forum.
In its first five days, Glassdoor got 40,000 reviews on 9,800 companies around the world. The report also reveals Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang holds 46 per cent; while IBM boss Sam Palmisano has just 48 per cent approval.
(Via Macworld UK)
Okay, so the iPhone 3G is going to be the second coming of Jesus in pocketable form, but maybe you’re a rebel and don’t wanna look exactly like the estimated 27 million other tools expected to be running around with an iPhone by 2009. You wanna be different. (Or maybe you can’t seem to break out of that damn Sprint contract.) Still, you do want a touchscreen, 3G data, a music player and all that jazz. Is there an iPhone clone worth buying from your carrier? Relax, we’ve done the work for you and broken down the top three nationwide carriers’ best iPhone wannabes into a single chart.
To sum that up, the Instinct is easily the best, most feature rich iPhone clone on the block, and at $129, is a steal for Sprint customers. My major problem with it is the touchscreen itself—I think the Vu’s touchscreen is way more responsive. (Wilson likes it just fine, favoring it over Verizon’s cloneys.) The Vu has everything superficial down right—the touchscreen, keyboard (best of the bunch) and phone body—but is really lacking in the feature department, and therefore not really worth the new $199 price, which hinges entirely on its Mobile TV function. If you married the Vu’s body and touchscreen to the Instinct’s features and price, you’d have a champion here, and a serious iPhone challenger. Too bad LG and Sammy hate each other.
The Voyager isn’t considered an iPhone clone anymore, not in the strictest sense, though most of its problems stem from Verizon software rather than the hardware. As Wilson said in his review last fall, it’s ambitious but flawed—and the flaws are mostly on Verizon. I’m really hoping Verizon lets the Dare just breathe, because the Vu proves LG is best left to its own devices. The Glyde is just a truly terrible phone. Most clay bricks are more responsive than its touchscreen, especially around the edges, and the crappy, sluggish Verizon software doesn’t help. And its keyboard ain’t much better.
One thing they all have in common is a shi**y browser. There isn’t a mobile browser that touches mobile Safari yet. Even when they could render HTML correctly, moving and zooming around the page (especially ones that aren’t mobile optimized) is an exercise in self-control—how long can you take it before stabbing your eyes out. Opera mini does load on the Vu, and it’s better than the included browser, but it worked kinda wonikly at times. For me, that’s a critical flaw in all of these phones.
Best to worst: Instinct, Vu, Voyager, and Glyde.
Dell just busted out a new member in its storied line of LCDs, the UltraSharp 2709W. The 27-inch LCD is Dell’s followup to the 2707WFP, and features the same 1920 x 1200 resolution, 9-in-2 media card reader and 6ms response time, but bumps the contrast ratio to 3000:1 and goes for some new all-black stylings. Brightness is a mean 450 nits, but the real fun comes with ports: Dell squeezed just about everything known to man in here, including HDMI, DVI-D, VGA, component, composite, and DisplayPort. There’s also a nice collection of USB ports, plus HDCP for good measure. With a three year warranty the display sells for $999, quite the steal compared to the 2707WFP’s intro price of $1,400 last year.