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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™ warns 20,000 websites that they might be hacked

The owners and webmasters of around 20,000 websites have been warned by search giant Google of possible attacks by hackers. The warnings were sent to the owners of those sites, which according to the head of Google’s anti-spam team Matt Cutts were doing the so-called weird redirects.

“Is your site doing weird redirects? We just sent a ‘your site might be hacked’ message to 20,000 sites,” said Cutts in a Twitter post.

A link that contained a sample of the message that Google sent to the affected webmasters and site owners was also given along with the post. An English translation of the warning says, “we are writing to let you know that we believe some of your website’s pages may be hacked.”

“Specifically, we think that JavaScript has been injected into your site by a third party and may be used to redirect users to malicious sites,” it added.

The websites were also warned that server configuration files could also have been affected. “As a result of this, your site may be cloaking and showing the malicious content only in certain situations,” warned Google.

Google™ Chrome Beta hits v.10, and Chrome Developer hits v.11

Google Chrome version 10 is available for the public and version 11 is now available for developers. On top of the list of new features in Google Chrome is JavaScript along with the “Crankshaft” version of the new V8 JavaScript Engine. JavaScript is used for a number of web-based applications such as Google Docs. Crankshaft is capable of enhancing by sixty five percent the performance of the V8 benchmark suite of Google. It uses adaptive compilation, identifying important code and optimizing that code as required.

Google Chrome offers data encryption through its password management utility. The design of Google Chrome is based on the WebKit layout engine and application framework. The bowser now incorporates the SandBox technology. It prevents your computer from getting infected from malware and other security threats. The browsers comes with new add-ons, themes, personas and settings, so that you customize it according to your requirements and preferences.

Existing users of Google Chrome automatically get updated to the new version as and when Google Chrome is accessed after the launch of the new version. Google Chrome can be regarded as one of the most user friendly, advanced and secure browsers that are now available. Other popular web browsers include, Internet Explorer from Microsoft, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, etc.

How to add bookmark shortcuts to Google™ Chrome Omnibar

Google Chrome is a web browser that was developed and introduced by Google more than a couple of years back. Chrome uses the WebKit layout and application engine and was first released as a beta version for Microsoft Windows in September 2008. By the commencement of the current year 2011, Google Chrome had ended up being the third most widely used browser, according to the statistics by Net Applications. Google Chrome also came into being through a number of open source projects.

Apart from being fast, the purpose of launching Chrome was to bring a secure, simple and stable web browsing experience to users. Its power lies in the performance of applications and JavaScript processing speed, and both of these were verified by a number of websites to be the fastest among all the web browsers.

Much has been said and written about the functioning and features of the Chrome Omnibar. While some say it is great, others believe it isn’t convincing enough compared to other browsers because of its lack of ability to set bookmark shortcuts. However, Quickmarks, which is a Chrome extension, resolves the problem by helping you to access your bookmarks very quickly, via the keyboard.

For those who are not aware of the word, Quickmark or a QR Code was a two dimensional bar code created by a Japanese company Denso-Wave in the early 1990s. The term ‘QR Code’ was derived from ‘Quick Response’, as the content of the code was intended to be decoded at a very high speed.

How to add Bookmark shortcuts to the Chrome Omnibar through Quickmarks

In order to add Bookmark shortcuts to the Chrome Omnibar using

Quickmarks, the following steps can be followed:

Step 1: Type ‘b’ in the Omnibar after installing the extension.

Step 2: Type the bookmark shortcut for the bookmark that needs to be opened. Bookmark shortcuts can be set by appending a keyword in the brackets (For example, fb for facebook and so on) to the title of the bookmark.

Step 3: Once you follow the previous step, it would be recognized by Quickmarks, thereby setting it all up so that you only have to type ‘b fb’ if you want to open Facebook in your browser.

Microsoft’s new test version of IE 9

After much waiting the time came when Microsoft unleashed its seventh test version of Internet Explorer 9 which has been tagged as “real- world” Web based JavaScript programs. But with this development a rival’s accusation has also been parcelled that Microsoft is essentially engaged in the storied computer industry practise of benchmark engineering-designing technology to be fast on an artificial speed test.

The newly launched seventh IE9 platform preview comes with new improvements to its Chakra JavaScript engine. With Microsoft asserting that Chakra is engineered to do better on actual Web site rather than any narrow benchmarks.

Dean Hachamovitch who is Microsoft’s IE General Manager blogged that over the last few days Microsoft’s have been tuning the JavaScript engine, for more patterns that found in real-world sites. Based on these progresses since the last platform preview they released an updated platform preview build.

The company has been creating a range of Web applications to give people the option to test all the browsers that figure in today’s fierce competition. With the new version launched recently, Microsoft signalled its growing impatience with one test of JavaScript, the SunSpider benchmark- both of them basic in nature in its tests and limited as compared to the full range of browser performance challenges.

Few days back Mozilla took issue with one aspect of IE and JavaScript as “dead code elimination”. this involve scrutinizing software before it runs and eliminating parts that are just busywork-flawed code programmers that don’t always realize what they are using.

Rob Sayre, Mozilla JavaScript engineer came with an n objection filling IE9 bug that has led to Hachamovitch’s explanation but still Sayre is not much satisfied about it. Sayre has analysed that IE9 is using dead-lock elimination for some tasks that involves a number of mathematical operators. And then came his conclusion which states essentially that Microsoft had turned Chakra just for a good SunSpider result.

Sayre gave away his final decision by stating that it won’t be possible to consider IE9’s implementation of dead code elimination to be a serious general purpose optimization. By this statement it was clear that it hasn’t been tested on anything other than SunSpider.

New Features of Internet Explorer 9

Ever since Google Chrome’s release, last year, various Internet browsers have been scrambling to stick to their market share. Chrome has significantly reduced the loading of pages and the navigation in between the websites in the browsers tab. Besides Google chrome stands for simplicity, as the basic navigation toolbar remove other icons that are present on top of most browsers.

Microsoft has also now gone full swings by introducing enhanced features of HTML 5 and incorporating basic browser design similar to the chrome setup.

Some of the new features of the new IE 9 can be seen as follows:

  • CSS 3 selectors
  • Enhanced JavaScript Performance
  • Embedded ICC v2 or v4color profiles support via Windows Color System.
  • Hardware-accelerated graphics rendering using Direct2D
  • Imaging support provided by Windows Imaging Component
  • Supports HTML5 video
  • Web Open Font Format

These are just some of striking features that differentiate the IE 9 from its previous features. However the enhancement of the JavaScript performance has been mainly attributed to its new engine called Chakra.  The new engine has enabled IE 9 to maintain a credible performance in terms of loading pages.

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