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Safari 5

This update contains new features including:

Safari Reader: Click on the new Reader icon to view articles on the web in a single, clutter-free page.

Improved Performance
: Safari 5 executes JavaScript up to 25% faster than Safari 4. Better page caching and DNS prefetching speed up browsing.

Bing Search Option: New Bing search option for Safari’s Search Field, in addition to Google and Yahoo!.

Improved HTML5 support: Safari supports over a dozen new HTML5 features, including Geolocation, full screen for HTML5 video, closed captions for HTML5 video, new sectioning elements (article, aside, footer, header, hgroup, nav and section), HTML5 AJAX History, EventSource, WebSocket, HTML5 draggable attribute, HTML5 forms validation, and HTML5 Ruby.

Safari Developer Tools: A new Timeline Panel in the Web Inspector shows how Safari interacts with a website and identifies areas for optimization. New keyboard shortcuts make it faster to switch between panels.

Other improvements include:

Smarter Address Field: The Smart Address Field can now match text against the titles of webpages in History and Bookmarks, as well as any part of their URL.

Tabs Setting: Automatically open new webpages in tabs instead of in separate windows.

Hardware Acceleration for Windows: Use the power of the computer’s graphics processor to smoothly display media and effects on PC as well as Mac.

Search History with Date: A new date indicator in Full History Search shows when webpages were viewed.

Top Sites/History Button: Switch easily between Top Sites and Full History Search with a new button that appears at the top of each view.

Private Browsing Icon: A private icon appears in the Smart Address Field when Private Browsing is on. Click on the icon to turn off Private Browsing.
DNS Prefetching: Safari looks up the addresses of links on webpages and can load those pages faster.

Improved Page Caching: Safari can add additional types of webpages to the cache so they load quickly.

XSS Auditor: Safari can filter potentially malicious scripts used in cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks.

Improved JavaScript Support: Safari allows web applications that use JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) to run faster and more securely.



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Google Chrome 5.0.375.55 is the current stable version for Chrome, and the very first stable for Mac and Linux.

You can find more information for the stable release on the Google Chrome Releases blog post.

More details about what’s specifically new for the Mac version can be found on the Official Google Mac blog.

Flash integration will be enabled by default with the upcoming Flash 10.1 release!

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Firefox 3.6.3 fixes a critical security issue that could potentially allow remote code execution (see bug 555109).

Release Notes

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Firefox 3.6.2 fixes the following issues found in previous versions of Firefox 3.6:

Please see the complete list of changes in this version. You may also be interested in the Firefox 3.6 release notes for a list of changes in the previous version.

Release Notes

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Safari – 4.0.5

This update is recommended for all Safari users and includes improvements to performance, stability, and security including:

– Performance improvements for Top Sites
– Stability improvements for 3rd-party plug-ins
– Stability improvements for websites with online forms and Scalable Vector Graphics
– Fixes an issue that prevented Safari from changing settings on some Linksys routers
– Fixes an issue that prevented some iWork.com users from commenting on documents

For detailed information on the security content of this update, please visit this site: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222.

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If you are a Firefox 3.6 user, you must have noticed that new tabs are now opening right next to the current tab. All previous Firefox versions were opening new tabs as the rightmost tab (on the far right of the tab bar). As far as I remember Google Chrome browser introduced this nifty idea first (although it’s not implemented exactly like that), and Firefox just followed.

I personally like it, although I have to get used to it, sometimes I am still looking on the far right to find the new tab.

For those of you who would like to retain the old style behavior, have a look at the following instructions:

1. Type on your browser’s address bar:  “about:config
2. Press the “I’ll be careful …” button.
3. Scroll down to the “browser.tabs.insertRelatedAfterCurrent
4. Double-click on it to set its value to “false
5. Enjoy, there is no need to restart Firefox

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Firefox 3.6  is built on Mozilla’s Gecko 1.9.2 web rendering platform, which has been under development since early 2009 and contains many improvements for web developers, add-on developers, and users. This version is also faster and more responsive than previous versions and has been optimized to run on small device operating systems such as Maemo.

Release Notes

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