Our Download of the Day today is Google Chrome 18.104.22.168.
Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in Version 22.214.171.124
Google Chrome's Stable channel has been updated to version 126.96.36.199 to fix two security issues discovered by internal Google testing.
This release also contains:-
* A new notification at startup that makes it easier to set Google Chrome as the default browser. If you don't want Google Chrome to be the default browser, you can click 'Don't ask again'.
* A new version of Gears (0.5.16.0)
Our Download of the Day today is Mozilla Firefox 3.0.9.
The award-winning Web browser is better than ever. Browse the Web with confidence. Firefox protects you from viruses, spyware and pop-ups.
Enjoy improvements to performance, ease of use and privacy. It's easy to import your favorites and settings and get started.
The latest version delivers easier navigation for everyone, including those who are visually or motor-impaired. Firefox is the first browser to support DHTML accessibility, which, when enabled by Web authors, allows rich Web applications to be read aloud. Users may navigate with keystrokes rather than mouse clicks, reducing the tabbing required to navigate documents such as spreadsheets. Firefox is also the first browser to meet US federal government requirements that software be easily accessible to users with physical impairments.
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in Version 3.0.9
# Fixed several security issues.
# Fixed several stability issues.
# Many users experienced an issue where a corrupt local database caused Firefox to "lose" its stored cookies. (bug 470578)
# Fixed an issue where, starting with Firefox 3.0.7, inline image attachments on popular webmail services (like AOL and AIM) would not display. (bug 482659)
# Large forms would sometimes take a long time to submit. (bug 426991)
# In certain cases, new windows would not have proper focus. (bug 446568)
Our Download of the Day today is Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.
Internet Explorer is the world's most popular Web browser. Security, ease of use, and improvements in RSS, CSS, and Ajax support are Microsoft's priorities for Internet Explorer. This version of IE runs on Windows XP.
The latest version of the browser includes support for:
- Accelerators - which allow supported web applications to be invoked without explicitly navigating to them.
- WebSlices - which allows portions of page to be subscribed to and monitored from a redesigned Favorites Bar.
- InPrivate privacy features.
- SmartScreen phishing filter.
Browser security is always a hot issue and of course all sides claim their browser is better (like kids in a playground). The security of three popular browsers was put to the tech recently at Pwn2Own 2009, a competition where hackers attempt to break system security in the fastest time.
Charlie Miller took home the top prize ($10,000) when he hacked a fully patched MacBook Air in a matter of seconds. He did this by exploiting a know vulnerability in Safari. The hack was performed by the MacBook's user clicking a simple link. Miller also made predictions before the competition that are shown below. They are surprisingly accurate.
The second place winner showed off a second Safari Hack and was able to hack both IE8 and FireFox but not as quickly as Safari and Miller. Apple has a long standing history of claiming to be more secure than Windows especially Vista; I wonder how they are taking this news.
Be on the lookout for a new commercial.
Read more here
Here are Miller's predictions:
Safari: hacked by 4 different people. Easy pickin's as usual.
Android: hacked by 1 person. Not too tough but no one owns one.
IE8, Firefox: Survive unscathed. The bugs to exploit equation is too hard for $5k.
iPhone, Symbian: Survive due to non-executable heap.
Blackberry, Windows Mobile, Chrome: I don't know enough to say anything intelligent. That said, they're probably hard/obscure and so survive.
Last year, Miller exploited a Safari flaw to hijack a fully patched MacBook Pro machine. He is also known for launching successful attacks against Apple's iPhone and Google's Android platform.
According to a study that has been released FireFox has more bugs and security issues that Internet Explorer, Safari, and Opera...combined.
The study goes on to say that while the leading third party browser might have more problems the team behind the browser was much better at addressing them.
The Study by vulnerability-testing company Secunia, reports that FireFox had 115 reported flaws in 2008, this contrasted with 31 for IE, 32 for Safari and 30 for Opera.
By contrast Mozilla was faster out of the gate with fixes and often did not require notification for a patch to be in the works. Microsoft took 110 days to fix a couple of publicly released vulnerabilities labeled as "high to moderate" Mozilla took only 43 days on three publicly released vulnerabilities which were labeled as "less critical" or "not critical"
Read more here.
