On Tuesday, Mozilla revealed its Web browsing future with Firefox 4 beta 1. Apart from front-end changes such as tabs-on-top, a new Firefox menu button, and upgraded search functions in the URL field, the new beta has much to offer under the hood. Its upgrades include more HTML 5 support, including for the WebM video format that's been generating a lot of interest. You can expect to see a lot more Firefox news as Mozilla continues to develop this new beta version. In the meantime, check out Download.com's first look at Firefox 4 beta 1.
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Although some people are completely satisfied with the default Windows desktop interface, for others, customization is a must. Rainmeter (32-bit) is an attractive way to view system performance and a variety of other useful information--e-mail, weather, RSS feeds, and much more--right on the desktop. Casual users should beware, however; although it's not difficult to get started with Rainmeter, learning to fully utilize its features will take some time and geekery.
The program comes with two different themes, Enigma and Gnometer. Both of these are modular, transparent, and highly customizable. There is a wide variety of other themes around the … Read more
Facebook is a great way to keep in touch with friends and family, and the site's chat feature makes it possible for users to talk to everyone from their third-grade best friend to their spouse, all in real-time. Unfortunately, using Facebook's chat keeps you tethered to the window or tab in which you have Facebook open. Facebook Chat, a browser extension for Chrome, endeavors to change that. And it succeeds, at least partially.
The extension sounded promising. By simply clicking the small icon it places next to Chrome's address bar, users can bring up a version of … Read more