Apple: Free cases to alleviate iPhone 4 problems

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CUPERTINO, Calif. – Apple says it will give free protective cases to buyers of its latest iPhone model to alleviate the so-called “death grip” problem: holding the phone with a bare hand can muffle the wireless signal.
Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs announced the giveaway Friday at the company’s headquarters in California. Those who have already bought the phone and new buyers through Sept. 30 will all be eligible. People who already purchased the $29 “Bumper” cases will be refunded.
Earlier, Jobs declared, “We’re not perfect.”
But he says the problem isn’t widespread. He says just over five out of every thousand users have complained to Apple’s warranty service, and less than 2 percent have returned the device.
Consumer Reports refused to recommend the phone and called on Apple to compensate buyers.

First iPhone 4 Broken After One-Foot Drop

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This is not a drop test. This is the first iPhone 4 that breaks after a simple accident that anyone may have: A one-foot drop.
The back of it completely shattered. I’m convinced that this will be the first of many broken iPhone 4s. It appears to be functioning correctly but the glass needs to be replaced. At the Genius Bar they said they don’t have any replacement phones or parts yet and we had to make an appt for Friday (they still don’t have any insight into procedures for this situation but said to come in anyway). Hopefully they replace it for free. I’ve dropped my 3g from far higher without causing any breaks. This was the damage after about a foot fall.
I love Apple, I really do, but for a company renown for superb SCM practices, they fell short here… shipping early without procedures and/or parts in stock.
Unlike the drop test, this was a full phone from the factory.
An industry insider recently pointed at the probable causes for easy glass shattering and chipping. While we are investigating his claims, here is one piece of advice: Try not to drop your iPhone in other glass surfaces. That and remember to buy a bumper and/or insurance.

Some iPhone 4 Displays Have Yellow Bands and Spots

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There is a problem with the iPhone 4′s Retina displays: Some screens have a yellow tint across its surface. 40 cases [Updating Live] and counting. In some, it’s a yellow band. In others, yellow spots.

5 Big Blemishes for the Apple iPhone 4

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Apple’s (AAPL – News) redesigned iPhone is destined to be a knockout success. The phone scores high on style points with its sleek glass and stainless steel design, and it wins points for its multitasking software and improved screen.
There are, however, a few shortcomings.
The Apple iPhone 4 is set to go on sale Thursday. Judging by the record demand during the pre-sale period, the newest iPhone will make a huge sales splash, especially with old iPhone owners trading up.
All the presales excitement and Apple-driven hype have set expectations very high. But mighty Apple plays to a tough crowd. It’s an affluent group that has been eager to buy the next new thing out of Cupertino, Calif. It’s also a highly discerning group with a refined taste in gadgets, and that makes them a bit fussy.
Here are five bruises on the new Apple iPhone that may engender complaint.
No. 5: A Skimpy Camera
As smartphone challengers like HTC, Motorola (MOT – News) and Nokia (NOK – News) embrace the megapixel race with 8-megapixel and 12-megapixel cameras, Apple’s new iPhone keeps it cheap with a 5-megapixel model.
This will be a bigger point of contention this week when Verizon (VZ – News) and Motorola unveil the Droid X Wednesday, the newest Google (GOOG – News) Android phone, which features an 8-megapixel camera. Android phone giant HTC has also been generous with 8-megapixel cameras in its Droid Incredible and Sprint’s (S – News) EVO.
Meanwhile, Apple, always the laggard in cameras, won’t enter the 8-megapixel class until next year when it debuts a sweet Sony (SNE – News) camera in its 2011 iPhone. But by then, who knows where the rest of the pack will be?
No. 4: No Swype
If you’ve seen Swype or used it, you know why this omission makes the list. Typing on a touchscreen is a challenge as the flat glass surface offers few clues to where your fat fingers are precisely making contact. It’s an error-prone process that gives one a longing for the raised keys of the BlackBerry keyboard from Research In Motion (RIMM – News).
But the Swype keypad software helps tame the new medium. Swype follows the pattern of your finger movements to type words or predict words without the usual hunting and pecking.
Apple did wonders with the touchscreen, but Swype makes it more useful for those among us who like to type.
No. 3: Video Calling
Okay, it’s not totally bait and switch, but Apple’s hot new iPhone video calling feature, FaceTime, comes with lots of asterisks and a limited applicability.
Say you want to video chat with someone using the Apple iPhone 4. That someone has to have a WiFi connection and he has to use the same application on his own iPhone 4. You’re looking at a small club of people — not exactly an application of global Skype-like proportions.
No. 2: iPhone 4 Shortages
Strong demand is only half the story for Apple’s iPhone sales debut. Limited supply is the other. A shortage of in-plane display panels, the crucial part of Apple’s touted retina display screens, has forced Apple’s contract manufacturers to cut production rates in half to 1 million iPhones a month.
This means there won’t be enough iPhones on hand to meet the presumably high demand. Though it’s not a terrible problem to have if you are a gadget maker, sellouts and delivery delays will mar Apple’s big iPhone 4 debut. The frustration could push buyers toward other phones.
No. 1: No Verizon iPhone.
A new iPhone is big. But a new iPhone at Verizon? Much bigger.
Apple’s exclusive partnership with AT&T (T – News) has been a point of discord among iPhone owners and it has tarnished the public perception of both companies. It also has done almost nothing for AT&T’s stock.
Investors have been waiting for the Verizon iPhone. But that’s apparently not going to happen until next year, if ever.
So Apple fans who want the new iPhone have to lock in for another two years with AT&T. This scenario is not particularly pleasant considering that AT&T’s new subscriber plans put penalties on people (like iPhone users) who happen to be heavy data users.