Secunia reported six incidences in which Microsoft was publicly notified of browser vulnerabilities, two of which the security company labeled as "high" or "moderate" in severity. Meanwhile, Mozilla experienced three such occurrences, all of which Secunia labeled as "less critical" or "not critical."
Microsoft took 110 days to issue patches for the two most serious flaws, while it took Mozilla an average of 43 days to address its three flaws, Secunia reported. One of the IE vulnerabilities remained open for 294 days in 2008, according to the report.
The revelation comes as Mozilla released an update Wednesday to Firefox, its second in about a month. Mozilla developers said the update fixes six critical vulnerabilities found in Firefox 3.0.6, the most serious of which could allow attackers to run arbitrary code on a victim's computer.
Yesterday I was poking around and looking for news when I came across a rather disturbing story. It was disturbing to me because I see it as a pattern of what is wrong with many of the companied we chose to buy from.
It seems that yet again Microsoft has been dragged into court over the bundling of IE with Windows. This time Mozilla (the makers of FireFox) get to chime in and be a Third Party consultant to the hearing committee.
With this new status Mozilla will be given access to confidential documentation and be able to voice objections in the EC's hearing over IE.
Now here is where it gets disturbing; Microsoft is in court for bundling IE, but I do not see Apple sitting next to them for Bundling Safari.
FireFox and Opera claim that by bundling IE Microsoft is attempting to kill competition and consumer choice. So how is Apple not guilty of this also? And given the fact that FireFox is the primary default browser for most Distros of Liux how are they not guilty of the same thing they accuse MS of? I also find a comment made by Mitchell Baker (From Mozilla) very funny. She states in her blog "I've been involved in building and shipping web browsers continuously since before Microsoft started developing IE," now correct me if I am wrong but Mitchell Baker did not get hired by Netscape until November 1994 (and then in the legal department covering IP Protection) MS began development on IE from Spyglass Mosaic in the summer (June - July) 1994. It seems like someone got their timelines wrong.
To me the problem seems to stem from companies wanting to beat down other companies, bad press, FUD (fear uncertainty and doubt) are the methods I see being used more often than simply making a better product and letting people know about it in a positive way. I am not making any statements that one browser is better than the other, as in the end it really boils down to personal taste and need.
I hope that we will see this turn around in the future but with everyone pulling out the lawsuits lately I have my doubts.
Firefox users were treated to a new version of the IE replacement browser today.
FF version 3.0.6 hit the internet and is reported to fix several bugs, security issues and enhance performance and stability.
If you do not have FireFox yet you can grab the latest version from Mozilla. If you already have it you can update straight from your browser.
Microsoft has just made available the first release candidate (RC1) of Internet Explorer 8 which brings some interesting new features such as web slices and Accelerator as well as a bunch of security related enhancements. It can be installed on both 32-bit variants of XP and Vista as well as Windows Server.
IE8 focused on how people really use the web. Consumers want a browser that makes the tasks they do every day faster and easier. The activities people spend their time on define real-world performance: navigating to websites, working with tabs, searching, keeping track of changing information (like traffic or an auction), and using the information from one site with another (as in getting a map).
Everyone wants a trustworthy browser that keeps them in control and protects their safety. Developers want great developer tools, great interoperability, and a powerful platform that enables them to innovate. For some people, accessibility is crucial; for some organizations, policy, administration, and deployment are essential.
BBC News have their take on it and talk about whether or not IE8 has the goods to win back the hearts of many users who felt the need to switch to an alternative such as Firefox in the past.
If you'd like to give it a shot, you can find it for download here.
Internet Explorer 8 is the next browser from Microsoft. I will come packaged with Window 7 and is available as a standalone BETA (BETA2) or part of Windows 7 BETA1.
This Beta has been out for sometime (I installed it last year in November). And not much has changed. I still get the odd lockup as well as some render issues when I leave a window minimized for too long. You would think by now we would know what the next step is.
