Geode Plug-In Makes Firefox Location-Aware Using Geolocation

via Gizmodo by Sean Fallon on 10/8/08

Mozilla Labs has unveiled Geode—a plugin that will take advantage of the W3C Geolocation Spec in Firefox 3.1. The plan is to make the browser location-aware so that somewhere down the line, you could visit a site like Yelp on your laptop in a strange town and it will automatically find your location and offer nearby restaurant suggestions and directions. Mozilla also offered other possible examples like: RSS readers that adjust based on whether or not your are at work or at home, location-restricted logins and websites that deliver news based on your physical location.

Obviously, most of the sites on the web are not currently compatible with Geode, but it is easy to see how something like this could really change the way you surf the web on your laptop—much like the iPhone has with handsets. In the meantime, a preview version is available to Firefox 3 users starting today—so you can kick the tires on it a bit before it is fully integrated into 3.1.

[Mozilla Labs via Lifehacker]

Geode – install page

Delicious boasts redesign, new name

via Download Squad by Christina Warren on 8/1/08

Yesterday, social bookmarkng site Delicious (nee launched a brand new design and a much easier to remember URL. The redesign is quite similar to the preview posted last September, Nothing like waiting until your share holders stage a revolt to get your properties updated, eh Yahoo?

The new design is fluid and clean, with a much nicer display system. It’s much easier to switch between your own bookmarks and the “popular” and “most recent” listings. Sorting and searching through tags is also much more efficient and intuitive.

In addition to the new design, of which I’m a fan, the site is also significantly faster, both in terms of search and overall navigation. Although the Firefox 3 plugin is fantastic, the old site design and loading time made it a chore if accessed in Safari or any other browser without a specific plugin or tool.

Firefox 3.0: available now (almost)

via Engadget by Thomas Ricker on 6/17/08

Go get it kids, Firefox 3.0 has just been released. We’re out of beta and looking at web page loads 3- to 4-times faster than Firefox 2.0 and more than 7x faster than IE, according to its makers.

Update: Looks like we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Although a file titled, “Firefox 3.0” (without the RC# associated with previous release candidates) is active and available to download, it looks like it’s just the RC3 installer placed in the final 3.0 folder.

[Thanks, James D.]

Download — FF 3.0 all versions [Warning: FTP, will not be counted in world record attempt]
Download — FF 3.0 to be counted in world record attempt (active at 10am PDT)
Read — 10am PDT translated into local times
Read — Release progress

Mozilla needs a few good beta testers

The company is looking to reach out to the community of users of its software by building a mailing list of those interested in beta testing software.

Mozilla is currently in the midst of testing out its next release of Firefox, however the company is apparently planning ahead for future products. Testers will be responsible with putting release candidate and developer builds through their paces before shipment.

“Our community is a valuable resource, and we hope to build a network of trusted testers who we can count on to help us make the web experience great for all of our users,” quality assurance team member Marcia Knous said.

Those with experience in advanced web development are especially welcome to the program. It should be mentioned that these are not betas per se, but rather developer builds, which mean that problems with these applications could be more troublesome than the average beta.

From the beta call, it appears that Mozilla is attempting to keep the program out of the general everyday tester, mentioning that there are other programs for that.

“There are Bug Days and Test Day events that you can participate in if you are interested in becoming a nightly tester or interested in general testing,” Mozilla said in an FAQ.

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