iPhone 4 Pre-Orders Now Pushed Back To July 14

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Apple has pushed back the delivery date for iPhone 4 advance sales even more. The U.S. Apple Store is now showing that iPhone 4 pre-orders will ship by July 14, a 12-day delay to the original postponed delivery date of July 2.
Apple is having trouble fulfilling the surge of pre-orders that it began taking on June 15, noting in a statement on Wednesday that it has already sold more than 600,000 iPhone 4s.
Pre-ordering an iPhone 4 is not easy job, however. First off, AT&T suspended iPhone 4 pre-orders on Wednesday, only a day after its Web site was overwhelmed with demand from customers.
AT&T’s surge of interest didn’t just come from new customers, but also from current customers. AT&T extended the new iPhone 4 customer pricing to those whose iPhone contracts expire at any point this year, thus making them eligible for discounted prices starting at $199 (with a refreshed two-year contract).
AT&T’s servers couldn’t cope with the demand, and crashed early on Tuesday, taking down with them the iPhone 4 pre-ordering system on Apple’s own Web site as well. In this process, some reported a glitch that exposed some customers’ personal information to other users. AT&T said it was not able to replicate the issue on its end.
Afraid of the online ordering problems, many have turned to good old-fashioned brick and mortar stores, where long queues formed both on Tuesday and Wednesday.
That didn’t last long either, as Apple confirmed in a statement “many customers were turned away or abandoned the process in frustration. We apologize to everyone who encountered difficulties, and hope that they will try again or visit an Apple or carrier store once the iPhone 4 is in stock.”
If you didn’t manage to pre-order an iPhone, but you still want one on launch day (Thursday, June 24), there is still hope. Apple is expected to stock a limited number of devices at its own stores on the day, and Radio Shack, Wal-Mart, and Best Buy will also carry the iPhone 4 on launch day.

