Monthly Archives: March 2011

Mozilla FireFox 4

Earlier today, Mozilla FireFox 4, the latest version of the popular web browser, which has been in beta since July 6, 2010, was released as the latest stable update to the FireFox browser.

Mozilla’s FireFox 4 browser launched with some new features, as well as some updates, as well. One of the most noticeable features of FireFox 4 is its new interface, which has moved its tabs above the address bar, similar to how tabs are organized in Google’s Chrome browser.

The new interface also includes new features, such as the ability to pin “application tabs”, another feature which is available in Google Chrome. An application, or “app”, tab allows users to essentially “pin” the tabs of websites that they frequently use, to the front of any other tabs which may be open, making it so users are able to quickly find their tabs, as they’ll always be on the left of any others.The “app” tabs also enable users to close FireFox 4 and open it again, without having to reload any pinned tabs, as they will be “pinned” open.

Also, the updated interface in FireFox 4 features the ability to find and open any tab that’s in the “Awesome Bar”, FireFox’s name for the Smart Location Bar or address bar, without having to open duplicate tabs.

Another new feature is that users can now create “Panoramas”, which are separate groupings of tabs, enabling users to better organize their tabs, especially when they have many open tabs. Users can create new “Panoramas” by clicking on the arrow, located above the “Home” button, in the top right of the browser, and then clicking on “Tab Groups”.

Mozilla FireFox 4 also allows users to use a feature called FireFox Sync, which has been around for a while now and could be used with the previous versions of FireFox. FireFox Sync allows users to access a variety of different things, such as their Awesome Bar history, bookmarks, open tabs, and even password and form data from multiple computers, as well as mobile devices.

In addition, there is a new version of the Add-on Manager, which enables users to view and configure any add-ons that they may have installed within FireFox. The new add-on manager, however, allows users to easily discover different add-ons, with over 200,000 to choose from, which they can then install within their browser.

The newest version of Mozilla FireFox is also more secure and private than previous versions of the browser. FireFox 4 includes some features, such as “Do Not Track”, which allows users to opt out of any tracking that may be used for “behavioral advertising”.

Another safety feature is HTTP Secure Transfer Security, which tries to establish secure connections between web servers and a computer, in order to prevent “man in the middle” attacks. Mozilla FireFox 4 also supports Content Security Policy, or CSP, which allows websites to tell a browser which content is legitimate. There are also some other security updates in FireFox 4, including bug fixes and such.

FireFox 4 also features support for HTML 5, an addition to their JavaScript engine, as well as support for other technologies. Also, if a user is on a website that causes plug-ins, such as Adobe Flash, Apple’s Quicktime, or Microsoft’s Silverlight, their browsing will not be interrupted by a browser crash. Instead, users can simply refresh the page or the plugin, all without having to completely close their browser.

For more for information about Mozilla FireFox 4, the lastest version of the popular browser by Mozilla, you should check out this post on the official Mozilla Blog. If you would like to download or upgrade to the latest version of Mozilla FireFox, you can do so from the official Mozilla website.

Have you used Mozilla FireFox 4? If so, what are your opinions? Please feel free to post your comments below!

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AT&T to Acquire T-Mobile

As you may have already heard, AT&T, Inc. has entered a definitive agreement to acquire Deutsche Telekom AG’s T-Mobile USA for $39 billion.

This deal is expected to take about 12 months to complete, as there are regulatory approvals and such that have to first be addressed. In this deal, Deutsche Telekom AG will be receiving $25 billion in cash and the difference of $14 billion in shares of AT&T stock.

However, according to the AT&T press release, AT&T has the right to increase the cash portion of their payment up to $4.2 billion, while reducing the amount of stock shares that will be given to Deutche Telekom AG, as long as Deutche Telekom AG receives a five percent equity ownership interest in AT&T, Inc.

With the purchase of T-Mobile, AT&T customers should see improvements in their service, such as the quality of calls, as AT&T will have a broader spectrum and will also gain a number of cell sites, which were previously owned by T-Mobile.

According to AT&T, the company will be gaining the equivalent of what would take five or more years to build, had they not been purchased from T-Mobile. These cell towers should increase the density of AT&T’s network by about 30 percent in some of its most populated areas, without the need to build additional cell towers.

It will be interesting to see how the acquisition of T-Mobile by AT&T, Inc. will affect the other cell phone service providers in the United States, such as Verizon and Sprint.

For more information about AT&T’s acquisition of Deutsche Telekom AG’s T-Mobile USA, you should check out both AT&T’s official press release and and T-Mobile’s press release on the subject. Also, this article from Yahoo! News provides some information on this, so you may want to check it out, as well.

What do you think of this acquisition and what do you think will happen with the other cell phone service providers? Please feel free to leave a comment below with your opinions!

Angry Birds Creator Rovio Raises $42 Million

Recently, the Finnish company, Rovio, the company behind the popular iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad game, Angry Birds, has recently raised $42 million in series A funding.

This round of funding was lead by Accel Partners, as well as Atomico Ventures, which is a venture capital firm that was created by one of Skype’s co-founders, Niklas Zennstrom, who will also be joining the board at Rovio. Another participant in this round of funding was Felicis Ventures, which is a “super-angel fund”.

Rovio said that they will be using the money raised from this round of funding in order to expand its reach to an international level, as well as to expand their product base to other markets, including mobile gaming, social networking, as well as other markets.