Well you need wait no longer. Dean Hachamovitch, General Manager, Internet Explorer has posted on the IE 8 Blog about what is to come.
Unfortunately it is not really anything.
He says that now is the time to download and install IE8 Beta 2 and test it out. There will be one more public release in Q1 2009 (as a release candidate) and follow up with the final and many patches after that.
Read more here
We will release one more public update of IE8 in the first quarter of 2009, and then follow that up with the final release. Our next public release of IE (typically called a "release candidate") indicates the end of the beta period. We want the technical community of people and organizations interested in web browsers to take this update as a strong signal that IE8 is effectively complete and done. They should expect the final product to behave as this update does. We want them to test their sites and services with IE8, make any changes they feel are necessary for the best possible customer experience using IE8, and report any critical issues (e.g., issues impacting robustness, security, backwards compatibility, or completeness with respect to planned standards work). Our plan is to deliver the final product after listening for feedback about critical issues.
We will be very selective about what changes we make between the next update and final release. We will act on the most critical issues. We will be super clear about product changes we make between the update and the final release.
The call to action now for the technical community is to download beta 2 (if you haven't already) and let us know about your experience. Next, please prepare for final testing with public update so you can let us know - quickly, loudly, and clearly - if you find absolutely critical issues with it before the release of the final product.
Google has finally taken the wraps off of Chrome its brand new browser.
This release is sure to cause a stir on the internet as people line up grab the final version of another Google Product.
I know of many in the...um shadier side of the internet that are also eagerly awaiting the masses to have this new Google toy.
Read more at TechConnect Magazine.
As recently confirmed but a lot sooner than we expected, Google's speedy browser, Chrome has now officially shed its beta skin with the release of its 188.8.131.52 version. According to its maker, this fifteenth Chrome release features:
- Better stability and performance of plug-ins (particularly video).
- Bookmark manager and privacy controls. It's now easier to switch between another browser and Google Chrome with the bookmark import and export features, and we added a new simple way to manage large numbers of bookmarks, too.
Firefox users and those sick of wrestling with IE will be glad to know Mozilla has released its second beta build of Firefox 3.1 which introduces a host of new tweaks, general speed increases and fixes.
The most notable changes include :-
- Added a new Private Browsing Mode.
- Added functions to make it easy to clear recent history by time as well as remove all traces of a website.
- New support for web worker threads.
- Improvements to the Gecko layout engine, including speculative parsing for faster content rendering.
- Removed the new tab-switching behavior based on feedback from users
To download the latest beta, head over here.
S3, a onetime top runner in the GPU game, has announced another release in their Chrome series GPUs.
The new GPU line (Chrome 500) features optimizations for BluRay and HD movie playback, 7.1 sound output, DX 10.1 and OpenGL 3.0 support as well as GPGPU processing capability.
Read the full Press Release here.
Today's PC users are demanding more application processing power than ever before as HD video and graphics accelerate the user experience. With the Chrome 500 Series, you can enjoy Hi-Def™ Blu-ray movies and watch bonus features with Picture-in-Picture while enjoying 8 channels of high fidelity audio with the S3 Graphics' built-in Dolby® 7.1 digital surround sound processor. DirectX, OpenGL, and GPGPU applications can be efficiently processed with programmable shader cores to speed-up 3D and non-gaming functions.
Add-in cards featuring the first graphics accelerators from the new Chrome 500 series, the Chrome 530 GT, are available now on S3 Graphics GStore online retail outlet.
Google has released a beta version of its Chrome web browser to the world and you can grab it here.
You can find out what sets Chrome apart from other browsers by visiting the product homepage. It has a bunch of videos discussing features such as the improved tab page, application shortcuts, dynamic tabs, crash control, incognito mode, safe browsing, instant bookmarks and more.
Below is a video from the development team on the thinking and features behind Google Chrome.
Techgage has also published a close look at their thoughts on Chrome and is well worth the read.
In March this year S3 Graphics released its Chrome 430 GT graphics card and it was designed to take on the ATI Radeon HD 4850 and it managed to do rather well in most of the tests we performed, which you can read here.
