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Rumor: Sony in Talks with Mozilla on FireFox PS3 Browser

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243w ago - Update: According to [Register or Login to view links], Mozilla responded and denied the rumor, to quote: "They replied with the following: Nope - not sure how that rumor got started but it's been keeping us busy all day "

According to a rumor from E-mpire.com (linked above), Sony is in talks with Mozilla over the possibility of porting FireFox over to the PS3.

While this sounds promising, obviously there will be numerous security issues to address if this browser finds its way onto the PS3.

To quote: "We recently received a tip from a source very close to Sony who says that they have been in talks with Mozilla lately about possibly porting Firefox over to the PS3.

That said, our source made sure to point out that they were unsure if any deal had actually been reached at this point, but it is great news none the less considering the complaints Sony has been getting about the lack of reliability with their current built in PS3 web browser.

Throwing Firefox into the mix would give PS3 the ultimate advantage when it came to internet functionality."
 

Video: Ubuntu SSD - 22 Seconds from Pressing Power to Firefox

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273w ago - According to MattCutts via YouTube:

I decided to see how fast Jaunty Jackalope (Ubuntu 9.04) would boot with a solid-state hard drive.

I used Intel's new X25-E Extreme, which uses faster single-level cell (SLC) memory chips instead of slower multi-level cell (MLC) memory chips.

Total boot time from pressing power to Firefox loaded was about 22.5 seconds, with about 5 seconds of BIOS display on a Thinkpad.

That means that Ubuntu 9.04 booted into Firefox in about 17.5 seconds.




 

Firefox Web Browser is Catching Up with Internet Explorer

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279w ago - Firefox is eroding Internet Explorer's reign as the most popular Internet browser.

An online study conducted by marketing research firm Fittkau & Maass showed that 38.4 per cent of German-speaking Internet users browse either with Firefox version 3.x or 2.x.

The Internet Explorer 7.x version accounted for 37.2 per cent of the same group, while the previous version, 6.x, had 16 per cent.

Apple's Safari is used by 3.2 per cent of the 105,000 survey participants.

It was followed by Opera with 2.3 per cent and Google Chrome with 0.8 per cent.
 

The 12 Best Firefox About: Config Performance Tweaks

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280w ago - Below are a few Firefox performance hacks, tweaks, and productivity enhancements that can be made via the About:config of Firefox.

To quote: Make Firefox Give Back RAM When Minimized
To enable the setting so that Firefox gives back RAM, do the following:

1) In the Firefox address bar type: about:config and then hit Enter.
2) In the "Filter" search, type: config.trim_on_minimize
3) Right click on the setting and click "toggle" so that the Value turns to "true".

After performing the above, you will need to restart the browser and Firefox will now "give back RAM" when minimized. To undo the change, perform the steps again but make sure the value turns to "false".

Check out the rest linked above!

Note: Article shortened per request from Keith Glines (IP: 74.237.172.101) on May 24, 2009.
 

Mozilla Reveals Plans for Firefox 3.2, Ubiquity in Browser

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283w ago - Mozilla is planning to include simple-text commands and desktop Web apps in the next version of Firefox. Firefox 3.2 will see the company build the Mozilla Labs project, Ubiquity, into the browser.

Ubiquity allows users to type natural language phrases into the browser to perform certain tasks, such as typing "map 10 Downing Street" to instantly see a Google map of that address, or "share-on-delicious" to bookmark the site you're currently visiting on the social news site.

Ubiquity, which is already available in [Register or Login to view links] form, currently requires users to press Ctrl + Space to enter the text commands, but Mozilla is aiming to integrate the feature into the address bar (or "Awesome Bar") for the next version of the browser.

Firefox architect Mike Connor said it's part of a plan to develop more ambitious features for the browser. "We're looking at where we can incorporate features from Mozilla Labs," he told PC Pro in an exclusive interview.

"We're looking for more pure innovation than just incrementally getting better. It's nice to try stuff where we don't know if it's going to work."

"All the stuff we set out to do in the beginning is already done," Connor, who's been working on Firefox since the days it was...
 
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