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IE10 for Windows 7 Nears Final Release

Officially, IE10 on Windows 7 remains in Release Preview, a build that debuted Nov. 13, 2012. At the time, Computerworld speculated that a final release would occur before the end of 2012, basing its estimate on the development timetable for IE9. Instead, the browser will apparently launch in 2013. IE10's public feedback website (requires log-in using a Microsoft account) - contains a wide variety of bug reports, hinting that Microsoft still has work to do before shipping a final version.

New Chrome Browser Beta Adds voice Recognition API

Google launched the latest beta version of its Chrome browser (version 25) for the desktop and Android and this one is chock-full of new tools for developers. The most important update – and the one that Google chose to highlight – is the inclusion of the Web Speech API in Chrome. This will allow developers to integrate speech recognition into their web apps so that in the near future you’ll be able to talk apps into doing all sorts of things.

Chrome 24 Brings Math Formatting and More

Google released the stable version of Chrome 24 yesterday, adding support for IndexedDB for apps that work better offline, mathematics formulas formatted with MathML, and faster JavaScript. The new version also comes with a range of security fixes, including two $1,000 bounties and one $4,000 bounty paid to people who found high-severity vulnerabilities. Because Chrome automatically downloads updates by default in part to patch holes as fast as possible, people just need to restart the browser to update it.

Mozilla Lights JavaScript Fire Under Firefox 18

Mozilla on Tuesday shipped its newest browser, Firefox 18, which sports a revamped JavaScript engine and support for Macs with Apple's higher-resolution Retina displays. The open-source developer also patched 28 security vulnerabilities, more than two-thirds of them marked critical, Mozilla's highest threat rating, and revoked digital certificates that were initially thought to be in the hands of cyber criminals.

Nvidia Unveils Muscular Tegra 4 Quad-Core Chipset

At its CES press conference yesterday, Nvidia announced Tegra 4, its next-generation quad-core processor for tablets and smartphones. Nvidia based Tegra 4 on ARM's latest Cortex-A15 architecture, which means that its processing power will be dramatically faster than the current Tegra 3 quad-core chipset, which is based on ARM Cortex A-9. In addition to the new architecture, Nvidia's Tegra 4 system-on-a-chip contains a whopping 72 graphics cores - six times what's built into in Tegra 3. It also includes Nvidia's first 4G LTE modem.

Microsoft Issues Fix For IE Vulnerability

Microsoft issued a fix for a zero-day vulnerability in older versions of Internet Explorer that could allow attackers to gain control of Windows-based computers to host malicious Web sites. The company confirmed that it was investigating a remote code execution vulnerability in IE 6, IE 7, and IE 8 that could allow an attacker to use the corrupted PC to host a Web site designed to exploit the vulnerability with other users. Versions of the browser after IE 8 are unaffected.

Oracle to Stop Patching Java 6 in February 2013

Java 6 will be retired from security support in less than two months, and users and businesses should prepare now for its demise. Oracle will publicly patch Java 6 for the last time on Feb. 19, 2013. After that date, only enterprises with contract support plans will receive security updates, according to the Java support roadmap. That means consumers and most businesses should upgrade to Java 7 as soon as possible.

YouTube Launches Capture, an App for iOS

YouTube has launched Capture, a new app for iOS. It lets users take quick video, make minor adjustments, and upload that video to YouTube, Google+, Facebook, or Twitter. The app is built specifically for iPhone and iPod touch and is available in the App Store now. The app was built specifically with speed and convenience in mind — it's ready to shoot video as soon as you open it — and users can shoot and upload a video in as few as three taps.

HTML5 Specification Finalized as Work Continues

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) yesterday took two significant steps down its double-track path toward standardizing HTML, the core language of the Web. First, it released a candidate recommendation of Hypertext Markup Language 5, which means HTML5 is settling down in the eyes of the standards group. Second, it released a first draft of HTML5.1, a smaller set of changes it's developing simultaneously.

Firefox Private Browsing Finally to Match Competition

Big changes to Firefox's private mode - the private-browsing feature that turns off recording cookies, history, and temporary files - landed in the Firefox Nightly build. When it reaches the general public a few months from now in Firefox stable, the feature will allow you to run the private-browsing feature in a new window, without closing your regular instance of Firefox.

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