Good news today came from Mozilla Foundation, as company announced a support of WOFF (Web Open Font Format) in the upcoming Firefox 3.6 release.
What is it all about?
Unlike TrueType or OpenType formats, it is a compressed format. As a result, downloadable content size will be smaller. Also, it contains specific information which allows people to see where font came from.
Or as BetaNews described:
Its purpose is simply to repackage the same spline data that appears in TrueType and OpenType font files, in a format and with licensing that’s tailored exclusively for use on the Web.
Thanks to Gabana for news tip.
Opera will be giving away gift certificates every week (with the value of a Nintendo Wii or mobile phone) for the best Opera Unite application developer.
Prizes will be given away every Monday and deadline is Friday morning, 10 AM CET.
With the release of version 1.5, mobile web browser Bolt has finally reached stable release tree. Claiming to be more than 15% faster than previous Beta 3 release, it aims to compete against Opera Mini or other popular web browsers.
Bolt has quite two strong points: it’s free and works with multiple platforms, such as: Windows Mobile, BlackBerry and pretty much every Java based handset. Also, they claim that “it loads pages at least 25%-50% faster than competing mobile browsers”.
If you are curious enough to try it out, here are some download links.
Yesterday Mozilla has released a new extension called “Add-On Compatibility Reporter”. As you might guess, it does report whether installed add-ons work or have some issues with alpha and beta releases.
Here’s what they say about it:
“After installing the Add-on Compatibility Reporter, your incompatible extensions will become enabled for you to test whether they still work with the version of Firefox or Thunderbird that you’re using.”
Recommended for alpha and beta users only.
Download Add-on Compatibility Reporter.
Here is a quick and easy way to set multiple home pages in Internet Explorer 8 and below. All you have to do is:
Tools –> Internet Options –> General Tab
Enter your favorite pages and hit OK.
You may also use “Use current” button, which will add URLs from your opened tabs.
“The numbers tell us that Opera Turbo solves critical bandwidth issues. People everywhere experience either slow, congested networks or must pay as they go for Web access. It is an issue that affects everyone, from the business traveler to the Internet café user. Opera Turbo has become universally useful,” said Opera’s CEO, Jon von Tetzchner.
During Om’s interview with John Lilly, it was revealed to him that Mozilla is working on iPhone App, which will “surprise people”.
John Lilly said:
“Mozilla will release an app to the iPhone App Store in the next few weeks,”
What would it be?
No one knows. However, as they were talking about Weave and the Awesome Bar, Om Malik has asked on whether it is going to be a part of the upcoming iPhone app. Surprisingly or not, John Lilly just smiled and refused to provide any more details. Hint?
According to Mike Beltzner (Director of Firefox at Mozilla Corporation), the upcoming Firefox 3.6 release will be a “minor update”. At Google groups, he said:
“Firefox 3.6 will be primarily a release with security, stability, speed and capability enhancements, with no visible user interface changes over Firefox 3.5. As such, I think we should consider it as a candidate for a minor update, stretching our definition of what types of updates we can provide using that mechanism,”
Mike states three main factors behind such decision:
- compatibility concerns
- stability and user testing concerns
- logistics and timing concerns
While some users remain confused on why not dub it as 3.5.5, we are more concerned about add-ons and themes compatibility. If Firefox 3.6 is a minor update, it’s still not clear, whether Mozilla will mark Firefox 3.5 extensions as compatible with 3.6, or developers will have to update every single one of them.
MobileCrunch has spotted a job listing from RIM at LinkedIn, which indicates that they are looking for programmers to work on their Webkit based web browser.
Here’s what it says:
“Utilizing their expert knowledge in C++ programming, the successful candidate will be working in a fast-paced, dynamic development environment to develop a WebKit-based browser for the BlackBerry Platform.”
The following listing is not a big surprise, especially when they have recently acquired Torch Mobile, the maker of mobile web browser Iris (Webkit based).