Nokia Lumia 800 mercilessly beaten by iPhone 4, 4S in browser benchmark tests (video)

There was much ado about the first product coming out of the Nokia-Microsoft’s partnership, with early onlookers claiming the Lumia 800 to be faster than Apple’s iPhone. Fast forward to 2012 and the Mango-sporting device is mercilessly beaten by its iOS counterparts.

Nokia’s Mango-powered Lumia 800 was pitted against an iPhone 4 with iOS 4.3 and an iPhone 4S with iOS 5 in a browser benchmarks test, including Browsermark tests, Speed Reading test, Sunspider, Acid3, and HTML5. While the 4S had a walk in the park, the iPhone 4 had to sweat it out but in the end emerged victorious in most of the tests.

Below are the results of the test, followed by the video:

Browsermark Test: Higher is better

iPhone 4 (iOS 4.3) – 37 503

Nokia Lumia 800 (WP7.5 aka Mango) – 30 452

iPhone 4S (iOS 5) – 86 702

Speed Reading Test:

iPhone 4 (iOS 4.3) – 2 fps (iPhone 4 with iOS 5.0 – around 37 fps)

Nokia Lumia 800 (WP7.5 aka Mango) – 40 fps

iPhone 4S (iOS 5) – 60 fps

Sunspider Test: Lower is better

iPhone 4 (iOS 4.3) – 4018.2 ms

Nokia Lumia 800 (WP7.5 aka Mango) – 7188.7 ms

iPhone 4S (iOS 5) – 2266 ms

Acid3 Test:

iPhone 4 (iOS 4.3) – 100/100

Nokia Lumia 800 (WP7.5 aka Mango) – 100/100

iPhone 4S (iOS 5) – 100/100

HTML5 Test:

iPhone 4 (iOS 4.3) – 210

Nokia Lumia 800 (WP7.5 aka Mango) – 141

iPhone 4S (iOS 5) – 296

Here’s the video (via 359gsm):

Cape Town: The records that tumbled

Rarely do we see days like these in test cricket. Cape Town was host to some of the most unpredictable and unimaginable cricketing scenes today that set all the records tumbling, albeit in a manner neither team would appreciate.

A total of 23 wickets fell today, with a part of all four innings being played. This definitely doesn’t happen too often.

Continuing from their overnight score of 214/8, Australia managed to reach 284 before being bundled out by the South Africans. In reply, the home team could manage only 96 runs, taking up 147 deliveries or 24.3 overs to reach the modest score. As if this wasn’t low enough, the Aussies took it up to themselves to shatter some records, being bundled up for a mere 47 in their second outing in just 108 balls (or 18 overs).

In fact, if it wasn’t for a 26-run last-wicket partnership between Peter Siddle and Nathan Lyon, Australia were struggling to reach even 47 as they were reeling at 21/9 when the pair came together. Meanwhile Lyon, batting at No. 11, amusingly ended as top-scorer with 14 runs to his name.

The day also saw two extraordinary spells of wicket-taking.

Shane Watson took 5-15 with his first 21 deliveries of the day. To match that, debutant Vernon Philander took 5-9 with his first 34 balls.

Philander ended with 5-15, the best innings figures by a South African Test debutant since Lance Klusener took 8-64 against India in 1996.

His match figures are right up there too.

And lastly, though both the sides have been playing some amateurish cricket, one of them is going to win tomorrow. It will create just the 12th instance of winning after scoring less than 100 in one of their innings.

Who will it be? South Africa or Australia?

Via Yahoo Cricket

Under-power iPhone 4S muscles past Galaxy S II (video)

Apple iPhone 4S with its 800MHz processor was pitted against the Samsung Galaxy S II with 1.5GHz looking heavily under-powered, yet came out all guns blazing in this browser speed test and load times comparison, as demoed by SlashGear.

…from initial results the iPhone 4S performs quite well, I’m sure everyone expected that as the original held its own pretty well too. One of the fastest processors around currently, the 1.5 GHz Qualcomm in the Galaxy S II performs very well but is just barely by a hair beat by the new A5 dual-core iPhone 4S in most tests. We could argue about this all day, or try other sites but when it really comes down to it iOS is highly efficient — not to mention many many websites are designed with iOS in mind

England vs India T20: Preview

In 2007 India won the T20 World Cup in South Africa but this time India have to face the current World T20 champions England on their home soil. India lost the test series 4-0 and will play to win something in this England tour in the T20 and the one-day internationals. The Indian team has been completely plauged with injuries at the moment. Lets check out the team news.

