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Farewell, Internet (Download Squad)

Apr 13th 2011 4:26AM Is AOL nuts? Seriously, it's a legitimate question

First Firefox 6 build next week, Firefox 7 by May, and aurora channel introduced (Download Squad)

Apr 8th 2011 5:14PM @mattEhorn

Firefox 5 will include a lot of performance tune-ups that didn't make it into Firefox 4
* HTML5 graphics: Will be as fast or very close to IE9 on more of their test drive benchmarks.
* JS: On the whole will be 10-20% faster as they turned PGO on for their js engine.
* Dom: Improved results in Dromaeo Dom benchmark
* CSS: 5-15% faster generally, due to internal cleanups to CSS engine
* JPEG image decoding: up to 200-300% faster. They use jpeg-turbo library now.
* Memory management should be slightly lower. Ongoing work in this area is starting to speed up again like it did a couple years ago for FX3.
* Connection latency should be improved as they turned on a feature that chrome implemented some time ago, where they send a second packet within ~250ms if there's no reply in creating a connection, instead of waiting for the packet to timeout which can take entire seconds. Results in slightly snappier real world browsing, less random slowdowns.
* Disk IO: They turned on a feature where most of the disk cache files will be allocated before writing to the disk. Should reduce file fragmentation significantly for Firefox profiles.
* CPU efficiency: they've done work to reduce the JS/GFX strain background tabs can put on the CPU. Should improve Firefox's performance on laptop battery tests at least a small bit and help with UI interactivity.
* Some more web standards supported: some CSS3 stuff and some HTML5 form features.
* Much more, and keep in mind that Fx5 is a smaller release compared to what Fx6 and 7 should be.

Google demands veto on OEM Android changes, stretches definition of 'open source' (Download Squad)

Apr 1st 2011 9:33AM The Android OS is open source. Period. They have a closed branch called Honeycomb that they refuse to open until they have a version that works well on phones. Reasonable but that branch is not open source. Again well within in their rights to do though. Not just as the founder of the project but anyone can take a branch, modify it a lot and not release the code. The OS's OSS license is permissive enough.

Now Google licences its Google services with the OS which affords them some leverage. Such as demanding veto rights on OEMs changes. This has nothing to do with the OS's open source status. It just doesn't.

Google holds back on open-sourcing Honeycomb, heralds massive shift for Android (Download Squad)

Mar 25th 2011 11:46AM @James This is not a permanent thing. Ice Cream Sandwich(next version) will most probably be open. Considering its supposedly just a couple of month away(July?), I'm not too worried.

However people buying the current Honeycomb tablets under the assumption that there'll be custom firmware alternatives available for it pretty soon, will have been sadly mistaken. Like the android phone owners they'll have to wait for Ice Cream Sandwich too.

Firefox 4 gets Windows 7 taskbar auto-pinning (Download Squad)

Feb 11th 2011 12:30AM @basroil

I believe the developer was referring to the fact in xp, the pinned browser in the start menu changes depending on the default browser. In Windows 7 it doesn’t. Its kind of sneaky cos' you just know Microsoft had a meeting at some point and decided to change the behaviour so it should just be a normal pinned IE shortcut that way if the user switches browsers it'll always be there a mis-click away. This is especially useful when you’re trying to keep the average layman from switching to that new browser their tech savvy nephew installed. You know the type of people who call Firefox google because its the default home page.

Google defends its dropping of H.264, announces WebM plug-ins for IE and Safari (Download Squad)

Jan 17th 2011 12:19PM The plugins will merely install a the codec in the browser, its not the same as installing flash.

Also, Google did the right thing here. So what if it was in their best interest as well? We should celebrate a company that is built around and thrives from doing the right thing.
Google paid a lot of money for WebM and making it free and open, so why should they pay for H.264. Its not a power move as they don't charge for WebM. You know you're doing something right when your most competitive competitors are backing you up (Opera & Mozilla)

If people don't like it, use IE9 or Safari. We wont miss you, seriously go away.

Google Chrome Canary hits v10, Crankshaft turbocharges V8 JavaScript engine (Download Squad)

Dec 8th 2010 12:17PM @KualaBee

That milestone was reached several weeks ago. Development hasn't stopped since then, they're still competitive against the latest chrome dev builds.

AWFY compares the latest v8 engine development tip against the latest Spidermonkey tip. Meaning newer than even the latest canary build. Unfortunately the site hasn't been updated in a while and doesn't reflect the performance improvements made by the new crankshaft compiler. My understanding is that the site is being refactored to show more benchmarks on more OSes.

Facebook to launch alleged "Gmail killer" on Monday? (Download Squad)

Nov 12th 2010 7:10AM You'd have to be a real sad git or 12 to use a facebook email address.

Google's Schmidt says Street View-phobes "can just move" (Download Squad)

Oct 25th 2010 4:02PM The guy was kidding. Google's images are static and up to 3 years old. If someone knew where you lived based on your street view image, you could just move. A lame old mans joke, but joke none the less. BTW you can request to have your house removed and they will comply without any legal obligation to do so.

And that video has nothing to do with this post and in fact shows that Google are very strict about who they give their data to, even the Government.