Facebook has announced a new feature termed 'Page Browser' according to a post on Friday on its official blog. The page browser feature give Facebook users quick view of community pages on the social networking platform and news feed information from such pages.

The idea conceived by Ben Blumenthal, a Web designer at Facebook, is to create a tool that will enable exploring of pages on the service - as browsing the web or browsing movies for rent, users can now browse Facebook pages.

The page browser is accessed at Discover Facebook Pages; it presents an array of thumbnails of user pages. Hovering over the thumbnail with the cursor, will pop-up a like button, and clicking the button will automatically add the news of the given community to your news feed. Also available are list of your friends and links to the community that you mutually like.

However, Facebook is quick to add that it awaits users feedback, even as the new feature evolves.

Facebook Feature Page Browser

A recent speed test benchmarked by Christopher Black, a Minnesota-based Web Apps developer, scored the evolving open web standard HTML5 low on speed performance on mobile devices against Adobe Flash. The test-run benchmarked an HTML5 animation made using the canvas tag against the same animation running on Flash.

The mobile devices used in the test are Nexus One, iPhone 4 and iPod Touch - While canvas performance on the new iPod Touch and iPhone 4 is unbelievably at 22FPS in rendering simple animation, the Nexus One put-up a decent 40FPS.

Flash Player v10.1, blows HTML5 out rendering 57FPS on the Nexus One - with all tests done by benchmarking in-browser performance. However, native applications using Adobe AIR for Android yielded even better performance.

In as much as the current test-run may hold some water, given that the HTML5 standard is still very much evolving, performance will definitely improve. Even as HTML5 have been proven to be better suited for basic video and simple transitions.

Benchmark Test: Flash Beat HTML5

Facebook Places - a location-based service introduced by Facebook last month has been marred by privacy issues. It allow mobile device users broadcast their specific location to others on Facebook - a development which scammers have taken hold-on to monitor users movements.

Criminals monitor when users 'check in' to places through Facebook, as reported in a scam that occurred in the U.S, whereby 50 homes were burgled.

The trigger then points to the fact that users will have to maintain control over Facebook Places by adjusting their privacy settings. The feature which is enabled via Facebook application for iPhone and logging on to: touch.facebook.com from your mobile browser, and its currently available in the U.S, Japan and the UK, while its launch in other regions will follow subsequently.

A comprehensive tutorial on how to configure your privacy settings to maintain control on facebook places have been made available here.

Facebook Places: Another Privacy Concern

Twitter on Tuesday at the Big Night event at San Francisco unveiled a redesigned UI for the micro-blogging platform. The new design supports a two-pane user interface, whereby multimedia enhancements like photos and videos capabilities are enabled. It's built around a second pane on which users will be able to view contents, such as: pictures and videos in user profiles and geolocation information.

However, Twitter CEO, Evan Williams hinted that the new version will be made available to some users immediately, while the general implementation will follow-up in the coming week.

Evan Williams, sited the purpose of the redesign as to make the service easier and faster for users. It's centered around seamless implementation of features for users convenience - thereby making users spend more time on its pages. And users have the option to opt-out of the service completely if they so chose during the preview period.

The new interface rich media features: embedded image and video capability is perhaps the most attractive of the offer, making access to pictures and videos possible within the timeline page.

General opinions, however, points to the fact that Twitter indeed lends a listening ear to users suggestions and recommendations, as to the new enhancements.

New Twitter: Two-Pane User Interface

The sixth version of the Google Chrome that made debut on September 3 - the stable release for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux is acclaimed to be 17% faster than the previous version, Chrome 5. The benchmark score as obtained by Computerworld Support, makes Chrome 6 the fastest version of the browser with JavaScript capabilities.

According to the report, Chrome 6 is treading a little behind the browser-speed leaders - Opera and Safari latest versions, Opera 10.61 and safari 5.

Chrome director of product management, Rakowski, asserted the value of speed performance on the launch, and as one thing Google values, stated that speed really matters.

As the speed race tightens with Opera, Safari and Chrome closely tied, and Mozilla Firefox beta 4, also not left-out, being only 29% away from the speed evaluation of Chrome - may perhaps spell another browser wars, given the scheduled release date of Microsoft IE9, September 15. The developer preview of IE9 have been competitive with Opera, Safari and Chrome in JavaScript trials.

And Mozilla plans on-the-other-hand included that the next version of Firefox will work to score within 20% of Chrome 5, Google's Chrome previous version on SunSpider.

Google Chrome 6 Speed Hits Top

Facebook has announced a new security feature that enables user monitor different login sessions on their account and to remotely log-out from any device according to a release note made available on Thursday. The new feature allow users to know if they are still logged into a different computer or device, and enables them to remotely log-out, thereby eliminating the risk of account hijacking.
The feature affords users log information on recent account activities: last time of login, device logged into, location and the operating system of the given device.

To access the new feature, users are enjoined to view the account tab - then navigate to account settings, and click on change option by the side of account settings. Facebook advices users that in a situation whereby any foul-play is noticed on an account, they should click on 'end activity'.

The remote log-out feature is not yet available to all users; however, Facebook have indicated the planned roll-out to all users in the coming week.

Facebook Security: Remote Log-out Feature