What’s New in this Firefox 4 Beta

Firefox 4 Beta

Changes in Firefox 4 beta:

  • Fixed a stability issue affecting Windows users.
  • Fixed an issue causing rendering errors with plugins affecting Mac OS X users.
  • Firefox 4 Beta is available in 39 languages.
  • Support for the new proposed Audio Data API
  • Direct2D Hardware Acceleration is now on by default for Windows 7 users
  • Firefox button has a new look for Windows Vista and Windows 7 users
  • Support for HSTS security protocol allowing sites to insist that they only be loaded over SSL.
  • Firefox Sync is now included by default.
  • new feature gives users a visual overview of all open tabs, allowing them to be sorted and grouped.
  • An experimental API is included to provide more efficient Javascript animations.
  • Firefox now supports the HTML5 video “buffered” property.
  • Tabs are now on top by default on Windows and OSX – Linux will be changing when the theme has been modified to support the change.
  • You can turn any tab into an “App Tab” by right-clicking on it and selecting “Make into App Tab” from the context menu.
  • Web developers can animate content using CSS Transitions.
  • Responsiveness and scrolling improvements from the new retained layers layout system.
  • JavaScript speed improvements due to engine optimizations.
  • Changes to how XPCOM components are registered in order to help startup time and process separation.
  • You can search for and switch to already open tabs in the Smart Location Bar.
  • New Addons Manager and extension management API (UI will be changed before final release).
  • Significant API improvements are available for JS-ctypes, a foreign function interface for extensions.
  • The stop and reload buttons have been merged into a single button on Windows, Mac and Linux.
  • The Bookmarks Toolbar has been replaced with a Bookmarks Button by default (you can switch it back if you’d like).
  • Crash protection for Windows, Linux, and Mac when there is a crash in the Adobe Flash, Apple Quicktime or Microsoft Silverlight plugins.
  • CSS Transitions are partially supported.
  • Full WebGL support is included but disabled by default at this time.
  • Core Animation rendering model for plugins on Mac OS X. Plugins which also support this rendering model can now draw faster and more efficiently.
  • Native support for the HD HTML5 WebM video format.
  • An experimental Direct2D rendering backend is available on Windows, turned off by default.
  • Web developers can use Websockets for a low complexity, low latency, bidirectional communications API.
  • Web developers can update the URL field without reloading the page using HTML History APIs.
  • More responsive page rendering using lazy frame construction.
  • Link history lookup is done asynchronously to provide better responsiveness during pageload.
  • CSS :visited selectors have been changed to block websites from being able to check a user’s browsing history.
  • New HTML5 parser.
  • Support for more HTML5 form controls.
  • Web authors can now get touch events from Firefox users on Windows 7 machines.
  • new way of representing values in JavaScript that allows Firefox to execute heavy, numeric code (used for things like graphics and animations) more efficiently.

Developers can find out about all the changes and new features at the Mozilla Developer Center. Are you guys waiting for the firefox 4 to be released, here is a beta version of it. The developers really need alot of feedbacks from the users to fix the bugs and issues in this beta version. So that we all can enjoy the full version without any hassle. For now all i can do is provide the latest beta version, use it and report bugs if possible.

Here is the link : Download Now – Free

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Dropbox Instantly Syncs Files Across the Internet

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Firefox Add-ons Firefox Add-ons

Add-ons extend Firefox, letting you personalize your browsing experience. Take a look around and make Firefox your own.

New firefox extensions, what to expect and what to not…as of now and yeah takes some memory from your system. Its better to have 3gb of ram, if you are concerned about that issue. But truth to say, its all worth while…..

Visual Identity Guidelines for Firefox

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Visual Identity Guidelines: Firefox

     Firefox Logo Usage

  • The Firefox logo is to be displayed in its entirety on either a solid light or dark background (avoid mid-tone or strongly colored backgrounds).

  • Note that the shadow is part of the logo and should not be excluded.
  • The logo should not be displayed in parts, with color variations, or with other elements superimposed on top of the logo.

  • The logo must include the copyright (©) symbol.
  • Logo size:
    • The logo should not be displayed on screen at any smaller than 24px tall (with the exception of system icons that demand smaller sizes).

    • The logo should not be displayed in print at any smaller than 3/8″ tall.

Firefox Logo Firefox Logo on black

             Firefox logo on white and black background

Firefox Logo/Wordmark Usage

  • The Firefox logo may be displayed on its own without the accompanying “Mozilla Firefox” text. When displayed with the accompanying “Mozilla Firefox” text, it must be displayed in one of the following two arrangements.

  • When displayed with the Firefox logo, the product name “Mozilla Firefox” should be rendered in the MetaBoldLF-Roman font in the appropriate size in relation to the logo as indicated in the figures above.

  • The wordmark must include the registered trademark (®) symbol.

  • Colors:
    • “Mozilla” text and registered trademark (®) symbol must be rendered in the hex color #666666 (RGB: 102, 102, 102).

    • “Firefox” text must be rendered in the hex color #D64203 (RGB: 214, 66, 3).
  • Logo size:
    • The should not be displayed on screen with the logo portion at a size any smaller than 24px tall.
    • The logo should not be displayed in print with the logo portion at a size any smaller than 3/8″ tall.

Firefox Wordmark (horizontal)

          Firefox logo/wordmark in horizontal orientation

Firefox Wordmark (horizontal)

             Firefox logo/wordmark in vertical orientation.

So better be careful while using firefox logo anywhere……

Multiple Vulnerabilities in Mozilla Firefox 2.0.x

 firefoxMozilla Firefox Multiple Vulnerabilities

Multiple vulnerabilities been found in  Mozilla Firefox 2.0.x by secunia security analyses.

Secunia Advisory:

SA26095

 

Release Date:

2007-07-18

 

Critical:

Highly critical

Impact:

Cross Site Scripting
Spoofing
DoS
System access

Where:

From remote

Solution Status:

Vendor Patch

 

Software:

Mozilla Firefox 2.0.x

 

CVE reference:

CVE-2007-3734 (Secunia mirror)
CVE-2007-3735 (Secunia mirror)
CVE-2007-3736 (Secunia mirror)
CVE-2007-3737 (Secunia mirror)
CVE-2007-3738 (Secunia mirror)
CVE-2007-3089 (Secunia mirror)

 

Description:
Some vulnerabilities have been reported in Mozilla Firefox, which can be exploited by malicious people to conduct spoofing and cross-site scripting attacks and potentially to compromise a user’s system.

1) Various errors in the browser engine can be exploited to cause memory corruption and potentially to execute arbitrary code.

2) Various errors in the Javascript engine can be exploited to cause memory corruption and potentially to execute arbitrary code.

3) An error in the “addEventListener” and “setTimeout” methods can be exploited to inject script into another site’s context, circumventing the browser’s same-origin policy.

4) An error in the cross-domain handling can be exploited to inject arbitrary HTML and script code in a sub-frame of another web site.

This is related to vulnerability #5 in:SA21906

5) An unspecified error in the handling of elements outside of documents allows an attacker to call an event handler and execute arbitrary code with chrome privileges.

6) An unspecified error in the handling of “XPCNativeWrapper” can lead to execution of user-supplied code.

Secunia has constructed the Secunia Software Inspector, which you can use to check if your system is vulnerable:http://secunia.com/software_inspector/

Solution:

firefox2.0.0.5
Update to version 2.0.0.5-Download Firefox – Free 2.0.0.5 for Windows, English (5.7MB)

Get free from Multiple vulnerabilities by secunia advisory, yup a better solution….