Archive for October, 2007

Firefox Mobile vs. Opera Mobile

By | October 11, 2007 | 3 Comments

Firefox Mobile vs. Opera MobileYou might think that it’s too early to write topics like “Firefox Mobile vs. Opera Mobile” (but it’s not), I bet there would be pretty much of them really soon.

We don’t have many details about Firefox Mobile, however, I think that Opera’s Mobile team should be worried already, not because of the features but because Firefox Mobile will be free open-source mobile web browser while Opera Mobile isn’t free or either an open source product.

Lets’ check finances. Opera Mobile makes good money for the Opera Software. How will it affect Opera’s earnings after Firefox Mobile release? No one knows yet.

Opera Software already made a mistake once; Opera was a paid browser some time ago, later they have decided to make it free, “bit too late” I would say. As a result, Opera’s market share is still very low; some still thinks that Opera is a paid browser. What about Opera Mobile? Will they make it free as Firefox Mobile is coming? Or will they wait till Firefox Mobile is being released so could see if it’s a “real” competitor or not? Let’s sit and wait.

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New Internet Channel For Nintendo Wii

By | October 10, 2007 | 0 Comments

Opera Nintendo WiiSeems many news today…
From Opera’s press release speaks for itself.

Opera today announced Nintendo has started distributing the much-anticipated new version of the Internet Channel for Nintendo Wii. The Internet Channel now features new ways to share, communicate and enjoy the Internet Channel by adding support for a USB keyboard and enhanced ways to communicate with your Wii friends.

Hardware support for any USB keyboard makes typing both easier and faster. Simply plug any standard USB keyboard into one of the two USB ports on your Nintendo Wii and you are ready to write email, compose blog posts, comment in forums and much more. Also making text input more comfortable are several new keyboard-specific shortcuts to be used with the existing soft keyboard, such as using the “B” button on the Wii remote as a “Shift” button.

Send to a friend enables you to send links to your favorite Web sites – or the one you are currently browsing – to your Wii friends whom you have added in your Wii. You can also add a message to send along with the link. When your Wii friend opens the message, they can immediately visit the page in the Internet Channel.

The new Internet Channel for Nintendo Wii carries additional usability improvements. Users can now copy information from a Web page and paste it directly into the search field. Users may also store nine more favorites, bringing the total to 56. Visit the Wii Shop Channel to download the new Internet Channel today.

Internet Channel Features.
Opera for Nintendo.

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It’s Official! Firefox Mobile

By | October 10, 2007 | 9 Comments

Firefox MobileAre you excited? It’s just been announced. There were a plenty of rumors regarding Firefox Mobile and now it’s official. Mozilla are developing Firefox for mobile phone which should be released till the end of this year. Like original Firefox it will be open-source software and that means a lot to developers and users as well. As for now there are still not many details known, Firefox Mobile will be able to run Firefox extensions on the mobile phone and the fact that many people already joined Mozilla in order to help build the best mobile web browser.

Should Opera Mini, Opera Mobile, iPhone Web Browser and Microsoft Deepfish developers be worried already?

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Air Mozilla Live this Wednesday

By | October 10, 2007 | 0 Comments

Air Mozilla

Air Mozilla is the live “call in” show featuring influential Mozilla contributors from all over the world. This week’s show will feature Window Snyder, Chief Security Something or Other, talking about Mozilla and Web security.So join us this Wednesday at and on IRC or IM to be a part of the fun.Who: The Mozilla community, host Asa Dotzler, and special guest Window Snyder.
When: Wednesday, October 10, from 14:00:00 – 15:00:00 PDT (UTC -7.)
Where: View the webcast at and participate on IRC, IM, or email.
* IRC: join the discussion on #airmozilla
* IM: instant message your questions to the AIM/YIM/GTalk screenname airmozilla.
* email: send in your questions before and during the show to airmozilla -at- mozilla -dot- com.

Air Mozilla is now streaming 24/7 with a new live show every month (or as close to that as makes sense.) If you’ve got ideas for shows, please email us and let us know. Even better, if you’re a part of the Mozilla community and you’d like to be interviewed or present on our live broadcast, let us know.

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Control Your Opera Web Browser Using Voice

By | October 10, 2007 | 1 Comment

Opera VoiceDaniel Goldman wrote a nice tip using video for the Opera users. You can control your web browser using Opera Voice. Basically I haven’t ever tried this feature but after seeing short video decided to do that. If you want to try it yourself, go the Opera Tools > Preferences > Advanced > Voice and check “Enable voice-controlled browsing”. It should download additional 10-11 megabytes now and you can start using it. Don’t forget to check Opera’s Voice video.

I’ve used it for a few minutes only but it’s still fun I guess. However, first thought that I will be able to type any URL using my voice but I couldn’t. Also haven’t found “Read Feeds” option. I guess this feature needs a small upgrade. Maybe not. Still checking tutorials for more details.

