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Rumor: Sony in Talks with Mozilla on FireFox PS3 Browser

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253w 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."
 

Mozilla Reveals Plans for Firefox 3.2, Ubiquity in Browser

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293w 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...
 

Minefield: The Really Fast Future of Mozilla's Firefox

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308w ago - If you are using Firefox 3 (or even Chrome) you should consider taking a look at Mozilla's Minefield.

This browser (alpha version yet, but stable) would give a new meaning to "fast browsing experience"... Some Firefox extensions aren't supported, but riding the fastest javascript engine on the planet definitely worth a try.

Download: Mozilla Minefield

Minefield's install won't affect your Firefox, so there's no risk trying it. It's fast. Really. And I'm loving it.
 

Mozilla IDs 10 bugs, 3 critical, in Firefox 3.0 RC1

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330w ago - Mozilla Corp. has identified 10 high-priority bugs in Firefox 3.0 – three of them pegged critical – but it won't decide until next week whether to release the browser anyway or restart the final stretch by issuing a second release candidate.

"We are making a go/no-go decision early next week, as we are still collecting feedback [on Release Candidate 1]," Mike Schroepfer, Mozilla's vice president of engineering, said in an e-mail Thursday.

Firefox 3.0 RC1 launched a week ago, but Mozilla has not yet committed to RC2. Previously, the company only said it is targeting June as the release window for the final code.

On the mozilla.dev.planning newsgroup, Schroepfer also said that on May 27, Mozilla will either call Firefox 3.0 finished with RC1 or build RC2 with fixes for the 10 bugs that have been collected.

In the meantime, testing will begin on the 10 bugs. "If we need to do an RC2, they'll be ready to go," he said. "If we ship RC1, we can get them in the 3.0.1."

The bug list includes three marked critical on Bugzilla, Mozilla's bug-tracking database and management system. Eight of the bugs affect Firefox on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, while two affect only Linux.

One of the Linux bugs has caught the eye of some Firefox users, in part because...
 

New search powers lead Firefox 3

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343w ago - The latest version of web browser Firefox will make changes to the way people search for information online, says its developer.

Mozilla has told the BBC's World Service that the new browser has been designed around the importance of search to users.

Firefox 3, currently going through its third stage of beta testing, will offer a combined search and bookmark tool via the url bar.

It will also allow offline working.

Chairman of the Mozilla Foundation Mitchell Baker told BBC World Service's Digital Planet programme:

"It's clear that when people are looking for information on the web, search is the number one activity," she said.

"We've devised ways to bring that power into areas that are closer to your individual life."

'Faster, sleeker'

Typing "cameras", for example, into the url bar, will bring up a list of the sites that the user recently visited that have cameras in their names.

"If you buy shoes, that's all you need to remember - we will use search, as you've come to expect it, to help you find the places that you have been visiting," Ms Baker said.

Ms Baker said that other changes have been made that are invisible in terms of look, but will improve overall performance.

"It will...
 
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