S3 are back again now with the 65nm and PCI Express 2.0 based Chrome 440 GTX graphics card which has been released today. It will sell for $69 USD and should be available to buy soon through S3 Graphics' retail affiliate.
You can think of it as the bigger brother of the 430 GT and it now comes with HDMI output which was one of the biggest letdowns of the 430 GT that we mentioned in our review. These cards are cheap, offer DX10.1 support, provide HD playback at 1080p with the ChromotionHD 2.0 Video Engine. That enables hardware acceleration for H.264, MPEG-4, VC-1, WMV-HD and AVS and for dual-stream (PIP) Blu-ray playback.
It won't knock your socks off when it comes to gaming performance but if it can beat out an HD 4850 when we test it next month, it will begin to get into the territory where it could be used for playing even current games at lower settings.
You can find out more detailed information over at the S3 Graphics product website, which is right here.
S3 Graphics' Chrome 430 GT graphics card is a hard product to actually buy at the moment but that hasn't stopped a couple of Chinese websites finding them from the underground and putting the new $60 DX10.1 card through its paces.
One website tested it against AMD's HD 3450 (which costs roughly the same), previous generation HD 2400 PRO and GeForce 8400GS in a range of games and resolutions. The 430 GT manages to beat them all hands down under 3DMark06 with a fair lead but, under Far Cry, the HD 3450 manages to take back the lead slightly. This may suggest that the driver of the 430 GT is not quite up to scratch and possible future releases could make the card perform better. However, under Serious Sam 2, Company of Heroes, Call of Juarez and World in Conflict it manages to win each time.
It doesn't win by much and the frame rates are less than impressive and what we wouldn't call playable in the latest gaming titles, but it does show S3 Graphics is still in the game. You can check out the translated articles by Google from Chinese to English here and here for more details.
Mozilla has released the latest developer preview of Firefox 3 which is Beta 5 and it comes with a staggering 750 fixes from the previously released beta.
It is said to improve stability and web compatibility, provide platform and user interface enhancements, and results in the fastest Firefox ever. Many of these improvements were based on community feedback from the previous beta.
Firefox 3 is based on the Gecko 1.9 Web rendering platform, which has been under development for the past 32 months. Building on the previous release, Gecko 1.9 has more than 12,000 updates including some major re-architecting to provide improved performance, stability, rendering correctness, and code simplification and sustainability. Firefox 3 has been built on top of this new platform resulting in a more secure, easier to use, more personal product with a lot more under the hood to offer website and Firefox add-on developers.
If you like trying out BETA software, head on over and download it (in many different languages) while it's hot!
S3 Graphics today announced its new graphics card into the US market, the 65nm based Chrome 430 GT.
Before you get too excited, it won't contend with the latest bad boys from Nvidia and AMD but it does offer DX10.1 support at only $60 USD. It includes 256MB onboard DDR2 memory and using its ChromotionHD Video Technology it has hardware acceleration for H.264, MPEG-4, VC-1, WMV-HD and AVS at 1080p meaning it should playback Blu-ray movies just fine.
It has a core clock speed of 625MHz and its 256MB DDR2 memory works on a 64-bit memory bus at 500MHz. It works using a PCI Express Gen 2 x16 interface and its DVI port is HDCP compliant. It is just a mega shame it does not include a HDMI port as for just $60 USD, it would be a very attractive card for a new HTPC box.
As far as performance goes and as you can see from the image above, S3 claim that it will beat AMD's Radeon HD 3450 and Nvidia GeForce 8400GS under 3DMark06 Vista by quite a margin.
Firefox is seen by many as the Internet browser of choice. The reason for this is because it has worked faster than Microsoft's IE at times, and it also seems to have fewer issues when loading up websites.
With IE7 a few months old, Firefox have been a little slow in keeping pace with the frenetic updates that Microsoft seem to pump out like clockwork. I like to think it is because they (Mozilla) take their time to perfect things first.
