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Firefox 18 Gives Good JS, Thunderbird Gets a Bump

9 January 2013 897 views 2 Comments

Hence Mozilla's struggle for better, faster JavaScript continues with Firefox 18 and don't miss the latest Thunderbird release

Although life in your Mac browser without JavaScript would almost certainly be more secure, ‘twould likely be less rich in equal measure. Hence Mozilla’s struggle for better, faster JavaScript continues with Firefox 18 and don’t miss the latest Thunderbird release.

Finally, a whole number update from Mozilla with more than a couple bullet points to chew on. Firefox 18 (release notes) comes to market with improved JavaScript performance (image above) and, once again, Retina Display support.

Additional features, as well as tweaks and fixes, include:

• Preliminary support for WebRTC
• Experience better image quality with our new HTML scaling algorithm
• Performance improvements around tab switching
• [dev] Support for new DOM property window.devicePixelRatio
• [dev] Improvement in startup time through smart handling of signed extension certificates
• [HTML5] Support for W3C touch events implemented, taking the place of MozTouch events
• Disable insecure content loading on HTTPS pages
• Improved responsiveness for users on proxies
• 21 security fixes

Download the free and open source Firefox 18 here and there’s also a full listing of available downloads.

Last and assuringly least, there is Thunderbird 17.0.2 (release notes). This a garden variety bug/security patch with fixes for an issue that caused occasional corruption in local folders after filtering, an issue that caused deletion of drafts saved in IMAP folders whilst in offline mode and — hey, lookee here — 21 security fixes.

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