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Mozilla Unleashes New Firefox 3.1 Beta Browser

With an aim of bringing in crucial improvements in “performance, Web compatibility and speed” in its Firefox browser, Mozilla released its new Firefox 3.1 Beta 1 which it claims will provide a superb browsing experience.

The new features of the latest version of Firefox browser includes support for ‘audio’ and ‘video’ HTML tags, a new geolocation API that identifies user’s location using third party services followed by placing that information on websites and other web services.

In addition to these features, Version 3.1 boasts of a new tab switching feature that bears close resemblance to its erstwhile Ctrl-Tab feature; moreover, unlike its previous versions, Firefox 3.1 provides OGG support to its users.

With the integrated TraceMonkey engine, Firefox 3.1 offers speedy performance with Javascript, but the user is required to enable the engine manually.

TraceMonkey engine can be enabled by typing “about:config” in address bar, followed by entering “javascript.options.jit.content” in the given Filter field and then setting the item “true” by double clicking it.

You can download the latest beta version, at your own risk, here.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.