August 2013

Experimental Add-ons and Add-ons Manager Change

Searches in the Firefox in browser Add-ons Manager (Tools > Add-ons) will no longer return results for add-ons which are experimental or not “Fully Reviewed”. Fully reviewed add-ons meet all of our quality standards, while preliminarily [sic] reviewed add-ons only have to meet a lower standard, focused mostly on security and privacy. While Mozilla did make the reviews levels clear on the AMO site, the in browser add-ons manager did not show a distinction between Fully Reviewed and Experimental add-ons. As a result, users could unknowingly install an experimental add-ons when they believed they were installing a Fully Reviewed add-on….

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Lenovo Selling More Mobile Devices than PCs

In their first quarter (ending June 30th, 2013) Lenovo sold more tablets and smartphones then they have PCs. However, while revenue from PCs was surpassed by their mobile devices, Lenovo is now the largest PC maker with a 16.7% market share. Lenovo’s biggest source of revenue has been from China. While only 42% of Lenovo’s overall sales are to China, the booming Chinese smartphone market accounts for a staggering 98% of Lenovo’s smartphone sales. While on the subject of smartphones, Lenovo is the 4th largest maker of Smartphones (4.7% of market). Samsung is dominating 1st place with 31.7% of the market followed…

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Lenovo to add Start Menu to their Windows 8 PCs

So it looks like Lenovo is taking matters into their own hands with Windows 8 and the lack of a Start Menu. Reports are they have signed a dealer with Pokki developer SweetLabs to preload a software suite which adds a Start Menu to some of their Windows 8 PCs. These include The IdeaPad and IdeaCenter models, and then the Think line of PCs. via Tom’s Hardware

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Steve Balmer’s 9 Craziest Moment

Laptop Magazine takes a look back at Steve Balmer’s 33-year career at Microsoft and highlights some of his more crazier moments. These include some over-the-top Windows commercials to his thoughts on the competition, including the iPhone, MacBook Air and Android phones. 9 Craziest Steve Ballmer Moments

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Steve Balmer announces Retirement

Steve Balmer who has been Microsoft’s CEO since 2000 has announced he is retiring within the year. In an email to Microsoft employees he indicated his retirement was “in Microsoft’s best interests”. No word yet on a possible successor though Microsoft’s board has put together a special committee to find a new CEO. via Tom’s Hardware

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SettingSanity adds removed preferences back to Firefox

I just now installed this. Will post later if I run across any problems with it. “… SettingSanity is a new Firefox extension that adds all missing preferences back to the Firefox options. All you need to do is install the extension and restart the browser to get access to the removed preferences again.“Even better is the fact that you get the advanced settings back as well. Both the JavaScript and images preferences are added back to the content tab where they can once again be accessed. …” Source: Ghacks Technology Newsletter Details  SettingSanity adds removed preferences back to Firefox

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Firefox 23.0.1 Released

Mozilla released an emergency update for Firefox 23 on August 16, 2013. Firefox 23.0.1 addressed these issues: Rendering glitches on H.264 video only in FF23 on Vista (Bug 901944) Spellchecking broken with non-ASCII characters in profile path (Bug 902532) Audio static/”burble”/breakup in Firefox to Firefox WebRTC calls (Bug 901527) 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 Help > About Firefox and click the Check for Updates button. Users may also manually download and install Firefox via getfirefox.com. The…

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Just Released August 6th Firefox 23 Firefox for Android 23 Firefox 17.0.8 ESR Firefox 24 Beta (24.0b1)* Firefox 25 Aurora (25.0a2)* August 16th Firefox 23.0.1 Coming Soon September 17th Firefox 24 Firefox for Android 24 Firefox 24.0.0 ESR Firefox 25 Beta (25.0b1)* Firefox 26 Aurora (26.0a2)* Future Releases October 29th Firefox 25 Firefox for Android 25 Firefox 24.0.1 ESR Firefox 26 Beta (26.0b1)* Firefox 27 Aurora (27.0a2)* * As part of the new Rapid Release Schedule,dates listed for Aurora and Beta builds reflect when the code merge is set to begin. The actual release to that particular channel may vary by…

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