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Mozilla® Firefox Aurora- the Beta version of Mozilla® Firefox 15

Firefox Aurora, the pre-Beta build of Mozilla is now available publicly for download. The latest release includes some novel features and enhancements. It has a fresh Layout view, allowing developers to view how the margins, border and padding are set in one view.

Its prime highlights are:

• Preliminary native PDF support
• Support for SPDY networking protocol v3
• Improvements around memory leaks caused by some add-ons
• JavaScript debugger integrated into developer tools
• New layout view added to Inspector
• The CSS word-break property has been implemented
• Latest responsive design tool enables web developers to switch between desktop and mobile views of sites
• Native support for the Opus audio codec added
• Support for the media attribute with source element
• Support for the played attribute with audio and video elements

Firefox Aurora enables users and developers to preview features of the soon to be released version of Firefox browser.

Google™ Chrome 21 Beta for web-developers

Google has lately unveiled a novel 21 Beta version for its highly-popular Chrome browser.

Chiefly designed for the web-developers, the 21 Beta version for Chrome browser is to analyze as well as try a couple of new APIs, including getUserMedia API and Gamepad JavaScript API.

Amongst the two APIs, getUserMedia API enables web apps straight access to your web cam and microphone through the browser, eliminating the need of any kind of plug-in. The most amazing aspect about getUserMedia API is that it interacts with the CSS filters and WebGL in order to apply amazing effects on the captured video. While, conversely, Gamepad JavaScript API is a way more multipurpose API as it offers the developers direct access to input from the installed gamepad.

Apart from this, the newly released 21 Beta for Chrome browser also comes equipped with Google Cloud Print.

Google™+ History to import your past web records

Google, the search engine giant, is working on a state-of-the-art API for its 11-month-old Google+ platform.

Dubbed as Google+ History, the latest API will include support for third-party app platforms. That means, it will enable the users to add past updates, events, status updates, pictures, and check-ins onto your Google+ profile from a range of mobile and social networking platforms like Twitter and Foursquare. This data from the past would then be imported and displayed in attractive tiles called ‘moments’.

Google’s Ken Norton explained in his fanfare-less announcement, “The idea behind Google+ history is that you do a lot of things on the web, but you might only want to share some of them. Right now Facebook’s Open Graph API often catches users by surprise. Even though they’ve authorized auto-sharing, they might not realize the article they read or video they watched is being broadcasted to friends”.

With some lines of code, your app can save a visited restaurant or a song listened by you alone on your Google+ History. And from there you can share it with your friends and family on your Google+ profile.

This new API is primarily a convenient way to enhance your Google+ profile with your past content and give it a Facebook Timeline-like look.

Personalize your Gmail® account with custom backgrounds

Until now, Gmail users have been personalizing their inboxes with various themes. Over the next couple of days, the users will be able to give more of a personal touch to Gmail by customizing the backgrounds in Gmail.

Know how to do it

When it comes to uploading your image, there will be an option to upload it directly, paste any image URL, or select from Google+ photos. And in case, there is not any specific image in mind, browse through Featured Photos section to find a suitable picture. To get an idea of the collection of images, explore through ‘hdr scenery’ or ‘bokeh wallpaper’ under Featured tab.

For the rest of the interface, Google will include an option to select between a dark and a light theme when you set your own image.

“When we unveiled Gmail’s new look in November, we introduced a number of new, beautiful HD themes. We also heard that many of you wanted to bring an even more personal touch by setting your own background. So over the next couple of days we are rolling out a new Custom themes section with two options, Light and Dark where you can do just that,” Google software engineer Greg Bullock wrote on the official Gmail blog.


Google™ PageSpeed Insights 2.0 released

Do you know how to optimize the performance of your website? Do your web pages crawl really slowly?

Lately, Google has released the enhanced version 2.0 of PageSpeed Insights 2.0 Chrome extension. It will significantly help you discern various aspects of your website that are responsible for the sluggish performance and speed of the pages. The extension comprehensively analyzes, optimizes, and gives relevant suggestions to improve the performance of your website. Primarily, the updated version 2.0 of PageSpeed Insights will scrutinize all the factors of the page load, including network, resources, timeline, and DOM. Reducing the page load time, Google PageSpeed Insights 2.0 will drastically help in cutting down the bounce rate and increasing the conversion rate of your website.