This latest version has more than 900 enhancements and has been under development for the past 31 months. Mozilla states that the new coding has been improved to aid in memory performance and usage, as well as reduces stability issues, adding that "Many of these improvements were based on community feedback from the previous beta". The company also cited that Google mail and Zoho Office run twice as fast in Firefox 3 BETA 4 than Firefox 2.
You may download the BETA file here and it is available in 40 different languages. Be aware that the install overwrites your current settings on Mac OS X and Linux, but in Windows, it creates a new folder.
For more information about Firefox BETA 4, please click here
Stew over at TechnoVoyance (VIA Tech website) was over at the Game Developers Conference in San Fran last week promoting their latest Chrome 400 graphics architecture from S3 Graphics.
They wanted to "wow" the crowds and to do so they got three large screens, a car racing game called r-Factor and fired up two Chrome 400 graphics cards using MulitChrome, a technology which is similar to Nvidia SLI or ATI Crossfire. Check out the video they uploaded.
We are still waiting for our review samples to arrive but we are super keen to check out two of these babies in MultiChrome mode - is it possible they could give Nvidia's or AMD's mid-range cards a run for their money?
Use FireFox? Smart cookie you are! ;) - You'll also be glad to know Mozilla's just officially released the final version 2.0 build of their kickarse browser, check out the full release notes here for details on whats new and improved.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF. - Oct. 24, 2006 - - Mozilla today released Firefox® 2, a major update to its popular and acclaimed free, open source Web browser. Firefox is developed by an international community of contributors working together under the umbrella of the Mozilla Foundation, a non-profit, public-benefit organization dedicated to improving the Internet experience for people everywhere.
In less than two years, tens of millions of people worldwide have discovered the easier, faster and safer online experience that Firefox provides. Translated into more than 35 languages at its release, Firefox 2 is available in a native language version for more people around the world than any other Web browser.
You might also like to try tweaking it up a bit more with a recently updated and well written guide from Koroush over at TweakGuides.com.
Whether you're a first-time user or a veteran, this Firefox Tweak Guide brings together all the major tips, tricks and tweaks for Firefox. From the basic to the advanced, the following 11 pages of information are sure to enhance your Firefox experience. Most of all you can rest assured that the guide is not written by a raving Firefox fanboy - it's a true objective TweakGuides tweak guide, and not a gushing ad for a free web browser. Go ahead and try it for yourself.
The fourth generation of GPUs have just surfaced from S3. Dubbed the "Chrome S20" Series, the S25 and S27 cards are PCI-Express based and designed for the mainstream desktop market. Both cards sport the inclusion of 1080p HDTV support (or Chromotion™ 3.0 as S3 call it), and the GPUs themselves are built upon Fujitsu Limited's 90nm process technology.
One major highlight to stand out on the specs sheet is the S27's whopping 700MHz core speed (the fastest stock clocked core on a GPU to date), but as to how these latest cards stack up against the almighty competition is another cup of tea.
S3's official press release with all the details here.
S3 Graphics today launched its 4th generation DirectX® 9.0 graphics processor units (GPUs), the Chrome 20 series, with the introduction of the Chrome S20 range of desktop graphics accelerators that combines the richer integration of Fujitsu Limited's 90nm process technology with S3 Graphics' advanced Power Wise architecture for the most power efficient graphics in the industry.
The Chrome S20 series further enhances S3Graphics' signature Hi-Def™ visual experience, complementing the native 1080p HDTV support and widescreen display capability with Chromotion™ 3.0, the next generation programmable video engine boasting hardware accelerated motion compensation and WMV-HD support. Delivering smooth playback of high definition content with ultra low CPU utilization and power draw, the Chrome S20 series is ideal for the home theater PC and media-centric digital living room market segments.
S3 Graphics has just pulled back the curtains on its newest series of graphics chips, the Chrome S20 family. S3 turned to a new foundry partner, Fujitsu, to produce these chips, as we reported yesterday. Fujitsu manufactures the GPUs using a low-K, 90nm fab process, and S3 claims this advanced fabrication process, along with S3's own Power Wise power management techniques brought over from its mobile products, has helped the Chrome S20 series achieve killer performance per watt.