Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Web Browser Battle: Internet Explorer 8 vs Mozilla Firefox 3.1 vs Google Chrome

I got this article from PC World. This is a review of the top 3 Web Browsers we use when we surf the net - Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft's Internet Explorer


MY RECOMMENDATION: I prefer you use Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome rather than Internet Explorer. IE is really slow.

Please read the article.

Mozilla's second alpha of Firefox 3.1 is upping the ante in the next-generation browser battle. So how do the main contenders stack up so far now? One thing's for sure, the Firefox team has taken note of Google's recent Chrome release and worked hard to make sure its offering can hold its own. Mozilla had already claimed its 3.1 version could outperform Chrome when it comes to speed (and most independent tests show it at least tying). Now, the engineers have incorporated Chrome-initiated options such as the ability to drag and drop tabs in and out of browser windows. The second alpha release also adds support for the HTML 5 video tag, which gives Web developers expanded options for embedding video within a page. Don't forget, too, that Microsoft's new Internet Explorer 8 beta 2 -- released at the end of August and quickly eclipsed by Chrome's introduction -- is also vying for a piece of the pie. Here's a breakdown of the high and lowlights of each offering and where it stands as far as a full release.

Contender #1: Google Chrome

The status: Windows beta released September 2. Mac OS X and Linux versions still under development and said to be coming soon. No indication of targeted full release date.

The good:
Reliability. Chrome's multiprocess architecture makes a bad Web page less likely to take down the whole browser.
Speed. Chrome loads fast and keeps your surfing super-fast.
Simplicity. Its clean design wastes no screen space.
Searching. The Omnibox lets you type search terms or URLs into a single spot and figures out what you want. Privacy. Chrome offers an "Incognito" mode that lets you easily leave no footprints from where you've been.

The bad:
Privacy. Chrome's taken a lot of heat for its monitoring and collection of user data, some of which happens before you even hit enter.
Security. It didn't take long for users to discover vulnerabilities in the beta browser. Several of these have already been patched.
Reliability. Some sites and online services still don't work with Chrome.
Consistency. Because Chrome is build on the WebKit system, it differs from the dominant platforms that most designers focus on. Support. Chrome doesn't yet have any add-ons or customization options available. It's yet to be seen how these, once developed, will compare to the rich options available for Firefox.

Contender #2: Firefox 3.1

The status: Second alpha build released September 5. Beta expected in the next month. Full release targeted for end of 2008.

The good:

Strong foundation. Mozilla's already built a loyal following with Firefox, and it doesn't intend on letting that go. With Firefox 3.1, you know you'll have a powerful library of add-ons and support already at your fingertips, not to mention the slew of other assets unveiled in Firefox 3.0.
Speed. Mozilla says its still-under-development TraceMonkey JavaScript platform will leave Google's V8 in the dust. The second alpha build revs things up, too, with added support for "Web workers" -- a system that lets multiple scripts run as background processes.
Competitive edge. Mozilla's developers have good reason to watch what Chrome is doing -- and work to match it, if not one-up it.

The bad:

Security questions. Some studies -- albeit, Microsoft-funded ones -- have suggested Firefox, with its frequent new versions, is more susceptible to threats than the other options.
Crash potential. Unlike Chrome, Firefox does not have separate environments for each tab -- so one rogue page can still take the whole program down.
Support. Firefox has worked hard to snag a small portion of the browser market share, and most early predictions show Chrome taking away more of its userbase than IE's.

Google's focus on Chrome will also take away some of its previous focus on Mozilla's development efforts. Will Firefox be able to remain a key player in the browser war?

Contender #3: Internet Explorer 8

The status:: Second beta released August 27. Full release expected before the end of 2008.

The good:

Support. Love it or hate it, Internet Explorer is hanging on to about three-quarters of the browsing market with its default status in all Windows machines. You know developers and designers are going to cater to it.
Security. With Microsoft at its helm, IE hangs on to a reputation of safe and reliable browsing.
Privacy. IE 8 was the first to offer a no-record browsing mode, branded here as InPrivate Browsing.
Searching. IE 8's Smart Address Bar offers similar functionality to Chrome's Omnibox, letting you type in URLs or search terms and taking you to the right place.
Added add-ons. IE 8 finally catches up to Firefox with a new "Gallery" full of third-party add-on options..

