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And the fastest browser is…Starts with an S

And the fastest browser is…

7F7A7E84-3108-420F-9658-6264468A55FF.jpgWhich 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.

(Via CNET)

Will 3G iPhone Battery Life Be Any Better?

iPhone 2G Battery Life Disappoints – Will 3G Be Any Better?

Will the iPhone 3G Battery Life By Any Better?

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

(Via Mactropolis.com)

Mercedez Loves the iPhone…who doesn’t?

Mercedez Loves the iPhone

Mercedez Loves the iPhone

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?

(Via Ubergizmo)

New iPod Touch in September?

iPod touch shortages suggest new iTouch in September
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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.

(Via Apple Section – Ars Technica)

Steve Jobs has most loyal staff in tech

Apple’s Steve Jobs has most loyal staff in tech
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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)

iPhone Clone Battle from Gizmodo!

iPhone Clone Battlemodo: Which One Is the iPhoniest?

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.
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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.

(Via Gizmodo)

An introduction to Growl

Mac Basics: an introduction to Growl

A Cool little program and a great read!

Guest poster Dan Foy from Macsimum News gives us an overview of Growl. You can read his original post here on Macsiumum News!

an introduction to Growl

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)

Sprint’s $130 Samsung Instinct

Sprint’s $130 Samsung Instinct twists free

Mossy don’t like it, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t put finger to screen and give Samsung’s new Instinct a test of your own. Particularly if you’re a fan of Sprint either by choice or by contract. Available now and right on schedule for $129.99 (with 2 year contract and $100 mail-in rebate), not the original $200 bounced around initially. With Sprint trying hard to position the Instinct as an iPhone killer, we guess they really didn’t have a choice but to undercut it in price.

(Via Engadget)

Why Apple iPhone wannabes don’t cut it (it’s the software, stupid)

MacDailyNews
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Apple’s influence on high-tech markets has long exceeded the company’s relatively small market share, and nowhere is that more obvious than in the wireless phone market. Barely a year after it introduced the original iPhone, Apple (AAPL) has redefined the wireless handset,” Stephen H. Wildstrom reports for BusinessWeek.

“And with the impending shipment of a new version that should put the iPhone in the mainstream of consumer and business markets worldwide, Apple is extending its sway over much larger players such as Nokia and Samsung,” Wildstrom reports.

“The most immediate impact of the iPhone has been on hardware design, encouraging a rash of imitators with big touchscreens,” Wildstrom reports. “That includes the new Samsung Instinct, which Sprint Nextel has been billing as an iPhone killer.

(Via macdailynews )

iTunes – five billion sales!

iTunes Store cracks five billion sales mark
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Total, worldwide music sales at the iTunes Store have crested the five billion songs mark, Apple has announced. The store was first launched in April of 2003, and currently hosts over eight million tracks from major and independent labels; it is also hosted in close to two dozen countries, ranging from Canada and the United States to Japan and Australia. Apple additionally claims that it is selling or renting 50,000 movies per day, drawn from a library of more than 2,000 titles. Only 350 of these are in HD resolutions.

(Via MacNN)