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Never Offline? How Apple Is Invading Our Bodies

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

Interesting thought piece about Apple’s latest devices from Time.com

Apple Watch Time Magazine Cover 140922

The Silicon Valley giant has redrawn the line that separates our technology and ourselves. That may not be a good thing

The Apple Watch is very personal—“personal” and “intimate” were words that Apple CEO Tim Cook and his colleagues used over and over again when presenting it to the public for the first time. That’s where the watch is likely to change things, because it does something computers aren’t generally supposed to: it lives on your body. It perches on your wrist, like one of Cinderella’s helpful bluebirds. It gets closer than we’re used technology getting. It gets inside your personal bubble. We’re used to technology being safely Other, but the Apple Watch wants to snuggle up and become part of your Self.

This is new, and slightly unnerving. When technologies get adopted as fast as we tend to adopt Apple’s products, there are always unintended consequences. When the iPhone came out it was praised to the skies as a design and engineering marvel, because it is one, but no one really understood what it would be like to have it in our lives. Nobody anticipated the way iPhones exert a constant gravitational tug on our attention. Do I have e-mail? What’s happening on Twitter? Could I get away with playing Tiny Wings at this meeting? When you’re carrying a smartphone, your attention is never entirely undivided.

The reality of living with an iPhone, or any smart, connected device, is that it makes reality feel just that little bit less real. One gets over-connected, to the point where the thoughts and opinions of distant anonymous strangers start to feel more urgent than those of your loved ones who are in the same room as you. One forgets how to be alone and undistracted. Ironically enough experiences don’t feel fully real till you’ve used your phone to make them virtual—tweeted them or tumbled them or Instagrammed them or YouTubed them, and the world has congratulated you for doing so. Smartphones create needs we never had before, and were probably better off without.

The great thing about the Apple Watch is that it’s always there—you don’t even have to take it out of your bag to look at it, the way you would with an iPhone. But unlike an iPhone you can’t put the Apple Watch away either. It’s always with you. During the company’s press event the artist Banksy posted a drawing to his Twitter feed of an iPhone growing roots that strangle and sink into the wrist of the hand holding it. You can see where he was coming from. This is technology establishing a new beachhead. To wear a device as powerful as the Apple Watch makes you ever so slightly post-human.

What might post-humanity be like? The paradox of a wearable device is that it both gives you control and takes it away at the same time. Consider the watch’s fitness applications. They capture all data that your body generates, your heart and activity and so on, gathers it up and stores and returns it to you in a form you can use. Once the development community gets through apping it, there’s no telling what else it might gather. This will change your experience of your body. The wristwatch made the idea of not knowing what time it was seem bizarre; in five years it might seem bizarre not to know how many calories you’ve eaten today, or what your resting heart rate is.

But wearables also ask you to give up control. Your phone will start telling you what you should and shouldn’t eat and how far you should run. It’s going to get in between you and your body and mediate that relationship. Wearables will make your physical self visible to the virtual world in the form of information, an indelible digital body-print, and that information is going to behave like any other information behaves these days. It will be copied and circulated. It will go places you don’t expect. People will use that information to track you and market to you. It will be bought and sold and leaked—imagine a data-spill comparable to the recent iCloud leak, only with Apple Watch data instead of naked selfies.

The Apple Watch represents a redrawing of the map that locates technology in one place and our bodies in another. The line between the two will never be as easy to find again. Once you’re OK with wearing technology, the only way forward is inward: the next product launch after the Apple Watch would logically be the iMplant. If Apple succeeds in legitimizing wearables as a category, it will have successfully established the founding node in a network that could spread throughout our bodies, with Apple setting the standards. Then we’ll really have to decide how much control we want—and what we’re prepared to give up for it.

Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Big-Screen Showdown

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Posted via PCMag

Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Big-Screen Showdown

BY EUGENE KIM

Samsung may have fired the first shot with the category-defining Galaxy Note, but Apple appears poised with a volley of its own. Now big-screen fans will have an even tougher choice ahead of them—the Galaxy Note 4 and iPhone 6 Plus go on sale this week, though Samsung’s only opening up pre-orders at the moment. The stage is set for showdown of epic proportions. Is bigger better? Can Apple beat Samsung at its own game? Read on for a side-by-side comparison.

