Mozilla Firefox 6 has arrived

There is no doubt that by the end of the year, Mozilla Group will release at least two more major versions of their popular and extendable browser. But is it enough to release consecutive versions instead of small patches that build the product continuously? Rumors say that in the end Mozilla will give up the concept of versions and will rely on a notify system that will tell the user if he runs the latest version or not.

Until then, Mozilla has released the sixth “major” version of Firefox. Unlike the fourth version which was by all means a true major update, Firefox 6 suffers from the same lack of new features and improvements like Firefox 5. Besides its number, the sixth version hasn’t been changed at all. This latest version does nothing else but to fix some security issues and to change some minor undercover features. Here is the list of changes:

  • The address bar now highlights the domain of the website you’re visiting
  • Streamlined the look of the site identity block
  • Added support for the latest draft version of WebSockets with a prefixed API
  • Added support for EventSource / server-sent events
  • Added support for window.matchMedia
  • Added Scratchpad, an interactive JavaScript prototyping environment
  • Added a new Web Developer menu item and moved development-related items into it
  • Improved usability of the Web Console
  • Improved the discoverability of Firefox Sync
  • Reduced browser startup time when using Panorama
  • Fixed several stability issues
  • Fixed several security issues

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Safari 5.1 has been released for Windows and Snow Leopard OS

Apple have released a new version of its Safari browser for Windows and Snow Leopard OS, to come in line with the bundle edition that comes with their latest Lion OS. The difference is that this stand-alone version lacks of some special features found in the bundle such as: sandboxing, full-screen browsing and multi-touch gestures.

Safari 5.1 is based on a new programming architecture that causes the browser to be much more responsive in displaying the pages. Besides this technical improvement Safari 5.1 comes also with new features that improves its user-friendly character. Reading List works like a container where you can save any article, video, or link for later usage. Its content can be viewed in a separate list from where you can access it whenever you want.

The security has not been forgotten, therefore Apple have introduced a Privacy Pane that shows what kind of data websites are storing and lets you remove it. You can also customize cookie settings and choose whether websites can request your location information. Related to this features, Apple have also introduced the Private AutoFill function that keeps your personal information private. Whenever you come across a web form, Safari automatically detects it and lets you choose to use AutoFill to complete the form with information from your Address Book. No information is ever added to a form automatically unless you say it’s OK.

A must-have feature already present in most of the browsers present on the market is the Resume function, which now is also present in Safari. This means that you can choose to have Safari automatically restore your windows and tabs from your last browsing session in the General pane of Safari preferences.

In case you interested in this product, you need to know that Safari 5.1 is available for Windows XP, Vista and 7 and Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6.8).

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Mozilla Firefox 5 is now officially available for download

Surprisingly, Firefox 5 comes just a little over three months of it previous version Firefox 4. This due to the new Mozilla model rapid release development cycle, which means smaller incremental changes and more often releases, bringing new features, performance enhancements, security updates and stability improvements in a more rapid pace.

As you can see, Firefox 5 looks exactly like Firefox 4 but under the hood, there are several improvements such as better support for web standards, tons of bug fixes and other modification in the code.

Actually, Mozilla said that Firefox 5 comes with over 1,000 improvements and performance enchantments that makes much easier for users to interact with the web browser.

Read Firefox 4 Review | Download Firefox 5 for Windows | Download Firefox 5 for Mac | Download Firefox 5 for Linux

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Protect your on and off line privacy with this handy utility

Your computer remembers everything you do both on and off line. Everything you do reads and writes some kind of data to and from the hard drive.  Depending on your current level of comfort, you may not want all of this information just sitting on your hard drive waiting for someone with the right tools and talent to browse through it. That’s where Mil Shield comes into play. It’s the ultimate Windows privacy tool.

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Ghostery tracks the trackers

It’s hard not to believe that major web-sites don’t record somehow your online behavior. Tags, web bugs, pixels and beacons are just a few methods used by online companies to get additional info from each new visitor. But Evidon, a team o developers, released an add-on browser that can give you a roll-call of the ad networks, behavioral data providers, web publishers, and other companies interested in your activity.

