The recent release of the IE9 Release Candidate gave Microsoft an opportunity to rave about all the wonderful things it has achieved. Heavily touted in particular was the browser’s unprecedented compliance with modern web standards like HTML5 and CSS3. But Mozilla’s tech evangelist Paul Rouget has taken umbrage at Redmond’s assertion of superior standards compliance.
This past year we've been hearing a lot about HTML5, the next generation Hypertext Markup Language set to replace the current version of HTML. Just about every new browser release and revision makes mention of new HTML5 tricks that have been coded in, and it's up to the World Wide Web Consortium's HTML Working Group to recommend the standard. Are we close to having that happen?
Adobe has finished work on version 10.2 of the Flash plug-in for Windows, Mac, and Linux. There are a few notable changes, but one big update has taken care of a thorn in our side (and possibly yours) for years. Flash 10.2 has the ability to keep full screen video on one monitor, while using other content on a second. You will never be as productive again. But that's not all the update has to offer.
Currently at the technology preview stage, the new cloud-based office productivity suite will square off against comparable products like Google Apps, Microsoft Office Web Apps, Zoho Office Suite and Oracle Cloud Office. It will be widely available in the second half of 2011.
“LotusLive Symphony is new set of social collaboration tools in the cloud that allows you and your customers or colleagues to work on documents, spreadsheets and presentations - together. You can co-edit, organize and manage the creation process in real-time, using LotusLive Symphony's Web-based tools,” the company announced on the official Lotus Symphony.
"Starting today we'll provide you with the ability to experience Facebook entirely over HTTPS. You should consider enabling this option if you frequently use Facebook from public Internet access points found at coffee shops, airports, libraries, or schools. The option will exist as part of our advanced security features, which you can find in the Account Security section of the Account Settings page," the company wrote in a blog post. Eventually, HTTPS will be made the default setting.
Social authentication is another new security feature introduced by the company: “Instead of showing you a traditional captcha on Facebook, one of the ways we may help verify your identity is through social authentication. We will show you a few pictures of your friends and ask you to name the person in those photos. Hackers halfway across the world might know your password, but they don't know who your friends are.”
These security updates come close on the heels of two high-profile hacks. FB founder Mark Zuckerberg and French President Nicolas Sarkozy have both had their official fan pages hacked in the last few days.
A month after group buying site Groupon turned down a $6 billion takeover offer from internet giant Google, the latter confirmed plans of invading the online deals space in a statement sent to Mashable, which published a confidential fact sheet about a new service called Google Offers on late Thursday.
This is what the company said: “Google is communicating with small businesses to enlist their support and participation in a test of a pre-paid offers/vouchers program. This initiative is part of an ongoing effort at Google to make new products, such as the recent Offer Ads beta, that connect businesses with customers in new ways. We do not have more details to share at this time, but will keep you posted.”
True, Groupon is inured to seeing new clones everyday, but a rival with the size and reach of Google will pose a completely different challenge. Already a master of the online advertising game, Google is now focusing on local advertising. Looks like both the companies have a battle on their hands.
After failing to keep up with the original Firefox 4 release schedule due to “regressions and sources of instability,” Mozilla had to revise its initial estimates and push back the launch of the stable version to 2011. The open source outfit on Wednesday shipped Mozilla Firefox 4 Beta 8. The actual release of the latest beta comes nearly a month later than originally anticipated.
According to the release notes, the latest build boasts a vastly improved Firefox Sync setup experience across desktop and mobile devices; speed, compatibility and functionality enhancements to WebGL; and a much more polished Add-Ons Manager, which now updates extensions automatically. Furthermore, Mozilla has fixed more than 1,400 bugs.
There’s a certain irony, nay, humor in an add-on that’s called “Restartless Restart.” But this isn’t just some lame play on words worthy of inclusion in a typical David Murphy column. No, the developers of this Firefox add-on are completely serious in their task: Their extension requires no closing and reopening of your Firefox browser whatsoever to install, even though the entire point of the add-on is to give you a super-fast way to do just that.
The story of Xmarks is like a David and Goliath kind of a tale—only, instead of slinging rocks, users of the (seemingly) popular service all pledged to donate untold amounts of money to keep the cross-browser bookmark synchronization tool alive.
Well, I hope you didn’t throw yourself off a duomo at the sad September news that Xmarks was considering shutting its services, because it’s not. In a bit of news from the we-expected-this-would-happen-but-were-still-slightly-concerned department, the pledge slash publicity drive worked and Xmarks is back in business. Huzzah.
Here's my question though: Why haven't any of the "big three" browser makers thought about providing a cross-browser synchronization tool? And here's the real kicker: If Xmarks wasn't already going under, would you have really paid 'em a dime?