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Mozilla's F1 plugin streamlines Facebook, Twitter, Gmail sharing experience

For those Firefox that are tired of swimming through all of the tiny sharing links to share articles and other web info via their social networks, Mozilla has heard your cries and may just have the answer to streamlining the webpage sharing experience. Mozilla has released F1, a plugin that turbocharges the page sharing experience. Facebook, Twitter, and Gmail are the first three supported entities due to their popularity, but Mozilla plans to expand this as they keep working on the plugin.

 

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The concept is pretty simple: click on the F1 icon, choose how you want to share the current page, confirm your credentials, and your Gmail, tweet, or Facebook post is away. While there are other sharing toolbars out there, this seems to be a very nice one that doesn't clutter up your browser unless you want to use it which is really nice. As F1 gathers more sites to share with, I an only see it becoming more popular for those who like their browser simple and streamlined. Check out the demo video at the Source Link.

 

Opera Co-founder: "You don't need Flash (for most normal browsing)"

 

A hotly discussed on-going topic is Flash and the lack of support on mobile devices and the ability to playback HD video using Flash on power efficient devices such as netbooks and tablets.

 

Earlier today we attended an Opera Software press briefing here in Taipei to discuss Opera's future plans for HTML5, web standards and how they affect consumer electronics and OEMs in Taiwan. The get together was designed to be an early look of what the Norwegian software company intends to show at Computex Taipei 2010 early next month. Håkon Wium Lie, Opera CTO and the 'father of CSS' was there to discuss these topics and for us it was most interesting to hear what Opera thought about Adobe Flash and where it fits in now and in the future.

 

Jon S. von Tetzchner, Opera Co-founder and he had some interesting thoughts on Flash as well. During the presentation, we were shown the new video tag (created by Opera) which is part of CSS3, a W3C style sheet language web standard that will soon be supported by many web browsers. This new video tag allows you to write a very simple line of code to add a video to your website. It will come down to the individual browser makers to add support for CSS3 powered video playback, but clearly Opera is behind it in a big way. It remains to be seen how much other browser makers will embrace it, but Opera is eagerly optimistic that it will be embraced heavily as they are fully behind open web standards and this one in particular in a big way - at least that was the impression that we got today.

 

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During question time, Mr. Tetzchner went as far to say that, "(for most normal browsing) you don't need Flash." He went on to say that if we think about it, we aren't seeing Flash come up as much as we did in the past and big sites like Facebook use very little Flash and the only time we really need Flash on the web is for videos and ads. Later on after the presentation we asked Mr. Håkon Wium Lie about hardware acceleration support for HD video using the CSS3 video tag and we were told that Opera isn't working with any one company and will instead work closely with all its hardware partners to offer the best solution so that users of its Opera browsers don't even need to think about it.

 

What does all this mean for Flash then? Immediately it doesn't mean much at all, but in the future if more software companies, web properties and web developers and the like starting using the CSS3 video tag more and more along with the improvements in HTML5, you will most likely see more resources going into improving it and that could mean broader support for web-based video playback on a greater range of devices that traditionally aren't able to or don't run Flash. If you're into web development, this is certainly something to watch.

 

Update Note - Mr. Jon S. von Tetzchner is no longer CEO of Opera, he is now listed as Co-founder. This was told to us in Chinese, hence the mistake.

 

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Microsoft releases IE9 Preview 2

Microsoft has stuck to its promise in releasing an Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview update every 8 weeks through the rest of the development phase and has just made available its second preview which you can download over at the IE9 Test Drive website.

 

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The IEBlog page covers all the details about the second preview release pertaining to performance improvements and the implementation of HTML5.

 

The following video shows off a bunch of new speed oriented demos that are made possible with the preview 2 release.

 






Get Microsoft Silverlight

 

No harm in giving it a try if you're interested to see for yourself how it performs. It's designed to install and run side-by-side to your default browser.

 

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Download of the Day: Google Chrome 5.0.375.29 Beta

Our Download of the Day today is Google Chrome 5.0.375.29 Beta.

 

Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.

 

One box for everything

 

Type in the address bar and get suggestions for both search and web pages.

 

Thumbnails of your top sites

 

Access your favorite pages instantly with lightning speed from any new tab.

 

Incognito mode

 

Don't want pages you visit to show up in your web history? Choose incognito mode for private browsing.

 

Safe browsing

 

Google Chrome warns you if you're about to visit a suspected phishing, malware or otherwise unsafe website.

 

For information about alpha and developer builds, check out the Chrome dev channel here.

 

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The latest version includes the following changes:

 

Changes in Version 5.0.375.29 Beta

 

* HTML5 Features: Geolocation, App Cache, web sockets, file drag-and-drop.
* Integrated Flash Player Plugin
* V8 performance improvements
* Preferences synchronization
* NaCl behind a flag

 

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S3 make a wee bit of noise yet again; Chrome eH1 detailed

We haven't heard from the once dominant GPU maker S3 in quite a while. In recent years they've been super quiet, but still manage to come out of the woods once in a while with something interesting for niche market segments.

 

Today brings yet another occassion to show face, introducing their forthcoming Chrome eH1 discrete VGA card using the Chrome 5000-E GPU.

