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Safari 1.0

Safari 1.0

Can Safari fill Internet Explorer's shoes? That's the question on everyone's lips since Microsoft dropped out of the OS X browser arena in June. Apple released <A href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/review/41/1/2656.html">Safari 1.0 Beta</A> in January, and is now offering shipping version 1.0, which fixes rendering problems that dogged both betas. The OS X-only browser shares its open-source foundations with Konqueror, a standalone browser and the file manager for the Linux KDE Desktop Environment. Apple says it improved on the tiny Konqueror kernel to meet its goal -- the fastest Mac Web browser. We think Safari meets this claim, and in informal testing, it's faster than both Internet Explorer and <A href="http://downloads.zdnet.co.uk/downloads/detail/1002-2143-10191457.html">Camino</A>.

July 2, 2003 by in Developer

HP iPAQ H1940

HP iPAQ H1940

HP's iPAQ H1940 is effectively the <A href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/review/12/1/2888.html">H1910</A>, with a faster processor, an updated operating system, Bluetooth and a Secure Digital (SD) slot that supports SDIO cards. With the introduction of the £299 (inc. VAT) H1940, the H1910 has had its price reduced to £199 (inc. VAT). HP still hasn't worked out how to give its most compact handheld a standard-sized headphone jack, so you need an adapter in order to use your favourite headphones with the H1940. And alas, there's no protective case included -- again. Those gripes aside, this is a sweet handheld that will appeal to those who can live without the iPAQ H2200's extra expansion slot.

July 1, 2003 by in Mobility

IBM ThinkPad G40

IBM ThinkPad G40

There have never been so many notebook-specific processors about, what with Pentium III-Ms, Pentium 4-Ms and now the Pentium M silicon providing the muscle behind Intel's Centrino mobile technology. This makes it slightly surprising to find a brand-new notebook with a desktop CPU inside it. Nevertheless, we can see the common sense behind the idea: keep the price down but don't compromise on build quality, offer a carefully considered set of features with the emphasis on practicality, and package the results as an affordable desktop replacement.

June 30, 2003 by in Laptops

Samsung SyncMaster 172W

Samsung SyncMaster 172W

Aspect ratio is a piece of jargon you don’t hear all that much about. Attention tends to focus more on resolution, so a monitor is typically described as delivering, say, 1,024 by 768 resolution rather than as having an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 (or 4:3). This is hardly surprising, since the aspect ratio -- the relationship between the width and the height of the image -- deriving from standard screen resolutions is the same from 640 by 480 VGA, through 1,024 by 768 XGA and up to 1,600 by 1,200 UXGA: 1.33:1.

June 25, 2003 by in Hardware

MSN Messenger 6 Public Beta

MSN Messenger 6 Public Beta

With Messenger 6, now available as a public beta, Microsoft eases into a comfortable lead -- in terms of features and quality -- over instant-messaging rivals AOL Instant Messenger and Yahoo. An updated and smooth interface and fun features such as Webcam support and online gaming should make this instant messenger (IM) the office time-waster of choice. You'll even find a few productivity enhancements in Messenger 6, such as an elegant peer-to-peer file-sharing application. Not surprisingly, Messenger 6 doesn't address the biggest IM question: how to chat with users of incompatible systems, including AOL Instant Messenger, Yahoo Messenger and ICQ. Die-hard IMers will still have to rely on third-party software, such as Trillian, to solve that one. Here at ZDNet, we don't recommend installing beta software, but if you can hold out for the final version, MSN Messenger 6 promises to be an excellent upgrade.

June 23, 2003 by in Developer

Asus MyPal A620

Asus MyPal A620

The MyPal A620 from Asus is the first handheld running the new <A href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/review/2/1/4778.html">Windows Mobile 2003</A> operating system that we’ve seen. Like the new OS itself, the MyPal 620 is hardly revolutionary, but for anyone who wants to be at the forefront of the Pocket PC world, it offers the latest software and good hardware features for a very reasonable price.

June 23, 2003 by in Mobility

GMate Yopy 3500

GMate Yopy 3500

GMate’s Yopy is a Linux-based handheld, which we first looked at in <A href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/review/12/1/2080.html">October last year</A>. At that time we reviewed a version of the device that had to be bought from France. Now, two models are available <A href="http://www.yopypda.co.uk/store/system/index.html">direct from the UK</A>. We looked at the less expensive device, the YP3500; the other, the YP3700, has a CompactFlash slot and costs £360 (inc. VAT). There are some significant differences between the Yopy of today and the model we first looked at.

