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The folks over at Mozilla have released Aurora 9, which will eventually go on to become Firefox 9. Simply head over to their website and download the latest release and give it a try. Obviously, this isn’t a final version, so there will be some bugs hidden in there. That said, this is a great way to see what is coming in Firefox down the line.

One of the major features in this release is a huge upgrade for tablet support on Android. It has a completely new UI and much improved tabbed browsing. This greatly enhances the mobile browsing experience on a tablet. In addition to some UI tweaks on the Android, it also promises a much faster start-up. For developers of web apps, they can now easily integrate the device’s camera right into the page, allowing end users to easily take pictures without ever leaving the web app.

A new type of interface promises a faster browser than the current version of Firefox on PC, Mac and Linux.

Mac users will also see some great improvements with this version. It integrates much more smoothly with Lion, and adds support for the two finger swipe to scroll. Mozilla is also improving support for dual monitors for Mac users.

For a complete list of improvements check out this post.

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Source: Mozilla.org

  1. Naud van Dalen
    December 3, 2011 at 2:41 am

    It adds support for the two finger swipe to scroll? I can already do that with every program there is, so also on every firefox. If you swipe with two fingers, the mac tells the program that you are scrolling, it doesn't matter how you scroll. You can even scroll with a strange experimental way to scroll as long as the computer translates the scrolling method to scrolling in a program.

    • Dave LeClair
      December 7, 2011 at 1:16 pm

      I believe they are referring to swiping to go forward and back on the pages, not sliding to scroll.

  2. Trisha P.
    October 5, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Actually Chrome also has a Do-not-track option somewhere in the settings :)

    • Admin
      October 6, 2011 at 12:14 am

      Hi, i just searched for this Chrome extension and it is known as 'Keep My Opt-Outs'. Maybe i am barking up the wrong tree but this only blocks personalised advertisement as mentioned by some users. There is no mention of 'Do Not Track' preference. 
      I am not sure about the settings (under the bonnet) in Chrome where there is the option to enable/disable 'Automatically send usage statistics and crash reports to Google. Were you referring to this option?

      • Trisha P.
        October 6, 2011 at 2:29 am

        Yes, I think usage statistics is disabled by that option so they do not track your web browsing behavior :)

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