First iOS 4 Multitasking Aware Apps Appearing in App Store

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Apple has started approving updates for apps that support the new features of iOS 4. The most notable feature that requires explicit support is OS 4 multitasking. One particularly prominent app that now supports the basic iOS 4′s multitasking API is Dropbox, a file sharing/syncing tool.
Apple’s iOS has never supported multitasking in 3rd party applications. Apple has cited issues with performance and battery life as chief concerns with unrestricted multitasking. Instead, Apple has introduced 7 specific background services for IOS 4 apps that will allow them to continue tasks after a user switches away from them. These include:
- Background audio – Allows your app to play audio continuously.
- Voice over IP – Users can now receive VoIP calls and have conversations while using another app.
- Background location – Navigation apps can now continue to guide users who are using other apps
- Push notifications – Receive alerts from your remote servers even when your app isn’t running.
- Local notifications – Your app can now alert users of scheduled events and alarms in the background, no servers required.
- Task finishing – If your app is in mid-task when your customer leaves it, the app can now keep running to finish the task.
- Fast app switching – This will allow users to leave your app and come right back to where they were when they left – no more having to reload the app.
The most noticeable change that should be implemented in every iOS 4 aware app is “Fast app switching” which allows you to switch in and out of an application without restarting the app. Dropbox appears to support this feature. Critics will correctly point out that this isn’t really multitasking, but it’s just a start of the support of the new iOS features. More impressive uses of the multitaking API will include apps such as Pandora Radio and Skype.
Apple will be distributing iOS 4 to the public on June 21st.

Apple iPhone 4 sets record sale pace despite gaffe

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LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Sales of Apple Inc’s latest iPhone blew away expectations in its first day on the market despite shortages and an embarrassing online ordering glitch that thwarted many shoppers.
Apple shares rose nearly 3 percent on Wednesday after it announced sales of more than 600,000 iPhone 4s, a record for just a single day of pre-orders. That put the device on track to surpass sales of its previous iPhone models as well as its iPad tablet computer, and sounded a strong challenge to rivals like Nokia Corp, which warned of weaker-than-expected sales at its phones unit.
But Apple apologized on Wednesday for having to halt sales temporarily after the surprising volume of online interest overloaded order and approval systems and supplies ran out.
Apple’s website said Wednesday afternoon that products ordered then would be shipped by July 14, three weeks after the phone’s scheduled June 24 launch in stores and slower than the July 2 shipment promised earlier in the day. The site was still slow on Wednesday, making it unclear if orders were going through.
The phone’s exclusive U.S. carrier AT&T Inc said it had halted pre-orders and that sales would resume as soon as inventory becomes available.
The Apple faithful appeared unconcerned. Analysts say the new iPhone would likely surpass sales of the last iPhone 3GS model, about 1 million units of which moved in its first three days. Helping drive that stellar performance will be an influx of new users jumping on the smartphone boom, as well as a two-year replacement cycle for existing iPhone fans.
The first round of carrier contracts signed for the first 3G-based iPhone — launched in 2008 — are due to end soon, JPMorgan analyst Mark Moskowitz said in a research note.
“It’s easy to forget how early we are in the adoption of this device,” said BGC Partners analyst Colin Gillis, saying many had underestimated the size of the iPhone’s addressable market. “There’s only 50 million of them out there. 600,000 is still a drop in the bucket.”
One analyst said sales of the device could reach 10 million per quarter, once Apple can meet demand.
“At some point in the next three to four months they’ll catch up. That’s when they’ll start hitting the 10 million per quarter mark,” Hapoalim Securities analyst Kevin Hunt said.
“There is probably enough demand (to hit that number) in the third quarter but there’s probably not enough supply.”
Another analyst, Shaw Wu of Kaufman Bros, said his eight million estimate for the quarter is probably conservative.
Some other analysts have raised concerns that Apple supply shortages — which caused a delay in the international launch of the iPad, for instance — would drive impatient buyers to rivals.
Apple and AT&T have incurred several recent technical and public relations embarrassments, including a security breach on the iPad that exposed email addresses of public figures, and an investigation into a missing iPhone prototype.
AT&T also said it received complaints that potential iPhone 4 customers were seeing other customers’ data on its website. It did not comment on this in Wednesday’s statement.
Apple unveiled the slimmer, $199 iPhone 4 last week, kicking off its fastest-ever global product roll-out to try to stay a step ahead of rivals like Google Inc in a red-hot smartphone market.
The device boasts a higher-quality screen and longer battery life, video chat via Wi-Fi, and a gyroscope sensor for improved gaming.
VERIZON ON THE HORIZON?
Shares of Apple, still hovering near a lifetime high, closed up 2.9 percent at $267.25 on Nasdaq. AT&T slipped 0.08 percent to $25.52 on the New York Stock Exchange.
AT&T said orders of the iPhone 4 were 10 times higher in their first day than for the iPhone 3GS on its launch day last year.
It said it chalked up more than 13 million visits to its website on Tuesday, including customers checking to see if they were eligible to upgrade to a new phone. It said eligibility checks were three times its previous record for a single day.
Hudson Square Research analyst Todd Rethemeier said the sales numbers were good news for AT&T, especially because of widespread expectations that bigger rival Verizon Wireless, a venture of Verizon Communications Inc and Vodafone Group Plc, will soon be able to sell iPhones too.
“It means they’re locking up customers into new two-year contracts. Nobody knows when Verizon’s going to the iPhone, but there’s a lot of speculation this will happen.” he said. “Anything AT&T can do to lock up customers now is a good thing.”
Rodman & Renshaw analyst Ashok Kumar said the technical snafus were more of a black eye for AT&T than Apple, and reinforced his expectation for a Verizon iPhone late this year. He does not see the problems helping rivals who make phones powered by the Android software from Google.
“People who can’t get their phones today, they’re not going to go to Android. They’ll just come back tomorrow and try to buy the iPhone,” he said.
AT&T said the availability of its inventory would determine whether it could resume taking orders. Apple apologized to frustrated would-be buyers and asked them to “try again” online and in stores once the phone is in stock.
“We apologize to everyone who encountered difficulties, and hope that they will try again … once the iPhone 4 is in stock,” Apple said in a statement.

