Mozilla developers' new site for Firefox 4 in a release Thursday confirmed the purported inclusion of HTML5 standards in the new version of the open-source browser slated for launch on June. According to the release, Indexed Database API (IndexedDB) - the proposed standard for HTML which provides local database store for web application will be included.
The IndexedDB addition to HTML standard is opening new possibilities for web developers. It gives web applications way to work even without a network connection. Mozilla in addition mentioned a full list of new technologies still under development on its developer page.
Mike Beltzner, Director of Firefox, stated that works are going on in collaboration with Microsoft on the implementation of IndexedDB as well as on the specification, and aims to ship it with Firefox 4.
Mozilla is moving to a new parser to handle the task of bringing improvements to the rules on how to interpret web pages. Indeed, the HTML5 standard is exerting competitive pressure on Adobe Flash Player, albeit that its specifications are not yet finalized.
The beta label has been removed from the latest version of the Chrome browser. The first stable version of Google Chrome for Mac OS and Linux is now available according to the Chromium blog post today, which before now was available only on the Windows platform.
The Mac version provides seamless native Mac application experience, high performance and stability according to the release. Chrome for Mac comes fully-featured and extensible - with more than 4,500 extensions in the gallery.
Also, the browser comes with full HTML5 support and features such as geolocation APIs, drag and drop capabilities and web sockets. However, Flash Player plug-in which was integrated into the beta build was completely left-out in the stable version.
The developers channel on-the-other hand have been elevated to version 6, but not much changes to the earlier version.
Chrome's latest leverage on all major platforms may perhaps usher in another browser wars. And given that it already claims third place in the browser market steeply after Mozilla Firefox, Google is bound to intensify its promotional strategies.
Mozilla Weave, a browser synchronization add-on for Firefox is billed for re-branding into Firefox Sync according to a release by Mozilla developer, Tony Chung. The preview version still in beta tends to emphasize the name change and notable feature enhancements.
Firefox Sync 1.3, the final release version will include support for Fennec (Firefox Mobile version), also bookmark backup that follows initial sync, and synchronization for more Firefox interfaces. In addition to new production server clusters built to handle larger loads, and improved response time with sync, the full version will include a crypto wrapper (Java based) to enable syncing with Mac 64-bit and Linux PPC desktops among others.
Syncing will equally be available to several mobile devices like Android and Palm Pre according to the release note.
Chung, however, added that Mozilla plans to integrate Firefox Sync 2.0 with Firefox 4. And that it will be highly publicized.
Google Doodles had surfaced on its homepage at virtually all holiday celebrations adorning the logo of the commemorated occasion. And to mark the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man (an iconic video game launched 1980), comes a very creative and interactively playable Pac-Man game as its homepage logo.
Google has built from scratch, a fully-playable version of the game with the complete 255 levels and authentic sound and graphics.
Could Google intends an open endorsement of the open standards, by creating a widely accessible version of the game without the intensive Flash technology? Or is it a take-on on Apple at its game?
However goes the answer, guess HTML5 game development may definitely catch the fancy of rather erstwhile conservative mobile game developers.
The service is now much more faster and stable than the preview version, making it easier for users. Added features include: email notifications, extensions gallery and permission management options.
Stephanie Hannon, Wave product manager, described the social platform as a place to get work done, particularly for team working on a project that involve close co-ordination.
Google Wave API for developer now have additional components and several other improvements according to the report. Beyond the API release, the wave code, including the rich text editor, is now open source. Developers can also extend the code to build their own alternative Wave clients.
The APIs are in Labs as a measure to stay flexible when creating a whole new paradigm in web based communication and collaboration according to Google.
Simply sign-in using your Google account goes the public invitation, and for Google Apps administrators at a business or school, you can now easily enable Google wave for all your users at no extra cost.
Following the scuffle in the controversial Google's disclosure of collecting internet usage data across Wi-Fi hot spots, the company on Friday in a blog post announced plans to encrypt search results starting next week.
A claim which it purportedly admits using in its geolocation services and street view program, albeit invading users privacy without their consent.
Google earlier in the year encrypted all Gmail users account following the cyberattack on its server originating from China.
Although, Marrisa Mayer, Google VP search product and users experience hinted the encrypted search feature in a question and answer session at the company's annual stock-holding meeting on Thursday, however, declined to provide details on how the feature will work.