Let’s start with the most obvious comparison: size. Though it sports a larger 5.7-inch display, the Galaxy Note 4 isn’t proportionately bigger than the iPhone 6 Plus. The Note 4 is shorter at 5.95 inches to the iPhone’s 6.22 inches, which could factor into pocket friendliness. The iPhone 6 Plus is slightly narrower at 3.06 inches to the Note 4′s 3.09 inches, and generally speaking, the narrower the phone, the more comfortable it is in the hand, but this difference is pretty marginal.

Samsung steps up its build quality game with this generation, framing the Note 4 in a sturdy metal band that should help quiet the plastic haters out there. Still, Apple’s unibody design looks as impressive as ever and continues Apple’s dominance on this front. To Samsung’s credit, the Note 4 retains the removable battery and microSD card expansion that fans have come to expect from the Galaxy line.

Name Apple iPhone 6 Plus Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Editor Rating
Lowest Price
$299.00MSRP
Operating System as Tested iOS 8 Android 4.4
CPU Apple A8 Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 Quad-Core
Dimensions 6.22 by 3.06 by 0.28 inches inches 6.04 by 3.09 by 0.33 inches
Weight 6.07 oz 6.21 oz
Screen Size 5.5 inches 5.7 inches
Screen Type Retina Super AMOLED HD
Screen Resolution 1,920 by 1,080 pixels 2560 by 1440 pixels
Screen Pixels Per Inch 401 ppi 515 ppi
Camera Resolution 8 MP Rear; 1.2 MP Front-Facing 16 MP Rear; 3.7 MP Front-Facing
Video Camera Resolution 1080p 4K, 1080p
NFC Yes Yes
microSD Slot No Yes
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Apple finally steps into the world of full-HD displays, though it still calls it Retina HD, while Samsung appears one step ahead with its quad-HD panel. That makes for 401ppi for the iPhone 6 Plus and 515ppi for the Note 4. Will you actually notice a difference? Maybe if you have above-average vision, but even that’s a stretch in most situations. The big differentiator here is the screen tech—Samsung’s Super AMOLED panels have been drawing rave reviews since the Galaxy S5, and DisplayMate has already crowned the Note 4′s display as the best yet.

I won’t dive into sheer performance or software—both phones have top-of-the-line processors and run the latest versions of Android and iOS. Some other key differences to keep in mind are stylus support and camera performance. Samsung’s best stylus gets even better with the Note 4, while Apple’s camera prowess is well documented.

This might be the most hotly contested smartphone battle of the year, but we’re reserving final judgment until we can get both supersized handsets into our labs for thorough testing. That shouldn’t stop you readers from chiming in, though, so let us know which phone you’ll be clamoring to grab this fall. I’d say keep it civil, but, well, you know how these things go.

For more, check out PCMag’s hands on with the iPhone 6 Plus and the Galaxy Note 4, as well as our other spec comparisons:

[TheNextWeb] Maxthon launches MxNitro for Windows, claims ‘the fastest PC browser’ loads pages 30% faster than Chrome

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

SOURCE

- See more at: http://forum.maxthon.com/thread-12857-1-1.html#sthash.hlnVdJNW.dpuf

Maxthon today released a new browser for Windows called MxNitro (short for Maxthon Nitro), which it claims is “the fastest PC browser in the world.”

This is made possible with a minimal user interface load, as well as “new patent-pending pre-connection and pre-fetching technology.” The company has also stripped out features from Maxthon that it says hog resources and cause delays in both startup times and page rendering.



Under development since March 2014, Maxthon says it has gotten MxNitro to the point that it starts faster, as well as fetches and loads Web pages quicker than any other existing Windows PC browser. More specifically, the company makes the following assertions:

  • Installs and starts 3x faster than the fastest Windows PC browser – Chrome 37.
  • Loads web pages 30 percent faster than Chrome 37.
  • Noticeably speeds up web browsing on any Windows PC made before 2014.
  • Has a clutter-free, intuitive look and feel designed expressly to make new users feel comfortable on first use.
  • From our testing, it seems that MxNitro is indeed very fast. The lack of basic features, however, makes it a bit of a pain to use for anyone who spends much of their time in the browser.





Last but not least, there’s the name. Why not just call it Nitro? I’m sure Maxthon can think of something that is shorter than MxNitro, which requires four syllables to pronounce.

The company says it is targeting users who want a stripped-down, high performance browser with a minimalist design, low memory usage and CPU footprint. If you’re a Windows user looking to try a speedy browser, Maxthon’s latest creation is worth an install.

For those who don’t know, Maxthon is a company that started by producing browser for Windows, but has recently expanded to other platforms as well. While the various offerings have amassed millions of downloads between them, they have not been able to put a serious dent in any of the major browser vendors.