World Cup for Dummies

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1. So what is a Vuvuzela and what’s the fuss?

It’s kind of an ear-shatteringly loud plastic trumpet. Coined South Africa’s “secret weapon” by many in the international press, it sounds like an elephant when you’re up close, or a swarm of VERY angry bees when you’re sitting in a stadium crammed full of excited fans ALL blowing on them. With gusto!
It’s used to excite the blower’s team…and distract the opposition.
FIFA considered banning them, but decided against it as long as it’s not used as a weapon. (The same goes for the “kuduzela” — a similar trumpet but in a kudu horn shape.)

Cape Town's rather large vuvuzela!

Cape Town's rather large vuvuzela!


“The vuvuzela is a true representation of what African culture is about, and what African culture is,” said Issa Hayatou, the president of the Confederation of African Football.
Although the noise can be unbearable (reaching a reported 131 decibels!) with players and coaches often unable to hear each other, South Africans are hugely loyal to the vuvuzela that’s become a symbol of so much more than just a football trend. It’s become a symbol of hope and rejoicing in the Rainbow Nation.

2. What’s the Diski Dance?

South Africa’s Diski Dance is a fab jive that features township football style moves transformed into dance. “Diski” is slang for football, and this dance was created especially for the World Cup.
“The whole idea was that we needed to come up with something that is truly South African,” says Wendy Ramokgadi, choreographer of the dance. “Our country’s football is rhythmic, and so all the moves that we use in the dance are those same moves that are used on the South African football pitch, moves you can only find in our country.
“The Diski Dance is one of the things I am most proud of, I really am excited about it,” says Ramokgadi. “When these people come to our country, let them come and feel the rhythm of Africa. We must just work, wear, eat, sleep the Diski Dance.”
Watch the video from South African Tourism to see it in action:


And now learn the Diski Dancing Steps yourself (everyone else is!)

