Good afternoon everyone, first of all, sorry for not posting more than a day, my internet connection was down. But finally it’s fixed now. So let’s do the news.
One of the most interesting and great features in Firefox 3 was announced plug-ins “manager” (which rocks).
This time they are upgrading download manager. What’s new there? It became more user friendly. Now Firefox 3 download manager “separates” them by downloading stage, for example: active downloads are being shown in one line, while completed in another one (same with paused and canceled). When download is completed you can check it’s info by clicking small “Information” icon which shows download url and location in which it was saved, thought it would be great if I could see download url and location where it’s being download all the time (like Opera’s download manager).
New Firefox 3 download manager also includes a search bar and might get more upgrades soon.
Firefox team keeps adding great features and last nightly build is not an exception.
What you can do now is see installed plug-ins in very friendly way, also enable or disable them, for example: Flash and/or DivX players.
Here how it looks:
Using Firefox 2 you can type about:plugins (in the address bar) and get similar information but in not so friendly way. Actually, you will see more than a few lines of text. Seems Firefox teem playing trying to make Firefox 3 as friendly as possible.
If you love online shopping this will be a real gem.
Coupon Notifier 1.6 was just released and I am really happy to tell you about it. With this add-on you can easilly find coupons and deals while surfing online shops (over 4000 merchants supported). This can help you to save a few bucks with no effort at alll.
Yesterday Firefox team released yet another nightly version of Firefox 3 web browser.
Besides various bugs fixes, you can find some great improvements as well. Now you can resize your Firefox search and location bars which allow users to customize their Firefox 3 Alpha 8 Pre bars in any way they want. However, that’s not the only one great improvement. Firefox team made one more makeover. It’s a Vista menus look.
Thanks to Omega X for the screenshot.
If those improvements gives users what they want, then I would like to praise Firefox team for adding this in their latest Firefox 3 Alpha 8 Pre, August 8 release.
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“Ten Fuc*ing Days”. That’s what Mozilla said.
That’s right, they’ve said that they can release any critical patch within 10 days or faster. Firefox 184.108.40.206 was released even faster than 10 days (after security flaws were discovered). So they are not just using some tricks (or do they?), it’s already proven, we will see how fast they will release next one.
In my point of view, before using such statements they should also fix other security vulnerabilities. Even if they are not the most critical ones.
Unpatched 43% (6 of 14 Secunia advisories)
Most Critical Unpatched
Secunia Security Stats.
Sorry for not writing anything interested in a past few days, I was in some kind of not planned vacation. Anyways, time for the news.
Mozilla team updated us by providing more details about IronMonkey and ScreamingMonkey. Here are some quotes from their post.
ScreamingMonkey is the effort, being led by Mark Hammond, to allow the Tamarin engine to run within non-Mozilla browsers, starting with Internet Explorer.
That’s a brief, here’s a full story to read (if you want to).
Yet again, we have a new Firefox 3 version: Firefox 3 Alpha 7.
What’s new in it? There are some great stuff like zoom and that’s not all. Here’s a complete list of changes and fixes:
- Support for Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) has been removed. Gecko 1.9 will no longer build or run on Mac OS X 10.3
- Default visited pages history size 9 to 180 days
- Full page zoom of images, layout and text
- Many fixes for context menus, clipboard, and drag services on Mac OS X
- Reworking of XUL menus and popups
- document.all now returns a NodeList of elements
- Several new clipboard events
- A class of wrappers to mediate access between web pages from different origins
- Cross site XMLHttpRequest specification implemented
- A method for opening modal dialogs from content
- Color profile support
- Text in canvas
Here’s what I got after trying to run Firefox 3 Alpha 7:
Oh well… I will wait for Firefox 3 Milestone 8 then, it will be released in the middle of September.
Finally, some new version of web browser, as I was geting bored.
Firefox 220.127.116.11 fixes the following security issues:
- Unescaped URIs passed to external programs
- Privilege escalation through chrome-loaded about:blank windows
Every web browser update is important and I strongly advice you to update your Firefox to the newest one. If you can increase your security level for free, why not to do that?
Is there anything wrong this week? Waiting for some new releases and just interesting news, but nothing happens. Anyways…
Sean P. Aune wrote a nice article and listed over 50 add-ons for Firefox, which should help you to increase your security and privacy level.