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Mozilla Labs launches its first Open Web Games competition: Game On 2010

After teasing us earlier this month, Mozilla Labs has now opened its doors on the Game On 2010 competition. Other than the stipulation that the front-end of the game uses only Open Web technologies -- HTML, CSS, and JavaScript -- anything goes. No plug-ins or add-ons can be used, but the back-end server-side portion, if the game requires it, can be written in any language. Games will be...

EtherCodes is an interesting code editor for real-time collaboration

Finally, someone has gone and done it: EtherCodes is a mashup of EtherPad and Skywriter (formerly known as Bespin). In simple terms, it's a collaborative, real-time, Web-based code editor, with syntax highlighting for C, C++, C#, Java, PHP, Python, JavaScript, Ruby (yay!), and HTML. It's currently in alpha, but I've played around with it, and it feels quite solid. It really feels like a hybrid....

Firefox Friday: can Firefox hold off Internet Explorer 9 and Chrome?

Happy Firefox Friday, friends! In the lead up to an exciting winter, things have been heating up at Mozilla. There's strong competition from all sides. The IE9 beta launches next week and we'll soon see whether Microsoft can transform its excellent developer previews into something which can make the end-user salivate. Chrome's hardware acceleration currently leads the pack, and will presumably...

Firefox 4 preview builds with J├ĄgerMonkey JavaScript engine now available for download

If you've been waiting to take Mozilla's JägerMonkey JavaScript engine for a test drive, now's your chance! The Firefox crew has finally released a preview build which is now available for download. I've got the Windows version installed, and I'll admit that I'm not gobsmacked at the moment. The build feels fast, but not noticeably faster than the nightly builds I've used up until this...

NotScripts for Chrome disables JavaScript, iframes, and plug-ins

When we browse the Web these days, there's a lot of JavaScript going on all the time. That's what Google uses to track us via Analytics and what sites use to show animations, etc. But sometimes you might want to disable all, or some, of that JavaScript – either on a single site, or in general. Not just because you don't like Analytics (which you can opt out of anyway), but because...

YoxView JavaScript lightbox 2.0 is now out! Skinning, Flash video, and more

YoxView is one of my favorite lightbox implementations. I've used it in the past to show you how to add an awesome Picasa or Flickr slideshow to your website. YoxView's development has progressed by leaps and bounds since then, and version 2.0 brings some interesting improvements to the table, including: Skinning support: I think this one's pretty unique. There's not much chrome to skin on a...

NewsBlur is a slick, impressive, undocumented RSS reader

NewsBlur is a very beautiful feed reader that's laden with tons of JavaScript, but it utterly lacks any form of documentation. It's an open source project by the talented Samuel Clay, who has been working on it for 15 months now. He's currently working on an iPhone version, but the regular version is very impressive in itself. The sources are hosted over on GitHub, and the project uses the Django...

Now's the time to make your first Firefox add-on with the Mozilla Add-ons Builder

Released with nary a muted fanfare, you'd be forgiven for having never seen or used the Mozilla Add-ons Builder. The Builder is a Web-based add-on SDK (and yes, you need to use Firefox to get the most out of it!) This new tool, which is obviously aimed at boosting both educational and commercial adoption of Firefox's new add-on architecture, is actually constructed from two technologies that...

Liquid Page bookmarklet lets you visually rearrange page elements

Whether creating a whole new site or changing an existing design, you may often want to shuffle things around and test different layouts. Liquid Page is a bookmarklet that lets you do just that, on any website, right from your browser. It's as simple as it sounds: you click the bookmarklet, wait about half a second while jQuery loads, click a couple of prompts, and you're on your way. You can now...

Marklets.com may be the last bookmarklet you'll ever need

As a website, marklets.com offers up a vast library of bookmarklets, much in the same way that userscripts.org does for user scripts. But marklets.com has a serious ace up its sleeve: its very own bookmarklet. Drag it onto your bookmarks bar, click it, and you'll get a pop-up bookmarklet search prompt. Type in what you want to do (for example, "PDF"), hit Enter (no "live search" while typing),...

Support Details gives you system details instantly

I really enjoy what have come to be known as single-serving sites. These are sites that do only one specific thing, but the best of them do that thing exceedingly well. My new favorite site of this kind is Support Details. The URL is super easy to remember (supportdetails.com), and when you pay the site a visit, it lists a bunch of details about your computer that you can include when making a...

Amy Editor provides real-time collaborative Ruby editing (and more)

Amy Editor is an interesting find; it is an advanced online programmer's editor, which apparently has not been touched since April 2008 (current build is 080401, dubbed version 1.0). But it's still online, and it is very, very impressive. My need was simple: I need to collaborate on a Ruby project with someone in real-time, working on the same file while discussing it on Skype. And I wanted...

Entanglement is an engaging, HTML5-powered Time-Waster

I am really enjoying watching HTML5 come into its own and mature into a full-fledged platform for video, Web apps, and now some games, too. Entanglement is an HTML5-driven puzzle game, and it feels just like Flash. It's a simple brain teaser. You start with a hexagon in the middle of the board. An orange line comes out of that hexagon and touches another hexagon right next to it. That other...

The Next Web uses cheap JavaScript hack to fool you into installing an extension, heralds new age of phishing attacks

Update: The Next Web has now removed the JavaScript alert bar. Hooray! You may recall a couple of months ago when I falsely reported on what I thought was a new feature of Chrome. It was admittedly kind of neat: I thought websites could link themselves to a Chrome Extension, and pop up an alert at the top of your browser if you hadn't installed it. As it turned out, it's just a cheap...

Firefox Friday: invasive, all-inclusive interview with Asa Dotzler, Mozilla's community director

Good afternoon! This week we're fortunate enough to have the Mozilla Director of Community, Asa Dotzler, here with us in the Download Squad bunker. His yappy little dog doesn't like it much down here -- but with soundproofed cells, who cares? After my last interview with his comrade Aza Raskin (what are the chances of having two people called Asa working in the same office?), I was keen to find...