Joe Jonas Gets In On The Teaser Game

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Posted by on 05/27/2011 at 9:00 AM News

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Joe Jonas wouldn’t be an aspiring pop-rock star without releasing a 31-second teaser of upcoming single “See No More” well ahead of its June 13 release date. It just wouldn’t do. Watch it below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ARu_6Kg0yA

There’s not much to fault with the teaser, as it contains all the proper Jonas elements: multiple cuts to cheery fans, multiple closeups on Joe’s face, the Hollywood sign, muscle shirts, shots in the studio. Oh, and there’s a quick glimpse into what could well be the Joe Jonas creative process. Observe, and rampantly speculate:

Joe Jonas - teaser

As far as the single itself, we don’t hear much of it, but we’ll do a quick Fortunately/Unfortunately on the crumbs that we do:

Fortunately: The plinking instrumentation sounds like it could be really good underneath the full single.
Unfortunately: There’s a lot of it, although it’s also possible it was looped for the teaser.

Unfortunately: We don’t hear much singing–it takes until 0:24 for background vocals to show up and 0:29 for lead vocals.
Fortunately: Those background and lead vocals are pretty good! And could belong to any song, really, which keeps up the suspense. Whatever could Joe be singing next? Wait until June.

Google redefines Web browser Google entry may revive browser wars.(Business)

The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, VA) September 8, 2008 Chrome, Google’s new Web browser, aims at wresting dominance of the browser market from Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. If Google succeeds, it will mean major ramifications for the Web’s future.

But how good is Chrome? How does it differ from IE and from less popular, but still important, browsers such as Mozilla’s Firefox and Apple’s Safari? website best web browser

I’ve been testing Chrome for about a week, trying out its features and using it side by side with Microsoft’s latest explorer version, IE8, which came out two weeks ago.

Chrome’s interface has some bold changes from the standard browser design. These new features enhance the Web experience, but they will require some adjustment on the part of users. For instance, Chrome does away with most menus and tool-bar icons to give maximum screen space for the Web pages themselves. Also, Google has merged the Web address bar with the search box . It’s called the Omnibox.

One striking difference in Chrome is how it handles tabs, which display a single Web page. In Chrome, each tab behaves as a separate browser. The bookmarks bar, Omnibox, menus and tool-bar icons are located inside the tab, rather than atop the entire browser. The tabs appear at the top of the computer screen. Chrome also groups related tabs. If you open a new tab from a link in a page that’s already open, that new tab appears next to the originating page, rather than at the end of the row of tabs.

Despite Google’s claims that Chrome is fast, in my tests it was notably slower at the common task of launching Web pages than either Firefox or Safari. However, it proved faster than IE8 – also a beta version.

Meanwhile, Microsoft’s second beta version of IE8 is the best edition of Internet Explorer in years. It is packed with new features, some of which are similar to those in Chrome, and some of which, in my view, top Chrome’s features.

For example, while IE8 also groups related tabs, it assigns a different color to each tab group and allows you to close them all with one click. It has a “smart” address box that drops down a list of suggestions as you type, though it retains a separate search box.

IE8 also has breakthrough privacy features that exceed Chrome’s and includes a new technology called Accelerators, which allows you to take rapid action on any selected word or phrase on a Web page, such as generating a map for a place name, without switching to a new page.

As they develop, each of these browsers has a good chance of besting Firefox 3.0, which I have regarded as the best Web browser for Windows, the only operating system on which Chrome currently runs. But they will have to get faster at loading pages. And, to best Firefox on the Macintosh, Google will have to make good on its promise to produce a Mac version of Chrome, something it says it will do in the coming months. Microsoft has no plans to produce a Mac version of IE8.

Chrome and IE8 are far more advanced than Apple’s Safari. Safari is speedy on both Mac and Windows platforms but lacks many of the key intelligent features of its newer Google and Microsoft rivals.

So why the Google browser war? First, the search giant fears that because its search engine and other major products depend on the browser, Microsoft – with its rival online products – might be able to gain an advantage by altering the design of IE, which has roughly a 75 percent market share.

Second, and more important, Google sees the Web as a platform for the software programs, or applications, that currently run directly on computer operating systems, notably Microsoft’s Windows. It says current browsers lack the underlying architecture for future, more powerful Web applications that will rely more heavily on JavaScript, a common Web programming language. Chrome was designed to be the world’s speediest browser at handling JavaScript.

The comparison I tested Chrome and IE8 on a plain-vanilla Lenovo ThinkPad laptop running Windows XP, equipped with a modest processor and one gigabyte of memory.

Web-page speed I launched two large groups of typical Web pages on Chrome simultaneously, each site opening in its own tab. One group included 15 sports sites, the second 19 news sites. In both tests, Chrome’s speed fell in the middle, at 35 and 44 seconds, respectively. IE8 was slower, taking 49 and 75 seconds to open the two groups of sites. But Firefox and Safari were much faster, notching identical speeds of 19 seconds for the 15 sites and 28 seconds for the 19 sites.