The bad:

Speed. Independent tests have found IE 8 to be significantly slower than the alternative choices.
Resources. IE 8 uses a lot of memory compared to its competitors -- a factor that could considerably slow down the rest of your system.
Crash potential. While IE 8 does use separate processes for tabs, similar to Chrome's approach, it does not do so to the same degree -- still leaving room for a total meltdown.
Competition questions. Can IE's add-ons reach the level of Firefox's? Already, some users are complaining of problems even getting them to work.

That's the lowdown on the battle's current status. Remember, all three of these programs are still early in their development, so many of the pluses and minuses could change as things move forward. One thing's for sure, though: This battle is on, it's growing fierce, and each of its contenders will do anything it
can to win.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Kapamilya News: TV Ratings in Mega Manila Sept 5 to 8 - The Singing Bee Bids Farewell With High Ratings; I Love Betty La Fea Premieres No. 5

The Singing Bee bids farewell with very high ratings. The Singing Bee got its highest rating of 32.2%. My Girl also ends with very high rating of 28.8%. The making of I Love Betty La Fea also rated last Saturday. Because of heavy rains and series of brownouts last night, both GMA and ABS-CBN shows got low ratings yesterday. I Love Betty La Fea premiered at No.5.

Note: This is just mega manila ratings. It only composes 20% of the total number of viewers around the country. Nationwide ratings are released monthly while mega manila ratings are released twice a week. So, don't be mad or sad kapamilya. ABS-CBN still leads nationwide.

See my homepage: to see the Nationwide ratings.

September 5 Primetime

1. Dyesebel (GMA) - 41.8%
2. Codename: Asero (GMA) - 34.7%
3. Ako Si Kim Samsoon (GMA) - 34.6%
4. The Singing Bee (ABS-CBN) - 32.2%
5. 24 Oras (GMA) - 29.9%
6. My Girl (ABS-CBN) - 28.8%
7. Dyosa (ABS-CBN) - 27.5%
8. TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) - 26.5%
9. Iisa Pa Lamang (ABS-CBN) - 26.1%
10. My Husband's Woman (GMA) - 25.1%

September 6 Primetime

1. Bitoy's Funniest Videos (GMA) - 31.5%
2. Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (GMA) - 28%
3. Pinoy Dream Academy (ABS-CBN) - 25.9%
4. Celebrity Duets (GMA) - 25.5%
5. Imbestigador (GMA) - 24%
6. A Bettyful Life: The Making of I Love Betty La Fea (ABS-CBN) - 19.9%
7. Maalaala Mo Kaya (ABS-CBN) - 18.8%
8. Komiks Presents: Varga (ABS-CBN) - 18%
9. XXX (ABS-CBN) - 17.4%
10. Nuts Entertainment (GMA) - 12.9%

September 7 Daytime

1. SOP (GMA) - 18.9%
2. ASAP'08 (ABS-CBN) - 15.5%
3. Showbiz Central (GMA) - 14%
4. Takeshi's Castle (GMA) - 12.4%
5. Dear Friend (GMA) - 11.9%
6. The Buzz (ABS-CBN) - 10.9%
7. Your Song (ABS-CBN) - 10.4%

September 7 Primetime

1. Tok! Tok! Tok! Isang Milyon Pasok (GMA) - 29.7%
2. Mel & Joey (GMA) - 28.5%
3 Kap's Amazing Stories (GMA) - 27.9%
4. Pinoy Dream Academy: Little Dreamers (ABS-CBN) - 23.4%
5. All Star K (GMA) - 22.4%
6. Goin Bulilit (ABS-CBN) - 20.5%
7. Sharon (ABS-CBN) - 19.5%
8. Ful Haus (GMA) - 18%
9. Rated K (ABS-CBN) - 17.5%
10. TV Patrol Linggo (ABS-CBN) - 16.6%

