Firefox 3.5 Beta 4 is now available for download

Firefox 3.5 Beta 4 is now available for download. The past week, as Mozilla made available Firefox 3.0.9, I was telling you that Beta 4 for what used to be Firefox 3.1 was just around the corner. Mozilla was in fact aiming to get the browser snapshot out by the end of the past week, and it managed to keep the slip down to a minimum. Users can now grab the fully fledged Firefox 3.5 Beta 4, offered in no less than 70 localized versions for just as many languages. Concomitantly with the release of the latest codename Shiretoko build, Mozilla also delivered a fresh security and stability update to version 3.0, namely Firefox 3.0.10.

Firefox 3.5 Beta 4 is a public preview release intended for developer testing and community feedback. It includes many new features as well as improvements to performance, web compatibility, and speed. We recommend that you read the release notes and known issues before installing this beta. Firefox 3.5 (formerly known as Firefox 3.1) Beta 4 is now available for download. This milestone is focused on testing the core functionality provided by many new features and changes to the platform scheduled for Firefox 3.5

Firefox 3.5 Beta 4 is designed as the successor of Firefox 3.1 Beta 3. Mozilla changed the version number earlier this year in order to emphasize that Firefox 3.5 is in fact a major new version of its open-source browser. In addition to coming in no less than 70 localized versions, Firefox features a number of enhancements including improved tools designed to offer users a higher level of control of their private data (Private Browsing Mode).

Better performance and stability with the new TraceMonkey JavaScript engine. The ability to provide Location Aware Browsing using web standards for geolocation. 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: HTML5

Need for Speed Undercover was the best racing game

Need for Speed Undercover was one of last year's most expected racing titles, with a big number of fans being very excited about the new game, which promised to do away with the last iteration, ProStreet.

But, even though the game followed the same basic recipe as others, fans weren't very happy with it, citing the length and the relative easiness of the battles as a disappointing factor. Now, however, the producer of NFS Undercover, Marc DeVellis, has just announced that the game will receive a brand new DLC pack, containing a new mode entitled Challenge Series, a pack that will be completely free.

The new feature will consist of ten game modes, with classics such as Sprints, Circuits or Takedown gaining two new additions, Highway Wars and Highway Checkpoint. It will have two difficulty levels (street and pro), with the harder mode being unlocked after one completes the first 30 events in street setting.

As players will race in the 60 total events, they will unlock three reward cars, one after completing the street level (battle machine from ProStreet), one after finishing the pro level (Speed Machine), and one after dominating at least 31 events (Dominator). These new cars will be available for use both in online and offline races.

Estimated at around seven hours of new gameplay, the new Challenge series will give contesters even more high-speed thrills, especially with the new Highway Wars mode. This is, basically, an evolution of the Highway Battle event in the original game, as the player will have to race on a highway filled with traffic against three AI-controlled cars.

All in all, this brand new DLC pack for the racing game will be something that will definitely get a lot of players back in front of the virtual steering wheel and race once more through the streets of NFS Undercover. Looking forward to the announcement of the release date soon.

Windows Vista SP.2 has released


Microsoft was yet to announce the releasing to manufacturing of Windows Vista Service Pack 2 and Windows Server 2008 SP2 that the bits had already been leaked to torrent trackers. On April 28, the Redmond company indicated that Vista SP2 (a package that also contains Windows Server 2008 SP2) had RTM'd. But signing off the Vista SP2 bits is by no means synonymous with the public availability of the service pack. Still, while Microsoft estimates that it could take as much as a few months for the public to get access to Vista SP2, end users can already download the gold version of the service pack provided they have a BitTorrent client and know where to look on peer-to-peer networks.

Both the 32-bit and the 64-bit flavors of Vista SP2 have been leaked. Installing the service pack will bump the Windows version up to 6002.18005, according to reports in the wild, full string being 6.0.6002.18005. Information accompanying the leaked bits reveals that 32- bit (x86) Vista SP2 RTM and Server 2008 SP2 RTM are available in English, Japanese, Spanish, German and French. For the x86 releases CRC: 3368C777, MD5: C9394FD32DB15619328AF4FF0315750A, and SHA1: 106C0484D7449CC4B70353C21D0C0D63E4BA66C3 certify that the downloads are indeed what they claim. As far as the x64 versions are concerned, users should look for CRC: 1737E14D, MD5: A3BCB1FFDB366397FA5FAB0898EB098D, and SHA1: BE8D74ADC029FA7350FC1F0D32BEF853C0519A92.

At the same time, Microsoft has not offered the Vista SP2 RTM bits in just five languages. The packages containing a full 36 languages have also been leaked. In this regard, 32-bit Vista SP2 RTM (36 languages) features: CRC32: 8D07A886, MD5: cad218b99fc301836e385049c75f5eaf, and SHA-1: 7f8aa802e157282d84cf47950281de53a8c26f22. The 64-bit version is accompanied by the following info: CRC32: 19C1676E, MD5: db35df98ae5a6fd085386580a6ee8b55, and SHA-1: f0e46deb7734b8ed277b0cf2304ee2babc4d9b1c.

Microsoft must have offered Vista SP2 RTM and Windows Server 2008 SP2 RTM to partners, which subsequently leaked the bits. At the time of this article MSDN and TechNet subscribers had not yet been offered Vista SP2 RTM. Public downloads of Windows Vista SP2 RTM and Windows Server 2008 SP2 RTM are expected in the second quarter of 2009.

Bill Gates as the Science and Technology Advisory Council

President Barack Obama has named one of the two successors of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates to the Science and Technology Advisory Council, a move that will put the man in charge with building Microsoft's future side by side with Eric Schmidt, the chief executive officer of rival Google. Following his pseudo-retirement from the Redmond company, Gates split his role into two with Ray Ozzie, now chief software architect, and Craig Mundie, now chief research and strategy officer, dividing the responsibilities between them, the latter of which has been selected for the Science and Technology Advisory Council.

PCAST is designed to function as an advisory group whose role is intimately connected with developing science- and technology-related policy for the US. This council represents leaders from many scientific disciplines who will bring a diversity of experience and views. I will charge PCAST with advising me about national strategies to nurture and sustain a culture of scientific innovation.

Mundie has been with Microsoft since 1992 and occupied the position of chief technical officer for advanced strategies and policy, before being “upgraded” to his current role. Reporting directly to Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer, Mundie is responsible with overseeing the company's long-term strategy and investments. At the same time, the chief research and strategy officer has a long history of collaborating with government leaders and business around the world on issues related to technology policy, but also regulation and standards. In contrast, Ozzie is focusing more on the present business strategy of Microsoft, and is the architect of the software giant's new path, which takes it into the Cloud via Software plus Services.

“I’m honored to have this opportunity to advise President Obama and Vice President Biden on science and technology policy,” Mundie revealed. “I look forward to working with other members of the council to determine how science and technology can help address some of the nation’s biggest challenges.”

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