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After months of waiting, Mozilla will be releasing the absolutely-we-really-promise final version of Firefox 3.5 tomorrow.
The release, due out last December, has been a long time in coming, after frustrated Firefox users were bombarded with no less than four betas, a preview version and three release candidates.
Originally, Mozilla had planned for the update to its open source Firefox browser to be a smallish, almost incremental one, even dismissively dubbing it 3.1. But the shopping list of features to add and improve became so long, the firm decided to give the version number its proper props.
"The increase in scope represented by TraceMonkey and Private Browsing, plus the sheer volume of work that's gone into everything from video and layout to places and the plugin service make it a larger increment than we believe is reasonable to label '.1'," noted Mozilla engineer Mike Shaver.
The new version also boasts support for both HTML 5 (with features such as a new video tag) and a private browsing mode - a feature browser rivals Chrome, Safari and IE8 already have.
Private browsing, better known as 'porn mode', ensures a user's Web browsing activities don't leave dirty tell-tale traces behind. That doesn't mean it can keep users anonymous from websites or ISPs, but does mean Firefox itself won't store any data which can be used to trace a user's online activities.
About time too.
Safari 4 adds a plug-in isolation feature; this is similar t Google's Chrome in that when you launch a plug-in it opens that plug-in in its own space. This means that if the plug-in crashes you do not lose the whole browser just that tab. (IE 8 has this also)
If you are interested Safari 4 should be ready for live download later today. Just remember that Safari while blazingly fast is also one of the easiest browsers to hack.
Read more here.
The biggest news, though, is that, like Google Chrome, Safari 4 now hands each plugin off to its own process. So if you're watching a YouTube video and the Flash plugin crashes, only that tab will crash and not the whole browser. God that makes me happy.
Our Download of the Day today is Google Chrome 188.8.131.52.
Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier. Google Chrome 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.
Don't want pages you visit to show up in your web history? Choose incognito mode for private browsing.
Google Chrome warns you if you're about to visit a suspected phishing, malware or otherwise unsafe website.
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in Version 184.108.40.206
We're promoting 2.0.172 from Beta to the Stable channel today.
There are some new features like removing Most Visited sites from the New Tab page, form autofill, and full screen mode.
We're also proud to announce that Google Chrome is now available in 50 languages. We added Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya (on Windows Vista only), Tamil, and Telugu in this release.
You can read more about it here.
Our Download of the Day today is Google Chrome 220.127.116.11.
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 18.104.22.168
Google Chrome's Stable channel has been updated to version 22.214.171.124 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.