September 8 Primetime

1. Codename: Asero (GMA) - 33%
2. Dyesebel (GMA) - 32.4%
3. 24 Oras (GMA) - 27%
4. Ako Si Kim Samsoon (GMA) - 25%
5. I Love Betty La Fea (ABS-CBN) - 23.9%
6. Iisa Pa Lamang (ABS-CBN) - 23.1%
7. TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) - 20.6%
8. Pinoy Dream Academy (ABS-CBN) - 19.8%
9. Dyosa (ABS-CBN) - 18.9%
10.My Husband's Woman (GMA) - 17.6%

Monday, September 8, 2008

ABS-CBN's New Primetime Bida Schedule



ABS-CBN Primetime Bida Schedule (Monday to Thursday)

6:00pm Kapamilya Deal or No Deal
6:30pm TV Patrol World
7:30pm Dyosa
8:15pm I Love Betty La Fea
9:00pm Iisa Pa Lamang
9:45pm Pinoy Dream Academy Season 2
10:30pm Three Dads With One Mommy
11:15 pm Bandila

ABS-CBN Primetime Bida Schedule (Friday)

6:00pm Kapamilya Deal or No Deal
6:30pm TV Patrol World
7:30pm Dyosa
8:15pm I Love Betty La Fea
9:00pm Iisa Pa Lamang
9:45pm Pinoy Dream Academy Season 2
10:30pm Daboy On ABS-CBN
12:15am Bandila

Nationwide TV Ratings For July - The Singing Bee and Lobo Leads The Ratings




Top Weekday Programs (Primetime)

1. Lobo (ABS-CBN) - 33.4 %
2. The Singing Bee (ABS-CBN) - 33.4 %
3. Dyesebel (GMA) - 33.2 %
4. Iisa Pa Lamang (ABS-CBN) - 31.8 %
5. Codename: Asero (GMA) - 31.5 %
6. Joaquin Bordado (GMA) - 31.4 %
7. TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) - 31.0 %
8. My Girl (ABS-CBN) - 28.0 %
9. 24 Oras (GMA) - 23.9 %
10. Kapamilya, Deal or No Deal (ABS-CBN) - 23.9 %

Top Weekend Programs (Primetime)

1. Pinoy Dream Academy Live Gala Night (ABS-CBN) - 30.2 %
2. Pinoy Dream Academy Little Dreamers (ABS-CBN) - 28.5 %
3. Goin’ Bulilit (ABS-CBN) - 27.1 %
4. Komiks Presents: Kapitan Boom (ABS-CBN) - 27.0 %
5. Bitoy’s Funniest Videos (GMA) - 24.6 %
6. Maalaala Mo Kaya (ABS-CBN) - 24.4 %
7. Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (GMA) - 23.7 %
8. Rated K (ABS-CBN) - 22.1 %
9. Pinoy Idol (GMA) - 20.4 %
10. Mel & Joey (GMA) - 20.2 %

Top Weekday Programs (Daytime)

1. El Cuerpo Del Deseo (ABS-CBN) - 23.7 %
2. Wowowee (ABS-CBN) - 22.8 %
3. Ms. Universe 2008 Vietnam** (ABS-CBN) - 19.9 %
4. Ligaw na Bulaklak (ABS-CBN) - 18.5 %
5. Magdusa Ka (GMA) - 18.5 %
6. Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) - 18.1 %
7. Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan (GMA) - 17.9 %
8. SONA 2008 ABS-CBN Special Coverage (ABS-CBN)** (ABS-CBN) - 17.9 %
9. Daisy Siete (GMA) - 16.7 %
10. Eat Bulaga! (GMA) - 16.3 %

Top Weekend Programs (Daytime)

1. Wowowee (ABS-CBN) - 22.5 %
2. ASAP ‘08 (ABS-CBN) - 20.1 %
3. Cinema FPJ Da King on ABS-CBN (ABS-CBN) - 19.5 %
4. Your Song (ABS-CBN) - 18.1 %
5. Eat Bulaga! (GMA) - 17.2 %
6. Dragon Ball Z (GMA) - 15.5 %
7. The Buzz (ABS-CBN) - 14.1 %
8. Entertainment Live! (ABS-CBN) - 13.9 %
9. Wish Ko Lang (GMA) - 13.4 %
10. SOP (GMA) - 13.0 %