I also tested Chrome’s compatibility with scores of common Web sites. In general, it did well, rendering the sites properly. I ran into problems with video. Some video sites refused to recognize Chrome, because its development has been a secret. On others, such as Major League Baseball’s site, videos mostly played properly but sometimes didn’t.

IE8 also has some compatibility issues, for different reasons. It’s the first version of Internet Explorer to hew closely to Web standards. Earlier versions used some nonstandard ways of rendering Web sites, prompting some site designers to adopt techniques that made their pages work in IE but look odd in Firefox and Safari. Now, ironically, these pages also look strange in IE8. So Microsoft was forced to build in a special Compatibility View button that users must click to see the sites properly.

Designs Chrome is built on three core design principles. The first is its spare user interface: just two menus and a handful of tool-bar icons. IE introduced a similar approach in its version 7 but with a difference. Microsoft allows users to restore a traditional menu bar; Google doesn’t. The only tool-bar icon you can add in Chrome is a Home button.

The second principle is that a user can type anything into a single place, the Omnibox, and instantly get suggestions on where to go, gleaned from the user’s own browsing history and Google’s rankings of popular sites. Whether you type in a Web address or a search term, the Omnibox is very smart. In my tests, it sometimes came up with the right destination after I typed only one or two letters of the name of a site I often visited.

Chrome’s third big principle is that each tab runs, under the hood, as a separate browser. Tabs can be dragged off the main browser and turned into separate windows. If one tab crashes, the rest of the browser keeps running. But this doesn’t work perfectly. In my tests, all of Chrome died on me when I tried watching an Olympics video on the NBC site.

You can even make a tab a stand-alone application that runs from the Start menu or the desktop, as if it were a separate program.

Other features * When you open a new tab, you don’t get a blank page but a set of thumbnails for your most-visited pages, plus lists of recent search engines you’ve used, recently used bookmarks and recently closed tabs.

* Like other browsers, Chrome puts up a warning when you try to visit a malicious or phony Web site, and it has a private browsing mode, called Incognito, that allows you to browse without leaving a history on your computer – a feature popularized in Safari.

* Chrome also has a pop-up blocker, but it’s annoying because it flashes a notice that a pop-up has been blocked. IE also does this, but the warnings are much less intrusive.

* IE8 has some new features Chrome lacks. Its private browsing mode, called InPrivate, is the first I’ve seen that not only leaves no traces on your own computer but also bars Web sites from collecting some types of information on where you’ve previously been surfing.

* While IE8′s address box and search box remain separate, each also offers rapid suggestions, and both are organized better than Chrome’s.

n\Like Chrome, IE8 lets you switch your default search provider, but it also allows you to switch search engines on the fly.

Walt Mossberg writes about technology issues for The Wall Street Journal. Contact him at mossberg@wsj.com. Chrome, Google’s new Web browser, aims at wresting dominance of the browser market from Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. If Google succeeds, it will mean major ramifications for the Web’s future. in our site best web browser

But how good is Chrome? How does it differ from IE and from less popular, but still important, browsers such as Mozilla’s Firefox and Apple’s Safari?

I’ve been testing Chrome for about a week, trying out its features and using it side by side with Microsoft’s latest explorer version, IE8, which came out two weeks ago.

Chrome’s interface has some bold changes from the standard browser design. These new features enhance the Web experience, but they will require some adjustment on the part of users. For instance, Chrome does away with most menus and tool-bar icons to give maximum screen space for the Web pages themselves. Also, Google has merged the Web address bar with the search box. It’s called the Omnibox.

One striking difference in Chrome is how it handles tabs, which display a single Web page. In Chrome, each tab behaves as a separate browser. The bookmarks bar, Omnibox, menus and tool-bar icons are located inside the tab, rather than atop the entire browser. The tabs appear at the top of the computer screen. Chrome also groups related tabs. If you open a new tab from a link in a page that’s already open, that new tab appears next to the originating page, rather than at the end of the row of tabs.

Despite Google’s claims that Chrome is fast, in my tests it was notably slower at the common task of launching Web pages than either Firefox or Safari. However, it proved faster than IE8 – also a beta version.

Meanwhile, Microsoft’s second beta version of IE8 is the best edition of Internet Explorer in years. It is packed with new features, some of which are similar to those in Chrome, and some of which, in my view, top Chrome’s features.

For example, while IE8 also groups related tabs, it assigns a different color to each tab group and allows you to close them all with one click. It has a “smart” address box that drops down a list of suggestions as you type, though it retains a separate search box.

IE8 also has breakthrough privacy features that exceed Chrome’s and includes a new technology called Accelerators, which allows you to take rapid action on any selected word or phrase on a Web page, such as generating a map for a place name, without switching to a new page.

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