Amazon is rectifying the long wait for a Kindle for Android update today with a version 4.0 refresh that carries with it a major UI redesign. The library view looks very different: instead of a basic grid, recently read items are presented in a rotating carousel at the top of the home screen, while the navigation panel has been expanded to provide quicker access to books, documents and periodicals. The actual reading pane remains untouched, so whether you’re using a smartphone or a tablet, your e-copy of War and Peace should still look the same. To have a peek at Kindle’s new look, Android users can go ahead and download it from the source.
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Firefox 20 is now available for download. The emphasis of today’s release is on the new per-tab private browsing mode, which now allows Firefox desktop and Firefox for Android users to enable a single tab for private browsing instead of having to open a new window. Also new in this version is a new download manager for the desktop, the ability to customize the shortcuts on the home screen with your favorite sites and support for additional HTML5 and WebRTC features. The new version of Firefox for Android now also supports more devices that use less powerful ARMv6 processors, including the Samsung Galaxy Next, Dart, Pop and Q, as well as the HTC Aria and Legend. The new porn per-tab private browsing mode, Mozilla writes in today’s announcement, lets you “shop for a birthday gift in a private window with your existing browsing session uninterrupted. You can also use a private browsing window to check multiple email accounts simultaneously.” The feature that users will probably notice first, however, is the new download experience. Here is what it looks like: For developers, this new version introduces support for WebRTC’s getUserMedia call, which allows developers to access a users’ camera or microphone (with permission, of course). Firefox 20 also now supports blend modes for the and a number of <audio> and <video> improvements.
Twitter has updated its iOS and Android apps today, as well as its mobile site, to include more interesting content to keep you tapping and exploring as you perform searches. As we noted last month, Twitter has started to surface older tweets in its search results. Today, that experience will become more prevalent in Twitter’s mobile experience. In addition to tweets that might have some age to it, your search results will now include topics and user suggestions based on your query. Since Twitter is a real-time service, this is no easy task. A few video services have gotten the axe, and the app now has native support for traditional Chinese language. It’s nice to see Twitter combine some sweeping discovery updates with a maintenance release in time for SXSW. It’s a small tweak, but I’m enjoying the addition of the tweet staying visible when you tap a link, providing some context as you venture off of the network. You can make it go away by tapping the web page: Here’s the list of updates for Twitter for iOS and Android: • As you search you’ll see more topic and user suggestions for your query, based on what’s happening in real time. You’ll also see these suggestions when adding a hashtag or username as you compose a new Tweet. • Top Tweets from big moments in the past pop out when you search for a given term. For example, searching for “election” might highlight Tweets from several months ago. • When you open a web page you can now see the related Tweet for more context. Just pull the tray icon up or down to see or hide the Tweet. • It’s easier to see long conversations in the Tweet details view, which now shows all of the replies to any Tweet • Pull-to-refresh in Discover shows a new, smoother animation • Support for traditional Chinese • Uploading videos vie Mobypicture, Vodpod and Posterous is no longer supported • Additional bug fixes and improvements Here’s a look at what you might find when doing a search: The only old tweet I saw with the “election” search was a promoted one, hopefully that won’t be the case for all of your searches. As the discovery experience gets better, Twitter can hopefully trap those non-tweeters into clicking more links and following more people. [Photo credit: Flickr]
The final version of Firefox 19 may have just left the den, but the Mozilla team are already hard at work on the beta version of Firefox 20, which just came out for Android today. Notable new features include a new per-tab private browsing feature that lets you alternate between normal and private tabs within the same session, customizable shortcuts for the home screen and support for additional ARMv6 devices. The browser also now supports lower-end phones with the minimum requirements of a 600MHz processor, 384MB memory and a QVGA display, which includes devices like the Samsung Galaxy Pop and the HTC Aria. Curious? Check out the release notes at the source, or if you’re willing to tread those risky beta waters, just download it right now from Google Play.
