Give us an F-I-R-E-F-O-X! OK, you don’t really have to give us all those, but as you can see, we’re pretty excited about the latest version of Firefox. This is the first release as part of our accelerated schedule and it’s all aimed at getting you the newest features and latest technologies faster than ever before so you’ve always got the best browsing experience possible. There are more than one thousand improvements in this release alone. You can download the latest Firefox for desktop and mobile right now. But before you do, here’s a quick overview:
Privacy — Do Not Track does just what it says: lets you tell advertisers you don’t want them to track your information and we’re working with them to make sure that happens. They’re not all on board yet, but we’ve seen some real progress. We first introduced the feature in Firefox 4 and now you’ll find it in the Privacy tab of the Preferences menu. Join the millions of users already using this new privacy feature.
Mobile — With this release, we brought Do No Track to mobile making Firefox the first mobile browser that lets you tell sites you don’t want to be tracked. We’ve also improved page load times and overall panning for a faster, smoother mobile experience. Plus, we’re seeing more and more restartless add-ons, which is extra handy on mobile.
Developer Extras — This isn’t for everyone, but if you’re the kind of person who likes to get under the hood and tinker with the Web, we’ve added CSS animation support so you can show off even more with graphics and video. Plus, with our Add-on Builder (Beta) and the Add-on SDK, it’s easier than ever to build great restartless add-ons for Firefox. Let’s see what you got.
Not sure if you’re on the latest version? Go to About Firefox to find out (you should be able to find it under the Firefox menu by selecting ‘About Firefox’).
Google Voice search is available now for desktop uses on Google.com - announced today few hours before. so just open your browser and search the world wide web through your voice. The Google Voice Search allows you to search web (using Google Search) through speech input i.e just say something on your microphone and get the instant result.
So, you can enjoy natural voice search in Google Search. Initially Google Voice Search was a tool which was developed to perform query based on call, and of course this features is also available for Mobile Phones. To try Google Voice search, open www.google.com and click on the Microphone icon in the search bar, and say something on your mic, and wait for the instant result!
[How to] Enable tabbed conversations in Skype for Linux
There’s no question that tabbed interfaces – be they in a web browser or chat application – help to streamline multitasking and window management.
VoIP application Skype, seemingly seeing the benefits of such interfaces, recently introduced ‘all-in-one’ windows into their Windows and OS X clients. Skype for Linux on the other hand still sports the traditional multi-window interface.
SkypeTab enables tabbed conversations in Skype on Linux
Enter a new project called ‘SkypeTab’ by kekekeks, which is able to ‘force’ Skype into using an all-in-one tabbed interface. New conversations, instead of appearing as new windows, instead appear in tabs: -
SkypeTab achieves this by using the ’Xephyr’ X-server to manage Skype’s window. Whilst this results in some screen-flicker as new chats are opened, and subsequently forced into a ‘tab’, the ease of use in using Skype with tabs is undeniably neat.
SkypeTab, available for Ubuntu 10.04, 10.10 and 11.04, can be installed by adding ‘ppa:keks9n/main‘ to your Software Sources.
Update/refresh, then head to the Ubuntu Software Centre and search for, and proceed to install, ‘Skype Tab‘.
Alternatively issue the following two commands in a Terminal:
Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) is the latest stable release (released few months ago, and it is the successor of Ubuntu 10.10>10.04 .. and it has arrived with a lot of surprising features).it’s the most popular Linux distribution among the desktop users and the community as well as users has augmented exponentially in the past few years. Ubuntu has established a new reputation among the common desktop users, because of its ease of use and simplicity. Before Ubuntu, Linux based distro were used only by computer ‘geeks’ but now, the Ubuntu is so simple that any non technical human can easily use most of its features (but it may takes some time (it depends on the users I.Q)). Ubuntu (The term ‘ubuntu’ has been borrowed from Africa which means ‘humanity for others’) is an open source software, released under GPL (GNU public License); available free for all Human. The word free doesn’t only mean that – ‘you don’t have to pay for it’ but also in other sense such as ‘you free to use it as you want i.e free also stands for freedom, there is no restriction!’. That’s why Ubuntu is well suitable for those who want higher degree of customization (Go ahead dude!, the only limit is your imagination).
Mac OS X is a closed source operating system developed by Apple Inc. Mac OS X is a unix like operating system comes by default with Macintosh computer. Mac OS X has very nice and robust GUI (Graphical User Interface) better than all other operating systems on this planet. The latest version – 10.7 (Lion, the successor of 10.6(Snow Leopard) released on August 28, 2009) in Xth series was released on October 20, 2010.
Ubuntu vs Mac OS
#1 Cost : Ubuntu is 100% free while Mac OS is not!
#2 Customization/Control : Ubuntu is better because it is an open source software, so it can be customized to any extent on the other hand Mac OS is a closed source software so a lot of restrictions are there.
#3 Usability : Even though, Ubuntu has made GNU/Linux a lot easier to use it’s still more complex than Mac OS. So Mac OS is better (The user interface is simply great in ease of use as well as for productivity) in this sense.
#4 Learning : Ubuntu is better than Learning because Linux distributions are well suitable for trying new things which eventually leads to serve as a better learning platform than any other on this planet (or may be universe, I don’t know ).
#5 Applications : Ubuntu has a lot of applications with One click installation feature and most of them are free, while Mac OS do have some cool applications such as TextMate (An excellent text editor available only for Mac OS, TextMate is very popular among web developers and programmers because of its features and productivity; if you are an Ubuntu user then you cancustomize gedit to look like TextMate), but you have to pay for that and the options are limited because most of the developers target only Windows and GNU/Linux (while developing applications).
#6 Security : Ubuntu is more secure (after all it is a Linux distro) than the Mac OS X or any other non Linux distributions.
#7 Speed : Ubuntu 11.04 is faster than Mac OS X because Mac OS is focused mainly on how it looks not on how it performs; while Ubuntu is modular, focused primarily on performance and speed, and it has a lot of good looking desktops such as KDE, Gnome, Natty etc (if you think about the look and feel).
#8 Fun : Ubuntu is always fun because it has a lot of new stuffs/things to try you will never get bored. Mac OS is also Fun! but ?? Now it’s you who is going to decide the best! So get your opinion counted in the poll (see below) and share your views as well as experience through comment(s) (it’s not optional ).
The Canonical design team are currently hard at work designing, testing, evaluating new layouts for the Ubuntu Software Centre version 5.0.
Their work so far has resulted in three highly impressive mock-ups of Ubuntu Software Store interfaces heavily featuring an aggregated set of features that are par-the-course for Application Stores across various platforms.
Works even when offline. You always have your files, whether or not you have a connection.
Dropbox transfers just the parts of a file that change (not the whole thing).
Manually set bandwidth limits — Dropbox won’t hog your connection.
Shared folders allow people to work together on the same projects and documents.
Invite friends, family or teammates to a folder. It’ll be as if you saved the folder to their computers.
See other people’s changes instantly.
Create photo galleries viewable by anyone you choose.
Send a link to any file in your Dropbox using your Public folder.
Apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, and BlackBerry keep your Dropbox at hand, even on the go.
Bring your files with you when you’re on the go.
Edit files in your Dropbox from your phone.
Easily upload your photos and videos to Dropbox.
Share freely with family and friends.
Your stuff is safe
Dropbox protects your files without you needing to think about it.
Dropbox keeps a one-month history of your work.
Any changes can be undone, and files can be undeleted.
All transmission of file data occurs over an encrypted channel (SSL).
All files stored on Dropbox are encrypted (AES-256).