Firefox can finally orient itself, at least in terms of iPhones and MacBooks. Mozilla's latest browser, [url=https://developer.mozilla.org/en/Firefox_3.6_for_developers]Firefox 3.6 beta 1[/url], can now talk to accelerometers such as those in many Apple devices, thanks to [url=https://developer.mozilla.org/Special:Search?search=accelerometer&type=fulltext&go=Search]orientation event objects[/url] introduced in the new Gecko 1.9.2 presentation engine at the browser's core. Also among DOM enhancements are drag-and-drop for file transfer and the ability for Web workers to self-terminate. And that's just the beginning. The [url=http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/all-beta.html]download of Firefox 3.6 beta 1[/url] for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows contains thousands of [url=https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/buglist.cgi?query_format=advanced&product=Core&product=Firefox&product=NSPR&product=NSS&product=Toolkit&keywords_type=nowords&keywords=fixed1.9.1,+verified1.9.1&resolution=FIXED&chfieldfrom=2008-12-01&chfieldto=Now&chfield=resolution&chfieldvalue=FIXED]bug fixes[/url], including numerous repairs to CSS image rendering and text alignment. …

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...but will users 'LIKE' it? Today, Namco Bandai Games, Inc. announced that they will be launching two made-for-Facebook games, [I]City of Football[/I] and [I]Treasure Abyss[/I]. With over half a million users on Facebook, it's become one of the most popular ways to advertise today. Namco Bandai plans to make full use of the SNS (Social Network Service) and already plans to develop many more games for its users. [ATTACH=LEFT]16937[/ATTACH][I]City of Football[/I] is a game that allows you to act as the owner of a team; trading and recruiting players to enhance the team's overall value. The cool part is, your …

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Most of the reports out yesterday about the release of [URL=http://www.microsoft.com/ie8]Internet Explorer 8[/URL]Beta 2 focused on its so-calledInPrivate Browsing, which leaves no trace of the Web sites you visit and protects anonymity. And while that's certainly useful, developers are likely to be more interested in its improvements in DOM and HTML 4.01 cross-browser inconsistencies, new Ajax features and news that IE8 passes the [URL=http://acid2.acidtests.org/]Acid2 test[/URL] for accurate browser rendering. Microsoft on Wednesday made available for [URL=http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/beta/]download the latest IE 8 beta[/URL], which it says includes fixes to "the get/set/remove Attribute,default attributes, Attribute object and the <Q> tag." The company also …

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[ATTACH=right]16919[/ATTACH]The good people at Mozilla have read our minds, again. The latest [URL="http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/beta/"]beta version of Firefox 4[/URL], released on Tuesday, has a new tool to help you get out from under that unruly pile of browser tabs. It's called 'Panorama,' a shortcut-accessible drag-and-drop workspace that allows you to move and organize your browser tabs into named groups. The workspace is also scalable, so you can increase the size of the group of tabs that you're currently working on, or shrink those that are less important and don't require attention. Not to underestimate our ability to overwhelm ourselves with multitasking, however, …

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Google has today launched a new Beta version of the [URL="http://www.itpro.co.uk/blogs/daveyw/2009/03/22/google-chrome-stands-alone-at-pwn2own/"]Chrome browser[/URL], adding brand new privacy controls into the mix. You have to admit it's great timing, what with Microsoft this week making the 'browser ballot' screen available in European version of Windows giving users the option to [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story253418.html"]switch from Internet Explorer[/URL] to an alternative browser, including Google Chrome right there on the main page of choices. Google promises to give users "even greater choice and control over their privacy" with the new release, in addition to the existing web footprint free Incognito mode that is. these privacy controls can …

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With its release on Monday of the [url=http://www.microsoft.com/hpc/en/us/default.aspx]first public beta of Windows HPC Server 2008 RC2[/url], Microsoft also was touting features introduced in the [url=http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/dd582936.aspx]second beta of Visual Studio 2010[/url]. Expected in March, Redmond's next IDE will simplify development of new applications and modification of existing ones to take advantage of its high performance computing platform, according to claims. Windows Server HPC 2008 is currently scheduled for release late summer, 2010. "The topic of making serial code into parallel code continues to be very complex," said Ryan Waite, product unit manager for High Performance Computing at Microsoft in a phone …

