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Firefox 4 release slips into 2011.

These days, if you’re slow, you’re dead. Once your product falls behind in a release roadmap, it’s often far too hard to actually catch up. Even worse, your competitors will use your bad luck against you, pushing their agenda even harder. With that said, Mozilla is going to have a busy New Years. Instead of celebrating the release of their biggest update in many, many months, they’ll be preparing. Firefox 4 has officially been pushed back into 2011.

The original release had a late-2010 date attached to it. But software is fickle. As such, bugs and general development goals are the reason that we won’t be welcoming the new year with a new FF. But it’s not all bad. Those of you who aren’t against beta products can get in on the action with the latest Firefox beta. It’s actually pretty darn stable — enough so to be your daily browser. But if it’s a legit, honest to goodness release you’re looking for, don’t stand around waiting. There’s still 3 more betas due for release, with the 1st Release Candidate pegged for early 2011.

Any Firefox users a bit letdown?

Fennec beta coming to Android this fall. Big updates in store.

Android users who’ve managed to install Fennec onto their devices thus far have probably come to the general conclusion that it’s slow, buggy, and simply not that great. It’s not without reason though — Fennec was never officially released for Android in any form. But good things come to those who wait.

According to Mozilla/Fennec team member Matt Brubeck, this fall will see the release of Fennec 2 for MeeGo….and Android. Obviously, major performance and reliability improvements are slated for release, namely new features called “electrolysis” and “layers” as well as Firefox Sync. The first, Electrolysis, is simple a splitting of one major resource (as Fennec operates currently) into several smaller resources, which greatly improves performance and is more resistant to crashing. Along the same lines, the GPU of your device will also be called into action with Layers, helping with the aforementioned performance increase by relieving the CPU of being the only worker on the job. The same offloading of tasks to the GPU is finally gaining steam on the desktop front, so it’s nice to see the mobile sphere following the same path so quickly.

Lastly, Firefox Sync is a simple tool to keep your Mozilla favorites, bookmarks, etc. organized across browsers, platforms, and computers. It’s a useful tool that truly doesn’t show it’s real value until you being using multiple computers daily.

With waning market share on the desktop front, can Mozilla’s mobile efforts make up for that slack and win you back over? Or, are other platforms/browsers (iOS and Safari, Android and mobile Chrome etc.) too far ahead for you to care?

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New version of Fennec for Android ganked off of Mozilla’s FTP site.

Firefox 4 beta 2 may be the latest talk of the town in browser land — No joke, it’s pretty awesome! — but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other important matters to talk about. On that note, some curious Droid-Life readers started poking around Mozilla’s FTP site and found a freshly updated version of Fennec that was uploaded on July 24th 2010. I went ahead and downloaded the update myself and have found it to be more or less a crap shoot on my Moto Droid running Froyo. Looks like they haven’t really grabbed the Froyo bull by the horns yet, as plenty of FC’s wreaked havoc on my little plastic bundle of love. Of course, this is an unofficial ganked copy, so I won’t complain too much.

I’m just glad they’re still working on it. It seems like f. o. r. e. v. e. r. ago that we heard about Fennec coming to Android. Anywho, go on ahead and get the Fennec update yourself and let us know how it goes for you…
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IE9 preview top of the heap when it comes to HTML5 speed. Chrome sits in as the caboose.

I never thought I’d utter the words, “Microsoft’s IEx is faster than Chrome, Opera, and on par with Firefox. Such things just don’t sound right in a world where we constantly mock Microsoft for their sub standard browser offering. But the IE9 preview is changing those past misconceptions.

When thrown head to head with Firefox 3.7 and latest version of Chrome and Opera, IE9 actually topped all but Firefox in pure HTML5 speed. That’s pretty huge considering the web is racing towards HTML5 as the next go-to standard of standards.

Of course, you have to keep in mind the history of each browser as well. Microsoft IE9 may eventually top everyone when it’s officially released, but look at how often Microsoft actually upgrades their browsers. While Chrome, Opera, and Firefox can be measured in months between upgrades, Microsoft can stretch the time between major upgrades by years.

They may be the fastest now, but that will all change come 4-5 months down the line when everyone else in the browser party picks up and moves on, leaving IE9 to wallow in self pity and irrelevance once again.

With that, hop inside and check out a video showing the four browsers dukin’ it out…
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Apple unveils new “open” HTML 5 demos page, blocks all browsers except Safari.

Oh the irony. Apple today took the wraps off of a new HTML 5 & Web Standards page, showing off to devs and end users alike what HTML 5 and other bleeding edge web standards are capable of. Only problem — this “openness” is limited (artificially) to only Apple’s Safari browser.

Now I know for a fact the latest betas of Chrome and Firefox can do at least half the stuff in the demos. But I digress. For Safari users, head on over to the HTML 5 Demo Page and have fun.

For the rest of us…you can skip Apple’s artificial limitations by pointing your seemingly incompetent browsers here — (

Whiz banged or is Flash still relevant?
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Firefox 64-bit alpha available for the taking!

Feeling a little renegade-like this evening? Why not test out a fresh copy of Firefox 64-bit edition? Be warned, it’s “pre-alpha”. With that, bugs will roam rampant with the most notable being the utter mess of plugin support. The move to 64-bit will require all new re-writes of said feature by plugin developers.

