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Mozilla Firefox 3.6 released

Today as expected Mozilla Firefox 3.6 has been released and is “20% faster”. I’ve ran the Acid 3 test and scores 92/100 so is getting better with every release.

I would expect when version 4 is released it would finally pass the Acid 3 test.

Below are some of the new features.

  • New Personas
  • Outdated Plugin Detection
  • Full Screen Open Video support
  • Web open Font Format
  • CSS Gradients and Backgrounds for Developers
  • File API
  • Drag and Drop
  • Desktop Orientation Sensors
  • Improved Speed

Download your copy today

Office 2010 Beta 2 now on TechNet and MSDN

The 2nd Beta of the Office 2010 suite appeared on TechNet and MSDN last night. is reporting that the public beta could be available this week after a tweet on the Office Twitter account, there is also a follow up post hints at possible social network integration in Outlook. This sounds interesting but I fail to see the point at present.

Those that have TechNet Plus and MSDN subscriptions feel free to download it now and have a play.

Below are a few screenshots
Word    Excel   PowerPoint

Hotmail passwords leaked online

Tom Warren of is reporting that thousands of passwords have been posted by an anonymous user of on October 1st, a site commonly used to share source code. The accounts may have been collected by a phishing scam or had been hacked.

Though the details has since been removed the number of effected accounts totalled 10,027. The effected accounts started with the letters A and B but Neowin is advising users to change their passwords and security questions regardless.

Update: The phishing scam as it seems to be has now spread to Google’s GMail, AOL and Yahoo services. The number of effected accounts now totals around 20,000

Microsoft Security Essentials

At last the long awaited replacement for the discontinued Windows OneCare suite.

Microsoft Security Essentials is Microsoft’s free anti-virus and anti-spyware solution. It is aimed at home users and small businesses and will be available for Genuine Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 users and will be available in 32bit and 64bit editions for Vista and 7.

Below are the download links.

Windows XP  Windows Vista/7 32bit  Windows Vista/7 64bit

Mozilla Firefox 3.5 released

The first major version of Firefox since 3.0 was released today as predicted by

So what’s new in 3.5? According to the release notes they are

  • Improved tools for controlling your private data, including a Private Browsing Mode.
  • Better performance and stability with the new TraceMonkey javascript engine.
  • The ability to provide Location Aware Browsing using web standards for geolocation.
  • Support for native JSON, and web worker threads.
  • Improvements to the Gecko layout engine, including speculative parsing for faster content rendering.
  • Support for new web technologies such as: HTML5, ‘video’ and ‘audio’ elements, downloadable fonts and other new CSS properties, javascript query selectors, HTML5 offline data storage for applications, and SVG transforms.

You can download the the new version from Mozilla’s website

Microsoft set to beta Microsoft Security Essentials June 23

According to the successor to Windows Live OneCare known as Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) is due to hit Beta form next week starting on June 23rd.

The free anti-virus / anti-spyware solution will begin with a limited beta and will release an updated build over the Summer. Microsoft is initially targeting the first 75,000 US, Israel and Brazil based customers with a Chinese Beta available in mid-July.

Neowin have also learned that Microsoft is targeting September or at the latest to have the anti-virus software available for the October 22 Windows 7 launch.

Similar to the Windows 7 beta it is likely the company will expand the offering to meet demand.

Below is a screenshot of the MSE Beta.


Iran gets caught photoshopping, again

The country of Iran recently held elections that many are saying were rigged and that their votes did not count. The current winner and previous term president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who acts more as a dictator than a freely elected politician has been brought to Internet justice with the photoshopped picture below.


What you clearly see is that someone in Ahmadinejad’s regime altered the picture below to make a crowd supporting the outcome look much larger thus showing greater support for his following.

This is not the first time Ahmadinejad has been caught Photoshopping either. In July of 2008 a missile test in Iran was Photoshopped to show that four missiles were successfully launched when it was actually three or possibly two missiles.

It’s a sad state of affairs for Iran that it must go to these lengths to try and persuade the world that this was a true election. Despite the fact that millions of votes were supposedly counted in two hours and a fake photo showing support of the "winner" are signs of forgery the people of Iran are the ones who lost the most.


UK broadband ‘notspots’ revealed

About three million homes in the UK have broadband speeds of less than two megabits per second (2Mbps) according to research commissioned by the BBC.

The government has promised to provide all homes in the UK with speeds of at least 2Mbps by 2012.

The research revealed that so-called notspots are not limited to rural communities, with many in suburban areas and even streets in major towns.

The government has pledged a range of technologies to fill the gaps.

"We had assumed that these notspots were in remote parts of the countryside. That may be where the most vocal campaigners are but there is a high incidence of them in commuter belts," said Alex Salter, co-founder of broadband website SamKnows.

The SamKnows map offers an insight into where the homes are that the government needs to reach out to and connect to faster broadband.

It was created by comparing a sample of UK postcodes with a database of information about which providers offered services in the 5,500 telephone exchanges around the UK.

By working out how far properties were from a particular exchange, a picture of the speed of services can be determined as line length is a crucial factor in determining how fast broadband services will operate.

To get speeds of 2Mbps or more homes need to be 4km or less from an exchange.

Article continues on the BBC News website

2Mbps broadband plans backed by UK government

According to an article by the BBC, the UK Government has announced that it will be supporting plans meaning everyone in the UK will have access to at least 2Mbps broadband, by 2012. The plans, proposed by Lord Carter earlier in the year, have been backed by the government. The chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling, said "I am allocating extra funding for digital investment, to help to extend the broadband network to almost every community."

The extra funding was announced as part of the new budget for the UK today. Money not spent from the BBC Digital Switch-over scheme may be used to partially pay for the service. Part of the cost of making the service more widely available may be pushed over to Internet Service Providers.

There has been much debate about broadband availability in the UK recently, with various different plans announced. Some argue that money should be spent on making broadband widely available, whilst others argue the money should be spent on making the already existing broadband faster, in order to keep up with other countries.

The final report, named the "Digital Britain" report, is due this Summer, which will reveal more details about how the UK will keep up with technology

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