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Play with Firefox OS in your desktop Firefox

You can now get a taste of Firefox OS straight from your desktop browser, thanks to a new Firefox add-on called r2d2b2g that bakes a Firefox OS simulator right into your desktop browser.

Mozilla wrote in its blog post announcing the simulator add-on that the tool has two complementary goals for helping developers. Currently at version 0.7, the company hopes that by version 1.0 the add-on will be stable enough to let developers easily create apps for the new... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Firefox , Mozilla , add-on , extension , Windows software , developer

Device syncing on-deck for Chrome

Google has started to warm up Chrome with features designed to make it interact more smoothly with Android and other computers, as the summer's Google I/O conference and a possible final street-ready version of Native Client wait in the wings.

Google Chrome 19 beta for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome Frame landed today, updated with Other Device support. The new feature lets you access your Chrome tabs from other computers, and includes Chrome for Android... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Google , beta , Chrome , Windows software , dev , developer

Firefox Aurora for Android likes big buttons and cannot lie

While some solid changes to JavaScript rendering and other under-the-hood code have landed in the latest Firefox developer's build, the bulk of what's new focuses on the second version of the recently introduced Android version of Aurora. Aurora 9 for Android includes some big interface changes designed to improve its usability on tablets, support for native camera apps, faster start-up times, and broader language support.

Firefox 9 Aurora can be downloaded for Windows, Mac, and Linux, and... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Firefox , Mozilla , Windows software , Aurora , developer

Chrome 14 to address security concerns

A new version of Google's JavaScript rendering engine and security fixes land in Google Chrome 14.0.794.0 dev today, available for download for Windows, Mac, Linux. The latest rough version of the browser improves secure HTTP support in several ways, updates the V8 JavaScript engine to version 3.4.3.0, and tightens security when installing Web apps from the Chrome Web Store.

The security changes are small but nevertheless could have a positive effect on your browser's security. Chrome 14 dev... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Google , Chrome , Windows software , developer

Firefox nudges Aurora to version 6

Mozilla updated its bleeding-edge browser Firefox Aurora to version 6 just before the Memorial Day holiday in the U.S., finally giving Firefox fans the same range of in-development browsers that have been easily accessible to Chrome users for some time. Firefox Aurora 6 can be downloaded for Windows, Mac, Linux, and like its Google counterpart Chrome dev, it offers fewer major changes than what people are used to, but it offers them more often.

In a blog post,... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Firefox , Mozilla , Windows software , Aurora , developer

Google quietly revs Chrome dev to version 7

Just a few weeks after the Chrome beta updated to version 6, Google upgraded the developers version of Chrome to 7 on Thursday. Available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, Chrome dev 7.0.503.0 comes accompanied only by minor bug fixes.

There are some small tweaks to the Wrench options menu on Mac, and IP addresses typed into the location bar work when browsing in offline mode. There are several anticipated changes planned for Chrome 7 that either... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Google , Chrome , Windows software , developer

Advanced plug-in blocking appears in Chrome dev

A new method for blocking approved plug-ins from third-party sources appeared in the developer's version of Google's Chrome browser. Available on Friday for Windows, Mac, and Linux, Google Chrome dev 6.0.490.1 includes numerous bug fixes and introduces the Click-to-Play feature for more finely tuned plug-in control.

Click-to-Play adds a small but useful level of functionality to Chrome's native plug-in blocking. It allows Chrome users to activate a plug-in on a per-page basis. Without it, users can only toggle... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Google , Chrome , plug-in , Windows software , developer

Chrome dev for Mac earns minor but useful bump

An update Thursday to the Google Chrome developer's build for Mac introduces more than just stability-fixes. Included in version 4.0.295.0 are the basic beginnings of a bookmark manager and a trackpad gesture that allows users to open the previous and next pages in a new tab using the CMD-three finger swipe. The cookie manager has also been included in this minor update, so those three combined equal some actual feature improvements in this update.

Two other fixes, in addition... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: freeware , Google , Chrome , developer

Extensions return to Chrome dev for Mac

Extension support is active again and bookmark synchronization has arrived in the Google Chrome developer's build for Mac OS X. Default extension support was disabled in Chrome for Mac in December, followed by promises that it would be re-enabled within a month.

Bookmark sync does not yet work flawlessly: a known bug related to the sync process will crash the browser when you add a new bookmark folder.

The latest developer's build, version 4.0.288.1, is available for Windows, Mac, and... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: freeware , Google , Chrome , add-on , extension , Windows software , developer

Scratch: Programming from the playpen, almost

When we want children to grasp structures and shapes, we let them play with Legos. When we want them to understand programming, we'll let them play with Scratch, the latest child-oriented program to poke its beak from MIT's prolific Media Lab.

Scratch is a free animation-development program for kids that converts the main elements of programming--like objects, actions, rules, and conditions--into simple blocks you can drag from the menu list and drop into the scripting area. Snap a few of... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Windows software , developer