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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 ...

Opera enables hardware acceleration, matches IE9, beats Firefox and Chrome (video)

After the most pregnant of pauses -- like hot and lazy Spain, things moves slowly in the oil-rich barrens of Norway -- Opera has finally released a build of its 11.50 browser with hardware acceleration and WebGL support. Like Chrome, Opera has opted to use OpenGL for hardware acceleration -- at least for now: DirectX, and presumably Direct2D, support is coming at a later date. The OpenGL bac...

Swype vs. SlideIT: Battle of the Android keyboard swipers

When you've got an itty-bitty touch-screen and need to pound out a quick email, the last thing you're going to want to do is type. I mean, tapping out a text message is fine every now and then, but when you're forced to type more than a couple of lines when you're on the go, sliding is definitely the way to go. Sliding keyboards utilize the fact that each word, as it is typed, tends to create ...

DLS Faceoff: Grooveshark is a solid music streaming and recommendation app for Android

This post is the second part of the DLS Faceoff that reviews two of the major audio streaming offerings currently available for Android. Erez has walked you through Rdio in the previous post, and this post will focus on Grooveshark. Make sure you read both and decide for yourself which app better suits your needs. Grooveshark is an online audio streaming service at heart, and it works on you...

3-way hardware-accelerated browser shoot-out: Chrome on top, IE9 just behind and Firefox brings up the rear (video)

After yesterday's announcement that Chrome 7 is now hardware accelerated, I instantly wanted to get the major browsers back into the ring for another screencasted deathmatch. Back when I did the 4-way speed test, only Firefox and Internet Explorer 9 featured hardware acceleration, and as a result Opera and Chrome were many orders of magnitude slower. If you watch the video, however, you'll see th...

Windows Phone 7 Web browser comparison versus iPhone and Android (video)

No, sadly it's not my video (whose accent do you prefer, incidentally? The squeaky American, or mine?) but still, it's a great early look at the browsing experience on Windows Phone 7. Lee really likes the tabs (those close buttons look fiddly though). I like the Metro UI, and the ability to add favourite pages to the Start screen. Froyo looks like a crusty donkey in comparison -- and iOS4 e...

57% of Android apps are free -- iPhone apps: only 27%

In a report published last week it became painfully apparent just how different the iOS and Android ecosystems are. Not only does Android have significantly more free apps than either the iPhone or iPad, but paid apps also cost less on Android. 57% of all Android Market apps are free, compared to 28% of the iPhone App Store and just 23% for the iPad. Only the Windows Marketplace has less fre...

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 we...

Web Hosting Reviews lets you pick a host that's right for you in a jiffy

Hosting Reviews is a neat free service for comparing a myriad of Web hosts. It uses a rich, AJAX-y filtering system with plenty of parameters. The list is dynamically updated as you apply various filter criteria, and it's very easy to narrow down to the exact hosts that offer the features you need. In their press release, they make a pretty bold claim: "Unlike many hosting comparison sites -- we ...

Head to head: Stock.Xchng vs. morgueFile, what's the best free photo site?

When writing posts, creating websites, or designing other promotional material, there's often a need for some stock images. You know, sometimes you need a shot of an old lady holding a parasol or something like that. There are plenty of websites offering commercial stock photos. However, there are also two major players in the "free stock photo" market, which is what I want to cover here. One sit...

Making comparison charts is easy with Tablefy

Making a point-by-point comparison chart is a pain in the butt. It requires fiddling with spreadsheets, formatting lots of individuals cells and hoping the results are easy to read. Tablefy takes all the mess out of comparing things. Just put in your data and it'll do the rest. You can even embed pictures and YouTube videos with little fuss. The example charts look sharp and professional, and ther...

Google joins Bloglines with iPhone version of Reader

Monday Google unveiled yet another beta site. Google Reader is now formatted for the iPhone. iPhone users tired of pinching and stretching and tapping text only links in the normal version of Reader or dealing with the plain Classic mobile version of Reader can head over to http://www.google.com/reader/i/ to check out the new beta site. With the iPhone-enabled web-app, Google joins Ask.com in t...

Find similar websites with WhoisLike.it

Looking for more web sites like Download Squad? While we think you'd be hard pressed to find a site written by bloggers as talented, well-rounded, and good looking as us, there might be a few other sites that you'd find interesting. And WhoisLike.it will help you find them. The WhoisLike.it homepage is so sparse that it makes Google's home page look crowded. But it couldn't be easier to use. Ju...

Windows Search 4.0 vs. Google Desktop 5.5

Microsoft released an updated version of Windows Search, its free desktop search client the other day. And while there are dozens of excellent desktop search clients, including a few good free ones, it seems inevitable that people are going to compare Windows Search to Google Desktop. Because you know, any time either company releases something kind of cool someones assumes that it's just a ripo...

Find the best deals for photo printing with PrintRates

You may already know that you'll probably save money by ordering prints of your digital photos online or at the local drug store than by printing them yourself. They don't call printer ink black gold for nothing. But all online photo printing services are not created equal. PrintRates lets you find the best deals meeting your criteria. You can select what size prints you're looking for, how many...