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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 22, 2013

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 22, 2013

Welcome to Tuesday evening everyone. Perhaps the biggest story from the afternoon, Samsung's reported mobile roadmap for 2013 leaked out with the rumored Galaxy Note 8 leading the charge. We heard that the highly anticipated Galaxy S IV might be getting an announcement on March 22, while Microsoft finally announced Surface Pro's release date, setting it for February 9, 2013. The iPhone might have its best-selling quarter yet in Q1, while Google revealed its earnings for Q4 2012 (spoiler alert: it made a lot of money).

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Mozilla working on Firefox for OUYA

Mozilla working on Firefox for OUYA

The OUYA gaming console has attracted the attention of both gamers and game developers, but it's also attracting the attention of the folks over at Mozilla. The developers behind the Firefox web browser are making a version specifically for the OUYA gaming console, allowing open-source gamers to browse the web using one of the world's most popular web browsers.

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Firefox OS Keon and Peak developer phones revealed for eager coders

Firefox OS Keon and Peak developer phones revealed for eager coders

Mozilla has revealed its first devices for Firefox OS developers wanting to code for the new platform, with the so-called "Geeksphone" Keon and Peak handsets aiming for both the affordable and mid-tier of the smartphone market. Keon, the first Firefox OS Developer Preview Phone has surprisingly humble specifications for a modern device - a 1GHz Snapdragon S1, 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen, and a 3-megapixel camera, for instance - but fits in perfectly with Mozilla's ambitions to dominate the entry-level market; meanwhile, its Peak sibling ramps up the specifications to a Snapdragon S4 dualcore.

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Firefox 18 offers Retina support for Macs, speeds things up with IonMonkey

Firefox 18 offers Retina support for Macs, speeds things up with IonMonkey

Earlier today, Mozilla released Firefox 18, which brings with it a host of new features and improvements, including Retina display for Mac support. Thanks to the IonMonkey JavaScript compiler, Web games and apps are up to 25-percent faster, while Android Firefox users now get search suggestions while typing. You can download the latest release from the Firefox website.

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Mozilla launches Firefox OS Simulator 1.0

Mozilla launches Firefox OS Simulator 1.0

On November 15, Mozilla announced the prototype version of Firefox OS Simulator, a browser add-on for Firefox. Now the company has announced the arrival of Firefox OS Simulator version 1.0. Users can nab the browser add-on now from Mozilla.org; it only works on Firefox browser versions 16 through 17.x at the moment.

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Firefox wants you to help test its new Social API

Firefox wants you to help test its new Social API

Social integration is a big thing these days, and today Mozilla is ready to begin beta testing its new Firefox Social API. The end goal for the Social API is to eventually have integration with a number of different social sites, but today, the only thing the team has ready to go is Facebook Chat integration. If you're ready to see what Firefox will look like in the not-to-distant future, then Mozilla wants you to help test this new feature.

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