Just in time for holidays.
The eight beta of Firefox 4 has been just released and can be downloaded here.
Firefox 4.0 Final is planned for early 2011 release.
Happy Holidays ;-)
Few days ago, Opera Software has released the pre-release version of OperaWatir, a toolkit to automate web browser interactions. That means you can now simulate mouse clicks, text entries, form submission and more.
According to official web page, it already has around 1,200 automated rendered tests for you to run.
About a week ago, Google has started a unique charity project that converts opened Google Chrome user tabs into various goods:
10 tabs = 1 tree planted
10 tabs = 1 book published and donated
25 tabs = 1 vaccination treatment provided
100 tabs = 1 square foot of shelter built
200 tabs = 1 person’s clean water for a year
This is it.
The Beta version of Adblock Plus for Google Chrome has been just released and can be downloaded here.
As announced earlier, the following extension uses same filter engine as in Firefox Adblock Plus, delivering great ad blocking experience for Chrome users.
First person shooters are next.
As of today, it will install games without your permission. However, manual removal is possible.
Thomas Ford, the PR Manager of Opera Software has also raised some concerns about the recent NSS Labs Report results (where Opera scored 0%) and responded with the following statement (as from ConceivablyTech email).
We have some concerns with the results posted by NSS. First, we are unclear as to why they received no results. We use AVG and Yandex, among others, for our fraud protection solution. Both have performed well in our testing. It is odd that they received no results from our data providers.
The latter could indicate that what NSS Labs actually tests is the providers that Microsoft uses in IE. As such, the test almost becomes a QA test of Microsoft’s own system rather than a real test.
With the recent release of NSS Labs Security Research Report, Google has responded with the following statement:
These sponsored tests are limited in their sole focus on socially engineered malware, while excluding vulnerabilities in plug-ins or browsers themselves. Additionally, the testing methodology isn’t available in a way that can be independently verified. Google Chrome was built with security in mind from the beginning and emphasizes protection of users from drive-by downloads and plug-in vulnerabilities — for example, we recently introduced a new security sandbox for Flash Player.
As a reminder: Google Chrome 6 blocked 3.4% of all socially engineered malware, while IE9 – 99%.