If you thought that Firefox OS for Mozilla was just a mere hobby, then could change your mind as the open source organization has just revealed a super aggressive release schedule, which is miles ahead its competitors, at least in terms of general availability cycles.
From now on, Firefox OS will receive quarterly feature updates and six weekly security updates for the previous two feature releases.
While 1.1.0 update required manual flashing, it remains to be seen whether or not Mozilla will be able to bypass carriers and push updates automatically over the air to all of its users. Otherwise, get ready for the far worse fragmentation than there currently is on Android.
One of the most annoying things about the Metro version of Internet Explorer on a larger screen devices is the always hidden address / tab bar, which you constantly have to trigger with a swipe gesture. Now, it looks like Microsoft has realized how incredibly frustrating this can be and decided to include an option to keep the bar always visible.
No mail reader in sight.
It looks like guys at Opera are busy working on features that did not make it to the final build of Opera 15. Today, they have added a support for Windows jumplists and auto form filler with more to come in the very near future.
According to Sebastian Baberowski, Opera is currently working on bookmarks, Opera Link, tab improvements (such as ability to pin them) as well as themes that should ease the transition pain when migrating from v12 to v16. Thankfully, they promised to release a new build featuring some of these enhancements in “a few weeks”, so stay tuned.
HiDPI display support is coming soon.
It looks like Google Chrome has hit another milestone as the search giant has just pushed the build 30.0.1566.2 to its dev channel.
Despite reaching such significant number, there aren’t really any major improvements yet although Linux users will finally be able to enjoy the Message Center, so at least there is that. If you are curious about the highlights, here is what you can expect from Google Chrome 30:
What happens when you use Canvas element to draw graphics and allow people to express their creativity and experience the worlds they have created? Canvas Rider!
It’s simple: blast some music, open one of the random levels and enjoy. Be warned though, it’s pretty addictive.
In case you missed it, here is a yet another video from Microsoft, which promotes their “Browser You Loved to Hate” campaign.
Considering that the average consumer will never see this video in the first place and enthusiasts have already made their choice, I’d say this ad as effective as the snake oil.
Now here is something for you to play with in case there is webcam in your house (and no, it does not seem to work on a phone with a front facing camera): web navigation.
By combining reveal.js (a framework for creating presentations using HTML) with webcam based gesture recognition, one of the developers was able to do just that. Simply head over to the following page and test it out or check the video above.
I don’t want to live on this planet anymore.
The situation itself is so moronic that I am not sure where to begin with. Basically, some guy watched porn using Safari web browser and now is suing Apple because it lead to an unfair competition between his wife and pornstars, resulting in damaged marriage.
That’s pretty much it, if you are curious enough to read an official statement (he argues that Apple should have a “safe mode” on by default), check the following page.
More than just a browser?
If the recent comments from Stephen Baker, NPD’s VP of Industry Analysis for Consumer Technology, are to be believed then it looks like Google is doing an okay job with their Chromebooks.
Now with Blink.
After the recent release by Opera that brought Blink engine to the masses, Google has now too pushed the long awaited Google Chrome 28 build to its stable channel and said farewell to WebKit.
So why should you download it anyway? As reported earlier, Chrome 28 includes a Notification Center (Windows only with other platforms coming “soon”), allowing you to not only access notifications in a user friendly way but also view missed events when the browser itself was not running. Google also revamped pop-ups so you can respond to emails without leaving the window, view images / text and more.