Rovio, which is based in Espoo, Finland, currently has 50 employees and created the popular Angry Birds game, which has around 40 million active monthly users.

Angry Birds is available from the Apple App Store for $0.99, but there is also a free, lite, version that users can download as well.

For more information about the recent $40 million round of Series A Funding that Rovio has raised, you should check out this article from TechCrunch, as well as this article from Yahoo! News or this article from Boston.com.

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami–How to Help

As you probably already know, yesterday, off the coast of Japan, there was a large, 8.9-9.1 Mw earthquake, which then triggered tsunami warnings for many different areas, including Japan, Hawaii, and the whole West Coast of the United States.

However, due to the earthquake and following tsunami waves, which slammed into the east coast of the country, Japan suffered some major damage, killing hundreds of people, causing many others to go missing, as well as damaging many buildings and other areas.

When other countries have been struck with natural disasters or other devastating events, such as Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Japan often helps them out, so we should do our part to help the people of Japan during this time.

Yahoo! News has put together an article that includes links to donate to various services that are assisting and proving disaster relief services to the people of Japan, including The American Red Cross, GlobalGiving, Save The Children, The Salvation Army, Americares, Convoy of Hope, The International Medical Corps, as well as Shelter Box.

If you would like to donate to any of these organizations, you can either click on the link to the organization within this post or you can go to the Yahoo! News article, where you can find links to donate, as well as some information about each of the above organizations.

Another way that you can donate to the American Red Cross would be through the official Red Cross website, where you can choose from a variety of different causes to donate to, including the recent earthquake and the resulting tsunami off the coast of Japan.

Also, you can donate to the Red Cross by texting “REDCROSS” to the number 90999, which will donate $10 and will be added to your cell phone bill.

If you would like more up-to-date information about the recent earthquake off the coast of Japan, as well as the tsunami that was caused by this earthquake, you should visit a major news website, such as Yahoo! News or CNN.

Apple iPad 2

As you probably already know, on March 2, 2011, Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who is still on medical leave from the company, took to the stage at Apple’s Special Event to announce Apple’s newest version of the iPad, the iPad 2.

Perhaps one of the most anticipated features of the iPad 2 would be its two cameras – one on the front of the iPad and one on the back.

These two cameras can both be used for FaceTime, with the front camera letting users send live video of themselves to other FaceTime users and the back camera allowing users to show their contacts what’s going on around them. The back facing camera can record video in 720p HD and the front-facing camera can record video in VGA quality, at 30 frames per second. Both of these cameras are capable of being used to take snapshots using the PhotoBooth application.

The iPad 2 is also 33 percent thinner than the pervious model and is also lighter. The Wi-Fi version of the device has a height of 9.50 inches, a width of 7.31 inches, a depth of 0.34 inches, and a weight of 1.33 pounds. The version with combined Wi-Fi and 3G is a bit heavier, weighing 1.35 pounds and 1.34 pounds for the Verizon model.

The new version of the iPad also features a 1 GHz Apple A5 duel-core processor chip, which improves speed, but doesn’t use any additional power than Apple’s previous A4 chip.

Like the previous model of the iPad, the iPad 2 features an accelerometer, a 3-axis gyroscope, as well as a compass. However, now, all three of these features are capable of working together, which can be used to sense which direction the iPad is moving in, as well as how it’s moving. Due to this, gaming and using other applications, such as maps, will be easier, as well as more fun to use.

Another neat feature including with the iPad 2 is AirPlay, which allows users to wirelessly stream music, photos, and video to a HDTV, as well as speakers, which can be done using AirPlay enabled speakers or by using an Apple TV on a Wi-Fi network.

Similar to AirPlay is another neat feature called AirPrint, which, like you can probably guess, allows users to print webpages, e-mails, photos, and documents right from their iPad 2, provided they’re connected to a Wi-Fi network.

Also, users can now connect their iPad 2’s to a television or projector with a new feature called Video Mirroring. In order to share what’s happening on their iPad, users can simply plug a new 30-pin to HDMI adapter into their iPad and then they can plug an HDMI cable into the other end, which can then be connected to an HDMI capable device, such as a television. There is also a USB port on the 30-pin to HDMI connector so that users can charge their iPad at the same time.

Video Mirroring will also display exactly what’s on your iPad’s screen, even if you were to rotate the device from portrait mode to landscape mode or zoom in and out of pictures. This new feature is actually built into the iOS, which allows for slick, smooth, transitions.

With the new iPad 2 also comes a new cover for the device, called the iPad Smart Cover. However, unlike previous iPad covers, the Smart Cover actually secures to your iPad using two magnets, which also align the cover so that you don’t have to worry about how it looks.

The Smart Cover can also wake your iPad 2 up when you open it, and put it to sleep when you close it. In addition, the iPad Smart Cover can also be folded into a typing or movie stand. The Smart Cover comes in both polyurethane and leather, and each version comes in ten different colors.

As for the colors of the device itself, the iPad 2 will come in both black and white and both colors will be available when the device launches on March 11, 2011.

Also, the iPad 2 will be running iOS 4, which allows users to multitask, as well as other features.

The iPad 2 can be ordered from the online Apple Store, starting on March 11, 2011 or purchased from a brick-and-mortar Apple Store starting at 5:00 PM, starting on March 11, 2011. (Users who purchase the iPad 2 in-store will also receive free Personal Setup.)

For more information about the iPad 2, you should check out the iPad section of Apple’s website.