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FireFox 3.5 – big update, new technologies, faster browsing

firefox3.5  released - whatwasithinking.co.ukFireFox, one of the most popular browsers on the market, has been updated to version 3.5 yesterday. Based on the Gecko 1.9.1 rendering platform, this browser promises to be about twice as fast as FireFox 3 (and 10x faster than FF2!), to support new technologies, improve its performance and be even easier to use than before…

The most notable changes in FireFox 3.5

Aside from a new version of the Gecko engine, these are the most notable features of FF3.5:

  • Support for the new Theora encoder: FF3.5 now supports the open video codec Theora (which is said to rival H.264 quality)
  • Suport for <video> and <audio> HTML5 tags
  • Private browsing (aka “the porn mode”): once enabled the browser will not retain visited pages, form and search bar entries, passwords, download list entries, cookies or Web cache files
  • Faster and better web application performance using the new Javascript engine Tracemonkey
  • Support for new web technologies such as downloadable fonts, HTML5 local storage and offline application storage, CSS media queries, new transformations and properties, JavaScript query selectors, and more!

You can download FireFox 3.5. from here, and read more about all features for developers at Mozilla’s developer center here.

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