Jul 25 2012
Firefox developers say they’ve now vastly improved the browser. Firefox 14 automatically encrypts all data you send to and from Google during a search. Also, Firefox uses much less of a computer’s memory now.
Firefox releases really quick! Firefox 15 is to be out on August 28, 2012.
For the latest on Firefox, Thunderbird and other mozilla apps, check out their blog: http://blog.mozilla.org/
New features of Firefox 14:
- Hang detector and reporter – Allows Mozilla to collect, analyze and fix browser hangs
- Inline URL autocomplete – A feature that displays a suggestion right when you start typing in the address bar of the browser.
New features of Firefox 15:
- Silent Updates: Background Updates – Updates the browser in the background, so that the process is faster and not as intrusive to the user’s experience.
- In content preferences – A switch from the separate options window to an “about” page that is listing all preferences of the browser. You can read more about it here.
- Incremental garbage collection – Less slow downs due to incremental garbage collection.
- Social integration – This integrates social touch points into the browser, including persistent social notifications into the Firefox toolbar, news feeds, tickers and stuff in the Firefox sidebar, integration of voice, chat, video into docked or floating windows, and integration of share and recommendation services into the Firefox toolbar. Please note that these components appear optional, and will only be available for users who want to use them. You find a mockup below.
Google Searches Hidden From Hackers
The idea is to prevent search details from being seen by the wrong people, such as other computer users, or operators of a wireless network.
Even if what you type into Google’s search engine is not revealing in itself, your searches could show hackers that you are a high-value target.
There is one limitation to the new search security feature, however: if you search and then click on an advertisement in the results page, the advertiser will still be able to see your original search query.
Google says this transparency is needed to help advertisers figure out how people find them and how to further refine the way they target ads.
In addition to releasing the completed Firefox 14, the developers have also unveiled a beta (or test) version of Firefox 15. This new platform is designed to stop a problem that appears to have stopped many people from using the Firefox browser: hogging computer memory.
In the past, users have often complained that Firefox captures and holds onto a constantly-increasing amount of computer memory, and keeps doing so until the computer effectively grinds to a halt. In many cases, users who experience this problem need to restart Firefox or even reboot the computer itself.
Firefox Memory Problems Caused By Zombie Data
Firefox developers say one of the big sources of these problems is the browser’s third-party add-ons, the extra tools intended to help make browsing easier or more productive.
Add-ons can unintentionally cause data describing web pages to be stored in so-called “zombie compartments” of Random Access Memory (RAM), where they can remain even after the user has closed the relevant web page.
Firefox 15 is programmed to “flush out” these “zombie compartments,” and so do a much better job of freeing up computer memory that’s no longer storing important data.
This regular flushing of useless RAM should prevent Firefox from consuming more and more memory until it causes the computer to slow down. (Source: pcworld.com)