If you want to evaluate the performance of your website and get handy tips on how to improve them, download the update from Chrome Web Store.

Mozilla® making browser for iPad®, Named Junior

Looking for an alternative browser on your iPad?

Mozilla, the name behind the successful desktop web browser Firefox has been working on a web browser for iPad. Dubbed as Junior, this novel web browser that will be designed specifically for iPad will make web browsing more pleasurable and more ergonomic.

“We wanted to make something entirely new. We wanted to look into how we could reinvent the browser for a new form factor,” Firefox product designer Alex Limi said, calling Safari on iPad “a miserable experience”.

Junior will be very simple as compared to the other browsers and will incorporate just two buttons, including the ‘Back’ button and ‘Plus’ button. Amongst the two, the ‘Back’ button will do the standard back function, while the ‘Plus’ button will open a new window. Also, it will show recently closed/viewed websites, bookmarked sites and unified search bar.

Junior will offer a full-screen experience to the users who forgo tabs and will greatly depend on a few navigation buttons to access browser’s features. In addition, this browser for iPad is also expected to allow its users to make multiple accounts.

However, Junior by Mozilla is an early-experimental project and yet it is not confirmed for development.

FireFTP for your Mozilla® Firefox

If you love using Mozilla Firefox Browser and are looking for a FTP (File Transfer Protocol) application for it, then here’s the most reliable option– FireFTP Extension. The client gives you complete control over managing various log-ins, passwords, along with various connection settings. FireFTP installs as an extension and completely integrates with your Mozilla Firefox browser, thereby offering you standard FTP features.

FireFTP also supports authenticated SSL and TSL along with implicit SSL to initiate secure transfers. This free secure cross-platform FTP/SFTP provides a safe and intuitive access to FTP/SFTP servers. You can easily manage your files on your website and also download files in FTP very efficiently and smoothly.

What’s more, this handy extension also lets you upload various files. The simple FTP client has support for multiple accounts. It also comprises a system of ‘logs’ with which you can see all the program activity. The command console performs operations manually.

You can transfer files manually between your local computer and a server on the Internet. Here is the list of tasks for which you can use FreeFTP:

• Downloading/uploading images, movie, documents, and music
• Maintaining and publishing website
• Renaming files and also for creating/deleting directories
• Sharing of files and also to keep a back up or remote files
• Keeping a session log
• Setting up any program easily

FireFTP is accessible from ‘Tools’ in the menu bars. You can also add the FireFTP icon to the tool bar via customization options. Additionally, it also runs smoothly with Mozilla Firefox extensions like Tab Mix Plus, AdBlock Plus and Foxy Tunes.

FireFTP is an amazing extension for Mozilla Firefox. You can download it from here .

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How to Customize Firefox Keyboard Shortcuts

It is a know fact how useful the shortcut can be especial when you are trying to browser through different application or the websites. But to be honest a coin always has another side and same is with the computer shortcuts. They at time are so difficult to remember you end up using your mouse. But should their not be a way around and I was determined for the same. Especially some one like me who has keeps browsing, different website on Firefox. So I found something helpful that may be useful for all the readers. Firefox has an add-on called Customizable Shortcut version 0.5.8. from Tim Taubert. It does not requires you to restart the Firefox so once it is installed you are ready to add your own shortcuts to Firefox so that you can run the browser faster than before and without the mouse.

You can follow the following steps to create your own shortcuts. First step is to click on the tools and then go to the option. In order to open it with the shortcut you can use Alt+T and then “o”. This will bring the options menu and then please click on the one that says Shortcuts on the far right hand side. Once you click on it then you can modify any one the mentioned shortcut. Not only will it help you customize the short cut but will also help you speed up your work on the Firefox. But before you download this add-on please make sure you have also upgraded the version of the Firefox as it requires the latest version of the browser.  Once done with the shortcut you can use it but it will also work in case you upgrade the browser in future. Thus resolving the problem of remembering the short cut, as you can set them as per your choice, not only set them but you can change them back to anything else if you want. Any combination of shift, ctrl spacebar or any key you want. For example I have set ctrl+shift for a new tab as it is closer and more convenient for me to use.