June 19, 2003 by in Mobility

Sagem myX-6

Sagem myX-6

The story may be different in the country Sagem hails from, France, but on this side of the Channel, the Gallic company has for some time been regarded as the Skoda of mobile phones. It made cheap and cheerful entry-level handsets, which were not widely available in the UK. That analogy is apt, for, like the Czech car maker, Sagem’s stock is also set to rise with the launch of its latest phone, the myX-6 -- its first serious assault on the UK phone market.

June 19, 2003 by in Mobility

ZoneAlarm Pro 4.0

ZoneAlarm Pro 4.0

The previous edition of ZoneAlarm Pro took some blows from ZDNet readers, who complained that the software caused system instability and blue screens of death. We think that version 4.0, which sells for $49.95 (~£30), will entice these disgruntled customers back into the fold. This firewall-cum-security suite -- it features the firewall, plus a few privacy tools and a pop-up ad killer, but no anti-virus program -- now sports expert-style rules that let advanced users fine-tune Internet access privileges, an outbound mail monitor that watches for suspicious activity that could indicate a worm, and a way to report Web intruders. ZoneAlarm Pro remains so easy to use that even a novice can manage it. Not all is rosy, however, as there's still no way to call the ZoneAlarm help desk. If you're already using ZoneAlarm Pro, upgrade only if you want access to the expert rules. Looking for your first firewall? ZoneAlarm does the trick, but only if you already have anti-virus software installed.

June 13, 2003 by in Security

MindGenius Brainbloom for Tablet PC

MindGenius Brainbloom for Tablet PC

Brainstorming is a recognised method of gathering ideas and solving problems. It's a great way of covering the known ground and encouraging lateral thinking. The trouble with brainstorming is the time and effort required to organise random ideas into something coherent. The organising usually happens outside the brainstorming session, and can suffer from loss of impetus and the appearance of intended or unintended bias. MindGenius Brainbloom is designed to take the pain out of producing a structured end product from brainstorming exercises. It's designed for the Tablet PC, and takes advantage of the pen input that the platform provides.

June 12, 2003 by in Developer

Pinnacle Edition 5

Pinnacle Edition 5

When Pinnacle released <A href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/review/40/2/1650.html">Edition DV</A> last year, it was obvious that little work had been done on the product since it was acquired from FAST Technologies. Now that Pinnacle's engineers have had a chance to make a few changes, there are even more reasons for you to choose this non-linear editor (NLE).

June 11, 2003 by in Developer

IBM ThinkPad T40

IBM ThinkPad T40

IBM's long-lasting ThinkPad T40 series combines a svelte, thin-and-light chassis with Intel's Pentium M processor, the 855PM chipset and a choice of wireless adapters. Choosing Intel's PRO/Wireless adapter (as fitted in our review sample) makes your T40 a true Centrino notebook. The ThinkPad T40 also offers a dual-band, 802.11a/b antenna; an excellent keyboard; and wafer-thin swappable modules. It's not the fastest Pentium M notebook we've tested, but it's a business traveller's dream nonetheless: an extra-thin system with superb battery life if you buy the bigger of the two batteries. Those who crave more speed should consider another Pentium M notebook, the <A href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/review/13/1/3243.html">Acer TravelMate 800</A>, but businesses who add the ThinkPad T40 to their lineup can rest assured that they're getting an exceptional notebook. It's an Editors' Choice winner, despite its relatively steep price.

June 11, 2003 by in Laptops

IBM ThinkVision L200p

IBM ThinkVision L200p

As with most things, there are flat panel monitors and there are flat panel monitors. IBM’s ThinkVision L200p is the latter sort -- the kind of flat panel yours would like to be when it grows up. It’s big (20.1in.), and comes with a price tag to deter the casual shopper: £1,233 (ex. VAT) -- enough to place it in the ‘professional’ bracket.

June 9, 2003 by in Hardware

Fujitsu Siemens LifeBook S-6120

Fujitsu Siemens LifeBook S-6120

Fujitsu Siemens has a reputation for producing stylish and well-featured notebooks, although they're not always the most affordable systems. The new LifeBook S series, some of which feature Intel's Centrino technology, is not going to shake that reputation, if our experience of a pre-production sample of the S-6120 model is any indication. This Centrino system, which provides 802.11b and Bluetooth along with a zippy 1.6GHz Pentium M processor, comes in at £1,499 (ex. VAT), which is a little more than we'd like.

June 4, 2003 by in Laptops

3Com Network Jack NJ-95

3Com Network Jack NJ-95

Running out of network ports is a common occurrence, even in sites with good structured cabling systems. The usual solution is to install a hub or switch where more ports are needed and uplink to the central comms room. 3Com's Network Jack does exactly this, but promises to be more durable and manageable than a normal desktop switch. It does this by plugging directly into a wall outlet and taking power over Ethernet.

June 3, 2003 by in Reviews

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