3. Then what’s the Waka Waka?

Well, that’s being touted as the ‘official dance’ of the World Cup and it’s also pretty cool. It happens to also be the official World Cup song, performed by Shakira and featuring fab SA band Freshlyground. Full song title is: Waka Waka (This Time for Africa).
Waka Waka is a Cameroon term for ‘do it’ (as in ‘perform a task’) although others say it’s a Swahili verb that means shine. The song was originally from Cameroon…
Here’s the official video!

Shakira : Waka Waka Lyrics

Oooeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeehh

You’re a good soldier
Choosing your battles
Pick yourself up
And dust yourself off
Get back in the saddle

You’re on the front line
Everyone’s watching
You know it’s serious
We are getting closer
This isn’t over

The pressure is on
You feel it
But you got it all
Believe it

When you fall get up, oh oh
If you fall get up, eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
Cuz this is Africa
Tsamina mina, eh eh
Waka waka, eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
This time for Africa

Listen to your God
This is our motto
Your time to shine
Don’t wait in line
Y vamos por todo

People are raising
Their expectations
Go on and feed them
This is your moment
No hesitations

Today’s your day
I feel it
You paved the way
Beleive it

If you get down get up, oh oh
When you get down get up, eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
This time for Africa
Tsamina mina, eh eh
Waka waka, eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
Anawa a a
Tsamina mina, eh eh
Waka waka, eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
This time for Africa

(Lady Singing)
ame la mejole biggi biggi
mubbo wa, ET to zet
asi tsu zala makyuni biggi biggi
mubbo from east to west
asi waga waga ma hehe
waga waga ma eh eh
tendency suna tsibuye
CUZ THIS IS AFRICA

Voice: Tsamina mina, Anawa a a
Tsamina mina
Tsamina mina, Anawa a a

Tsamina mina, eh eh
Waka waka, eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
Anawa a a
Tsamina mina, eh eh
Waka waka, eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
This time for Africa

Django eh eh
Django eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
Anawa a a

Django eh eh
Django eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
Anawa a a

(2x) This time for Africa

(2x) We’re all Africa

4. Why’s the SA squad called Bafana Bafana, and who’s in the team?

Bafana Bafana means “the boys, the boys” in isiZulu. It’s a term that was yelled out by jubilant fans during the team’s triumphant performance at the 1996 African Nations Cup. And the name stuck.

Bafana Bafana

Bafana Bafana


The team’s coach is Carlos Alberto Parreira. He’s a Brazilian who once led his own country to World Cup victory, in 1994.
Sadly SA is one of the weakest host teams in the history of the World Cup, ranked only 83rd, and the team has been ridiculed more than praised in previous years for its bad performance BUT things are turning around. With the mounting excitement around SA hosting the World Cup, and Parreira’s choice of a mainly young, fast team there’s renewed pride and hope in Bafana Bafana. And in recent matches — they’ve been winning!

5. Which are the Top 20 teams and where does Bafana Bafana stand in the FIFA Rankings?

Hmmm. This is where your team REALLY needs you. Bafana Bafana are ranked 83rd. The good news is that’s 7 places better than where we were until recently: 90! The not-so-great news is that the other teams in our Group are: France (#9), Uruguay (#16) and Mexico (#17).
Here’s the top 20:
1 — Brazil; 2 — Spain; 3 — Portugal; 4 — Netherlands; 5 — Italy; 6 — Germany; 7 — Argentina; 8 — England; 9 — France; 10 — Croatia; 11 — Russia; 12 — Egypt; 13 — Greece; 14 — USA; 15 — Serbia; 16 — Uruguay; 17 — Mexico; 18 — Chile; 19 — Cameroon; 20 — Australia

6. Who’s Zakumi?

Um, official mascot of the 2010 FIFA World Cup…but so far not really inciting the kind of excitement and support he’s meant to.

