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  • Video of Chrome Experiments

    Posted on April 6th, 2009 User Agents No comments

    Have you ever wonderer what your browser is capable of doing using just JavaScript? The website Chrome Experiments bundles a lot of interactive JavaScript experiments you can test right in your browser. See some of them for yourself in the following video.

    Go to Chrome Experiments to test some of the JavaScript stuff yourself. And you don’t need the Chrome browser to run them.

  • Amazing Opera Face Gestures

    Posted on April 2nd, 2009 User Agents No comments

    Fresh from Opera labs come the Opera Face Gestures. Make gestures with your face and your head and your Opera browser will react. As easy as that. Too bad I have not seen this on April 1st…

  • Personas – Customize your Firefox

    Posted on April 2nd, 2009 User Agents No comments

    firefox 3 Personas   Customize your Firefox If the standard look and feel of your Firefox browser is too boring for you maybe you want to try the new Personas for Firefox. Personas is a free add-on just released from the Mozilla labs. It is a Mozilla Labs experiment. Just surf to, download the free add-on, restart your browser and choose from a selection of totally different looking skins.

    After the restart you’ll find a small fox icon in the lower left corner of your browser. Klick on it to open a menu from which you can choose skins by popularity, age, category and from the ones you recently tested. You can also easily go back to the standard look and feel which you are used to.

    Personas are lightweight, easy-to-install and easy-to-change “skins” for your Firefox web browser.

    Among the most popular skins are a California sunset, Yosemite, Niagara Falls, Hanami, Fireflies, Minefields and the Firefox Robot of the upcoming Firefox 3.5 which I chose. You can preview a new skin just by rolling over the menu entry. The skin changes almost instantly without selection, restarting or any other hassle. Great way to do themeing!

  • GNU IceCat formerly known as GNU IceWeasel is not IceWeasel

    Posted on March 27th, 2009 User Agents No comments

    firefox 3 GNU IceCat formerly known as GNU IceWeasel is not IceWeasel iceweasel logo GNU IceCat formerly known as GNU IceWeasel is not IceWeasel gnuzilla icecat logo 300x300 GNU IceCat formerly known as GNU IceWeasel is not IceWeasel You want a complicated story? Here is one. The Firefox user agent has a logo that is in terms of the Debian project not free. So they put out a differently packaged version of Firefox with a new logo and name it IceWeasel. But that did not happen until the Mozilla foundation complained to the Debian project that they cannot use the name Firefox with a different logo. To make it really complicated there was a browser called GNU IceWeasel by the GNU Project. It was renamed to GNU IceCat in 2007 to avoid name conflicts with Debian’s IceWeasel. Pretty complicated, eh?

    Find out more about GNU IceCat and the GNUzilla.

  • Newsflash: Songbird 1.1, Firefox 3.5, IE Windows 7, Firefox Fennec

    Posted on March 20th, 2009 User Agents No comments

    Songbird 1.1

    The final version of Songbird 1.1 is available for download. Songbird is an open-source customizable music player based on Mozilla’s Firefox browser.

    Firefox 3.5

    Rumors of a version jump for Firefox from 3.1 to 3.5 have been confirmed.

    Beef about IE bundling

    Google and Opera’s CEO Jon S. von Tetzchner demand that there is a choice of browsers even though Microsoft confirms there is an option to switch IE 8 off completely.

    Firefox 3.1 Beta 3

    Firefox 3.1 Beta 3 with native JSON support has been released last week.


    A first beta – the twelfth milestone – of Fennec a mobile browser from Mozilla has been released. As this is a very interesting user agent I will write a follow-up with detailed information.

    If Browsers Were Women

    Internet marketer Zee has posted a fun article with a woman a browser what he thinks a women would look like if it were a browser. Have a look!

  • Video Opera Fingertouch

    Posted on March 11th, 2009 User Agents No comments

    Opera labs showcased a technology where its browser zooms in on mobile devices. User are likely to make less false decision with this improved input method.

  • Version jump from Firefox 3.1 to Firefox 3.5

    Posted on March 8th, 2009 User Agents No comments

    firefox 3 Version jump from Firefox 3.1 to Firefox 3.5 German news source reports (German) that the next release of Firefox might be numbered Firefox 3.5. They cite the Firefox3.1 StatusMeetings on 2009-03-04.

    Need to do some testing to find any weirdness with 3.1 -> 3.5 version change.

    The reason for the jump is the amount of changes. The next pre-release (beta) of Firefox 3.1 Beta 3 is scheduled for 12th of March 2009.

  • Web Slices in Internet Explorer 8

    Posted on March 6th, 2009 User Agents No comments

    ie8 logo Web Slices in Internet Explorer 8 Web Slices are a new feature in Internet Explorer 8. With Web Slices users can add little snippets of the web to the favorites bar and monitor their updates.

    Program Manager Internet Explorer Ritika Virmani of Microsoft Corp. has written two articles in the IE blog about Web Slices. In the first article he explains Activities and WebSlices in Internet Explorer 8. In the second article he takes a closer look into Web Slices and explains how to Create a dynamic Web Slice in 5 minutes.

  • Upgrade to Opera 9.64

    Posted on March 6th, 2009 User Agents No comments

    opera logo Upgrade to Opera 9.64 A minor upgrade of the Opera browser for the desktop got released this week which addresses several security issues and few minor improvements. If you are an user of Opera you should consider updating your release to Opera 9.64.

    Starting with this release, Opera on Windows supports the security measures Data Execution Prevention (DEP) (available in Windows XP SP2 and newer) and Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR) (available in Vista and newer). These security measures are a kind of second line of defence once an application runs into a serious fault, which would normally cause it to crash sooner or later.

    Quote: Opera Watch in Opera 9.64 update

  • Update your FF to Firefox 3.0.7 today

    Posted on March 6th, 2009 User Agents No comments

    firefox 3 300x288 Update your FF to Firefox 3.0.7 today If you are a Mozilla Firefox you are strongly advised to upgrade to Firefox 3.0.7 as soon as possible. Several security issues were discovered in previous releases up to Firefox 3.0.6. The newest version is also more stable.

    See the release notes on how to upgrade, uninstall and for troubleshooting and other frequently asked questions.

    Firefox 3.0.7 fixes several issues found in Firefox 3.0.6:

    • Fixed several security issues.
    • Fixed several stability issues.
    • Official releases for the Estonian, Kannada and Telugu languages are now available.
    • Items in the “File” menu show as inactive after using the “Print” item from that menu – switching to a new tab restores them (bug 425844). This issue has been fixed.
    • For some users, cookies would appear to go “missing” after a few days (bug 444600).
    • Mac users of the Flashblock add-on, experienced an issue where sound from the Flash plug-in would continue to play for a short time after closing a tab or window (bug 474022).
    • Fixed several issues related to accessibility features.

    If you like it more technically this is scraped directly from the bug reports:

    • URL spoofing with invisible control characters
    • Upgrade PNG library to fix memory safety hazards
    • XML data theft via RDFXMLDataSource and cross-domain redirect
    • Mozilla Firefox XUL Linked Clones Double Free Vulnerability
    • Crashes with evidence of memory corruption (rv: