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Firefox users grow at Internet Explorer’s expense

It looks like the hard work of the Firefox community is starting to pay off as the number of the Firefox web browser users have increased considerably in a year’s time. It’s not much of a good news to Microsoft since their web browser, the Internet Explorer, has suffered a declined in usage.

I still see a lot of room for improving the percentages here. For one thing, I see a lot of people still using Internet Explorer version 6.0. This IE version is just way too big a problem with all the holes it has (and all the problems it brings to web site developers). If these people would just start using the Mozilla Firefox web browser instead, I think we can see more substantial increases in the Firefox’s market share. (statistics provided by NetApplications.)

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If you are still an Internet Explorer v6 or earlier user, switch to the Mozilla’s Firefox web browser. It a lot more secure than what you’re using right now!

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Firefox 3.0.6 has been released

Firefox version 3.0.6 has just been released to fix several security and stability issues. Update to the Ubuntu version of Firefox should be available soon. Some of the changes noted are:

  • In previous versions of Firefox, some users experienced a problem where parts of the screen were not properly displaying after Firefox was open for long periods of time.
  • Improved the ability for scripted commands (including those included in popular extensions like Adblock Plus) to work properly with plugins. (bug 438830)
  • Removed the client user ID from crash reports.
  • Fixed issues with the display of some Indic scripts.

The security fixes included in Firefox version 3.0.6 is listed below:

  • Directives to not cache pages ignored
  • XMLHttpRequest allows reading HTTPOnly cookies
  • Chrome privilege escalation via local .desktop files
  • Local file stealing with SessionStore
  • XSS using a chrome XBL method and window.eval
  • Crashes with evidence of memory corruption (rv:1.9.0.6)

Toshiba TG01 mobile phone with 1GHz Snapdragon

This is the first mobile phone that I have read about that uses the 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon mobile processor. The Toshiba TG01 in all its goodness will be encased in a thin 9.9mm body. Some of the features include HSDPA, GPS, microSD slot and of course Wifi. The TG01 cell phone sports a big 4.1 inch 800×480 pixel touchscreen display.

Toshiba has chosen to create a custom 3D GUI on top of the Windows Mobile 6.1 OS. You don’t have to wait long for photos because Pocket-Lint has some of the shared on their website. [via Engadget]

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Skype v4.0 now available

Skype has just released the gold version of Skype 4.0 for Windows. For those of you who may not know yet. Skype is a way people communicate around the world. Skype has more than 405 million registered users globally who use Skype software to communicate for free through voice and video calls as well as instant messages. Skype generates revenue through its premium offerings, such as calls made to and from landlines and mobiles, voicemail, call forwarding, and SMS. Conversations over Skype can take place on computers, mobile devices and Skype Certified™ hardware.

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Sony develops Finger Vein Authentication

Sony has developed a new method of authentication which uses a fingers veins instead of fingerprints. According to Sony the finger vein authentication method achieves a higher accuracy compare to other biometric techniques. Sony calls the new method as “Mofiria”. The device is compact enough to be mounted on personal computers or mobile phones which makes it appealing.

Wonder if we’d see mobile phones and computers that will only respond to it’s owners in the near future. Maybe the next big thing would be mobile devices that analyzes our DNA. 🙂 Read more about Sony’s press release.

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Samsung 12-megapixel camera coming soon

Samsung has always been breaking records these days. This time it looks like they’ll be coming out with a 12 megapixel camera phone at the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Spain this February. As if it wasn’t enough, it may be that Samsung will also unveil an 8 megapixel camera phone with a 3x optical zoom.

All this talk about 8 and 12 megapixel resolutions makes me think I’m talking about plain vanilla digital cameras. Now if only Samsung would put all those DSLR firmware functionalities on those cell phones — that would really be a great unveiling. Do you agree? In the mean time, you can just drool over the “photoshopped” photo of a 12-megapixel phone courtesy of Unwired.

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Rubik’s Cube successor Rubik’s 360 launch on Feb 5

Erno Rubik, the Hungarian professor who created the Rubik’s Cube, has created the successor to the Cube. The new toy called Rubik’s 360 is set to be unveiled at a toy fair in Germany on Feb 5. The new game hopes to once more entertain the public this time featuring six balls trapped within three transparent plastic spheres. The objective is simple and has only one solution but requires skill, dexterity and patience.

Players must get the coloured balls from an inner sphere into matching slots on the outer sphere by shaking them through a middle sphere that has only two holes. Two-time British Cube-solving champion Dan Harris from Norfolk has a review of the Rubik’s 360.

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Filipino WordPress blog for Anime

This week while surfing for an interesting site, I came across a blog that features topics about Anime. The Filipino blogger who goes by the name of Jay has been maintaining the site since 2000 and has recently converted the web site to WordPress. Looks like Jay is also an avid gamer and has now tempered some of his gaming interests in favor of maintaining the PhilAmime WordPress blog.

Jay seems to also love transformer toys like this one on his post. 🙂 You can visit the Filipino wordpress blog about Anime at PhilAnime.com

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