It’s a glorious first for Mozilla’s browser of mass popularity, though it’s far from public ready. Unless you’ve got no less than half a dozen browsers on your machine, it’s probably in your best interest to mosey on by this one and wait it out until 4.0 drops this November, 64-bit goodness and all.

Firefox 64-bit d/l link after the jump…
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Mozilla “officially” releases pre-alpha Fennec browser for Android.

Test dummies and those who want to be on the bleeding edge of relevancy, take notice. Mozilla has decided tonight is the night to take the wraps off of Fennec for Android — “officially” — by releasing a version for mere mortals to play with. Now take heed as this release is by no means a final version. In fact, if the thought of rooting your phone or having to pull the battery to force a reboot scares you, run away fast. Very fast. But if not, continue on…
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Really have a thing for Firefox? Then pick up a pair of FireSox…

Of all the tech brands to sport and “how” to sport them, taking the popular webkit browser, Firefox, and transforming it into a foot warmer is borderline odd/funny/weird. Ok, foot warmer isn’t quite accurate. Socks is a better classification. Choosing socks is an odd one though. If you’re really proud of your geeky lifestyle, why put in on an article of clothing that few will ever see?

So how about it: Would you wear Firefox-esque FireSox? (Say that 5 times fast….)

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Reassuring: Pwn2Own claims iPhone, OS X’s Safari, IE 8, and Firefox all in one day…

Safe you think, safe we’re not. Leave it to the exceptionally daft minds at Pwn2own for revealing just how vulnerable we really are when navigating the online world. A rouge link here, a hidden background download there — it’s pretty treacherous. The point of Pwn2own is not to steal however, but instead inform and help browser devs to better code their products. Rewards help too. And let me tell ya, legally hacking and compromising various browsers can be quite the side business. So far this year four people have won $10,000 for cracking various browsers. The winners and their victims:

  • Safari (Mac) — Charlie Miller
  • IE8 — Peter Vreugdenhil
  • Firefox — “Nils”
  • iPhone (un-jailbroken) — Ralf Philipp Weinmann (via proxy compliments of Vincenzo Iozzo

Oddly enough, Chrome is absent from today’s fallen victims, though I’m sure it’s only a matter of time if it hasn’t fallen already.

All of the men above are $10k richer today after their hard work. What’s interesting to note is that while here at the event it took minutes — and in some cases, seconds — these hackers spend weeks on their exploits. I’m sure a fair share of these guys have day jobs. Just think what a team of hackers who eat and breathe this stuff are capable of…?

Enough filling your heads with horror stories. So I have to ask: Do you still feel as safe surfin’ the web now?


Who would’ve guessed people don’t want IE8?

Well, it seems that the Windows Web Browser Choice Screen mandated by the European Union to splash on all versions of Windows is working great! According to the latest data from Opera, one of the options given on the main choice screen, their downloads across European Countries has skyrocketed! Opera says it’s “dramatic uptake on downloads.”

They are telling us that their download rates have doubled since this browser download and activation pop-up was initiated. In some countries their downloads have tripled. Giving the EU Windows users a choice has only been going on for a couple weeks now, but will continue well into May for current Windows users, and will be standard for at least 5 years on all new users.

I think this was a great idea, from working on peoples computers and going to their homes and talking to them about what they use their cpus for, I know that they are unaware of different options out there, not only for browsers. There is so much available that the standard user might not know about, and this was a great way to spread the knowledge better web browsing. I think this should be a standard on all computers, in Europe as well as the States!

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Fennec coming to Android sooner rather than later?

Mozilla may have been coy about Android’s flavor of Mobile Firefox, dubbed “Fennec”, but after a few weekend sightings, it appears that development behind the new mobile browser is moving along at quite a decent clip. This past weekend, a picture of Fennec running on a MOTO DROID was spotted on Mozilla’s Faecbook fan page as was a new picture several hours later of the same browser running on the Nexus one thanks to Mozilla developer, Madhava Enros.

If development was having any kind of trouble or hangup, we wouldn’t be seeing so many leaked images, would we? The actual release still hasn’t been revealed, though “later this year” is still more or less the “official word”. One thing’s for sure, I can’t wait. Multiple browsers may seem trivial to the end user, but in actuality, the more choices the better. Not to mention, while the stock Android browser is pretty damn good, there’s always room for improvement. Any Android users out there looking forward to Fennec?


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Win7 browser ballot goes live next week, shows it’s face now.

Folks in Europe who have so far been plagued with the lack of browser options in Windows during setup can breathe a sigh of relief today, for the much talked about “browser ballot” will officially go live next week. But today, we get to actually look at it. The ballot isn’t anything special — just a random ordering of the five top browsers (Chrome, Firefox, IE, Opera, and Safari) with two basic options: “Install” or “More Info”. While I don’t see the big fuss with IE coming standard on Windows, having choices provided from the start seems beneficial on paper at least.

Then again, I keep thinking this entire fight picked by the EU is stupid. Is it me or does this mountain-over-a-molehill fight regarding browser choices on Win7 seem a bit excessive? I’m hardly a Microsoft fanboy (or any fanboy really), but forcing Microsoft to offer other browsers from the get go while the EU fails to say anything about Apple’s bundling of Safari seems a bit one-sided and ridiculous. The outcome of politics and politicians getting into areas they don’t understand I suppose.