Gmail encryption followed the diverting of users traffic to the secure Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTPS), and how general web traffic to its search portal will be directed on the same secure route will really be an internet security plus.
The next face of Firebox browser is already warming up for release according to a Webcast by the open-source organisation on Monday. Mozilla plans to release the beta 4 next month and to be followed by the final version come November.
The new features billed to make the next version rock includes: speed, fuctionality, and control, according to outlines presentated by Mike Beltzner, the director of Firefox. Mozilla 's speed focus and specific performance metrics are to be based on how users actually perceive them.
Beltzner, however, confirmed that there are also major changes and technology enhancements the company hope to incorporate in the new version.
Mozilla has dropped the earlier idea of doing an interim edition, Firefox 3.7, purportedly slated for mid-year release. Instead, the next version of Firefox 3.6 will include main features scheduled for Firefox 3.7 - notably, technology that split plug-in process from the core browser.
Beltzner's presentations were also made available in a blog post, outlining Mozilla's main goals.
Also outlined in Mozilla goals includes, native 64-bit versions for Windows and Mac OS X to hardware acceleration using Windows' Direct2D API, and support for multitouch and new parser to interpret HTML5 code.
Speed and performance are key areas Firefox 4 will definitely address.
The Android app, Google Goggles, now has a new feature: image-based text translation, according to an official announcement on the Google Mobile blog on Thursday. The feature comes with the newest version of the app, Goggles v1.1.
Whereas, the initial prototype, unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona earlier in the year could only read German text, the full feature enhance by improved barcode recognition can read English, German, French, Italian and Spanish. Also able to translate to many more languages.
It allows user to point mobile phone camera at any image-based text and get it translated into selected native language. Through the advanced capabilities of the new Goggles v1.1 which includes enhanced barcode recognition, large artwork collection, recognition of Logos, and improved user interface coupled with the ability to initiate visual search using images in phone picture gallery, adds more to the functionality of the new app feature.
While extending the recognition to other latin-based languaged are expected to follow shortly. However, works are going on to make it avaialble for non-latin language variants like Chinese, Hindi and Arabic.
Google Goggles text translation demonstration is made available thus: Get a direct barcode link, after downloading the latest app version, v1.1. (which is available for devices running Android 1.6 and other higher versions). Then open the app and aim your phone camera to a text. And for a better translation, you can crop to the specific words you need translated by using a simple crop tool via the on-screen icon.
The much rumored Google TV plan is now near reality as reports from Google insiders tipped the official unveiling of the Android-based Television at Developers Google l/O Conference in San Francisco on 19 - 20 May. A plan which is purportedly a follow-up to Yahoo's move earlier last year.
Google TV is an internet enabled TV run on the Android operating system, the unique Android platform is known as Dragonpoint OS and its believed to deviate from the dessert-themed versions already available. And it will come with Google search integrated to the system, and possibly running Chrome browser and open source platform. It is designed to bring internet contents: web search, App support and video streaming capabilities to the big screen.
Its hardware is believe sourced from Intel's atom processor and the technology is made dynamic - able to run in numerous formats: Set-top boxes, Blu-ray Players and TVs. Google TV software will come embedded with game consoles and next generation internet technologies.
Also Qwerty keyboard and remote is said to be in-the-build by Logitech for the new device. However the plan works, Google TV may perhaps revolutionize the big screen into a multi-task capable web terminal.
Google has extended additional support for Skype by enabling exchange of Google Voice number as Caller ID for Skype. Skype users can now set Google Voice number as their Caller ID and have the recipient see that as their number.
Also the feature of receiving SMS found on Skype for mobile devices which before now was not available for Google Voice has been resolved.
The new feature can be activated as follows: access the Skype Feature page and sign-up for making outgoing calls using Skype. Then go to the Account page and click on Caller ID, there you have an option to set your Google Voice number for Caller ID. Then enter your Google Voice number and Skype will send an SMS with a verification code to your Google Voice. Enter the verification code in the Skype Caller ID page.
And after that you can then make outgoing calls with your Google Voice number set as Skype Caller ID. Alternatively, you can forward your Google Voice calls to Gizmo and then to Skype, which eliminates the need to purchase a Skype number.
Android users can utilize its native App to enable the feature. While iPhone users have a web App for Google Voice.