Thus concluding with the note that your computer is fast but it can work much faster if it is give the required upgrade it requires from time to time. So we wish you all the best with browning computer with these additional benefits from this new add-on.

Google patches 30 Chrome bugs, adds Instant Pages

Before we start discussing about the updates of Chrome let’s try to look back at history and try to find out what is Google Chrome. Since the launch of Google Chrome on September 2, 2008 it has been growing with time. In December 11, 2008 when it was officially launched it had 1% of total market share. Thought it s believed Eric Schmidt never wanted to develop a new browser as he never felt of getting indulge in to Browser’s war. But Sergey Brin and Larry Page when showed him what their plans where he could not help but changed his mind.

With time Google Chrome has reached the 3rd Spot in the market with total market share of 23.16%. And it is believed is one of the most secured browser and not only faster but also more user friendly. And some of its advantage that has helped it to be more successful in such a short span of time is its flexibility. It can be used on MAC, Linux as well as Windows. Now with such a wide variety of presence it has been more prone to security risks. With inputs from its security team and also outside its security team, Google has been updating Chrome with the best possible updates. Google has a trend of releasing updates every six to seven weeks.  But this time the updates that have been released in response to the input received from outside of its security team are high on priority. Google has released a bundle of 30 updates together, out of which 23 Updates are either high or medium in risk level. Only seven of them are labeled as low. So our advice is if you happen to use Chrome please updates your browser because these updates are termed as second most serious updates in Google’s four step scoring system.

Most of these high risk updates are “Use-After-Free” bugs, which are believed to be used to prevent flaws related to injecting attack code. It is believed that Google paid $ 17,000 to 10 researchers who reported most of these vulnerabilities. With new releases few new features have also been added to the Chrome like Instant Pages. It is leant that it will not only reduce the time taken by you to open the website but will give you complete the freedom to chooses whether to keep the feature or not. If you feel like you can always opt out by going to Settings and then Advance and then uncheck the one that says Predict network action to improve page load performance. We would conclude with it. Hope the new feature of Chrome helps you to browse faster.

Apple’s Safari grows faster than Chrome in July

According to the postings of Apple’s safari last month, it observed the biggest increase as far as usage share is concerned in the consumer market. It left the nearest competitors like perennial champion chrome far behind in this game of popularity & the number of users. This was the latest declaration of Web metrics vendor Net Applications. It is just like winning the race in the market of internet in a very easy manner.

The chrome users are really in a surprise state. It took the shape of a gain game that turned out to play in the favor of the former one. After the tagging up of the specific browser with Apple’s revenue troika of Mac, iPhone and iPad the profit was unexpected & sky rocketed to the increase of nearly around 8.1% in the month of July this year. It is a kind of an unachievable record that it gained. May be the main reason for ir is the user friendly structure of the same along with some more features that turned out to be in favor of the users. You too will be very much astonished to hear that the monopoly of internet explorer is on the verge of extinction. It dropped by 53 percent that occurred from the early phase of January till July & August respectively.

The browser was in a defeated state that really amazed its users. This is the biggest decline that it had ever experienced. This performance in such a poor state of decline in popularity & uselessness continued at a steady rate for three months simultaneously along with some other traits that didn’t go in favor of the same. It is a prediction that it would fall at a steady rate of minimum fifty percent by the end of this year. It is a perfect matter of fact that Google Chrome was the only equipment that improved its general performance by growing & maintaining its general share by 13.5%. Although the performance was not at all credible with the 15 percent share on October last year. Similar was the case with two other very popular internet browsers, Mozilla’s Firefox and Opera Software’s Opera. The lost the usual place of popularity bearing a loss of nearly two tenths of its users along with some of the very long & huge problems still in the picture.  Firefox, which kicked off a rapid-release schedule in late June that will result in a new version every six weeks, now accounts for 21.5% of all browsers, more than three points down from its peak in November 2009.

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