Mozilla Firefox 3.5 Download Released

Mozilla has officially released the Firefox 3.5 web browser today, it’s latest and most feature rich browser to date. The new browser brings us a revamped JavaScript engine for faster page loading, many new features such as the ability to browse the web in private, and HTML5 support.

Looking at the Firefox 3.5 Release Noteswe see the major new features;

  • Support for the HTML5
  • Improved tools for controlling your private data, including a Private Browsing Mode.
  • Better web application performance using the new TraceMonkey JavaScript engine.
  • The ability to share your location with websites using Location Aware Browsing. (Try it here!)
  • Support for native JSON, and web worker threads.
  • Improvements to the Gecko layout engine, including speculative parsing for faster content rendering.
  • Support for new web technologies such as: downloadable fonts, CSS media queries, new transformations and properties, JavaScript query selectors and offline application storage,

You can grab your copy of Firefox 3.5 final at Mozilla.com.

Pirate Bay Acquired For $7.7 Million, Launches The Video Bay

The Pirate Bay team which recently went to court and loss for copyright violations, has launched a brand-new site called VideoBay. Video Bay provides streaming content of TV shows, music videos and more.

The new video streaming site is definitely still in beta, perhaps even alpha, because the site comes with a warning that states, “Don’t expect anything to work at all”. The on-going development of the site will take up to several years according to Peter Sunde of Pirate Bay.

In other news, a Swedish based technology company that goes by Global Gaming Factory X said that it had reached an agreement with The Pirate Bay to acquire it for $7.7 million. After the acquisitions the new owners would bring a legitimate business model to the Pirate Bay.

How the new owners plan on turning something such as the Pirate Bay into a legitimate business is beyond me. Doing so, would probably make them loose many users – and recouping their costs nearly impossible. However, with them investing that kind of money in something they most definitely have a business plan on how to accomplish it all. It will just be interesting to see how it plays out.

“We would like to introduce models which entail that content providers and copyright owners get paid for content that is downloaded via the site” said Hans Pandeya, CEO of GGF.

Okay, so they apparently want to do paid content but what would the content be? If it’s not “open for anything” like the way it is now days, it’s going to be hard to retain users IMO. Most of the users will go elsewhere anyway and you gotta think that GGF knows this as well. When users go to a site expecting something free, it’s going to be hard to make them start paying when they can go down the road to the next house and get it free there.

“The Pirate Bay is a site that is among the top 100 most visited Internet sites in the world. However, in order to live on, The Pirate Bay requires a new business model, which satisfies the requirements and needs of all parties, content providers, broadband operators, end users, and the judiciary. Content creators and providers need to control their content and get paid for it. File sharers’ need faster downloads and better quality” continues Hans Pandeya.

I hope it plays out well for the new owners. If they could somehow persway enough owners of content to continue allowing their material on the Pirate Bay, it might just work. I think that is definitely an uphill battle though.

Apple iPhone 3GS Overheating Problems? Big Deal!

News stories have been circulating the media today about the new Apple iPhone 3GS phones having problems with overheating. Whoopty do! Let’s see any company double the speed of a phone by upgrading the CPU and it not heat up more without any additional changes to the cooling from the earlier model. Yeah, I know the new processor doesn’t get much hotter than the older one because of the smaller transistors being used. It gets hot, big deal so does the iPhone 3G! Most of the phones I’ve had get really hot after long exposure, what makes the iPhone 3GS any different?

Yeah, we’ve seen pictures of an iPhone that apparently has brownish / pinkish discoloration. I tend to think this might not be accurate as the inside of the iPhone 3GS has no internal components that match this “discoloration ring”. Furthermore, if there was a part of the Phone that were to get extra hot, it would be the heatsink around the edges of the phone.

Why are we just now hearing about the apparent heating issues? Just because someone posts a picture of an iPhone which apparently looks like they placed it on something else that had heated up, everyone now is thinking that the iPhone 3G S is overheating when nothing had been said before. It seems like it would have been a problem from day one if this were really the case.

Yeah, you’re iPhone is going to get pretty toasty using the GPS, listening to music and do other things at the same time. It’s working at 100% CPU power or close enough. That battery and processor are working hard and most electronics these days perform in this manner once they are maxed out.

We’ve heard another story from a white iPhone 3G user who had bought a cheap leather case and over time, the heating caused some of the material in the leather to come off and stain the back of his iPhone and he said, So What?! Yeah, it’s unfortunate that the cheap material stained his expensive iPhone but was any actual harm caused? No. Will the phone last 2-3 years until he wants to upgrade to the next iPhone? Yeah, why not?  Who’s to say otherwise?

Got an iphone overheating? Tell us about it! I would really like to know if this is all just a few isolated cases and the media has just blown this WAY out of proportion like everything else these days. If there are many more cases, maybe we’ll just see an Apple iPhone 3GS Recall due to overheating issues? I tend to think not.

Britney Spears Has Died, According To Her Hacked Twitpic

Britney Spears has died, at least according to her Twitpic account on Sunday. This turned out to be false along with information being sent out from Ellen DeGeneres TwitPic account, because someone had broke into the two accounts and began sending out false information from them.

Twitpic is a service that allows Twitter uses to share photos. While TwitPic isn’t owned by Twitter, it is a widely used service but apparently has flaws of its own.

Twitpic informed users Sunday to disregard false messages from Spears’ account and said that they were implementing a fix to the vulnerability immediately. We tried reaching them and none of our emails were returned.

We are all vulnerable this day and age, especially when you use third-party services. Once the information is no longer stored on your computer and is  in the cloud, the security is completely out of your hands and opens your information up to be exploited and hacked. This will probably never change. Long as your information is connected to the web, it will be vulnerable.

Twitpic is currently looking to hire a Software/Systems Engineer according to the Twitpic blog. Perhaps they should also be looking for a software engineer with a great security background as well?

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NASA Launches GOES Advanced Weather Satellite

NASA has launched the new GOES (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite) known as the GEOS-0 on Saturday. The new weather satellite will serve as a spare for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration who uses the satellite’s to track hurricanes and other weather events.

The GOES-0 was launched at Cape Canaveral using the Delta IV rocket. The new satellite will work it’s way into its final orbit location by July 7th. Once the satellite is in orbit and fully operational the name of it will change to GOES-14. At this time, the satellite will be handed over to the government by Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems on July 18th.

The GOES satellite system provides real-time weather monitoring for 60% of the world.

The GOES-0 and mission cost nearly $500 million dollars.