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Adblock Plus developer pokes holes in Mozilla's new add-on performance tests

Wladimir Palant, developer of the most popular add-on in the world, Adblock Plus, is also an active contributor to the Planet Mozilla blog community. Over the last few days, in response to Mozilla's new name and shame list of slow add-ons, Palant has been investigating whether Mozilla's testing methods are actually accurate. Rather surprisingly, it turns out that Mozilla's numbers could be s...

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 ...

Adobe Flash Player 11 "incubator" ready to download, packs 3D rendering muscle

Adobe recently announced that Flash Player 11 would feature some impressive upgrades -- including new hardware accelerated 3D graphics APIs. Currently, Flash 10.1 can render a few thousand polygons at 30 FPS. The updated 3D kung fu allows Flash 11 to easily render hundreds of thousands of polygons at 60 FPS, which is obviously a massive improvement. End users won't notice much difference...

TestFlight simplifies iPhone app testing with over-the-air distribution

TestFlight is a new service that aims to fix a lot of the problems with iPhone app testing. If you've ever developed an iPhone app or served as a tester for an unreleased one, you know how much of a pain it is: collecting the UDIDs for the testers' phones, distributing .ipa files, and then distributing new .ipa files every time something changes ... yuck! TestFlight streamlines the process, keepi...

F-Secure named Windows antivirus product of the year by AV-Comparatives

AV-Comparatives spends all year evaluating antivirus applications, and their recommendations are always worth paying attention to. The company's 2010 summary report has been posted, and F-Secure has been declared the top Windows antivirus program. AV-Comparatives also states that it was extremely difficult to choose a winner this year -- which is a good thing, because it means that security so...

Wordpress gets A/B testing for headlines with Headline Split Tester plugin

If you're not sure whether your blog's audience is responding better to keyword-heavy, all-business headlines or quirky, feature-y ones, Wordpress now lets you test two headlines for each post with a new plugin. Headline Split Tester allows you to enter two headlines for every post and automatically choose one at random for each reader. Eventually, whichever headline gets more clicks becomes the p...

Google drops Chrome Canary build down the Chrome mineshaft

Ever find yourself wishing you could run two versions of Google Chrome -- like the stable version and the dev version -- side-by-side? It's been a tad tricky to do that in the past, but Google has just made things about as easy as they can possibly get -- by introducing another Chrome build. Yes, Google is offering a Vista-esque four flavors of Chrome now -- with the release of Canary, a pseud...

Is Google getting ready to drop a Chrome OS bomb on WWDC 2010?

Google was pretty clear about their timetable for Chrome OS when they first opened up the Chromium source code last year. It would be just 12 months, they said, until it was ready to be released. Fast forward to today -- Google I/O recently wrapped up, and Chrome OS was given a little time to shine. We got a quick look at the upcoming Web Store and a few native apps (like Lego Star Wars and Pl...

Forget the potato, Opera 10.6 speeds past Google Chrome 6

Potatoes shooting out of tubes... A browser racing against boiled spuds... It's all good for a lighthearted laugh, but you're probably more interested in how a browser performs against non-tuber. A while back, Opera 10.5 briefly snatched away the speed crown from Google Chrome on my system. Chrome's been comfortably in the lead for quite some time now when it comes to performance, but that may...

How to create and use multiple profiles in Google Chrome

My Google Reader was a-buzzin' this morning with talk about ChromeDeck, a utility designed to create and manage multiple Google Chrome profiles. Truth is, it's pretty easy to do this without using a 3rd-party program. The first step is to add a command line switch to your Google Chrome (or Chromium) shortcut: --enable-udd-profiles. If you need help figuring out how to add a switch, check our t...

Get Adobe Lightroom 3 for free! (kinda)

Until April 30th 2010 -- six whole months! -- Adobe Lightroom 3 is available for public beta testing. In the last week there's been a lot of news regarding Lightroom 3's advanced feature, and now here's your chance to actually give it a whirl! Lightroom is great for every kind of photographer -- casual, avid snapper or professional. It's not a full-featured editing suite like Photoshop, but it ...

Bookmark sync now available in Google Chrome dev channel

Less than a week ago, I spotted the early stages of bookmark sync in the Chromium nightly builds and source. Tonight, Google pushed the functionality in a new update to the dev channel for Google Chrome. If you're running it already, just head to the wrench menu and click about. Once Chrome checks for and finds the update, install it and you're ready to sync. You'll still need to append --enable-...

First Firefox 3.7 pre-alpha appears in nightly builds

With the first Firefox 3.6 alpha in the bag, what's the next logical step for Mozilla to take? Why, to roll out the first pre-alpha of version 3.7, of course. Sure, the 3.6 alpha 2 is still labeled Minefield, but why not go for maximum danger factor with your bleeding-edge install? The 3.7 interface hasn't yet started to look like the mockups we saw a little while ago. Glass support isn't...

Latest Google Chrome dev build adds Windows 7 jumplist support

Though the recent release of Firefox 3.6 alpha 1 didn't prioritize support for Windows 7's jumplists, Google has flicked the switch in the latest developer channel build of Chrome. As you can see in the screenshot above, Chrome's jumplist works just like any other in Windows 7. Recently browsed sites are listed below those you pin to the list. Space is also reserved for quick access to recentl...

Checkmycolours.com spots color gaffes in your web designs

If there's one thing I've learned from watching the front page of Delicious, it's that designers love to bookmark things. More to the point, they love handy web tools that help them with their creative work. One more tool to consider adding to your arsenal is Checkmycolours. Drop a URL into the box and press the check button, and you'll receive an exhaustive analysis of page elements and their c...