With Firefox 4 recently emerging as a public beta, it is time to take a closer look at the next version of Mozilla's web browser. I spent some time with this pre-release version to see how Firefox 4 compares to its predecessor.
Stories by Rob Griffiths
The latest salvo in the continuing battle of virtualisation applications has been fired by VMware, with the release of VMware Fusion 3. Fusion 3 brings a number of interesting new features to what was already a feature-rich application. I've had a chance to use the final Fusion 3 code for the last week or so, and this First Look is based on my experiences with that code. Fusion 3 works in both Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6, but takes advantage of changes in Snow Leopard to improve graphics and disk performance. If you're running Snow Leopard with the 64-bit kernel enabled, Fusion 3 will be able to offer even better performance with lower overhead. If you're using Windows Vista, 7, or new (created in Fusion 3) XP virtual machines, you'll also see greatly reduced memory footprints
Those who need or want to run Windows (and other operating systems) on an Intel-powered Mac are probably familiar with both Parallels Desktop for Mac and VMware Fusion 2, the two leading OS X virtualization solutions. VirtualBox, from Sun Microsystems, is a third option that, unlike the aforementioned competitors, is completely free. So how well does a free virtualization solution stack up to the pricier alternatives? The answer to that question depends on what you're looking for in your virtualization solution.
For those who need (or want) to run Windows (or other operating systems) on their Intel-powered Macs, the leading products in the segment are Parallels Desktop for Mac and VMware Fusion (plus, there's also Sun Microsystems' VirtualBox). A year ago, VMware Fusion was the new kid on the block, with version 1.0 earning four mice in its initial review. Now, VMware Fusion 2.0 is available, offering both bug fixes and many features designed to make running alternative operating systems on your Mac as easy as possible.
Razer Pro Solutions, best known for gaming mice such as the DeathAdder, has added a new wireless portable mouse to its lineup, the ProClick Mobile. The ProClick Mobile takes Razer's excellent high-precision 1,200 dpi optical resolution technology, and packages it into a smaller wireless body. The ProClick Mobile is available in four colors--while I'd call them black, white, pink, and red, Razer's marketing department has named them Naughty, Nice, Sugar, and Spice.
In addition to billions of pages of text, the Web is awash in images--more than 50 million desktop images, more than 3 million convertibles, and more than 10 million cartoons.
In a Worldwide Developers Conference keynote dominated by iPhone news, Steve Jobs did offer bit of OS X-centric news to attendees: The next version of OS X is code-named Snow Leopard.
The competition between <a href="http://www.parallels.com/en/products/desktop/?from=homepage">Parallels Desktop for Mac</a> and <a href="http://vmware.com/products/fusion/">VMware Fusion</a> in the OS X virtualization niche has been very good for consumers. Both developers have added features at an amazing rate since their products' respective debuts.
When you think about it, the Finder is probably the single-most used program in Mac OS X. After all, it runs from the moment you log in until the time you log out, handling all your file management tasks. It's also the public face of the OS X interface when you're not using an application.
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