This time doesn’t seem to be much different. Until MxNitro comes out of beta and gains some fairly basic features, we don’t think it’s ready to replace anyone’s default browser. – See more at: http://forum.maxthon.com/thread-12857-1-1.html#sthash.hlnVdJNW.dpuf

[Press Release] Maxthon Releases MxNitro Beta, the Fastest PC Browser in the World

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Maxthon Releases MxNitro Beta, the Fastest PC Browser in the World

MxNitro Browser Offers Quickest Startup Times and Incomparable Page Loading Speeds for Windows PC

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Maxthon, a global software company that develops state-of-the-art web browsers, today released the beta of Maxthon Nitro, the fastest Windows web PC browser currently available. MxNitro starts 3X faster and fetches and loads web pages considerably quicker than any other existing Windows PC browser. This is the newest addition to the company’s family of high-performance web browsers and is targeted at users who want a stripped-down, high performance browser with a minimalist design, a light memory and CPU footprint.

“Our focus groups and longitudinal surveys detail a growing segment of users who want speed above all else. 80% of users say that speed is their #1 decision-making criteria and that they are willing to forego extensive features and add-ons to get more of it,” said Jeff Chen, CEO of Maxthon. “This product is dedicated solely to that important and growing consumer niche.”

Under development since March 2014, Nitro’s streamlined and quick performance is achieved in part by drastically reducing its UI/UX load, adding new, patent-pending pre-connection and pre-fetching technology and by stripping out features that hog resources or cause delays in start-up times and page rendering.

In keeping with Maxthon’s long-standing tradition of community-collaborative development, much of the user-visible product direction of MxNitro has come from the active participation of a beta community of close to 20,000 users. Highlights of the new product include:

  • - Installs and starts 3x faster than the fastest Windows PC browser — Chrome v.37
  • - Loads web pages 30% faster than Chrome v.37
  • - Noticeably speeds up web browsing on any Windows PC made before 2014
  • - Has a clutter-free, intuitive look and feel designed expressly to make new users feel comfortable on first use

“Our flagship product — Mx4, the Maxthon Cloud Browser — is feature-rich and already Formula-1 fast,” said Karl Mattson, VP of Maxthon’s International Division. “Nitro, aptly named, boosts that speed to a whole new level for an underserved market niche: speed minimalists. And this is only the beta.”

Download the beta of MxNitro for Windows (http://www.maxthon.com/mxnitro)

Download for Windows

Download for Android

Download for iPhone/iPad

Download for Windows Phone

About Maxthon

Maxthon is an innovative software company that develops superior web browsers that continue to set new standards for speed, security, simplicity and cloud features. It is available on the Windows, Android, iOS and Mac platforms. With offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, Maxthon reaches a global community of users that tops more than 120,000,000 people each month in more than 150 countries. Click here for more information about Maxthon.

Contact:
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Sandy Choi
Sandy.Choi@BM.com
(+1) 212-614-4757

Battle annoying ads with Maxthon’s Ad Hunter

Friday, September 12th, 2014

 

 

Pop-up ads can be annoying, we understand. We’ve given you a tool to combat annoying website advertisements: Maxthon’s Ad Hunter.

 

With simple, automatic pop-up blocking and manual blocking of some or all of the advertising spots on a page, you can decide what stays and what goes by customizing your individual rules using Maxthon Web Browser’s Passport services.

 

Follow these steps!

 

Step 1: Click on the Ad Hunter icon on the bottom, right hand corner of the web browser, or go to Settings and select ‘Ad Hunter’.

 

Step 2: From there, you can edit your Ad Hunter rules by clicking ‘Edit blocking rules’.

 

Step 3: Or you can view your Ad Hunter log (where all pop ups you’ve blocked will be listed) by clicking ‘View Ad Hunter log’.

 

Step 4: You may also Enable, Block, or Unblock ads from various websites.

 

Step 5: Enjoy an Internet that goes by your rules, not by pop-up ads!

 

Want more information? Click here to watch our video tutorial!

 

Cheers,

The Maxthon Team

Maxthon Cloud Browser V4.4.2.2000 is officially released with updates to Quick Access

Friday, September 12th, 2014

In this Final version, you’ll find the option you have been asking for so long “Hide Quick Access “, some optimizations and some fixed bugs such as “using the keyboard to switch search engine was not effective”.

Please enjoy!

