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WebKit spools up FTL, seeks to make JavaScript even faster

WebKit, the open source rendering engine that powers Apple's Safari and is the basis of most mobile browsers today, is looking to once again escalate its level of JavaScript performance. Dubbed FTL — not "faster than light" but "fourth tier LLVM" — it's now spooled up and ready jump onto OS X and iOS. Filip Pizlo expounds in glorious, deeply nerdy fashion on the Surfing Safari blog:

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iMore show 402 LIVE! 1pm PT, 4pm ET, 9pm BST. Join us!

Join Rene, Peter, and special guest Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac for all the Apple/Beats, iOS 8, iPhone 6, OS X 10.10, and Apple news you can handle!

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Last call! Best there is at writing about apps? iMore wants you!

Whether it's the latest productivity software or the sequel to the best game ever, you can quickly digest it, figure out what's great, what's not so great, and write it up powerfully and succinctly. You're comfortable approaching and talking to developers, and are able to sort through the deluge of new and update apps that hit the store, ditch the duds, and find the gems that'll make our readers lives better (or just more fun). You understand embargoes, NDAs, and deadlines, but most of all, you love apps and love helping others get the most out of them.

UPDATE: We've gotten hundreds and hundreds of submissions! Thank you all so much! Tomorrow is that last day we'll be accepting them, and then we'll go through them over the next week or two (we want to give all of them a fair reading!). We're aiming to pick well, not fast! So if you haven't submitted anything yet, please do! If you have, you'll be hearing from us soon-ish!

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New Forums Feature: Embed your best from Twitter and Instagram!

Have you ever wanted to share a tweet or Instagram photo smack-dab in the middle of a forum post? If you have, today is your lucky day! We've just added a new feature to our forums that allow you to easily embed tweets or Instagram content directly into your posts.

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The difference between an Apple-made iPad charger and a cheap knock-off

The difference between an Apple-made iPad charger and a cheap knock-off may seem obvious — price. One is almost $20 and the other just $3. What's not so obvious is what's inside the chargers that make for that difference in price. Part of it is Apple's profit margins, no doubt, which included research and development into making the original charger. But it also includes far more and far safer components, and far, far more care.

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Should modern web browsers show the URL or just the site name? [Poll]

Should web browsers stop showing URLs?

A recent Canary build of Google Chrome replaced the uniform resource locator (URL) of websites with the domain name of the website. So, for example, instead of www.imore.com/should-modern-web-browsers-show-url-or-just-site-name it would only give you imore.com. This has sparked an interesting debate about the nature of the web, technology, and usability. URLs are inhuman but they're also a foundational part of the web. So, should they be hidden away to make a simpler, cleaner web, or do they need to be preserved because they functionally matter?

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Editor's desk: Sponsor and support the iMore and Mobile Nations podcasts!

We've built up a terrific set of podcasts here at Mobile Nations and iMore. Not only do we have our original, site-specific shows like the Android Central podcast and the iMore show, but we've got Debug for developers, Iterate for designers, Review for TV and movies, Vector for analysis, and ZEN and TECH for better dealing with our connected lives. They, all of them, have made it to the iTunes top ten lists, been blessed with incredible guests, and — thanks to you! — found amazing audiences. Now we're ready to take them to the next level. Here's the deal...

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Choosy aims to let developers enable default apps on iPhone and iPad

iOS currently offers no way to set third-party App Store apps as default on the iPhone or iPad. In other words, tapping on a link opens Safari and you can't make it open Chrome instead. Choosy, an open-source framework by Substantial's Alex Novosad, aims to let developers offer a work around in their own apps:

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Cellular Data: How much are you using?

Remember the days when every carrier out there offered you unlimited data as pretty much a standard? Those days are mostly gone now and some carries don't even offer it as an optional choice. Sure, you can still find unlimited data plans if you're really looking for one but for the most part carriers decided the majority of folks weren't using much of the data they were offered anyway, so they went ahead and changed things up.

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iMore show 401 LIVE! Today at 1pm PT, 4pm ET, 9pm BST! Be here!

I'm going to be traveling to the NSNorth conference tomorrow so we're doing the iMore show a day early. But that just means you'll be getting all the Apple news you need to know about even sooner! Join Peter, Ally, and me!

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