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MW8 • THEEDGE SINGAPORE

| JUNE 22, 2009

Toos&toys for the manager

Time management There will be no reason to be late for work or morning appointments with the iWakeUp Clock Radio by Memorex — part of Imation Corp’s portfolio of leading brands. The FM/AM radio and iPod-compatible device is designed to cater to the heaviest of sleepers, with the alarm becoming increasingly loud every five seconds until it reaches maximum volume. It also has a dual alarm system, perfect for those who share a bedroom but have different daily schedules.

Power up with Lenovo IdeaPad The new IdeaPad S10-2 netbook by Lenovo is slimmer and comes with three USB ports, a four-in-one media card reader, larger-than-before keyboard and up to six hours of battery life. The netbook’s batterysaving software helps it achieve up to 30% more battery life than its predecessor. For those who want “on demand” functionality, the Lenovo QuickStart allows them use their favourite applications without waiting for the operating system to boot up.

Snap talk time HTC Snap takes streamlined communication to greater heights with its innovative Inner Circle feature, which brings emails from a pre-selected group of people to the top of your inbox, enabling important messages to be acted upon immediately. The slim and sleek HTC Snap measures a mere 12mm, yet can deliver up to 8½ hours of talk time with the standard 1500mAh battery. The full Qwerty keyboard is ergonomically designed, with extra-large domed keys and responsive tactile feedback, making typing emails and text messages fast, accurate and comfortable. High-speed 3G HSPA connectivity makes it quick and easy to send pictures, access favourite social networking sites or download large files while on the go.

Touch and go Sony Ericsson’s recently unveiled Aino is an intuitive media browser that gives users a clear overview and one-touch direct access to content in their home gadgets. For example, you can control your Playstation 3 and access its media content on your Aino anywhere, anytime, using Remote Play with Playstation3. Aino’s Media Home, meanwhile, is an application that automatically pulls media content, via Media Go, from your PC to your phone over WiFi.

Audio integration The Plantronics Savi from Unified Communications is an industry-first suite offering an integrated wireless headset for PCs and landline phones. With possible benefits including improved business collaboration and cost savings, the system allows use over the PC, such as for web conferencing and multimedia streaming, while switching to/from the desk phone happens at the touch of a button. The Savi Go, meanwhile, is for PC/mobile phone communications. Both products have variants that support UC offerings from leading providers, including Avaya, Cisco, IBM and Microsoft, and other popular services like Google Talk and Skype.

internettime

| BY OON YEOH |

Safari 4 ups the ante A

pple recently triumphantly announced that its Safari 4 was downloaded 11 million times in the first three days of its release and that more than half of that was done by PCs and laptops that use Windows as their operating system. With both Internet Explorer (IE) and Firefox firmly entrenched, why would anyone want to download Safari? In a word: Speed. Apple claims that Safari can load HTML pages three times faster than the latest versions of Firefox and IE. It also states that its Nitro Engine renders JavaScript four times faster than Firefox and eight times faster than IE. Safari 4 is also the first browser to pass the Web Standards Project’s Acid3 test, which examines how well a browser adheres to various standards designed for dynamic web applications. It also offers several features that

are sure to set new standards. For example, it supports HTML 5 and advanced CSS Effects, allowing for more fonts and graphics, and a significantly richer web experience. Here are some simple-to-understand things worth looking out for:

Top Sites Through Top Sites, you can get a preview of your favourite websites at one glance. Safari tracks the sites you browse and ranks your favourites, presenting up to 24 thumbnails on a single page. You can even customise the display by pinning a favourite site to a specific location in the grid. A star in the upper-righthand corner of a site indicates that some new content has been uploaded onto the site since your last visit. As you browse, Safari identifies the websites you’re most interested in based on how often and how

recently you visit a site. So, as you explore the web and discover new sites, your Top Sites will change to match your evolving tastes.

Cover Flow Cover Flow offers a visual approach to reviewing your site history and bookmarked sites, presenting fullpage previews of the websites that look exactly as they did when you last visited them. You can flip through the website previews in Cover Flow just as you do with album art in iTunes.

Full search history Just type a word or phrase in the History Search field in Top Sites, and Safari quickly presents you with a list of possibilities. You will be able to search for anything that was on a page you visited, even the photo captions. To help you remember, Safari presents

A screenshot of Safari 4’s Top Sites applications

the sites it finds in Cover Flow, giving you the opportunity to visually spot the right site.

Smart address field Enter web addresses quickly and easily. As you begin to type an address in the address field, Safari automatically completes it with the most likely match (called the Top Hit). If this is not what you are looking for, check the list of relevant suggestions, drawn from your bookmarks and browsing history, that Safari displays.

Speculative loading Safari loads the documents, scripts, and style information required to view a web page ahead of time, so they’re ready when you need them. Just when you thought the browser wars were over, Apple shakes things up a bit. Safari 4 is available for Mac OS X and Windows as a free download at www.apple.com/safari/download. E Oon Yeoh is editor of new media at The Edge Malaysia. Read his blog, join him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter, via www.oonyeoh.com.

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