The 2020 Browser Battle: Surfing With Speed

Estelle Sidler

Accessing the internet is one of the most basic tasks for any computer, but webpages in 2020 are incredibly complex so how the browser interprets the code and renders it as a viewable webpage is no simple task. Modern browsers have both a rendering or layout engine, as well as a scripting engine, and both factor into how well the browser can handle any particular task.

When the web first evolved, it was more or less a static affair, with webpages laid out in HyperText Markup Language, otherwise known as HTML, but as time passed websites became more and more complex, with it not uncommon today to run applications that would have been compiled programs several years ago. As such, browser performance is still an especially important metric for any PC user.

For 2020, the browser landscape has been shaken again, with Microsoft abandoning their closed source browser and moving

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FUJIFILM Brings Speed with the XF 50mm f/1 R WR Lens; More Info at B&H Photo Video

Estelle Sidler

NEW YORK, Sept. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — B&H is pleased to announce the FUJIFILM XF 50mm f/1 R WR Lens for its X System of mirrorless digital cameras. This 76mm-equivalent prime lens is clearly characterized by its impressively fast f/1 maximum aperture, which benefits working in low-light conditions and also helps to achieve shallow depth of field and selective focus effects. This bright design pairs with the short telephoto focal length and rounded nine-blade diaphragm to realize an ideal lens for portraiture, fashion, and other applications where isolating subject matter with depth of field is desired.

FUJIFILM XF 50mm f/1 R WR Lens

Key Features

  • X-Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • 76mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/1 to f/16
  • One Aspherical Element

Beyond just speed, the 50mm f/1 also features an advanced optical design that includes one aspherical element and two extra-low dispersion elements to reduce a variety of aberrations and

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4 expert ways to speed up your computer and remove all the junk that’s slowing it down

Estelle Sidler

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If your slow computer might is driving you up the wall, read on. (Photo: Getty)
If your slow computer might is driving you up the wall, read on. (Photo: Getty)

The spinning rainbow wheel of death is one of the more frustrating sites in our modern world. Sure, you can refer to it as a beach ball if you’re feeling lighthearted. Or you can call that computer-freezing icon what it really is: the bane of your existence. 

A slow computer that takes forever to load web pages, open documents, and respond to pretty much any basic command is more common than you think. It’s often just a matter of poor maintenance or disorganization.

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How to speed up your home Internet and Wi-Fi on the cheap

Estelle Sidler

You can speed up your home Internet connection and Wi-Fi for cheaper than you’d think. It’s a need many homes are facing now, when the pandemic traps both students and parents under one roof, all trying to work online at the same time. 

Wi-Fi range becomes an especially painful issue. In our tiny home, spreading out meant we needed solid signal even in corners of the house, deck, or yard that never mattered before. While an Internet drop-out while surfing the web was no big deal a year ago, a drop-out during a Zoom call is about as embarrassing today as showing up to work with your shirt on inside-out.

Here’s how I sped up our home Wi-Fi and even coaxed more speed out of our main Internet connection (with an assist from our ISP). It takes some smart shopping and DIY can-do spirit, but my cash outlay was minimal–and

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Intel’s DAOS tops the IO500 speed challenge for HPC storage

Estelle Sidler

Intel’s Distributed Application Object Storage (DAOS) object storage system – now open-sourced, but developed to make use of its super-fast Optane storage – came out top this summer in the IO500, which measures high-performance computing (HPC) hardware, software and file system combinations against each other.

DAOS arrived in 2015, and is an object storage system designed around Intel’s 3D Xpoint Optane technology, which provides something approaching the high-speed access capabilities of RAM but with persistent storage.

Intel wants DAOS to be a successor to the Lustre file system, which it previously held rights to but sold to DDN in 2018. In the November 2019 IO500, Lustre came third with a score of 453.68 while DAOS was second with 933.64, just behind winner WekaIO with its Matrix system.

Two tiers of Optane plus SSD

The IO500 test measures throughput and the speed of access to files between a compute node chosen

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Morrison concerned over 811 question delays, speed of test results

Estelle Sidler

P.E.I.’s chief public health officer is echoing concerns brought to her attention about 811 delays that are preventing people with COVID-19 questions from getting through.

In an interview on CBC News: Compass Thursday, Dr. Heather Morrison said she is worried about the time it is taking for the call centre to return calls, as well as the length of time it takes from the point of testing to getting those results back to the patient.

“I know we have the testing capacity in terms of the lab, and we have been talking about increasing that capacity for a long time but … I’m concerned, and we’re having ongoing discussions right now, with how quickly 811 can return and arrange to call back, and also concerns around the testing and how quickly we can get the testing done,” she said.

Those who develop symptoms in line with COVID-19 and do not

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What is the real Warp Speed timeline?

Estelle Sidler

With help from Zachary Brennan, David Lim, Brianna Ehley and Lauraine Genota.

— What is the real Warp Speed timeline? A new Pentagon website raises questions.


AstraZeneca leads vaccine trial enrollment, but companies are a far cry from 30,000 apiece.

FDA says HCQ came from a questionable manufacturer in new memo.

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WHAT IS THE REAL WARP SPEED TIMELINE? The Department of Defense unveiled an Operation Warp Speed website on Thursday, including a vaccine development timeline that raises new questions about whether the initiative will meet its goals.

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So-called ‘speed test’ could cost you thousands

Estelle Sidler

Vulnerable Australians are being swindled out of thousands by “insidious” scammers posing as the NBN and asking customers to do a speed test.

Over the past six months, a new scam has been on the rise, where customers receive an email from someone posing as NBN Co, and are urged to click a link to test the speed of their connection.

With just one click, they are unwittingly giving scammers access to their computer, and through that they are able to steal banking details and other sensitive information.

Jane McNamara, head of media for NBN Co, said the thief’s next move would typically be to get the customer away from their screen, giving them unmonitored remote access to the person’s desktop.

Often the target will be asked to go outside and check their NBN box, or to go into another room.

In some cases, they are told radiation or harmful

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How to find out how fast your internet is using a free and accurate Google speed test

Estelle Sidler

a hand holding a cellphone in front of a laptop: It should only take a few moments to figure out how fast your internet is. Kittichai Boonpong;EyeEm/Getty Images

© Kittichai Boonpong;EyeEm/Getty Images
It should only take a few moments to figure out how fast your internet is. Kittichai Boonpong;EyeEm/Getty Images

  • You can see how fast your internet is by running a test that’s provided by Google, though your internet speed will vary based on several factors.
  • This Google test will measure your internet speed in megabits per second, or Mbps — the FCC’s standard for fast internet is 25 Mbps for downloads.
  • Your connection’s “Latency,” which is measured in milliseconds, will be measured as well.
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If you’re looking to change your internet provider, or are considering increasing your internet speed, it’s always a good idea to know where you currently stand. That way, you’ll be able to better understand what you want and need from a new internet plan.


Load Error

Google offers a simple and fast tool for

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UserBenchmark: PC Speed Test Tool

Estelle Sidler

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