Zakumi

Zakumi


He’s apparently a party “animal” (being a green-haired leopard and all) and has been launched as “the mascot with an attitude” who’ll turn the World Cup into a huge party and show the guests the warmth and spirit of Africa.
He loves football (of course) and is named Zakumi after ZA (for South Africa) and ‘kumi’ (which translates into ‘10? in various African languages) — South Africa ‘10 (get it?).
In his biog it says he has “one striking weakness”. The weakness? He uses up so much energy that he requires frequent (short) rests, and can suddenly fall asleep at random moments. But so far — he seems to have been snoozing too much.

7. What’s a Makarapa

Another uniquely South African accessory! It’s a very colourfully decorated and elaborate plastic hard hat that fans wear on their heads, and that was created for…safety!

Makarapa

Makarapa


Alfred Baloyi (51), a very talented artist, created the makarapa years ago after watching a bottle flying through the air at an unruly match in Soweto.
“We used to go to the stadium without wearing anything on our heads and it was dangerous,” he said. “I realised that these hard hats could protect me.”
They’re called ‘makarapa’ because that’s isiXhosa for the migrant workers who wore hard hats in mines.
Nowadays most fans adorn the makarapa to immerse in the festive atmosphere at matches, and they’re as vital as the vuvuzelas.

8. Oops. What are the words to the anthem? I’m feeling VERY patriotic and I want to sing along!

The anthem’s called Nkosi Sikilel’iAfrika and you can print out a very easy-to-learn PDF of the words and then watch the video below and sing along!

Should AT&T-iPad 3G security breach worry you?

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If you were an early adopter of the 3G-embedded version of the iPad — as in, you bought it on Day One — there’s a chance that your e-mail address and your iPad’s ICC-ID number were exposed by a group of hackers who exploited a weakness on AT&T’s website. How bad is the breach, and should you be worried?
First, a little background. Gawker broke the news late Wednesday that a group of hackers going by the name of Goatse Security managed to grab the information of more than 114,000 iPad 3G owners — including, as it turns out, such high-profile early adopters as New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and maybe even White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel — by exploiting a wonky script on the AT&T website.
Basically, by hitting the script with an ICC-ID number (the unique identifier of an iPad 3G’s SIM card), the hackers were able to harvest the e-mail address associated with the account, according to Gawker. By methodically firing off one ICC-ID after another, the Goatse Security hackers managed to dredge up the e-mail addresses of one early iPad 3G adopter after another, including the CEOs of the New York Times, Time magazine and Dow Jones, as well as staffers at NASA and the Department of Defense.
Not good, right? Lucky for us, the hackers at Goatse Security seem more interested in revealing security holes than in exploiting them, and the group shopped around its findings to a variety of news organizations Sunday, according to Forbes, and Gawker bit. (Gawker, by the way is owned by Gawker Media, the same company that owns Gizmodo and paid for Gizmodo’s iPhone leak. Gawker says it didn’t pay for the iPad security breach story.)
In a statement to Gawker, AT&T said it learned of the security hole Monday (from a “business customer,” not Goatse Security) and had plugged it by Tuesday (a day before Gawker published its post). “We take customer privacy very seriously, and while we have fixed this problem, we apologize to our customers who were impacted,” AT&T said, adding that it would be contacting any and all customers whose e-mail and ICC-ID numbers were exposed. Apple has yet to issue a statement.
So, how did the e-mail addresses and ICC-ID numbers of iPad 3G owners end up on a publicly accessible website? As Matt Buchanan at Gizmodo explains, the problem was a “tiny convenience feature” on the iPad 3G that fills (or filled, as of Tuesday) in your e-mail address automatically when you’re checking your AT&T account from the iPad’s Settings menu. Now that AT&T has plugged the security hole, you’ll have to tap in your e-mail address every time you want to check the status of your 3G account.
So if your iPad 3G info was exposed, how worried should you be? According to Gawker, the only data that were scooped up by the hackers were e-mail addresses at the ICC-ID numbers associated with them — no phone numbers, street addresses, credit card numbers or any other personal information.
The New York Times also checked with some security experts, who note that there’s only so much someone could do with your e-mail address — hit you with a phishing attack (you know, a fake message from, say, PayPal, asking for your username and password), or flood your inbox with junk mail.
That said, “in the right hands,” your iPad 3G’s ICC-ID number could be used to track your iPad’s location, one expert told the Times, although another downplayed the threat, noting that an attacker would need “access to very secure databases that are not generally connected to the public Internet.”
Still, even if the damage to actual iPad 3G users is relatively limited (we hope), the breach is acutely embarrassing for Apple and especially AT&T, which managed to leave personal information about its customers vulnerable on a public website.
The snafu also raises the question: What other AT&T security holes are still out there, waiting to be exposed — or exploited?

