April 2013

Firefox 20.0.1 For Android Released

Mozilla released an update for Android users with Firefox 20.0.1 on April 11th, 2013. This update fixed ANR hangs and DB-lock related crashes on older devices. User should be prompted to update their devices or can get the latest update via the Google Play Store. The next scheduled releases will be Firefox 21.0 for Android on May 14th, 2013.

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Mozilla released an update for Window users with Firefox 20.0.1 on April 11th, 2013. This update addresses issues around handling UNC paths. See bug 846848 for more information. Depending on update settings (Tools > Options… > Advanced > Update Tab), users will be prompted to update within in the next 48-hours. Windows users can also go to Help > About Firefox and click the Check for Updates button. Users may also manually download and install Firefox via getfirefox.com. The next scheduled releases will be Firefox 21.0 and 17.0.6esr on May 14th, 2013.

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The End Is Near (again) For Windows XP

If you are still one of the nearly 39% still using Windows XP you have been warned. Microsoft will end support April 8, 2014….may be…they been trying since 2010 to get users and businesses to move away from Windows XP. Now Microsoft is urging businesses “to modernize their IT infrastructure by upgrading to the more secure, more “modern” Windows 8.” I don’t think so. If Microsoft is going to really due away with XP support (as well as IE6) businesses are going to move to Windows 7 or even Linux. These options are cheaper than re-training everyone how to use…

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FairSearch says Google Android is AntiTrust

I am seriously beginning to think the EU is leveling all these anti-trust violations and fines as method to bankroll their organization. It was bad enough when they went after Microsoft for “forcing people” to use Internet Explorer when they first load Windows on their machines. People are too stupid to take 2-minutes to download and install their favorite browser. Now, they are going after Goggle Android based on complaints from FairSearch: ” FairSearch argues that Google is using “deceptive conduct” to lockout the competition in the mobile search market. With 70 percent of the smartphone OS market, Google commands…

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Windows 8 Power User Menu App

It has been a little under a week since I got my new Windows 8 PC. So far, I am impressed with Windows 8 as far as performance as concerned. Boot-up is quick and resuming from hibernation is fast, about 10-seconds from power-up to desktop. It mounts USB Flash drives almost instantly. The User Interface on the other hand, not so great. A couple weeks ago I had installed Windows 8 in a virtual environment on the system I just replaced. This gave me a chance to play with Windows 8 a bit before the time came (a lot sooner than I expected) that I…

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XBox 720 Requires Always On Connection

Seems like Microsoft is getting ready to shoot themselves in the foot again, this time with the forthcoming XBox 720. There has been rumors that it would need an always on Internet Connection so it can ‘phone home’ every 3-minutes. Seems this may have been confirmed earlier this week on Twitter: Microsoft Studios creative director Adam Orth:  “Sorry, I don’t get the drama around having an ‘always on’ console,” he tweeted, presumably talking about rumors of an Internet requirement for Xbox Infinity. “Every device now is ‘always on’. That’s the world we live in. #dealwithit.” “ Well, I sure like…

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Firefox 20.0: Find out what is new

He reviews some new and updated features plus some how-tos to change them. Linux users: Unless you installed it manually it will be updated through your distro. “Mozilla will upgrade the stable channel of its desktop browser to Firefox 20.0 today. The front page at the time of writing is still linking to a download of version 19.0.2, but you can use this link to download the new version of the browser right away. Make sure you change its url if you need a different localized version, this one downloads the US version of Firefox.“You also find the download on…

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How to Remove MySearchResults

MySearchResults Search is yet another adware program that some application developers are bundling with their applications. Much like Babylon, AVG, McAfee, etc. these will hi-jack your browsers. They will add a toolbar which will cause your browser to slow to a snail’s pace and may even go as afar as changing your home page, your default search engine and even the new tab page. MySearchResults doesn’t appear to add a toolbar to the browser it does take the liberty of changing your home page, new tab page and your default search engine. MalwareTips has a step-by-step guide on how to remove…

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15 Years of a Better Web

On March 31st, 2013, Mozilla celebrated 15 Years of a Better Web. On March 31st, 1998 the Mozilla Project launched at Netscape with what would become the Mozilla Application Suite (based on Netscape version 6). Read more about the 15 Years of a Better Web: 15 Facts about Mozilla The Mozilla Blog Mitchell’s Blog: Celebrating 15 Years of a Better Web

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Firefox 20 & 17.0.5esr Released

Mozilla has released the next update for Firefox with Firefox 20. New in this release include: Per-window Private Browsing. New download experience. Ability to close hanging plugins, without the browser hanging. See the Release Notes for more details and complete list of changes. Also released was an update for Firefox 17esr (Firefox for Organization) with 17.0.5esr. The Firefox esr update only contains bug fixes and security/stability updates. Depending on the operating system and update settings (Tools > Options… > Advanced > Update Tab), users will be prompted to update within in the next 48-hours. Windows users can also go to…

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