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Firefox Friday Five: 3.6.4, tabs-on-top, your own out-of-process plugins, HTML5 king of the hill, and making Firefox child-friendly!

Phew, what a week we've had here in the dark, dank Download Squad bunker! Not only has it been a good week for Firefox, but for all browsers everywhere! This week we saw the release of IE9 preview 3 -- and while it's by no means complete (it doesn't even have a GUI!), we can now be certain that hardware acceleration, along with HTML5, is the wave of the future. And... Firefox is leading that...

Microsoft Small Basic is an ideal programming language and environment for small people and beginners

By 'small' I obviously mean children, and not the supporting cast of Gulliver. Anyway, Microsoft Small Basic is here, ladies and gentlemen -- and with it, you now have the perfect teaching aid for beginners and children alike! Small Basic is so awesome that I'm actually struggling to find the right words, but I'll try... First, you have a simple and undaunting developer environment. You get a...

What the iPad's two-year-old-friendly interface means for developers, publishers and the world

By now I would hope you've all seen the amazing, adorable and humbling video of a two-year-old interacting with an iPad for the first time. If not, go watch it now (it's after the break, too). In just five minutes I had my entire world view shift; I started humming Children of the Revolution; I got to pondering the possibilities of a future where babies interact with computers before they learn...

Educational software for your computer

A reader dropped us an email recently, requesting information on where to find educational software for elementary and middle-schoolers. That's a great question -- there are plenty of Web-based sites to choose from but, as our reader pointed out, it can be tough to find things to put on your computer to use later without an Internet connection. If you dig around a little, though, you can find a...

babysmash! lets you let your little one beat on your computer

Kids get computers. It seems like they take to them almost immediately, once they are big enough to be able to control a mouse. But what about kids that aren't yet big enough? I know both of my boys wanted to bang away on the keyboard from a very young age. Rather than opening a Word document and setting the font to a huge size, why not run a program that is specifically created for young...

ZAC: web browser for autistic children

ZAC (Zone for Autistic Children) is a Windows-only web browser designed specifically for children with autism (and other developmental disorders). The browser acts like a sandbox to isolate the children from things like Youtube, lolcats, and NSFW content, while providing access to educational games and resources that are particularly helpful. ZAC has 5 main sections. It opens with a comforting,...

imbee: Social networking for youngsters

If your child is out-growing Club Penguin but still too young for MySpace, imbee might be a way to bridge the gap. Billing itself as "the first social networking site for kids," imbee offers safe surfing options for the 8 - 14 crowd and a way for parents to keep an eye on their little social gadflies. Signing up for a free account with imbee is a swift and straightforward process that requires a...

MySpace Parental controls

Parental controls are good to have these days. There are a lot of sickos out there and the protection of our children online should be at the top of our lists. Social networking giant MySpace announced on Wednesday they are developing a parent notification tool and age verification software. The software, codenamed Zephyr, will be a desktop application. The current MySpace age verification...

Cybercrime fighting grant for Guardian Angels

As more and more communication moves into the online environment, it is extremely important that children are safe from the harsh reality that there are criminals lurking about online. The Guardian Angels, a 29 year old crime fighting group, extended its reach into the online world over 10 years ago, and has recently scored a state grant worth $200,000 US to fight crime online. Their targets are...