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New Firefox Nightly and Aurora logos unearthed, and how to enable channel switching

Later today, Firefox will undergo its biggest developmental upheaval ever. Mozilla-central, the source of nightly builds, will be renumbered to version 5 -- and at long last, after years of wallowing around version 1, Mozilla's rendering and layout engine, Gecko, will also have its version number updated to match Firefox. Shortly thereafter, Firefox's new channel system will be implemented....

First Firefox 6 build next week, Firefox 7 by May, and aurora channel introduced

Mozilla's Engineering Project Manager, Christian Legnitto, has detailed the release schedule for Firefox 5, 6 and 7. If all goes to plan, Firefox 6.0a1 will be released next week, April 12, and Firefox 7.0a1 in the middle of May. The final build of Firefox 5 should be released on June 21, exactly three months after the release of Firefox 4. Along with the faster 6-week release cadence,...

Firefox 4 UI update brings snazzy, new alert pop-ups

Lest you think blogger Long Zheng is all about Microsoft apps, our Australian friend has a keen eye on all kinds of bleeding-edge software. -- including Firefox 4. Today he noticed a change in the Firefox 4 nightly build -- sexier, semi-translucent alert dialogs, complete with a blur effect to obscure the webpage content in the background. The new alerts fit well with Firefox 4's default...

Firefox finally gets "paste and go" in FF4 nightly

Other browsers like Chrome and Opera can do it, and they've been doing it for ages. There are add-ons that let Firefox do it, but if it's such a useful feature, why hasn't it been included out-of-the-box? "It" is paste and go, and like sync functionality, it has finally been permanently bolted on to Firefox. In recent nightly builds of Firefox 4, you can right-click to paste a URL and go to it...

Firefox 4 nightly build debuts App Tabs

Google Chrome has been my default browser for quite some time, but I've got to admit... I like what I'm seeing so far in Firefox 4, and the tweaks just keep on coming. One recent addition which has been talked about for some time is the option to create App Tabs. Firefox 4's App Tabs look pretty much like a pinned tab in Google Chrome. For now, an App Tab appears to simply force a tab to the...

More Google Chrome web apps for you to enjoy!

When I posted my how-to on installing the demo web apps Google includes in Chrome the other day, several commenters decided to edit the code and pack icons into their own .CRX files for web apps they use frequently. I've done the same, and they're all linked after the break for everyone to install and enjoy! A few things to remember: 1) You must enable apps support to use these. Check the...

First Firefox 4 candidate build appears in Mozilla nightlies

OK, so at this point the change is little more than bumping a number, but the arrival of a Firefox 4 candidate in the Mozilla FTP is still nice to see. Recently we've seen several changes land in Firefox 4, most noticeably in the default Windows theme which now has tabs-on-top by default. Don't worry, though -- Firefox 4 will be as customizable as it ever was, and you'll be able to switch back...

Firefox Friday Five: Mozilla Labs in overdrive and some lovely Firefox wallpapers

A happy, sweaty Friday to you all! This week we were meant to see the final release of 3.6.4, the minor release that 'crash proofs' Firefox. Instead, we have a release candidate -- the final release will probably come later in the month (along with the first beta of Firefox 4.0!) Early testing from Mozilla suggests that 3.6.4's Crash Protection may significantly reduce crashes, so even if you...

64-bit Firefox for Windows lands in Mozilla's nightly trunk builds

Lee just stumbled across something big: the first 64-bit build of Firefox 3.7 (4.0) for Windows.... aaaand... it's slower than the 32-bit variant, at least when it comes to the SunSpider JavaScript benchmark. You'll need the Visual Studio 2010 redistributable for msvcr100.dll, but other than that, just grab the ZIP from Mozilla's latest nightly trunk and off you go! (Both of those are direct...

Google Chrome's better browser sync appears in Chromium's wrench menu

Just over a week ago, additional code landed in the Chromium source which paved the way for a more full-featured Chrome browser sync. In addition to bookmarks, options appeared for preferences, autofill, themes, and URLs typed into the Omnibar. This morning, the recent versions of Chromium have added an additional menu item to the Personal Stuff tab on the Options menu. Next to the Sync button...

Coming soon to Google Chrome: use your extensions in Incognito mode!

Google Chrome's Incognito mode is a handy way to browse without leaving unwanted traces of your activitybehind. It comes with some minor sacrifices, of course -- your theme doesn't display and your extensions don't work, for example. At least your extensions don't work for now. Soon enough you'll have the ability to specify which extensions you want Google Chrome to allow while you browse...

GPU accelerated rendering lands in Firefox nightly build

Yesterday you read about Mozilla's effort to boost Firefox's Javascript processing speed with the new JägerMonkey engine. Now Asa Dotzler has blogged about another feature -- freshly landed in the Firefox nightly builds -- which should speed up the 'fox even more. The gfx.font value above is a new about:config value which toggles GPU accelerated rendering via DirectX 11's DirectWrite and...

Where did Google Chrome's pinned tabs go?

On a recent Google Chrome post one of our commenters -- MoneyMike -- lamented the apparent passing of one of Chrome's popular UI features in recent nightly builds: pinned tabs. I, too, noticed the change recently and wondered what was going on. There's been plenty of discussion amongst Chrome developers, and it boils down to an evolutionary step for Chrome and the introduction of app tabs. The...

Google Chrome tablet UI begins taking shape in Chromium nightly builds

Google's user interface mockups and YouTube video were a hot topic the other day, and that buzz will likely continue until we finally see a tablet device emerge from Mountain View to accompany the Nexus One. If the images and video weren't enough proof for you, changes are under way in the Chromium source code which certainly make it look like Google is getting serious about a new interface...

Google Chrome to go polyglot? Auto-translate lands in Chromium nightly

The Chromium source code has seen a number of changes recently, and a new feature which poked its head out earlier this weekend has now landed. You can now enable auto-translation of pages in Chromium. Just add the --auto-translate switch to your Chromium shortcut and head over to a foreign language web page to test it out. A Google Translate bar will appear, and you can then click the button...