Learn More
Opera Voice Tutorial

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Firefox Soon To Come

By | October 8, 2007 | 1 Comment

Firefox should be released within a week but might be delayed a bit as well. As schedule says:

  • Code Freeze: 10/3 (end of day)
  • First Candidates Available: 10/5 (Fri)
  • Final release scheduled: 10/16 (Tue)
  • Firefox should be yet another great release by Firefox team. We are waiting…

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    Firefox 3 Pre-Milestone 9 (Alpha 9?) 2007 10 05 Released

    By | October 5, 2007 | 0 Comments

    Firefox 3 Pre-Milestone 9 Alpha 9Yet another day and yet another Firefox 3 build from its developers team. While it’s still really long time to go, it’s good to see that with every day they Firefox 3 becomes more and more “polished”. Latest build changelog:


  • #384304 [Firefox:Startup and Profile System]- /usr/bin/firefox is not able to handle symlinks due to error in script [Lin]
  • #395138 [Firefox:File Handling]- show types set to “always ask” in Applications prefpane [All]
  • #395689 [Core:XSLT]- XML pretty print leaks [Mac]
  • #397749 [Core:SVG]- New style nsSVGAngle [All]
  • #398360 [Firefox:General]- speed up onSecurityChange [All]
  • #398394 [Firefox:Places]-[places] add “match” label to places search builder [All]
  • #398471 [Core:Widget: Cocoa]- Widgets translated incorrectly when there is a complex transform. [Mac]
  • Partial Landings/WIPs/Incoming:

  • #380901 [Core:JavaScript Engine]- Release SpiderMonkey 1.7 [All]
  • #387480 [Core:Security: UI]- Support network-fetched cert import in Web Sites tab of Cert Mgr [Mac]
  • #393757 [Core:Style System (CSS)]- Don’t report CSS style errors for identifiers designated as vendor-specific [All]
  • #394483 [Core:File Handling]- web-based protocol handlers don’t work in certain situations [All]
  • #397690 [Firefox:Preferences]- Handler apps display as executables rather than full application name [All]
  • #387996 [Firefox:Places]- add a “Places” folder to the bookmarks menu, populated with smart folders [All]
  • Regressions/Annoying/Common bugs:

  • #333965 [Firefox:Places]- Places’ search feature hangs [Win]
  • #337761 [Core:XPCOM]- Folder does not open anymore for dragged link [All]
  • #339804 [Firefox:General]- Multiple login requests for authentification proxies if sessionstore is enabled [Win]
  • #385245 [Firefox:Places]- history sidebar very slow (way slower than fx2) [All]
  • #386343 [Firefox:General]- Breakpad doesn’t work [Win]
  • #388209 [Firefox:Places]- bookmarks menu dnd indicator not visible if I want to drop an item before a separator [Win]
  • #389131 [Other Applications:Reporter]- Reporter should move away from SOAP (Reporter fails to send reports on trunk) [All]
  • #394079 [Firefox:Location Bar and Autocomplete]- Location bar autocomplete hangs after first character is typed; regardless of speed of character input [Win]
  • #394910 [Firefox:Download Manager]- The download always goes to when browser. download. Use DownloadDir is false [Win]
  • #395534 [Firefox:Download Manager]- browser. download.l astDir is ignored when right-clicking and “Save Link As …” when browser. download. useDownloadDir is true. [Win]
  • #397012 [Firefox:Menus]-menus won’t close on second click [Win]
  • #398085 [Core:JavaScript Engine]- Crash on Load [@ js_Interpret] [All]
  • #398346 [Firefox:Location Bar and Autocomplete]- Opening/closing toolbar customize breaks the location bar [All]
  • Download now.

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    Opera 9.5, Is This A Bug (Part 2)?

    By | October 5, 2007 | 5 Comments

    Opera 9.5Not so long time ago I’ve posted an article called “Opera 9.5, Is This A Bug Or A Feature?“.

    Today I’ve found one more “possible bug”. When Opera 9.23 and Opera 9.5 Alpha is running and you are trying to launch “Opera 9.5 Alpha\opera.exe” it opens you a blank page (opera:blank) in Opera 9.23 and not Opera 9.5. Why?

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    Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) Update

    By | October 5, 2007 | 4 Comments

    Internet Explorer 7 IE7That should be some exciting news but there isn’t. I was actually expecting something more from Internet Explorer 7 update as it’s been ~1 year since IE7 was released. So when you get some news after 1 year “quiet” development you expect something new. Maybe that’s just me, you decide. Here’s Internet Explorer 7 Update changelog:

  • The menu bar is now visible by default.
  • The Internet Explorer 7 online tour has updated how-to’s. Also, the “first-run” experience includes a new overview.
  • We’ve included a new MSI installer that simplifies deployment for IT administrators in enterprises.
  • That’s all! Ok, now serious, what are the changes?

  • Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) check removed.
  • (Windows XP users). Will this change increase IE market share?

    Download Internet Explorer 7.

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    Extend Firefox 2 Add-Ons Contest

    By | October 4, 2007 | 0 Comments

    Firefox ContestAre you ready to win some great prizes? What you will need to do? What are those great prizes? Everything is really simple; you will have to develop an add-on for Firefox 2 web browser. Anything else? No, that’s all! Just an add-on and you might get one of the great prizes.

    Three Grand Prize winners will each receive an Ultimate Firefox Developer Kit, including:

  • Travel and accomodation to a Mozilla Developer Day of the winner’s choice, anywhere in the world
  • Development gear, including a brand new 15″ Macbook Pro with VMware Fusion and ActiveState Komodo
  • 1 Year Unlimited Access subscription to O’Reilly’s Safari Library
  • Firefox Ogio Messenger Bag stuffed with t-shirts, books, stickers, mugs and more
  • Twelve Runner-Up Prize winners will each receive a Firefox Pack, including:

  • Firefox Ogio Messenger Bag stuffed with t-shirts, books, stickers, and more
  • ActiveState Komodo, mug, and t-shirt
  • A $200 Gift Certificate for O’Reilly Books
  • All qualified entrants will receive, while supplies last, a Limited Edition Extend Firefox T-Shirt.

    This edition of the Extend Firefox contest will run until 11:59pm pacific time on December 31st, 2007. Winners will be announcement on about January 15th, 2007.

    See more details here. Are you ready to win?

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