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Mozilla releases Firefox 5, first rapid-release version
Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 by Chinh Do

Mozilla delivered two things today: Firefox 5 for personal computers and Android phones, and the promise to complete the new browser just a few months after its predecessor. The organization, once the leading challenger to Microsoft's Internet Explorer, faces new challenges–notably Google's Chrome, new versions of which arrive every six weeks. Adopting a similar philosophy,
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Mozilla to add built-in PDF viewer to Firefox
Tuesday, June 21st, 2011 by Chinh Do

Mozilla is working on a project that will add PDF rendering to Firefox using HTML5 and JavaScript, eliminating the need for users to run Adobe’s own plug-in. The PDF reader may be included in Firefox within three months, said Andreas Gal, a Mozilla researcher who on Wednesday unveiled work the company had done quietly for
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IBM Turns 100: Some Perspective
Sunday, June 19th, 2011 by Chinh Do

Break out the hearing aids and hot soup, kiddos: IBM is now 100 years old. Yep, the three-lettered computing corporation is celebrating its centennial anniversary this week. Big Blue officially hit the triple digits on Thursday; it was way back in June of 1911 that the company entered the world, bare-bottomed and red-faced (no wonder
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Chrome 9 beta to bring faster, fancy graphics
Friday, January 14th, 2011 by Chinh Do

Mozilla and Microsoft have been racing to see which will be the first to release a production-quality browser with hardware-accelerated graphics, but at the current rate, it could be Google's Chrome 9 that crosses the finish line first. Google likely will be issuing Chrome 9 in beta form soon. It had been planned for Tuesday,
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Opera goes to 11 with an extensions API
Friday, January 14th, 2011 by Chinh Do

Opera may be getting most of its attention these days from its mobile browsers, but that doesn't mean that the company is ignoring its desktop browser. The first beta for Opera 11 introduces a long-missing extensions API in a lightweight profile similar to those that run on WebKit-powered browsers like Chrome and Safari. Available for
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Firefox beta getting new database standard
Friday, January 14th, 2011 by Chinh Do

The ninth beta version of Firefox, due imminently, is set to get support for a standard called IndexedDB that provides a database interface useful for offline data storage and other tasks needing information on a browser's computer. "IndexedDB allows Web apps to store large amounts of data on your local system (with your explicit permission,
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China unseats U.S. in supercomputer ranking
Tuesday, November 16th, 2010 by Chinh Do

The Jaguar has fallen from the top of the food chain. When the Top 500 list of the world's most powerful supercomputers is released today, the Cray XT5 system at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and run by the University of Tennessee, called "Jaguar," will drop to No. 2 after a year of eating the lunch
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