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Firefox director says Apple is “looking to bypass the web”

Firefox director says Apple is “looking to bypass the web”

Is Apple "looking to bypass the web" with their new Mac App Store?  That's the charge levelled by Firefox director Mike Beltzner, who took to Twitter during Apple's keynote to ponder out loud "when Apple will stop shipping Safari."  It seems the subject of Beltzner's ire is the Cupertino company's attempt to package the internet into individual, neatly bounded apps, complete with some reasonably draconian guidelines over functionality and stability.

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Amazon offers toolbar for Firefox 3 users

Amazon offers toolbar for Firefox 3 users

Toolbars are one of those things that can be good or bad. I hate it when some small part of the install of other software adds some strange toolbar to my browser. At the same time toolbars like the Google toolbar are a valuable part of surfing the web for many of us.

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Firefox Mobile Fennec Alpha hits Android and N900 [Video]

Firefox Mobile Fennec Alpha hits Android and N900 [Video]

Firefox Mobile for Android and the Nokia N900 has been pushed out, or at least Mozilla's Alpha release of the smartphone browser.  Natively supporting Firefox Sync - bringing desktop browsing history, bookmarks, passwords, form-fill data and open tabs to the mobile app - the new browser apparently concentrates on increasing speed and responsiveness, with Mozilla debuting their new "Electrolysis" and "Layers" technology.

Video demo after the cut

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Firefox Home for iPhone & iPod touch hits App Store

Firefox Home for iPhone & iPod touch hits App Store

The cynic might say that Mozilla heavily previewed their Firefox Home app for iOS back in May so that, should Apple reject it, they could make a huge song and dance of it.  Happily that won't be necessary, since Apple's App Store guardians have approved the browser companion app for iPhone and iPod touch.  The concept is a little confusing at first glance: Firefox Home isn't a standalone browser, instead using Firefox Sync to bring your browsing history, bookmarks and open tabs from the desktop to your mobile device.

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Firefox Home for iPhone: a mobile window on your desktop browser [Video]

Firefox Home for iPhone: a mobile window on your desktop browser [Video]

Mozilla have announced the development of Firefox Home for iPhone, a way to use the synchronization capabilities of Firefox Sync that will pull in bookmarks from the desktop.  Not quite a full browser in its own right - Mozilla say that's down to "constraints with the OS environment and distribution" - what might make Firefox Home for iPhone useful for many is its tight integration with what's going on in its desktop browser.

Video demo after the cut

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Blump’it browser plugin turns any tablet into a JooJoo [Video]

Blump’it browser plugin turns any tablet into a JooJoo [Video]

If you've been intrigued by the JooJoo's UI and wish you could get something similarly web-centric and finger-friendly for an existing touchscreen device, Blump'it might be your saviour.  A Firefox plugin - and perhaps soon a Chrome Extension too - Blump'it gives the browser a more intuitive touchscreen interface.  Confused?  TechVideoBlog lined up a video demo of the system in action.

Video demo after the cut

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RealNetworks Launches RealPlayer SP Globally

RealNetworks Launches RealPlayer SP Globally

RealNetworks' RealPlayer SP just got release, and not just in your neighborhood either. Tacked as a global release, this iteration of RealPlayer seems to be aiming for the stars this time around, and following a pretty common strategy now a days: social integration. Users of the new RealPlayer will be able to take their videos around with them, as well as share them on Twitter and Facebook. So here we go on the sharing adventure again.

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Safari hacked in seconds; IE8 & Firefox fall soon after

Safari hacked in seconds; IE8 & Firefox fall soon after

Security researcher Charlie Miller has shown how he can hack into a MacBook notebook in a matter of seconds, via a Safari exploit that currently remains unaddressed.  The demonstration was part of Pwn2Own 2009, a competition in which hackers attempt to break various platforms in the fastest time possible, taking away both a prize fund (in Miller's case $10,000) and the machine they hacked.

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