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Microsoft today released the first public beta of MS Exchange Server 2010 which forms part of the Microsoft unified communications family. As the first of many products (Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, Microsoft Visio 2010 and Microsoft Project 2010 all to follow) which will form part of the 'next wave' of Office apps from Microsoft, much hinges on a good reception. So will Exchange Server 2010 deliver on the three-pronged promise of lowering communications costs, improving user productivity and transforming email archiving? Available immediately for public [URL="http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/2010"]download[/URL] MS Exchange Server 2010 is the first server in a new …

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Barmy Steve Ballmer, [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/20745/53/"]sometime monkey dancer[/URL] and full time Microsoft top dog now that Bill Gates has gone, has surprised us all by informing the world that January 13th will not be [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3614.html"]Windows 7 day[/URL] as predicted. The good news is that Windows 7 day will be on the 9th January instead. Yes, Ballmer has confirmed that an almost feature complete Beta version of Windows 7 will be made available for public download for the first time tomorrow. Talking during his keynote address at the opening of CES in Las Vegas, Ballmer revealed that s[B]oftware developers can get their hands …

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We already know quite a lot about Windows 7: it has a distinct [URL="http://www.itpro.co.uk/blogs/daveyw/2008/09/21/windows-7-leaking-like-crazy/"]Office 2007 feel to the UI[/URL], it is likely to feature some kind of [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/21193/53/"]instant on fast booting process[/URL], and the OS itself should [URL="http://www.itpro.co.uk/blogs/daveyw/2008/11/15/windows-7-scales-to-256-processors/"]scale to some 256 processors[/URL]. The launch of an official '[URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry2998.html"]Engineering Windows 7[/URL]' blog has helped with this knowledge, as indeed has the fact that early pre-betas were [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/20848/53/"]given away freely[/URL] at the recent Microsoft Professional Developer Conference and Windows Hardware Engineering Conference. What we have not known, and what has kept us all guessing, is when the first actual beta copies would …

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Look, I know it is fashionable to knock Internet Explorer. It is an easy target, and I will admit to aiming my own fair of kicks over the years. But when Beta software gets slated for having some bugs, well isn't that just taking things a little too far? That was my impression when I first saw some of the [URL="http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/software/soa/Users-report-IE8-Beta-2-issues/0,130061733,339291706,00.htm"]reports[/URL] breaking online, but as I dug deeper I realised there was more to this story than meets the eye. The problems go further than just the usual software bugs, it would seem, and instead look like they could actually …

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Andy Zeigler is the Program Manager for Reliability and Privacy on the Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 team. Now there's a job and a half, it has to be said. Writing on the official [URL="http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/"]IEBlog[/URL] he says "For Internet Explorer, reliability means that the browser should always start quickly, perform well, connect to the Internet, and show Web sites without crashing or hanging. Most users want their browser to work, recover smoothly after a crash, and display the Web correctly. Users are not as concerned with what causes the problem, whether that be a poorly functioning add-on or poorly performing website. …

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Microsoft has released the first public Beta version of Windows Server ‘Longhorn’ Beta 3 which can be downloaded from [URL="http://www.microsoft.com/getbeta3"]here[/URL]. This is part of what Microsoft is referring to as the ‘Second Wave of Innovation’ to be delivered during the next 12 months. It started with Vista and Office 2007, continues with Longhorn, and will carry on with Visual Studio ‘Orcas’ and SQL Server ‘Katmai.’ What this announcement means is that developers and the curious who are not TechNet subscribers can, at long last, get their hands on a legal copy of Longhorn to play with. The big question is …

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The impossible has been achieved; in as far as [URL="http://earth.google.com"]Google Earth[/URL] has just got even better. The Beta 4 release seems pretty stable here, certainly no mishaps since I’ve been using it and using it I have been: a lot. Not only has the map rendering become much speedier than before, but additional little things such as the time-stamped image support for KML files making it possible to see the same map image but at different times really do make all the difference. Well, not all the difference, if you are in Japan I’m pretty sure you would reserve that …

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