Firefox 6 Beta is Available for Downloads

Mozilla has pushed out the 6 beta to the beta channel. The new version contains new security related changes along with several other enhancements to Firefox 5 (Read: Firefox 5 Review).

Firefox 6 Beta

One of the visual changes included in this version is that, Firefox now highlights the domain name of the website you are visiting while graying out the rest of the URL. This can come in handy to users to quickly find a domain name and avoid phishing attacks.

Firefox 6 Highlighted Domain

Firefox 6 Grayed Subdomain

When you visit a site, it will highlight just the domain name and now the subdomain. So if someone is claiming to be Citibank, it will be easy to spot it out by just looking at the highlighted domain name (see screenshots above). In addition to that, they have also streamlined the site identity block.

There are several other new features which have been included in Firefox 6.0 Beta which include:

  • 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

I will be doing a full review of this new beta in the next few days. In the meantime, you can download the latest Firefox 6 Beta from here.

Firefox 4 Beta 5 Adds Hardware Graphics Acceleration, Audio Capabilities and HSTS

Mozilla has just released Beta 5 with faster graphics and audio capabilities for the web. The new features taps into features to allow developers to work better with the browser, adds hardware graphics acceleration and also implements a new security protocol called HTTP Strict Transport Security  (HSTS).

Mozilla has been working pretty hard on 4, with the introduction of the first beta (read FF 4 beta review) in early July adding a new interface and add-ons manager among other things. Firefox has also released more updates for Firefox 4 in the form of Beta 3 which introduced touch-screen support and Beta 4 which added Sync and Firefox Tab Panorama.

With Firefox 4 Beta 5 Mozilla has added a new audio API to expose raw audio embedded between <video> and <audio> elements provided by HTML5 to read and write raw audio data within the browser, think like visualization of the audio with Windows Media player. You can read more about this feature at a Mozilla developers blog post here or watch the video embedded below.

In addition to that, Firefox 4 Beta 5 also takes advantage of the built-in graphics hardware in Windows computers with DirectX 10 to improve graphics performance. Firefox will use Direct2D by default on supported hardware.

Firefox 4 Beta 5 also adds a new protocol called HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) which allows websites to insist that Firefox always use secured connections. Firefox 4 will now remember which sites use the HSTS protocol and will always use SSL to pass data through those websites.

Visit the official Mozilla announcement for more information on Firefox 4 Beta 5 and download links.

Download Firefox 4 Beta Portable

Firefox 4 Beta 1 was released yesterday. I ran the browser through some tests and did a review of Firefox 4 beta too. However, if you are a bit scared of installing the browser on your system, you might try it out as a . The good part about using it as a portable software is that it won’t change your system settings or add data to the registry and you can safely delete the browser if you are not happy with it.

Firefox 4 Beta 1 Portable

You can download Firefox 4 as a portable software and then unzip the contents to any folder to run it. To delete the browser from your system, you will just have to delete the unzipped folder. Nothing gets easier than that. Excited to try the Firefox 4 beta on your system? Check for the download links below.

Please note, Firefox 4 is still in beta, so there will be a lot of bugs. If you are not comfortable with unfinished software you are recommended to stay away from using Firefox 4 Beta.

Download Firefox 4 Beta Portable (via DSQ)

Firefox 4 Beta 1 Available for Downloads

Mozilla has just announced the availability of Firefox 4 Beta 1 for downloads. The Firefox 4 Beta 1 gives a glimpse of the future of Firefox and the upcoming Firefox 4 release. The new features in Firefox 4 are pretty exciting and I am trying them out as we speak so keep an eye on the review for Firefox 4.

firefox_4_screenshot

Firefox 4 Beta 1 has several new features which include:

New Add-Ons Manager: gives you more space to manage your Add-Ons, Themes and Plugins. Customizing your browser has never been easier!

HD Video: Watch hardware-accelerated, super-smooth, HD-quality HTML5 video on YouTube using the new WebM format.

Privacy improvements: Mozilla always puts privacy first, and this latest beta fixes flaws in some Web standards that could expose your browser history.

Crash Protection: Experience uninterrupted browsing (now available on all platforms) when a plugin crashes or freezes, you can resume browsing by simply refreshing the page.

Performance: We know that performance is important. In this version, we focused on improving responsiveness at start-up and during page loads. This is just the beginning for performance improvements in Firefox 4.

Firefox 4 Beta 1 fully integrates including videos and offline storage. The beta also sports a new look which Mozilla has been working on for a long time. If you are interested you can download the Firefox 4 Beta 1 from here. A full review of Firefox 4 beta 1 will be posted shortly, so stay tuned.

Swype Beta to be available for download

According to latest news, the wildly successfull and popular Swype software will be made available for download in its beta version in a few hours. Swype is a Ttouchscreen mobile application that allows text entry faster than any other method.

Untill now Swype was not available freely and only came pre-installed with few mobile devices. After the first release, the application had become highly popular and they had released a beta for a timed period last year. Within a few hours this is set to change as a beta version of the Android application will be available for download at the Swype website.

This application has totally revolutionised typing methods in mobile touchscreen devices. Recently a Swype user Franklin Page set a Guiness Book World record for fastest text entry on a mobile touchscreen device with a time of 35.54 seconds. The text was The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human,.

