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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.
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)
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?
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.
We’ve been running running a few App Store roundups covering applications announced for the iPhone App Store, but as TUAW’s resident seamhead I can’t help but call one out for special attention. It was demoed at the WWDC keynote and now Macworld has a close look at the upcoming MLB At Bat application. It will be available at launch and provide near real time “wireless score access and in-game highlights for every game on the MLB schedule” for only $4.99 for the rest of the season.
Apparently the video highlights will be available in two versions: one high-bandwidth version for wifi and a lower bandwidth version for EDGE (they haven’t said which version the 3G iPhone will load). For the future they’re looking into bringing the Gameday service to the iPhone which opens the possibility of Gameday Audio. For the real baseball fanatics out there this would be an absolutely killer app, especially for those of us away from our home team’s broadcast area. Imagine being able to listen to any game on your iPhone from anywhere; that’s close to baseball nirvana. And though things are looking rather bad at the moment: Go ‘Stos!
Check out this geeky clock, the Around Clock.
The Around clock from Lexon is an analogue clock in the shape of the cylinder.
The time is displayed on the cylinder with numbers and markings, the clock rotates to show the time via the red wire.
The Around clock comes in a choice of black or white and is available to buy online for $45 from Singulier
A Cool little program and a great read!
You’re working on a project at work, and you hear the “bing” of Mail, telling you there’s a new e-mail. You are confronted with the question, “Do I stop what I’m doing and see if the e-mail is important, or do I take a chance and keep working on my project?”
What if you didn’t have to? What if a little box popped up on the side of your screen with a summary of the e-mail, giving you a short-term look at the e-mail so you can decide if it’s important or not?
Believe it or not, the software that does that is already here. And it’s free (donations are accepted).
It’s called Growl. Growl is a notification system for Mac OS X: it allows applications that support Growl to send you notifications (took the description right off their web site because I couldn’t have said it better myself).
I had heard of Growl, but didn’t see much use for it until I accidentally installed it. Yes, I accidentally installed Growl. I don’t even know what program installed it for me (which I don’t like, but I seem to recall an installer asking me if I wanted to install Growl, so I must have said “yes.”)
Anyway, all of a sudden, I started seeing notifications when my RSS reader, the open-source Vienna, downloaded new articles. Thought that was pretty handy. I could tell when there were new articles without bumping down to the bottom of the screen and making the dock appear (Vienna has a number notifier in its dock icon and I keep my dock hidden). Saves time.
So I started investigating and found Growl in my System Preferences (in the Other category at the bottom). After some exploration, I found that there is a plugin for Apple’s Mail program that allows Growl to notify you of new e-mail.
And there are a whole bunch of other programs that are either written to work with Growl, and for some others there are plugins.
But the one that really helps me is the Mail plugin. My day job is at a newspaper. I do page design for my home paper and tech support for several other papers. As part of that, I get an enormous amount of e-mail from the Associated Press. Most of if deals with their web-based video network, and for some reason, they can’t just send me the important stuff, they send me an email every time they post a new video.
I have them whisked off to a folder in Mail, but it “bing”s every time one of those e-mails come in and I don’t always have time to see whether or not it’s important. But I want to know immediately if someone is having a problem related to their deadlines.
Growl shows me who the email is from and allows me to more-easily ignore the AP stuff.
And that’s just one example. I also use Semulov, which unmounts volumes. Now when a volume unmounts, I see it in a Growl notification.
I’m sure you can come up with many other uses, but I just wanted to introduce you to this cool little program.
(Via The iLife)