Mozilla Firefox 5 has been released earlier this week, only three months after rolling out Firefox 4 and a month after it released version 5 in beta.
Version 5 has “more than 1,000 enhancements,” which include the “Do Not Track” privacy feature and support for the CSS Animations standard, among other things.
In its rush to make the Web better, however, Mozilla is taking criticism for not making it especially clear to users that it would stop issuing vulnerability patches for Firefox 4.
That has given rise to concerns that users who delay updating for various reasons may not realize they’ll lack protection against the latest malware.
“Firefox 5 is the security update for Firefox 4, and we do not plan to release a Firefox 4.0.2,” Johnathan Nightingale, the Mozilla Foundation’s director of Firefox engineering, told TechNewsWorld.
Should Mozilla have more forcefully notified Firefox 4 users that they have to upgrade to version 5? Should it include automatic updates instead of just sending users a pop-up window reminding them to update their browsers?
The Paradox of Speed and Security
The release cycle for new versions of browsers has been drastically shortened as the players seek to trump each other’s products with newer and better ones.
That bumped-up product cycle has both advantages and disadvantages.
“Security is typically the first area to be sacrificed when developers are under increased pressure to get out new software releases,” Stach & Liu’s Brown pointed out.
“The industry will need to be vigilant in scrutinizing the security of new browser releases,” Brown warned.
On the other hand, hackers are ramping up their assaults and coming up with inventive new attacks, so browsers whose vendors lag in issuing an update pose a security risk.
“Hopefully, this rapid release approach will also result in the faster patching of security vulnerabilities,” Brown remarked.
That’s exactly what Mozilla thinks.
“By releasing small, focused updates more often, we are able to deliver improved security and stability even as we introduce new features, which is better for our users, and for the Web,” Mozilla’s Nightingale said.
“If a serious security issue is found between regularly scheduled Firefox updates, we will release an interim update quickly, as we always have,” Nightingale stated.
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have you ever taken a photo and only noticed it was out of focus afterwards? A new kind of camera from an ambitious startup could make such focusing mistakes a thing from the past. Able to take so-called “living photographs,” the Lytro camera captures images in such a way that viewers can change which part is in focus while viewing them.
The Lytro website gallery of “living” photos that shows off the light-field technology. With a click, you can re-focus the pictures on any part. The effect is impressive: a photo can take on entirely new meaning, depending on which part you focus on. Here is an example, a picture of two cats looks like a simple close-up when focused on the one in the foreground, but zeroing in on the background cat almost implies an ominous threat.
Google Instant is a new search enhancement which shows results as you type. Google is pushing the limits of their technology and infrastructure to help everyuone get better search results, faster .Google’s key technical insight was that people type slowly, but read quickly, typically taking 300 milliseconds between keystrokes, but only 30 milliseconds to glance at another part of the page. This means that you can scan a results page while you type.
The most noticeable change is that you get to the right content much faster than before because you won’t have to finish typing your full search term, or even press “search.” Another shift is that seeing results as you type helps you formulate a better search term by providing instant feedback. You can now adapt your search on the fly until the results match exactly what you want. In time, we may wonder how search ever worked in any other way.
Use Google Chrome to speak your search queries instead of typing. Head to Google.com and click on the gray microphone in the search box.
Instant on Images
Google Instant is a search enhancement that shows results as you type. This experiment enables Instant on the Google Images search results page.
Use +1 to give something your public stamp of approval, so friends, contacts, and others can find the best stuff when they search. Get recommendations for the things that interest you, right when you want them, in your search results.
Navigate search results quickly and easily, minimizing use of your mouse.
Navigate search results quickly and easily, with just your keyboard. As you navigate, items are magnified for easier viewing. If you use a screen reader or talking browser, the relevant information is spoken automatically as you navigate.
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The +1 button is shorthand for “this is pretty cool” or “you should check this out.”
According to Google “The +1 button makes it easy for visitors to recommend your pages to friends and contacts exactly when their advice is most useful — on Google search. As a result, you could get more and better qualified site traffic.”
I received an email from Google this morning titled “Google Webmaster Central: The +1 button code is ready for your site”
You asked to be notified when the +1 button code was available, and today’s the day!
I felt so exited and couldn’t wait to implement in here and on all my other websites. I kinda see it like Google decided to copy Facebook’s “like” button let’s see how it goes them.
I wanna see MORE traffic soon Google ;)