Downloads:

Installer version:
http://dl.maxthon.com/mx4/mx4.4.2.2000.exe
MD5: df4d60c048b3657578e4d6ed03589ac6
Portable version:
http://dl.maxthon.com/mx4/maxthon_portable_4.4.2.2000.7z
MD5: 8b4e7a020dede20eae11d12cd23e84eb

 

4.4.2.2000[2014-09-11]

New features:
+Added “Hide Quick Access page” option

Updates:
*Adjusted Quick access search widget News gathering mechanism.

Fixes bugs:

[Main Frame]
*Cloud push window displays a half when receiving cloud pushed message from phone to PC
*Using the keyboard to switch search engine in search box is not effective
*Fixed some Quick Access Data Loss Problems

4.4.2.1500 [2014-08-22]

Updates:
*Optimized Sidebar Search efficiency
*Optimized Quick Access performance

Fixed bugs:

*Crashing problems that occured when restoring trash items
* Quick access might reset User’s data

4.4.2.1400 [2014-07-31]

New Features:

+ Block by Click
+Website Mosaic Internal Sorting
+ Quick Access Apps Add feature UI

Updates:
*Improved Night mode
*Optimized Quick Access performance

Fixed bugs:
[Main Frame]
* In some cases, Skynote can not open

4.4.2.800 [2014-07-03]

Fixed bugs:
[Main Frame]
* Optimized Toolbar. You can add plug-in toolbar ICONS

[Webkit Core]
* Unable to exit screenshot by pressing ESC
An anomaly occurs when searching in the page with backspace sometimes

4.4.2.600 [2014-06-17]

New Features:
+ The New Quick Access

Fixed bugs:
[Main Frame]
* In some cases, the editing rules are not saved
* Anomaly on the activation state for main window in some situation
* The site rules still works after directly deleting them in certain cases

[Webkit Core]
* Unable to visit certain domain names, such as ‘.club’ etc.
* UA leads to the failure to visit certain website in some cases

To better and more efficiently solve the problems you meet during the usage, for any suggestions or bug reports, we do hope you may go to ‘Product Support ‘ area and report/describe by a new separate thread for each problem/topic. We will read each thread and update the follow-up status then. Meanwhile, some problems are probably be left out if they are stated in other thread.

Thanks very much for your cooperation!

Maxthon Cloud Browser V4.4.1.5000 officially is released!

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Today, we are thrilled to announce the release of the 4.4.1.5000 Final version.

This final version aims to fix some crash problems.

Please try it out and let us know if you have any comments or suggestions.

 

Downloads:

Installer version:
http://dl.maxthon.com/mx4/mx4.4.1.5000.exe
MD5: a33759feab38f7439e93664a775e429a

Portable version:
http://dl.maxthon.com/mx4/maxthon_portable_4.4.1.5000.7z
MD5: ceda3b9e3a90e4ec15f709658e04e3af

 

4.4.1.5000 [2014-08-28]

Optimizations:

[Main Frame]
*Optimized Crash message

Fixed Bugs:
[Webkit Core]
* Fixed Some core crashes

4.4.2.1500 [2014-08-22]

Updates:

*Optimized Sidebar Search efficiency
*Optimized Quick Access performance

Fixed bugs:
*Crashing problems that occured when restoring trash items
* Quick access might reset User’s data

4.4.2.1400 [2014-07-31]

New Features:

+ Block by Click
+Website Mosaic Internal Sorting
+ Quick Access Apps Add feature UI

Updates:

*Improved Night mode
*Optimized Quick Access performance

Fixed bugs:
[Main Frame]
* In some cases, Skynote can not open

4.4.2.800 [2014-07-03]

Fixed bugs:
[Main Frame]
* Optimized Toolbar. You can add plug-in toolbar ICONS

[Webkit Core]
* Unable to exit screenshot by pressing ESC
An anomaly occurs when searching in the page with backspace sometimes

4.4.2.600 [2014-06-17]

New Features:
+ The New Quick Access

Fixed bugs:
[Main Frame]
* In some cases, the editing rules are not saved
* Anomaly on the activation state for main window in some situation
* The site rules still works after directly deleting them in certain cases

[Webkit Core]
* Unable to visit certain domain names, such as ‘.club’ etc.
* UA leads to the failure to visit certain website in some cases

To better and more efficiently solve the problems you meet during the usage, for any suggestions or bug reports, we do hope you may go to’ Product Support‘ area and report/describe by a new separate thread for each problem/topic. We will read each thread and update the follow-up status then. Meanwhile, some problems are probably be left out if they are stated in other thread.
Thanks very much for your cooperation!

