After three months of development and a release candidate version that's been available over the weekend that everyone pinned as the final build, Firefox 5 Final is finally officially launched. The latest version of the popular web browser is the fastest iteration yet, though it's the first of many since Mozilla wants a new major version launched every six weeks.
While Firefox 5 is an important milestone, the first in the rapid release cycle, the first to get automatic add-on compatibility and so on, for the regular user, it's not much of an update.
Under the old version scheme, it would have been labeled as Firefox 4, but this will be the standard moving forward, small updates and few features coming every few weeks.
First Beta development milestone of Firefox 5 is now available for download. Early adopters can grab it immediately and start test driving the release.
This is the official Firefox 5 Beta and is available for download after the release of Firefox 4.0 because Mozilla has switched to an accelerated development and release cycle for its open source browser.
The open source browser vendor is striving to release major versions of Firefox. Firefox 5 will be the first, followed by Firefox 6 and Firefox 7, all wrapped up and offered to end users by the end of 2011.
The company also overhauled the development channels for Firefox, with new releases evolving from Nightly to Aurora, to Beta and then to Release.
When it comes down to user privacy protection, IE9 is superior to all rivals including the latest iteration of Firefox, and especially Chrome.
This simply because IE9 puts users in control over who can track their online activity. It does this through supporting the Do Not Track User Preference, as a DOM property and an HTTP header, as well as offering the Tracking Protection feature.
When Dawn of War II first came out, more than two whole years ago, a lot of the people that played the original were disappointed with the product that developer Relic and publisher THQ delivered and basically said that this was no longer a real-time strategy game.
Opera Software released the final version of Opera 11.10, which bears the codename "Barracuda", less than a month after the publication of the first trial.
Opera 11.10 "Barracuda" is an opportunity for Opera Software released a new version of the Presto rendering engine, currently 2.8, and supports free image format lossy compression WebPAD developed by Google. The software now includes a new wizard that will facilitate the installation of external plugins like Flash.
The manufacturer also promises to substantially improve performance in Turbo mode, which allows the customer to receive a compressed version of the website through the Opera servers, through the use of technologies such as WebPAD, among others.
Microsoft has released the first Internet Explorer Platform Preview 10 and includes interesting news, but following the lead of the current version.
Remembering the first versions of this type in Internet Explorer Version 9, do not see any interface and we can imagine that, especially given the changes that Redmond are doing in other applications such as file browser, tap another renewal of the interface . Will we see Ribbon MetroUI or Internet Explorer 10? Time will tell.
Really important in this Platform Preview (and IE10 in general) is much better and more HTML5/CSS3 support hardware acceleration when rendering that achieves a performance several times higher than Chrome and Internet Explorer 9 . There is a better rendering multi-column pages and other features of CSS3, and announced support for CSS transitions (2D and 3D) Platform Preview next IE10, which will appear every two or three months.
Adobe announced the launch of the Photoshop Touch Software Development Kit (SDK), meant to enable the development of applications for more operating systems than before, through adding support for mobile devices powered by Android, BlackBerry Tablet OS or iOS.
With over 2 billion views a day, it's easy to think about YouTube as a place to watch videos recorded in the past. But you've told us you want more - and that includes events taking place right now. In response, we've live streamed a number of popular concerts, sporting events, and interviews, but primarily on a one-off basis.
Mozilla has published a name and shame list of the Firefox's slowest add-ons. The list is just one part of Mozilla's new efforts to highlight slow add-ons, and to help developers make their add-ons more efficient.
Over the next two weeks, 'slow performance warnings' will be introduced in the add-on gallery so that users can see, before installation, which add-ons will slow down their browser. If that isn't enough to spur developers into cleaning up their add-ons, Mozilla has also begun reaching out to developers of slow add-ons with tips on how to improve add-on performance. Finally, add-on developers will soon have the ability to perform 'on-demand performance testing,' so that they can test their add-on before it's deployed publicly.
Not only we had the final version of internet Explorer 9 a few days ago, but Firefox has also released its final version, Opera has done the same with the beta of Barracuda and Google has continued with Chrome developments with things like voice recognition.
Speech recognition is not as Android or Opera: Chrome is not controlled by voice, but allows complete text fields to web pages through the microphone dictating.
For now it is the first implementation of the HTML5 specification, so surely the other browsers will include it with time.