Source : TechCrunch

Soon be available for download here : Swype

Adobe Prereleases Adobe Air For Android

is probably one of the best inventions by Adobe in my opinion and there are several apps which have made good use of it, take for example . The best part about Adobe Air is that the applications are platform independent just like Java apps, and only require a runtime to run the app.

Adobe Air Android

Now, Adobe is taking the same platform independent flexibility to mobile devices with the prerelease of the Adobe Air for platform, which will allow developers to create applications using the platform and run in natively on the Android OS.

If you are a developer who uses Adobe tools and are excited about this news, you can visit http://www.adobe.com/go/airbetasignup to get a prerelease of the development tools required to build an app for Android.

Though Flex 4 is not fully supported, developers can build Android apps using the Adobe Air platform with Flash Professional CS5 and Flash Builder 4 for pure Actionscript projects.

JaegerMonkey, Opera 10.5 Beta, Mozilla Ubiquity And 3 New Chrome Extensions [Browser Saturday]

Welcome again to our weekly column Browser Saturday, where the Techie Buzz team will try to aggregate the latest innovations and updates around the browser world. Check the previous post here.

Mozilla Developers Working On A New JavaScript Optimizer: JaegerMonkey

Mozilla developers are now working on a new JavaScript optimizer for Mozilla based browsers like Firefox. This new project, named JaegerMonkey (or JägerMonkey), will replace Mozilla’s current JavaScript optimizer TraceMonkey. JaegerMonkey will have the features of TraceMonkey and Nitro (WebKit’s JavaScript engine) both.

Developers Dave Mandelin and David Anderson have blogged about this project. David writes:

Mozilla’s JavaScript optimizer, TraceMonkey, is pretty powerful. It carefully observes loops and converts them to super-fast assembly. We call this tracing. That’s great and all, but there’s a problem: sometimes tracing doesn’t work. Loops can throw curveballs that cause tracing to stop. Especially with recursion, or lots of nesting, it can be very difficult to build good traces on complex code. Other JavaScript engines, such as Nitro (present in WebKit/Safari), take a simpler approach. Instead of compiling loops to assembly, they compile entire methods (functions) to assembly.

We’re taking the tried-and-true approach of other vendors, and bolting trace compilation on top. Once the two are interacting seamlessly, you’ll have a much more consistent and fast JavaScript performance experience.

This project is in the initial phase at the moment, and the team is very excited about it. After its implementation, Mozilla based browsers will have super fast JavaScript rendering speed, similar to WebKit based browsers. :)

Opera 10.50 Beta For Windows And Mac

Opera 10.5 Beta for Mac platform has been released. This release includes some exciting features like Growl notifications, unified tool bar and Multi-touch gestures. The Opera team has also released 10.5 beta 2 for Windows.

Where is Mozilla Ubiquity?

Erez Zukerman of DownloadSquad has posted about the current development status of Mozilla Ubiquity.   This post was widely discussed among developers, and finally Aza Raskin, the head of User Experience for Mozilla Labs, has replied Erek’s post. Raskin writes on his blog:

Ubiquity is currently on the back burner, with the core Ubiquity people now working on Jetpack (myself and Atul Varma) and Test Pilot (Jono Xia). In the next couple of months I will be focusing on a new project that incorporates some of the learnings from Ubiquity and Taskfox.

Surprisingly, this post has been removed from Raskin’s blog (though accessible using Google cache). The homepage of Ubiquity project at Mozilla Labs has been updated now, and discusses the current status of Ubiquity: The purpose of an experiment is to learn something not necessarily to make a product.

3 New & Useful Chrome Extensions try them now!

  1. SEO Site Tools: A useful extension for web professionals. Pulls tons of on-page and off-page metrics, social media stats etc. for any site.
  2. Skeet: A brand new Chrome extension for twitter users. Attractive and simple UI, feels like Twhirl!! :)
  3. Chrome Lock: This extension claims to lock Google Chrome, and hence it prevents unauthorized use of the browser when you are not at your desk. Users can set their password to unlock the browser. Unfortunately, it is not working at my end (Windows, 5.0.335.0 build 39559), but many users have posted positive reviews. :)

Also Check: Best Chrome Extensions You Should Definitely Download

Opera 10.5 Beta 2 for Windows Hits the Street

The Opera team is getting closer and closer to the release candidate for Opera 10.5. Earlier today, the Opera team announced the release of Opera 10.5 Beta 2 which contains several significant changes over Opera 10.5 Beta 1.

Opera 10.5 Beta 2 Welcome Screen

Opera 10.5 Aero Peek

Opera 10.5 Beta 2 packs in several significant changes to the browser including better integration with including Aero Glass, Aero Peek and Jumplists. It also optimizes on the Carakan JavaScript engine by adding a cross-platform bytecode interpreter among other things.

Opera 10.5 JumplistsCentralized Opera O Menu

A new Opera "O" tab and menu also replaces the traditional Opera Menu bar and increases vertical space in the Opera window, centralizing several used features and tools in a single convenient location. Opera 10.5 Beta 2 also makes use of the Presto 2.5 rendering engine for better CSS support, along with more support for and SVG.

Opera 10.5 Desktop Widgets

The most important change in 10.5 Beta, at-least according to me is the introduction of Opera Widgets for Desktop which is similar to Prism for Firefox and Applications shortcuts in . The desktop widgets will now perform as native applications on user computer.

There are also several significant changes to Private browsing and Web Storage. You can read all the changes in Opera 10.5 Beta 2 here.

Download Opera 10.5 Beta 2