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Android browser beats iPhone in exhaustive head-to-head

Browser bragging rights are kind of a big deal right now, and Android has just received a nice feather in its cap from Ottawa-based Blaze. The company ran a battery of head-to-head tests pitting the iPhone 4 running iOS 4.3 against current top-end Android devices running 2.2 Froyo and 2.3 Gingerbread. The results: Android's browser posted faster load times on 84% of the 45,000 pageviews. On...

Internet Explorer 9 preview 7 available, takes SunSpider crown; Beta now downloaded 13 million times

As of a few moments ago, you can now download Platform Preview 7 of Internet Explorer 9. The main focus of this update is the continued enhancement of the Chakra JavaScript engine; as a result, IE9 now leads the SunSpider benchmark by a few percent. Like its predecessors, this preview lacks any kind of useful UI -- but if you have the Beta installed, you can follow Lee's guide to hack the Beta...

Firefox 4 maxes out SunSpider benchmark

Asa Dotzler, not content with graphing the total run-time of the SunSpider benchmark, has provided a beautiful chart that breaks down the JavaScript performance of Firefox, Safari, Opera and Chrome. Take a look at it above, or click through to see a larger version. Internet Explorer 8 is missing because it was too slow -- and IE9 is missing because the test machine ran Windows XP, but Asa says...

Firefox 4 preview builds with J├ĄgerMonkey JavaScript engine now available for download

If you've been waiting to take Mozilla's JägerMonkey JavaScript engine for a test drive, now's your chance! The Firefox crew has finally released a preview build which is now available for download. I've got the Windows version installed, and I'll admit that I'm not gobsmacked at the moment. The build feels fast, but not noticeably faster than the nightly builds I've used up until this...

PerformanceTest by PassMark lets you benchmark and compare your system

"I need a new computer!" is a cry often heard by parents and system administrators alike. But often, the problem isn't in the hardware – if the user isn't an avid gamer or using a really ancient system, more often than not the problem is a crudded-up Windows installation (yes, I know, "this doesn't happen on Linux"). Proving to your user/kid that the hardware isn't the problem is often...

Chrome now has hardware acceleration, brings phenomenally faster fishes

I'm not sure when the changes actually landed, but Google has announced that an early implementation of hardware acceleration is now available in developer versions of Chrome 7. Early testing suggests that performance is still worse than Internet Explorer 9, but the gap has definitely been closed a bit. The '1000 fish test' now clocks in at about 10 frames per second, which is definitely an...

4-way HTML5 speed test: Firefox 3.7 faster than Internet Explorer 9 (video)

Following on from last night's IE9 vs. Chrome 6 comparison, I've now pitched all four of the major Windows-based browsers against each other. On the same computer! At the same time! (God bless technology.) As you will see from the video, Chrome (even with hardware acceleration turned on via command line switches) is in a distant last place, miles behind both Firefox and IE. Opera competes...

QwikMark offers fast, simple, portable system benchmarking

QwikMark has got it all: it's tiny (84KB), completely portable, free, and simple. But what does it do? It tells you how fast (or slow) your computer is, with just a single click. Just get it, fire it up, and click "Run All Tests." QwikMark will then crunch some numbers and in a couple of minutes, it will show you how many gigaflops your CPU can process, your memory bandwidth, and your disk...

Google Chrome receives major updates to the Beta channel; faster JavaScript, integrated Flash plug-in

The overlords at Google have finally deemed Google Chrome 5 ready for the Beta channel! Along with some fantastic performance boosts to the V8 JavaScript engine, there's also a load of HTML5 features and an integrated Flash plug-in to get your teeth stuck into. If you're already a member of the Beta channel, you can just restart your browser -- if not, go sign up now; it only takes a few seconds....

FreshBooks launches industry bookmarks

At SXSW 2008, Download Squad had the opportunity to talk to Saul and Sunir from the online-invoicing service FreshBooks, and we were really, really impressed with their customer dedication and the overall vision for the service. Today, FreshBooks has just released public industry bookmarks, making it easy for freelancers and small businesses to compare their billables with others in their...

Check Your PC's Ability to Run Games Online

Need to know whether or not your rig can handle the new game you're eyeing up? Head over to System Requirements Lab and fire up Can You Run It. The browser-based utility will check your hardware configuration against the requirements for the game you select and quickly tell you whether or not you're good to go. The assessment runs very quickly (about 30 seconds) and provides both an overall mark...

FreshDiagnose system information utility

FreshDiagnose is a very nicely done system information and benchmarking utility in the vein of Aida32. Simply run the application, and it will do a complete system analysis, listing all hardware devices, software, relevant registry settings and LAN information. It can also do system performance benchmarking to compare performance against other similar machines, for the purpose of detecting...

Apple joins Windows benchmarking group

In what seems like an odd move at first blush, Apple has joined BAPCo, an industry consortium that's in the business of Windows benchmarking. It seems less odd, however, when one considers recent unconfirmed rumors that Apple is working on virtualization software akin to VMWare that would allow Mac owners to run Windows on their Macs simultaneously with OS X (i.e. without rebooting). Gearlog,...