Mar 23, 2011

Firefox 4 out, Chrome 11 beta(that talks) follows

Mozilla released Firefox 4 yesterday and it hit 5 million downloads in the first 24 hours(7.2 million, while writing this) and that's almost twice the number of IE9 downloads on it's first day. The features that we are familiar from the beta releases are hardware acceleration and also it has the fastest JavaScript Engine when compared to it's previous releases. When it comes to the UI, it's a whole different thing; the new version takes a lot less space(definitely chrome-inspired) as you will see in this video. Another must see feature is that of "panaroma" which makes managing tabs simpler and also brings in the concept of grouping tabs.

Firefox sync allows moving all your browsing information from the PC to the browser in your mobile phone. It also incorporates support for open multimedia formats and the latest of web technologies such as WebGL, CSS3.
To download, click on the image below


While all of this happened, Google released the beta version of Chrome11. A new icon...yes, we knew that, but what we didn't know was this version will be able to use HTML5 speech input API that will allow users voice to be converted to text. Cool isn't it? The official Chrome blog said, "When a web page uses this feature, you simply click on an icon and then speak into your computer’s microphone. The recorded audio is sent to speech servers for transcription, after which the text is typed out for you"


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