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Calibre 1.16 Greatly Improves the EPUB and AZW3 Book Editing Function

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Calibre 1.16 brings a large number of improvements for this function, especially because it's now used extensively by the community and a lot of the new features and changes were needed in order to make it better.

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Mozilla: Native code? No, it's JavaScript, only it's BLAZING FAST

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The Mozilla Foundation says it has reached an important milestone in the quest to improve JavaScript performance, with some JavaScript benchmarks now running only around 1.5 times slower than when the equivalent algorithms are compiled and executed as native binary code.

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Firefox’s on fire with 500M users and 50M Android downloads for 2013

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With half a billion users on desktop and another 50 million on Android, Firefox still holds its own in the browser wars, especially as privacy concerns become front-of-mind for normal consumers.

Firefox 27 Looks to Boost Web Security

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A new beta milestone of Firefox will fully support TLS 1.2 and a host of other new capabilities that could make the open-source Web browser safer.

Mozilla is now out with its first beta milestone release of the open-source Firefox 27 Web browser. The new beta release comes just days after the official general availability of Firefox 26, which included 14 security advisories and new click-to-play functionality.

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Mozilla Firefox 26 Is Shipping Today With Fun Features

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Mozilla Firefox 26.0 will be officially released today and with it comes a number of changes and enhancements while right now you can already download this new release.

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Inforce IFC6410: Quad-Core Snapdragon SBC for $150

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The Inforce IFC6410 contains a 1.7Ghz quad core Krait Snapdragon 600 CPU with 2GB of RAM, wifi-n, Bluetooth 4, a SATA port and 4GB of flash on board. The Snapdragon 600 chip is very similar to the chip found at the heart of the 2013 Nexus 7 tablet and Nexus 4. So another way to look at the IFC6410 is as a current generation Android device without a battery and screen but with gigabit ethernet and SATA.

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Mozilla Firefox Enables VP9 Video Codec By Default

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As of yesterday there's now mainline support for using Google's VP9 video codec within the Firefox web-browser.

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Red Hat's Ceylon will get up Oracle's nose

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As the Linux market gets crowded with more and more players, the control of standards becomes important; that's how one gains marketshare and outwits rivals.

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Conky - Highly Configurable Desktop Monitor

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Conky, or call it an "Active Wallpaper", is an application that can display dynamic information on what's going on with the computer on our desktop.

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GNOME Terminal 3.11 Lets Apps Handle Clicks in Mouse Tracking Mode

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The GNOME Project has announced recently that the first development version towards GNOME Terminal 3.12 is available for download and testing. The final release will be part of the upcoming GNOME 3.12 desktop environment.

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Mutter Wayland 3.11.2 Now Syncs Keymap from X.Org to Wayland

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The GNOME developers unveiled the second development release of the upcoming Mutter Wayland 3.12 application, the Wayland port of the original Mutter package, a heavy duty replacement for the Metacity window manager on the GNOME desktop environment.

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Mesa 10.0 Release Brings OpenGL 3.3

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The 10.0 release was expected a few days back, but now it's finally happened via Intel's Ian Romanick with this brief announcement.

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Enlightenment Foundation Libraries version 1.8.0 released

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Many major things have happened to EFL in the past year since EFL 1.7 first came out. The usual has been done in fixing bugs, optimizing speed and memory footprint, and much much more. These are just some hilights of what has been done since 1.7, so don't take this as a complete list. Take a look at the NEWS files for more expansive information if you want that.

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GNOME Music 3.11.2 Adds Pep8 Compatibility

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The GNOME development team is hard at work these days, preparing the upcoming GNOME 3.12 desktop environment. GNOME Music is a new app introduced along with the GNOME 3.10 release, and this new development version introduces several new features and fixes bugs.

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Epiphany 3.10.2 Brings an Updated Ad Blocker

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The Epiphany developers have recently released the second and probably the last maintenance release for the stable 3.10 branch of GNOME's default web browser.

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GNOME Shell 3.11.2 Supports Disabling Browser Plugin

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The GNOME developers have announced a few days ago the the second development release towards GNOME Shell 3.12 user interface for the upcoming GNOME 3.12 desktop environment is available for download and testing.

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GNOME 3.10.2 Has Been Officially Released

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Alejandro Piñeiro from the GNOME development team was proud to announce a few days ago that the second maintenance release of the stable GNOME 3.10 desktop environment is ready for download and upgrade.

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Task Coach Keeps You on Target and in Control

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Task Coach is a cross-platform solution that makes it easy to maintain a variety of task lists on multiple computers, mobile devices and operating systems. Versions exist for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, BSD, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The absence of an Android app, however, could be a deal-breaker for business users heavily invested in the Android OS on their smartphone or tablet.

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GLib 2.38.2 Adds Workaround for Buggy D-Bus Daemons

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Immediately after the release of GLib 2.39.1 unstable version, the GNOME development team unveiled the second maintenance release of the stable GLib 2.38 library software, just in time for the GNOME 3.10.2 desktop environment.

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