The much awaited Firefox 4 RC is now available for Download.
Google is working on a “major” overhaul of its Chrome browser user interface (UI). Among the options on the table is the elimination of the URL bar, which could be the most significant UI change to the web browser since its invention. Another feature that appears to be already signed off is the support of multiple user profiles that can be used in parallel.
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Five years ago, Opera Mini was first unleashed on the world. The first year Opera Mini served close to 2 million pages, now five years later Opera Mini served over 46.7 billion pages per month! Available on over 3000 devices, it’s no wonder Opera Mini is the worlds largest mobile browser!
A lot has changed the last five years, just take a look at these old Opera Mini screens.
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LONDON–Countless developers use jQuery software tools today to build advanced Web sites and to ease the difficulties of spanning multiple browsers.
Starting in about two weeks, though, they will start being able to extend their reach to the fast-growing world of the mobile Web as well. That’s when the alpha version of jQuery Mobile is planned to be released, jQuery founder John Resig told attendees of the Future of Web Apps conference here today. Read more »
The current version of Firefox will likely be the end of the road for people using PowerPC Macs.
A final decision will be based on usage data that’s better than what Mozilla possesses right now, but technical difficulties raised by Firefox 4 improvements mean at a minimum that it’s a strong possibility only Intel-based Macs will be able to run the new browser.
"I am gathering data on the number of PPC users we have, but the likely outcome is that we will not be supporting PPC [PowerPC] for Firefox 4," said Mike Beltzner, Mozilla’s director of Firefox, in a mailing list posting on Tuesday.
Major changes are a fact of life in the computing industry, but it’s never easy to decide when users of older technology should no longer be supported. Keeping new software compatible with old hardware–and conversely, making sure new hardware can run old software–can be an expensive proposition when there are few users of the older technology left.
But Mozilla’s Firefox now is used by hundreds of millions of people, and even a small fraction of them can be a large number in absolute terms. It’s a plight of widely used software; for comparison, Microsoft has extended the lifespan of Windows XP several times beyond its original plans.
Dropping support for older machines, of course, can make those with the machines angry. Mozilla faced disgruntlement when it decided to cut off Firefox support for Mac OS X 10.4 after version 3.6. Using an old browser also exposes people to security risks, though Mozilla maintains older Firefox incarnations for a time after new versions supplant them.