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Google Chrome now uses SPDY HTTP replacement, halves page load time

We're not entirely sure of the time line here, but it looks like Google has now rolled out the SPDY HTTP replacement to its full bevy of Web services, including Gmail, Docs, and YouTube. If you're currently using Google's Chrome browser you're probably already using SPDY. We originally reported on SPDY way back in November 2009, when Google introduced it as yet another experiment in making ...

Google one-ups DNS pre-resolution, adds predictive pre-connections to Chromium

It's only been live for a few hours, and Google hasn't yet published before-and-after comparisons, but it looks like speculative pre-connection is now built into the developer tree of Chromium. As with most of these clever under-the-hood type changes, it's hard to describe just how much this will improve your browsing experience, but I'm going to try. Basically, pre-connection opens an HTTP ...

Firefox Friday Five: news, add-ons and updates

Yet another week has strolled by. If you're in Mozilla's age-old stronghold of Europe, you're probably enjoying some delicious bright sunshine right now -- and if you're lucky there'll be some great sunsets caused by the erupting volcanoes in Iceland! Americans, I guess you might've had your flights to Europe cancelled -- but other than that, I trust your Spring is coming along nicely? Mozilla ...

Google: we're going to take GMail to ludicrous speed

Yes! It's not only me that thinks Gmail is slow! For the longest time, I wondered if I had a 'slow' Gmail server, or if my large inbox was crippling me in some way. It turns out that Google knows about the issue, and TechCrunch is reporting that it will 'soon get a lot faster'. Speaking at SXSW, Google panellist Jonathan Perlow acknowledged the sluggishness of Gmail and said 'we are fixing it.'...

Google Reader goes realtime with PubSubHubBub support

RSS readers are a fantastic way to get news, but what if RSS just isn't fast enough for you? Well, Speed Racer, you'll love PubSubHubBub, the protocol that pushed new blog posts out to your reader, instead of waiting for your reader to come looking for them. The result: you get new posts from PubSub-enabled blogs in real time. "But," you wonder, "what if my reader doesn't support PubSub?" If...

Make Windows shut down faster

I haven't tried it out to see if it works yet, but it looks promising: User Profile Hive Cleanup Service is a free  utility from Microsoft that's supposed to speed up Windows XP shutdown times considerably. The article at IntelliAdmin says the biggest culprit for slow shutdowns "is a problem unloading the current user's profile," and what the User Profile Hive Cleanup Service does is in the b...