Apple’s Safari 5 Now Available to Download

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Apple has sent word that Safari 5 is now available to download. Available for both Mac and Windows, Safari 5 features a new Safari Reader for reading articles on the web, a 30 percent performance increase over Safari 4, and the ability to choose Google, Yahoo! or Bing as the search service powering Safari’s search field.
“Safari continues to lead the pack in performance, innovation and standards support,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Safari now runs on over 200 million devices worldwide and its open source WebKit engine runs on over 500 million devices.”
According to Apple, the update contains new features including:
Safari Reader: Click on the new Reader icon to view articles on the web in a single, clutter-free page.
Improved Performance: Safari 5 executes JavaScript up to 25 per cent faster than Safari 4. Better page caching and DNS prefetching speed up browsing.
Bing Search Option: New Bing search option for Safari’s Search Field, in addition to Google and Yahoo!.
Improved HTML5 support: Safari supports over a dozen new HTML5 features, including Geolocation, full screen for HTML5 video, closed captions for HTML5 video, new sectioning elements (article, aside, footer, header, hgroup, nav and section), HTML5 AJAX History, EventSource, WebSocket, HTML5 draggable attribute, HTML5 forms validation, and HTML5 Ruby.
Safari Developer Tools: A new Timeline Panel in the Web Inspector shows how Safari interacts with a website and identifies areas for optimisation. New keyboard shortcuts make it faster to switch between panels.
Other improvements include:
Smarter Address Field: The Smart Address Field can now match text against the titles of webpages in History and Bookmarks, as well as any part of their URL.
Tabs Setting: Automatically open new webpages in tabs instead of in separate windows.
Hardware Acceleration for Windows: Use the power of the computer’s graphics processor to smoothly display media and effects on PC as well as Mac.
Search History with Date: A new date indicator in Full History Search shows when webpages were viewed.
Top Sites/History Button: Switch easily between Top Sites and Full History Search with a new button that appears at the top of each view.
Private Browsing Icon: A “Private” icon appears in the Smart Address Field when Private Browsing is on. Click on the icon to turn off Private Browsing.
DNS Prefetching: Safari looks up the addresses of links on webpages and can load those pages faster.
Improved Page Caching: Safari can add additional types of webpages to the cache so they load quickly.
XSS Auditor: Safari can filter potentially malicious scripts used in cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks.
Improved JavaScript Support: Safari allows web applications that use JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) to run faster and more securely.
Apple notes performance will vary based on system configuration, network connection and other factors. All testing conducted by Apple in May 2010 on an iMac 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo system running Mac OS X 10.6.3, with 4GB of RAM. JavaScript benchmark based on the SunSpider 0.9.1 JavaScript Performance test.
Safari 5 for Mac OS X requires Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.8 or Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.2 or later. Safari 5 for Windows requires Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista or Windows 7. The free download is available at http://www.apple.com/safari/ or by Software Update on a Mac.

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