Dolphin Browser HD Update Brings UI, Performance Improvements

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Dolphin Browser HD Update Brings UI, Performance Improvements

Dolphin Browser HD Update Brings UI

If you prefer to use “the FASTEST, EASIEST and most FUN mobile Web browser” — that is how Dolphin Browser HD is advertised — instead of the stock Android one, you might want to upgrade your client to the latest version.

Check the Play Store app on your phone or the source link below to grab Dolphin Browser version 8.0.0. It brings:

1. Re-designed Dolphin Sonar and Gesture: New interface, design, and easier access to help menu

2. Menu bar: New design that gives easier access to most commands without having to leave the home screen

3. Add-on Sidebar: New design that displays both Add-on icons and names

4. New context menu and long press menu for more efficient browsing

5. Various stability and performance improvement

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Get Firefox 8 a Day Before Official Release

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Get Firefox 8 a Day Before Official Release

Get Firefox 8 a Day Before Official Release

Mozilla has November 8th pencilled in as the day the stable version of Firefox 8 will become available to the general public. However, you can download it right now if you so wish with a few clicks of your mouse.

Although Mozilla is nice enough to tell us all when the next update to its browser is arriving, a less well-known fact is that they make that same stable release available a couple of days early via FTP. That way certain people in the know can get it early e.g. anyone who has to support users downloading the new browser and wants to check its stability or security.

So, if you can’t wait another day then you need to visit Mozilla’s FTP site and select the right file to download. The most popular versions are probably going to be the US English 32-bit executable for Windows and for Linux.

While Firefox 7 promised to be noticeably faster while using up to 50% less memory, Firefox 8′s improvements focus on other areas.

Add-on installations get a new compatibility assistant, meaning when the new version of Firefox is installed you have to allow or disallow all the add-ons you use. Once the new browser is installed and loaded you’ll also notice a Twitter search engine built-in, more accessible history details, and an option to only load tabs on selection. That last one should speed up Firefox loading and relates specifically to users who have set Firefox to show their windows and tabs from a previous session.

Firefox users will be prompted to update to Firefox 8 tomorrow, and for most people the best thing to do is just wait for that to happen. If you can’t wait, then find the version that suits your system and language through Mozilla’s FTP site linked to above.


Firefox Shows Off Its Buit-in PDF Reader

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Firefox Shows Off Its Buit-in PDF Reader

Firefox Shows Off Its Buit-in PDF Reader

Not long ago, Mozilla coders announced that they were starting to build PDF.js, a way to display Acrobat documents in the browser using pure web code. No longer will you have to fight with an external PDF plug-in in Firefox. Huzzah!

Development on PDF.js has progressed to the point now where you can take an early peek at it. The restart-free add-on is available from the GitHub repository — just download the .XPI in Firefox and click to install.

Controls along the top allow you to page forward and back, zoom in and out, and print. You can also open local PDFs for viewing by clicking the browse button. Mouse to the left-hand side of the screen, and you can scroll through thumbnailed pages and click one to pull it up in the viewer.

Mozilla’s PDF reader for Firefox is quite different from the one Google ships in Chrome. The Chrome PDF plug-in makes use of code written by the folks at Foxit. It’s not, therefore, part of the open-source Chromium code. Firefox, on the other hand, is developed completely in the open — and that’s the case with all its components as well. Pdf.js source code is available for download from GitHub if you’d like to check out its inner workings or integrate the code into your own projects.

As far as functionality goes, the built-in PDF reader in Firefox offers pretty well the same experience to users as the one in Chrome. Documents load quickly, font rendering is good (though not razor sharp in all cases), and printing works flawlessly.

Not all of Adobe’s advanced features are supported — but that’s not necessarily a bad thing when you look at the number of security incidents related to PDFs in 2010 and 2011. You’ll still be able to read the majority of the PDFs on the web, anyway, and all through the magic or pure, open web code!


New Firefox Aurora for Android Released

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Firefox Aurora for Android

Firefox Aurora for Android

As part of the new fast release system that Mozilla adopted for their mobile browser, a new version of Firefox for Android was made available for download in the Aurora channel.

The new Firefox Aurora for Android paves the way towards the release of Firefox 8 on Android, and brings along a series of enhancements and features aimed at making the mobile browsing more secure.

The development team behind the application announced that those who will choose to download and install the new application release will be able to enjoy a series of new experimental features on their devices.

Firefox Aurora for Android brings forth features like:

Master Password Support (#mobilemasterpassword): The Master Password Support feature helps users encrypt saved usernames and passwords for better security. Users only need one master password

Add Bookmarks to Your Home Screen: Users can now bookmark any website and add it to their Android Home Screen. From the Home Screen, the user can launch the bookmarked website with one click.

Those who would like to activate Master Password Support on Android will have to go to Preferences and select the ‘Use Master Password’ check box for that.

Users who have the previous Aurora flavor of Firefox for Android installed on their devices will receive a notification on the availability of the new application release, the team behind the application notes.

Those who will chose to try out the latest version of Firefox Aurora for Android should consider providing feedback on the experience they receive from the application, so that more improvements will be added into the mix.

For those out of the loop, we should note that the Aurora flavor of Firefox for Android is accompanied by a Beta release, and that a final flavor of the mobile browser was made available for download as well, both listed in the Android Market at the moment.