Mozilla said on Wednesday that RC1 of its Firefox 4 build has received a “very warm welcome,” and that since there aren’t any known issues, IT and Marketing have given the go-ahead to launch the final build on March 22nd. Firefox 4 will meet stiff competition from IE 9 and Chrome 10 when it launches, but it provides an updated user interface that Mozilla says is both sleeker and easier to use. Firefox 4 also lets users synchronize settings, passwords, bookmarks, history and open tabs with other devices, and it allows users to drag and drop open tabs into groups that can be named and arranged. Lastly, there’s a new and improved way to manage Firefox add-ons. While March 22nd is the current launch date, Mozilla does warn that there is the potential for a delay. “If at any time we discover issues that would block final release, we would issue an RC2 as soon as possible, reset the ship date, and communicate to everyone,” said Damon Sicore, Mozilla’s senior director of platform engineering. To get a look at what’s to come on the 22nd, you may want to give RC1 a whirl. More →
Aside from Voice Actions, Google also announced a new extension for the Chrome web browser called Chrome to Phone. We’ll let Google explain:
The new Chrome to Phone extension adds a button to your Google Chrome browser that instantly sends the current web page, map, YouTube video, or selected phone number or text to your Android device running Froyo (or Android 2.2).
The extension is available today (in English only) and is waiting for all those who meet the Android 2.2 requirement. Just hit the Android Market for the Chrome to Phone app, install the Chrome to Phone browser extension, and you’re ready to go! We’ve got Google’s video demo queued up for you after the break. More →
This morning, Apple released an update to its Safari web browser. The biggest new feature that the update packs is the ability to customize Safari with third-party extensions which can be found at extensions.apple.com (welcome to 2010 Apple). Aside from being able to install AdBlock, the update also fixes that little address book bug that was discovered last week. We’ve got the full release notes for you after the break. More →
How about some added browser functionality for those Chrome lovers out there. The Chromium Blog has announced that as of Chrome 5, Chrome extensions will have access to the desktop notification API. As the article explains:
Many Chrome extensions use browser actions as a notification area. Notifications can be very valuable to users, but there’s only so much a developer can do with an icon’s worth of pixels.
As of Chrome 5, we’re happy to announce that notifications are also available to extension developers.
When notifications are used from an extension, there are no permission prompts or infobar warnings. The experience is seamless – it just works.
Chrome 5 is currently available to all Windows, Linux, and Mac users. How about it Chrome users…you like? More →
Is Safari beginning to eat away at your patience? Firefox for Mac crashing and burning every time you’re in the middle of some important task? Well, you might want to give Google Chrome for Mac a shot now that it’s officially available for download. announced yesterday, it promises a lot of speed and efficiency, and if you’re a fan of all things Google, your digital life will be complete. Of course, it’s still in beta so it might be pretty rough around the edges and extensions are pretty limited, but these things will be smoothed out over time. It’s also only available for OS X 10.5 or later. Hit the jump for a video demonstration of the new browser. More →