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Source: Mozilla Blog, Firefox Beta (Google Play), Firefox Beta mobile notes
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This week the folks at Opera Software have given the world a glimpse of their next big (and yet tiny) production: Opera Ice, a mobile web browser to out-simplify every competitor. The mobile version of this browser is the first in a set of browsers that’ll also be out for desktop machines and – if
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No matter where you fall on the print vs digital divide, there’s no contesting the appeal of an easy-to-read magazine-like layout. Which is why Google’s Currents app has plenty of charm for publishers looking for an auto-formatting solution. Released a little over a year ago and updated to version 2.0 just today (Android-only), the platform now features a bevy of improvements, now adding in an Edition sidebar for quick browsing access based on genres, the ability to swipe vertically for in-Edition scrolling and horizontally to navigate to other “titles,” a custom filter for highlighting sections of interest, a starring system for saving news of note, a Google News-curated breaking news section and, lastly, a new catalog design. If you’re tiring of Flipboard or just feel you need a change from contentious redesigns, go ahead and download it at the source below.
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The latest version of Microsoft’s Web browser is now available to the vast audience using personal computers running on the Windows 7 operating system.
Mozilla has revealed a new iPad browser project, Junior, which the company promises will rebuild the concept of tablet internet surfing. Described as ”an iPad browser that makes browsing more fun, more ergonomic and re-thinks browser user experience from the ground up”, Junior is part of Mozilla’s Product Design Strategy work, aiming to cut off rivals
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Summer’s almost here and that means kids will have a lot of time on their hands to surf the Internet. So you may be concerned about what they’ll be looking at online. Fortunately most web browsers like Safari, Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer have easy to use privacy settings.
An anonymous reader writes “In the next decade, our brains are going to become optimized for information browsing, says best-selling author Nicholas Carr. According to Carr, while the genetic nature of our brains isn’t being changed by the Internet at all, our brains are adapting ‘at a cellular level’ and are weakening modes of thinking we no longer exercise. Therefore, in 10 years, if human beings are using the Internet even more than they do today, says Carr, “our brains will be even more optimized for information browsing, skimming and scanning, and multitasking — fast, scattered modes of thought — and even less capable of the kinds of more attentive, contemplative thinking that the net discourages.”" While Carr isn’t making a case for Lamarckian evolution, the argument here seems weak to me; the same kind of brain change could be attributed to books, or television, or the automobile, couldn’t it?
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Offering both Metro and desktop versions of Internet Explorer 10, Microsoft is trying to play up the benefits of browsing via Metro style.
Mozilla has begun adding mobile device support to its newer extensions framework–but it’s also change Jetpack’s direction and breaking earlier extensions’ compatibility.
Following yesterday’s release of the new mobile version of the Chrome browser, Google is today launching an improved version of its desktop counterpart. The updated release of Chrome (Stable version) brings several features beta users have had since January, most notably omnibox pre-rendering and increased security protections.
Is your current wireless mouse not up to snuff? If that’s the case, you may want to take a gander at the Logitech
Touch Mouse M600 that lets you do your navigating via a touch surface
instead of those ol’ clicky buttons. The peripheral is outfitted with the company’s Flow Scroll software that touts a similar feel to scrolling on your touchscreen smartphone of choice. From wherever your fingers contact the top of the mouse, you can scroll and swipe in order to keep powering through those Photoshop files. The M600 works just as well for lefties once click areas are reconfigured with Logitech’s SetPoint software. If you’re thinking about taking the leap, look at the details in the PR below and get ready to shell out $ 69.99 later this month.
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Apple has finished 2011 with its iOS commanding 52.1 percent share of mobile web browsing. The data comes from Net Applications, which keeps track of the unique visitor count to its network of websites. Although still in far ahead, iOS did drop from a 54.06 percent lead in January 2011. The dominance of iOS in [...]
The upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich Google phone renders Web pages faster, but can’t keep up with Apple’s GPU.
destinyland writes “Amazon’s going to disable 3G web browsing on their upcoming ‘Kindle Touch 3G’ — even though it was a prominent feature of the last generation of Kindles. Amazon will still allow web browsing on the Kindle Touch 3G using a local Wi-Fi connection, but it’s one of many unsettling details emerging from Amazon’s announcement last week. Apparently Amazon’s cloud will now also include a list of personal documents that you’re mailing to your Kindle. And the on-screen keyboard for Amazon’s bargain $ 79 Kindles won’t be a touchscreen keyboard, so users will have to nudge the controller repeatedly to gradually navigate from one key to the next.”
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