Steve Jobs Isn’t The Only Flash Hater, So Is The Firefox Vice President! Do You Feel The Same Way?

flash-player-logoApple, or more specifically CEO Steve Jobs, gets constant criticism for the lack of Adobe Flash on its iPad and iPhone devices. The reason being cited is quite a simply one: it’s not very good. It’s a controversial opinion, what with a great chunk of web-based media being flash-based, and in some cases entire sites. However, it turns out that Steve Jobs is not the only one who hates Flash.

The Vice President of Firefox projects at Mozilla, has today followed suit and has had this to say when asked whether Flash would eventually become irrelevant:
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European-Based Website Cookies Set To Crumble Thanks To EU Directive

cookie-monsterJust in case you don’t know what a cookie is (other than a tasty snack) it’s a small piece of text that is saved onto your computer by websites which is then used for things like authentication, storing preferences and even your shopping cart details – it basically tells the website who you are and when you’ve been on that website before.

However, they do have their nasty side in certain circumstances and it is because of this that new European laws have been introduced to try and regulate the manner in which businesses can use cookies on their websites something which could have a real effect on how we use them. [Read more...]

Top 5 Safari Browser Extensions

safari-extension-logoFor a long time, Firefox and Chrome users enjoyed their various add-ons whilst Safari users suffered quietly in the dark with no add-ons in sight. Users of Apple’s browser had to wait until the latest update to Safari 5 before they could use ‘extensions’ to enhance their browsing experience, but there are already lots of downloads available on the Apple website for users to enjoy.

If you’re a Safari user and haven’t dipped your toes in the extensions gallery yet, then check out my 5 top extensions for the browser! [Read more...]

Opera 11 Web Browser Now Available For Download, But Is It Really A Viable Alternative?

Opera logoWhen it comes to web browsers, probably more than half of us just think of Internet Explorer, but those who are a bit more clued in may have visions of a flaming fox or a compass.

Of course, an increasing number of us are using Google’s Chrome browser, but one competitor which doesn’t quite get the recognition it arguably deserves is Opera.

I reviewed Opera 10 last year and actually found it pretty functional and it delivered over and above my expectations. Maybe because it was my first experience with Opera and my assumptions were blackened by the lack of press coverage.
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Browser+ Windows Phone 7 App Appears on Marketplace (Third Party Web Browser)

Browser+_Windows_Phone_7Internet Explorer for Windows Phone 7 isn’t particularly bad, but it is not the perfect web browsing experience out there right now and does, for some, lack some key features. Enter the Browser+ Windows Phone 7 app, the new third-party browser app that has at some point in the last day or two sprung up on the Marketplace.

Whilst still based on Internet Explorer code, the browser offers a couple of extra features well worth considering…
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New Firefox 4 Beta Released – Includes Bookmarks/Open Tabs Sync & Panorama

firefox-logo-355Mozilla’s brand new version of Firefox has now hit the Beta stage, and adds a few intriguing new features that existing and new users alike may find quite useful…

The first change that may be noticed is the addition of Firefox Sync by default. Firefox Sync allows you to view all of your passwords, your browsing history, and even your currently open tabs from any device that you’re using Firefox with.

If you have never used it before, you’ll have to set up an account for the add-on (Sync comes bundled with Firefox 4 beta, but an add-on is required to be downloaded for earlier versions) before being able to utilise its features.
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New Apple Safari Web Browser Update (5.0.1) – Adds Extensions Gallery

apple-safari-browser-logoIt wasn’t too long ago that news emerged that Apple’s web browser, and the default browser on Mac OS X, Safari 5.0, was following in the footsteps of Mozilla’s Firefox and Google’s Chrome by offering support for third-party extensions.

Well, those of you who keep up to date with your software updates will have noticed that the latest Safari update, 5.0.1, finally brings the Extensions gallery to the masses.

In addition to the opening of the extensions gallery, the update also brings with it a variety of fixes including improving the accuracy of ‘top hit’ results in the address fields and better stability for scrolling and keyboard shortcuts.
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Firefox Home iPhone App Released for Download

firefox-logo-355The Firefox Home application for iPhone we’ve been hearing so much about lately has finally made it through Apple’s approval process and in to the App Store.

Available for the iPhone and iPod Touch for free, the Firefox Home iPhone app allows you to take our tabs with you when you’re on the go, so you don’t have to start a whole new browsing session when you leave your desk.

The concept is pretty simple. All you have to do is install the free Firefox Sync add-on for your desktop browser, before creating an account and password which links your tabs between your desktop computer and phone. Then, when you download the Firefox Home app for iPhone and iPod Touch, you simply enter your account information and you’re good to go!
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Mozilla Firefox 4 Beta 1 Download Released

firefox-logo-355Firefox fans, get yourselves over to the Mozilla website to pick up the newly released beta 1 version of Firefox 4! The new version of the popular web browser has been in development for quite a while now, and the beta version marks the release of a build stable enough for the average Joe to use.

Quite a lot has changed since in the development of the new version, so here’s a quick run down of things that you’ll want to look out for when using the web browser.
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Firefox Mobile Web Browser Download For Nokia N900 & N810 Released

firefox-logo-355Mozilla Firefox has finally gone mobile! Surprisingly, it isn’t the iPhone or Android which has the honour of being the first platform to house the browser, but Maemo for the Nokia N900.

Not familiar with Firefox Mobile? You should be! Its entry in to the mobile market will ensure that there’s as much variety on your portable devices as your computer, eventually directly challenging other browsers such as Opera Mini on Android and iPhone platforms.

We’ve got a complete run down of all the features for you below, so just take a look at why you might finally want a Nokia mobile phone again…or at least get a glimpse of what we can perhaps expect from the world’s newest mobile browser should it come to the Android and iPhone mobile platforms.
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