Firefox 4 for desktop launched yesterday and the reports says that within 24 hours of being announced it had been downloaded 7.1 million times. This is in addition to the more than 3 million people who were already running the release candidate that became the final version of Firefox 4. Firefox 4 is blazingly fast, cleverly intuitive to use, and for the first time, will be delivered consistently across desktops and mobile devices when Firefox 4 for Android and Maemo lands in the next couple of weeks.
Apple has updated Safari on March 10, 2011, bringing the browser to version 5.0.4 for Windows and Mac. Although, as specified by the version number, this isn’t a major release that adds new features and functionality, it’s a highly recommended update because of the sheer number of security vulnerabilities that it fixes: 62. These vulnerabilities are detailed in a dedicated Apple knowledge base article. While Apple doesn’t assign severity levels to the vulnerabilities found in its software, thus making it harder to quickly grasp the importance of such problems, Naked Security reports that 57 of those 62 bugs can be exploited if the user simply visits a specially constructed website. So, in a word — update!
Last week, twitter announced an easy-to-install and lightweight Tweet Button that allows publishers to make it easy for users to share a link to their content on Twitter. Thousands of sites have implemented the Tweet Button already.
But what if you go to a site that doesnâ€™t have a Tweet Button? Have no fear. Today, theyâ€™re making available a Tweet Button Bookmarklet that allows you to tweet a link with your own commentary from anywhere on the web. You just need to drag and drop the Bookmarklet into your browserâ€™s bookmark bar.
Google will kill off Google Wave, they told in a blog post. It was a technically very inspiring web app which, however, arrived without any particular and clear use case. This caused not only interface usability problems (Wave was good at allowing you to do a lot of things at once, but it often wasnâ€™t really good at anything in particular, e.g. plain chat when needed). It also caused social frictions as people were using the tool with different, colliding expectations.
Today Mozilla announced the launch of the Social Media Toolkit.
The Mozilla Social Media Toolkit is a set of tools that allows you to leverage social media to market Mozilla and Firefox in your region and beyond.Â The toolkit contains everything youâ€™ll need from best practices, tips and tricks, to design assets for both Facebook and Twitter.
Google is always obsessed with speed. Their mantra is faster = better. This is true for their Google Voice mobile apps as well. When you want to make a call, your phone should connect you as quickly as possible, whether youâ€™re calling via Google Voice or not.
Today they are launching an enhancement to the Google Voice mobile app on Android and Blackberry phones, which makes placing calls much faster. They call this feature â€œdirect access numbers.â€ Hereâ€™s how it works:
Firefox Home provides access to your Firefox desktop history, bookmarks and open tabs on your iPhone. Get up and go and have exactly what you are looking for on the Web on your iPhone or iPod Touch. Firefox Home uses your browser data, securely synced from Firefox on your desktop to the cloud, to let you search and browse quickly and efficiently. You can view the sites you want directly in Firefox Home, open them in Mobile Safari or share them with friends via email. Your Firefox data is private and only you have access to it. Continue reading
Firefox 4 Beta 1 is now ready to download and test! This first version gives an early look at whatâ€™s planned for Firefox 4. Stay tuned, because there is more to come and mozilla plan to release new beta versions every two to three weeks. Your feedback is essential to help shape the product which is why theyâ€™re launching now to hear from you early in their development process.
An update on the Yahoo! Messenger API: This is taking a little longer than Yahoo! think â€“ Yahoo! have some last mile details to take care of but they are committed to launching the new Yahoo Messenger API very soon.
Let me say that they are really excited about the response and enthusiasm that theyâ€™ve received around the opening of the platform behind our popular Yahoo! Messenger service. The team is working hard to make sure that these new APIs meet your expectations, that they are as simple as possible, and that they contain all the key features you need to develop great applications and services. Continue reading