 

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This card is designed with harsh environments and industrial grade systems in mind, offering solid reliability and longetivity whilst giving decent multimedia support incl. DX10.1, HD video decoding at the hardware level and a range of connectivity options incl. DVI, HDMI, DIsplayPort and CRT.

 

"S3 Graphics continues to introduce new graphics technologies to the embedded market, adding a fanless, ultra low power, and feature-rich product to our growing portfolio of embedded solutions," said Dr. Ken Weng, GM for S3 Graphics. "Our new Chrome eH1 card makes PC grade product features accessible to the broader embedded arena, allowing our embedded partners to easily incorporate the very latest multimedia technologies in their product offerings."

 

Further info in the press release here.

 

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Download of the Day: Google Chrome 5.0.375.3 Beta

Our Download of the Day today is Google Chrome 5.0.375.3 Beta.

 

Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.

 

One box for everything

 

Type in the address bar and get suggestions for both search and web pages.

 

Thumbnails of your top sites

 

Access your favorite pages instantly with lightning speed from any new tab.

 

Incognito mode

 

Don't want pages you visit to show up in your web history? Choose incognito mode for private browsing.

 

Safe browsing

 

Google Chrome warns you if you're about to visit a suspected phishing, malware or otherwise unsafe website.

 

For information about alpha and developer builds, check out the Chrome dev channel here.

 

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The latest version includes the following changes:

 

Changes in Version 5.0.375.3 Beta

 

# All

 

* Flash enabled by default
* Implement patterns for content setting exceptions.
* A nicer looking video scaling algorithm is now used

 

Download Now - TweakTown Download of the Day

 

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IE9 screenshots not from Microsoft - but they should take note!

A Chinese website claims to have gotten hold of some leaked screenshots showing off the GUI concept of Microsoft's next big Internet Explorer release, IE9 (not that many people would be interested in anything more to do with IE these days).

 

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However, you can see straight away this one takes a big step away from the typical bloated appearance we're used to seeing and cuts off the fat in favour of a singular bar up top that alternates, depending on what use you require at the time.

 

THe bar can go from displaying the title to the status, address bar or search box which goes a long way to condensing the overall design and generally looking a lot cleaner.

 

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The downside? - Engadget were quick to learn the images were in fact just an act of April-inspired tomfoolery from the source (LiveSino). But there's no denying the concept is an attractive one and it would be nice if we saw browser developers heading this way in the future.

 

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Microsoft releases developer's preview of Internet Explorer 9

Today Microsoft made a pretty cool announcement at MX10. Normally an announcement about a new version of Internet Explorer would not be a big deal. However, this time we find that MS is going to give us some new features that just might make it a big deal. One of the first is new support for GPU accelerated HTML5 based graphics.

 

There is also support for a new JavaScript engine, Direct 2D, CSS3, Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), XHTML parsing, and a few other items. The announcement included the release of a developer's preview. This preview does not include a new GUI so things won't look exactly stunning but it will give developers a chance to get in at the ground floor and get the next version of IE right.

 

Of course the GPU acceleration will be another place that NVIDIA and AMD can argue, and any version of Internet Explorer (no matter how open) is sure to cause Anti-Trust rumblings somewhere. It will be an interesting time until this one is released…

 

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here

 

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Samsung working on Chrome netbook

Netbooks are often purchased because of the low price of most machines in the category. One of the most expensive things on a netbook can be the operating system if Windows is used. Many manufactures look to reduce costs by going with an open source OS like Linux.

 

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Samsung is reportedly working on a netbook that looks much like the Samsung N210 pictured above but runs the Google Chrome OS. The Chrome Os is free and open source. Samsung offers little detail on the machine at this point.

 

What we do know is that it will have 3G, WiFi, and a battery promising 12 hours of run time. Memory is expected to be 2GB with at least 64GB of storage. The CPU in the machine is a question; some expect the Snapdragon from Qualcomm running 1.5Mhz.

 

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Firefox 3.6 Final now available for download

Mozilla's highly popular internet browser, Firefox has just seen a significant update, moving version 3.6 out of beta phase into final status.

 

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One of the biggest improvements compared to 3.5's final/official build is a good boost on performance, said to be up to 20% faster, while 3.5 was already a large jump forward in performance from 3.0.

 

Of course, there are a large array of new features added into 3.6 as well. These include :-

 

• Personas: Personalise the look of your Firefox by selecting new themes called Personas in a single click and without a restart

 

• Plugin Updater: To keep you safe from potential security vulnerabilities, Firefox will now detect out of date plugins

 

• Stability improvements: Firefox 3.6 significantly decreased crashes caused by third party software - all without sacrificing our extensibility in any way

 

• Form Complete: When filling out an online form, Firefox suggests information for fields based on your common answers in similar field

 

• Performance: Improved JavaScript performance, overall browser responsiveness and startup time

 

• Open Video and Audio: implementation of HTML 5 audio and video support, now video can be displayed full screen and supports poster frames

 

While Safari or Chrome still offers significantly better performance, Firefox is that perfect balance between maximum compatibility and performance. The download is freely and readily available now, weighing in at just under 8MB.

 

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