Firefox gets 500Million Downloads!

According to the Spread Firefox site, there had been 500,168,448 downloads as of 6:15 a.m. PST. About 12 hours earlier, there had been more than 499,900,000.

So go ahead download Firefox. Its the best!

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SkyFire, Mobile Browser with Flash.

The Skyfire browser is set to finally bring PC-like browsing to your Windows Mobile device with crazy speeds and support for all manner of embedded content. Follow the read link to get signed up for the beta. Facebook, Myspace, YouTube and everything on the web in your palm!

The technical trick of Skyfire is that it’s a proxy browser. The Skyfire app itself isn’t a full browser. Instead, big Skyfire servers elsewhere process Web pages, including all the media and browser formats — like Flash, Java, and Ajax — that a normal desktop browser would handle but that most phones can’t. Then it streams data to phones, which the mobile half of Skyfire displays. To the end user, it looks like a browser, but the mobile app is just one part of the product.

This means that Skyfire can do things on mobile phones that mobile browsers, including Safari and Opera, cannot, at least not without bogging down the phone. The danger is that the Skyfire servers themselves will bog down, due to over-use, and ruin the experience for mobile users. This is the experience I had with Micrsoft’s Deepfish, a proxy browser project we covered last year and that appears to have gone dormant. Bhandari told me the service is “built to scale,” and that “once at escape velocity,” the company can plug in additional servers to handle a growing user base. He would not reveal the technical underpinnings of Skyfire beyond that.

IE8 mock ups…

From Paul’s Super site for windows

Nice mockup.

Many people think IE8 will have the ribbon UI from Office 2007

Apple TV take 2

HD rentals are $4.99. 100 titles today

12:47:16 – Synchs with iTunes
12:46:51 – podcasts – audio and video – and photos from flickr and .Mac

12:46:20 – Completely computer free. do it all from Apple TV

Here’s what you can do with Apple TV: rent movies directly on widescreen TV with Apple TV. Rent them in DVD quality, rent them in HD with 5.1″ HUGE applause! Screaming.

9:44am – “I’d like to say all of us have tried. We have, MSFT, Amazon, TiVo, VuDu, Netflix, Blockbuster — we’ve all tried to figure out how to get movies over the net onto the TV. We’ve ALL missed. No one’s succeeded yet. We tried with Apple TV — it was designed to be an accessory for iTunes and your computer. But that’s not what people wanted.”

“We learned what people wanted was about movies. Movies. Movies. We weren’t delivering that — we’re back with Apple TV Take 2 — It still syncs to your computer, but no computer is required

9:43am – “It launches today! Free software update for iTunes, iPods, iPhones to support rentals. Rolling it out in the US today, we’re dying to get this out internationally. But what about this? What about the flat screen TV? I’d like to watch the movies there too.”

9:42am – “Here’s how it works — I’m on iTunes, looking at a movie I want to rent, I hit rent movie, and it adds to my rented movies category in my iTunes library….” Sorry for the technical difficulties everyone! We’re at 10x the traffic of our last keynote, but things are coming back online.

9:41am – “Watch instantly! In less than 30s…” it streams. “The rules — you have 30 days to start watching it, and once you start you have 24 hours to watch and finish it. As many times as you want. You can transfer films to another device in the middle — transfer to your iPod and watch the rest on the iPod on your flight.”

Customize Firefox with Personas!

Yeah, make your firefox look the way “YOU” want it to look. This video shows how to do it!
Download Personas from here:

http://labs.mozilla.com/2007/12/perso…

Excuse the ums… errrss and stuff cause it was my first video

Video after the break

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Safari for windows.

Woo! I tested Safari for Windows (since I don’t have a Mac 😦 ).  And what do you expect from a Beta? Slowness, Crashiness, a crashes(did I say that already?). I made a video review of it and its here after the break. The effects are good though

From the website:

Blazing performance.

2x FasterThe fastest web browser on any platform, Safari loads pages up to 2 times faster than Internet Explorer 7 and up to 1.7 times faster than Firefox 2.

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Tech on wordpress…

I was just putting technology in front of .wordpress.com and I found disturbing things.

Links after the break…

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