Team News:

India will be without Virender Sehwag and probably Gautam Gambhir. They also might be without Harbajan Singh. England meanwhile have a very strong side. They are looking like the best team in the world. They look set to put in a full strength side.

India were thrashed in the test series. They lost their number #1 status in the world. Now they look to change all that by tasting some success in limited overs cricket. Their preparations have been good so far, winning their first second matches of this whole tour so far, winning the two T20 warm games.

What do you expect from this Indian cricket team tommorrow? Can they beat this England side?

Do drop in your comment 😀

Ricky Ponting quits, Michael Clarke stands up

Top-order batsman Michael Clarke has been named as Australia’s new Test and one-day international captain following Ricky Ponting’s decision to stand down from the post. Cameron White will continue as Twenty20 captain, with Shane Watson as vice-captain in all forms of the game.

Clarke, who was Ponting’s regular deputy, recently led Australia in their 6-1 one-day series win against England.

He said: “It’s a great honour but at the same time a great surprise as I wasn’t expecting Ricky to stand down.”

Cricket Australia chairman Jack Clarke said the 29-year-old had shown himself an able skipper when standing in for Ponting in the past.

“Michael has shown himself to be excellent with his on field tactics when heading the national side,” he said.

Clarke, who plays for New South Wales, made his highest Test score in January 2010 when he hit 168 against New Zealand.

He was Australia’s player of the 2009 Ashes series and is his country’s 43rd Test captain after leading them in the final Test against England in January after Ponting was sidelined with a finger injury.

“I have always respected those who have come before me in this role and humbled to think of my name being mentioned alongside theirs,” Clarke said.

“I am grateful to Ricky Ponting for what I have learned from him, to the selectors and Cricket Australia for this opportunity, and am looking forward to the challenges ahead.”

Vice-captain Watson, 29, said he was looking forward to working closely with Clarke and Twenty20 skipper White.

“Playing cricket for Australia has been a great honour for me and to now be appointed vice-captain is really exciting,” the all-rounder said.

“I look forward to doing what I can to help and support Michael Clarke in the Test and ODI teams, and Cameron White with the Twenty20 group.

“There are challenges ahead but also opportunity and I look forward to being part of the leadership group as we work together to grasp that opportunity.”

Ricky Ponting’s last match as Australia’s skipper was last week in the World Cup quarters final where, despite scoring a century, he saw his side knocked out by home team India.

India face Pakistan in the semi-final TODAY!

Fact Attack: Ricky Ponting is the only Aussie skipper to win 3 world cups and lose 3 Ashes!

Via BBC

Skype vs FaceTime: And the winner is…(video comparison)

In today’s world, connecting with friends and staying in touch with them is more of a necessity than a formality. And if you happen to be keeping up with technology, then video calling would be a major medium of visual communication between you and your close one.

Apple’s trademark new addition FaceTime, and Skype are the only video calling options of real meaning for iPhone users. But which one is better?

Last week we told you that Skype is about to bring video calling to iPhone 4. And few days later, it did. The response was pretty good. But even FaceTime is very popular. This is where a reason to compare arose.

The test matches video calling over WiFi from iPhone 4 to iPhone 4 (or iPod touch 4G), and iPhone 4 to a Mac using both FaceTime and Skype video calling technologies. The test also shows video calling quality of Skype over AT&T 3G network as it has official support to work on it.

The results of the test were. . . . . . . . .mixed. While FaceTime had a clear cut edge over Skype in terms of video clarity, Skype ruled the broader picture with wide support compatibility over cross platform usage.

Using Skype is a pretty smooth experience in cross platform video calling between iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to Mac, Windows and vice versa. Skype also supports visual communication over 3G, a feature which FaceTime is deprived of.

So now our question still remains unanswered: Which is better – Skype or FaceTime? We say: why don’t you be the judge? 🙂

Via Lifehacker

Sachin Tendulkar completes 14000 runs in Test Cricket

Indian batting maestro Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar has completed 14000 runs in Test Matches. He achieved this feat just now in the ongoing 2nd test between India and Australia in Bangalore. He smashed Nathan Hauritz for four when he was on 13,998.

Sachin Tendulkar is truly the best batsman in the world in ODIs and Tests. Salute the little master!