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This is the first release candidate for Firefox 3.5, the latest version of the Firefox web browser. As a member of our beta audience, you are being updated to this version to help test and preview the new version before it is released to the general public.

 

The new Firefox is faster than before, supports new web technologies, improving performance and ease of use and has features like –

  • Improved tools for controlling your private data, including a Private Browsing Mode.
  • Better performance and stability with the new TraceMonkey JavaScript engine.
  • The ability to provide Location Aware Browsing using web standards for geolocation.
  • Support for native JSON, and web worker threads.
  • Improvements to the Gecko layout engine, including speculative parsing for faster content rendering.
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    This release is available in more than 70 languages and you can download it here.

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    ff1 Type 1. just the fox gets better here, fiery.

    ff2 Type 2. more shiny. darker

    ff3 Type 3. lighter with less prominent fire.

    I defiantly like the 2nd one, it’s more shiny and good looking.

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    Everyone is talking about the new computation search engine Wolfram Alpha wolf

    and comparing it with Google. Some say it is a Google killer though it can’t even answer what Twitter is –

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    Lot of people like wolfram but aren’t yet ready to leave the beloved Google. This add-on is to help those people –

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    Wolfram alpha Google 3.0 adds a neat table to the Google results so that you can see the results of both the search engine in a single page.

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    Neat huh? along with the regular results you get some cool facts with which you can impress your friends, get some knowledge and finish your projects.

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    You can get Wolfram Alpha Google 3.0 here and it works even with Firefox 3.5.

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    Ok…today I’m posting after a really long time. My exams end on 24th of this month and then I’ll start regular posting. Thank you for your patience.

    I had to use my PC yesterday to check on my projects when I saw the tiny windows update icon in the notification area –

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    I was not surprised to see Internet Explorer 8. Now, I’ve not got any problem with Internet Explorer, I just ignore it. My problem is the way it is being pushed to users, it is silently downloaded without users knowledge. Many users are barely getting used to IE7 and here comes IE8. Users should be given the option to update like Firefox. people are usually not even aware of the version of Internet Explorer they are using. This might cause Microsoft some trouble from the EC.

    Anyway… Internet Explorer is a good browser, at least better than IE7 or IE6. So now that you’ve downloaded it, use it and tell me if you like it or not.

    If you didn’t like it Microsoft has made it fairly simple to remove Internet Explorer 8 .

     

    The increase in version number is proposed due to the sheer volume of work which makes Shiretoko feel like much more than a small, incremental improvement over Firefox 3: TraceMonkey, <video> tag and player support, improvements to user controls over data privacy, significant improvements in the web layout and rendering platform, and much more.

    Under this proposal:

    • Shiretoko would be released as Firefox 3.5,
    • the upcoming third beta release would still carry the 3.1b3 version numbering,
    • the following foruth beta will be numbered Firefox 3.5b4,
    • “Minefield” builds from the trunk mozilla-central repository will be renumbered to 3.6a1pre until further notice – we will need to consider and decide on a version number for that release at a future date,
    • the Gecko version numbering will not change, remain 1.9.1 on the mozilla-1.9.1 branch and 1.9.2 on the mozilla-central repository for the forseeable future.

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    Foxmarks, one of my favorite add-on which backups your bookmarks and password, suggests tags is changing it’s name to xmarks and adding new features.

    xmarks The features of xmarks are –

    Screenshot of Smarter Search.

    Smarter Search

    Xmarks will highlight the 3 top sites in your Google results based on how many people have bookmarked them. Simply move your mouse over the site info icon to learn more about that site.

    Screenshot of Site Info.

    Site Info built into your browser

    Click on the Xmarks info icon in your location bar to see detailed information about the site you are on, and discover other great sites just like it.

    Multi-browser for Xmarks coming soon.

    Sync and Backup

    Install Xmarks on each computer you use, and it seamlessly integrates with your web browser and keeps your bookmarks safely backed up and in sync.
    The Xmarks browser add-on is coming soon to Internet Explorer and Safari.

     

    Adding new features is great but why the name change?

    Well.. The add-on is now not a Firefox only add-on, it’s compactable with both Internet Explorer and Safari. The name Foxmarks links it with Firefox. This might be the reason for the change of name.

     

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    The popular bookmark syncing Firefox extension Foxmarks has updated to version 2.7.2 and added a new feature of suggesting tags.

    What makes this feature especially useful is that you can instantly find tagged bookmarks by typing tag names into the Firefox 3 location bar. This is one of the quickest ways to organize and recall bookmarks in Firefox 3. However, if you don’t use tags, you can turn off this feature via Foxmarks Settings.The tag suggestion is based on how other users tagged similar page. Suggested Tags is currently available only for the Firefox browser and suggests only English tags.

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    sadly the suggestions do not include tags that we already use, which might take the fun away from the person who has rigid tagging standards.

    Foxmarks syncs your bookmarks, passwords, profiles, has mobile access and now suggests you tags. You can get Foxmarks here.

     

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