Maxthon Cloud Browser for Windows V4.4.2.1500 Beta Released!

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Today, we are very excited and proud to announce the release of the 4.4.2.1500 Beta version.

The Maxthon team is very appreciative to everyone who contributed to this release! In this beta version, you’ll find some optimizations such as Optimized Sidebar search.

Please note: This release is a trial version instead of a final release. Thus, it may have bugs or other potential problems.


Download:

Installer version:
http://dl.maxthon.com/mx4/mx4.4.2.1500-beta.exe
MD5: 8c63f269b6744e5cb3594b4197bda2bb
Portable version:
http://dl.maxthon.com/mx4/maxthon_portable_4.4.2.1500-beta.7z
MD5: cefdfe6881669ea13141ad899cbd93d3

4.4.2.1500 [2014-08-22]

Updates:

*Optimized Sidebar Search efficiency
*Optimized Quick Access performance

Fixed bugs:
*Crashing problems that occured when restoring trash items
* Quick access might reset User’s data

4.4.2.1400 [2014-07-31]

New Features:

+ Block by Click
+Website Mosaic Internal Sorting
+ Quick Access Apps Add feature UI

Updates:

*Improved Night mode
*Optimized Quick Access performance

Fixed bugs:
[Main Frame]
* In some cases, Skynote can not open

4.4.2.800 [2014-07-03]

Fixed bugs:
[Main Frame]
* Optimized Toolbar. You can add plug-in toolbar ICONS

[Webkit Core]
* Unable to exit screenshot by pressing ESC
An anomaly occurs when searching in the page with backspace sometimes

4.4.2.600 [2014-06-17]

New Features:
+ The New Quick Access

Fixed bugs:
[Main Frame]
* In some cases, the editing rules are not saved
* Anomaly on the activation state for main window in some situation
* The site rules still works after directly deleting them in certain cases

[Webkit Core]
* Unable to visit certain domain names, such as ‘.club’ etc.
* UA leads to the failure to visit certain website in some cases

To better and more efficiently solve the problems you meet during the usage, for any suggestions or bug reports, we do hope you may go to ‘Product Support‘ area and report/describe by a new separate thread for each problem/topic. We will read each thread and update the follow-up status then. Meanwhile, some problems are probably be left out if they are stated in other thread.

Thanks very much for your cooperation!

Maxthon Cloud Browser V4.4.1.4000 is officially released

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Maxthon Cloud Browser V4.4.1.4000 is now available for download.

Please be one of the first to try this great build.

Downloads

Installer version:
http://dl.maxthon.com/mx4/mx4.4.1.4000.exe
MD5: 71daf8e3342c436ff269dc70ca7cb4a3
Portable version:
http://dl.maxthon.com/mx4/maxthon_portable_4.4.1.4000.7z
MD5: a775233cb38ac12f3f80725a113b1da

V4.4.1.4000 changelog :
[2014-08-14]
Fixes:

* In some cases Skynote process cannot exit
* Anomalies that occurred when using Backspace in “Find” function
* Developer Tools Cookie View display issues
* Adjusting Zoom level to 20% would still zoom out and make the Core take up a lot of CPU
* Developer Tools Cloud Push does not support Multilanguage.

To better and more efficiently solve the problems you meet during the usage, for any suggestions or bug reports, we do hope you may go to ‘Product Support‘ area and report/describe by a new separate thread for each problem/topic. We will read each thread and update the follow-up status then. Meanwhile, some problems are probably be left out if they are stated in other thread.
Thanks very much for your cooperation!

Maxthon Affiliates Program announce cash prize reward for month of August!

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Become a Maxthon Affiliate today to win cash prizes, click here to get started!

 

Hello Affiliates!

August is a very special month for the Maxthon Affiliates program. For the first time ever, we are announcing cash prizes for the top 3 Affiliates in the month of August. The Affiliate who achieves the most downloads of Maxthon Web Browser between August 5th and September 5th will receive $100 cash prize via VISA giftcard.
The prizes for the month are as follows:
  • 1st prize: $100 USD
  • 2nd prize: $50 USD
  • 3rd prize: $25 USD
Are you ready? Get set! Go!

Become a Maxthon Affiliate today to win cash prizes, click here to get started!

Have any more questions? Feel free to reach out to us at any time.
Best of luck,
Maxthon Affiliates Team