Over 200 online behavioral companies have an official profile that is saved in Ghostery’s database that will help you learn more about their technology, their business, and their privacy policies. In this way you can learn additional info about the companies trading your online behavioral data. The more info you get, the better you can make decisions about how to control your exposure to those companies.

Ghostery allows zero-tolerance blocking of anything ad related, complete (visible) open communication with ad companies, or countless measures in between – determined by you, the informed web user.

Ghostery is available for all major browsers including IE, Firefox, Chrome, Safari. When you decide to download it, you just have to use the right browser and choose the corespondent version.

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Take your Windows PC into the cloud with Joli OS

Joli OS is a free and easy way to turn any computer up to 10 years old into a cool new cloud device. Get on the Web and instantly connect to all your Web apps (for example Google Docs or Photoshop Express Editor), files and services using the computer you already own. You may never need to buy a new computer again. It’s easy. Just download Joli OS. It installs in just 10 minutes.

Joli OS comes in two packages: a windows installer which can be run on any computer using the Windows OS, or as an ISO image that can be burned on a disc and installed on any computer without another operating system pre-installed.

Joli OS is actually a part of your Jolicloud account. It replicates everything on your desktop  that you have installed in the Jolicloud account. This means that any installed application through this service will be synced to any other computer that has this OS installed and the content of your computer can be accessed from any web browser. The difference between the online service and its sibling OS is that with Joli OS you can also install traditional desktop apps. The best way to do so is to search the Jolicloud App Store and select any wanted program in order to be downloaded silently in background.

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Chrome 11 is stable

Google released the stable version of Chrome 11. With a modified logo and 25 new security fixes compared to the original, the stable version seems to be a real competitor to Mozilla Firefox 4 and Internet Explorer 9.

The new Chrome comes with some new features including text-to-speech, a new  web-store for extensions themes and apps and a fully integrated translation module. The text-to-speech feature helps the users that have problems in using a proper keyboard. Based on HTML 5 the technology helps the user to use voice commands while browsing a website. At the moment this feature works only on few supported websites and recognizes only the English language.

The web-store is similar to the Add-ons Manager present in Firefox 4, but it has an increased commercial feeling. There are many products that can actually be purchased through this service so it’s more than just an add-ons collection.

Chrome is the first browser to incorporate machine translation in the browser itself, without requiring additional plugins or extensions. When the language on the web page does not match the language preferences set in the browser, Chrome will automatically ask to translate the web page into your preferred language.

download Google Chrome 11 for Windows | download Google Chrome 11 for Mac

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Are you a fan of unfinished/test software? Head over to Internet Explorer 10

Almost four weeks have passed since the release of Internet Explorer 9 and Microsoft pushes out already, a preview build of Internet Explorer 10. Believe it or not but there is already a version which can be downloaded but it’s of course very much a preview release and is not recommended for anything except for the sake of testing.

According to Dean Hachamovitch – corporate vice president of Internet Explorer, Microsoft is only three weeks into Internet Explorer 10 development, but comfortable enough – they are showing off what they were building so far. Hachamovitch also said that Internet Explorer 10 will focus on HTML5 – the next-level programming language for the Internet browsing. On the IE Test Drive website, there is a demo showing the new features in action, highlighting 3D transforms, flexible layouts and gradients and quite a few more features. Hachamovitch also said that Internet Explorer 10 continues on IE 9 path, directly using what Windows provides and avoiding abstractions, layers and libraries that slow down your site and your experience.

We’re not sure how IE10 is going to be in the end but still, I believe that IE9 is a good start. On the other hand, Chrome 12 is already in beta phrase and Mozilla’s Firefox 5 have already been announced so the browser battle continues which is, of course, only in our benefits. If you’d like to try out this very early release of IE10, you can download a copy from IE Test Drive website.

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