One of the big stories from the general tech sphere yesterday centered on Ars Technica's discovery that Samsung artificially inflated the CPU speeds for the Galaxy Note 3, leading the normally Twitterphobic Apple executive Phil Schiller to tweet "shenanigans" in response. But as Anandtech reported today, the rabbit hole goes far deeper than that. According to the site's research, almost all smartphone manufacturers--with the exception of Apple and Motorola--employ GPU and CPU tweaks to cheat on benchmark tests to make smartphones appear more powerful than they are.
When applications are loading at a slow pace, there can be a number of factors contributing to the pokiness. One of the first places you’ll want to check is Activity Monitor (located in the Applications > Utilities folder). This application can be used to check the vital signs of your system’s performance while it’s running.
Tired of the relatively poky broadband speeds offered by telephone and cable companies? You can now get download speeds up to 300Mbps (and upload speeds up to 65Mbps) -- but only if you live in an area served by Verizon's FiOS.
Most of us are familiar with the term 3G, which refers to the third generation of wireless technology standards used in the last three models of the iPhone (not to mention every other smartphone produced in recent years). But did you know that a lot of what carriers are currently touting as “4G” is actually just a souped-up version of 3G?
Apple introduced new MacBook Pro models packing Intel’s latest Sandy Bridge processors, which means it didn’t take long for them to be put on the bench and speed tested -- by which we mean GeekBench, of course!
Apple was firing with all chambers on Wednesday, with the majority of the focus on its “Back to the Mac” media event. But the company also found time to unleash a few software updates and even quietly offer a speed bump on its MacBook Pro.
With the newly announced (but not yet released to the public) version of iOS, the iPhone 3G bugs have mostly been squashed. Apple made a point in saying that this forthcoming update (iOS 4.1) would alleviate some of the problems iPhone 3G owners had when first upgrading to iOS 4.0 a few months ago.