A new internet browser has hit the scene of an already crowded stage. It goes by the name of Rockmelt, and it is a change from the regular browser scheme. What Rockmelt does is use your Facebook ID to log onto the browser, anywhere in the world, and allow you to surf the net faster and easier. Behind the stage of internet browsers is the maker of Netscape. Has everyone forgot about this guy? Well he is back, and it sounds like better than ever.
The future is here. Rockmelt is here to reinvent the web. The primary purpose of Rockmelt is making the browser able to keep up with your friends, consume information, and search faster. It works on Windows and Mac’s right now for desktops and laptops. A Beta version is being released today, you can download it at rockmelt.com. If you go to the site, you will see an icon asking if you would like to be ‘Invited’ to use Rockmelt. Wow, it looks like this new browser is V.I.P. status, and you get on the list until they are? ready to let you in.
What is cool is that the CEO of Netscape, Marc Andreeson who helped start the Netscape Communications Corp., is fighting back against the same web browsers that put him out of business. He is doing that by funding these two men who founded Rockmelt, Eric Vishria and Tim Howes, and they are looking to change the way we use the internet.
In an interview with them on YouTube, they gave a sneak peak at the features of Rockmelt and what the catalyst is for the change. Instead of just an ordinary web browser like Chrome or Firefox where you click on a search link, wait for it to load, and then go back to the search page, Rockmelt turns the internet into a magazine enabling you to ‘turn the page’ so to speak. This sounds like a new era in the Internet age. Everything is on the internet, and it seems like everyone is on Facebook, so by integrating these two into one browser, Rockmelt can open the door to new ways to game, commerce, or just socialize.
The test of the browser was actually performed through Google’s web browser Chromium, but it can be used through Firefox or Internet Explorer. One requirement to be able to use the features of Rockmelt is having a Facebook account. If you have an account, and you get invited, then you are able to look at your friends to see who is doing what on a side-panel. On the other side-panel to the right is your favorite sites that you visit the most, and in between is the ‘magazine’ style search engine and a faster way to surf.
Netscape is back in action by sneaking in the back door with a whole new way to browse the web. Do not be surprised to see this type of browser become the main stream of using the internet.? Be sure to check out YouTube’s video of Rockmelt, as well as sign up to get into this new and exciting way to use the internet.
When using an internet browser, be it Microsoft?s Internet Explorer or Mozilla?s Firefox, you?ve probably used the full screen option that?s available when pressing F11. This is great for those of you who want a bit more breathing room while viewing the content.
Yet, in spite of how liberating that option can be, there are those times when you?d like to have some your browsing features available ? such as the status bar or the address field. As in the past, I?ve happened upon a neat Firefox extension that introduces a new way of browsing, just one of a myriad of add-ons that significantly augments your browsing experience.
It?s called Hide GUI Bars, and it allows users to select which elements they?d like to remove from the browser, ultimately freeing up the viewing area on Firefox.? Those segments that you can specify the removal of include the navigation bar, the tab bar, the menu bar, the status bar, and the bookmark bar. Multiple combinations ? if you, for instance, only want the bookmark bar visible — are available when using this extension.
There is a default hot key (CTRL-SHIFT-A), but it can be changed to suit your preference by using any other combination of keys.? Absolutely free, this is yet another example of the ingenuity that has propelled Firefox to the head of the browsing class.
The much delayed but greatly anticipated Firefox 3.6 is finally here, introducing significant improvements in this popular browser?s performance and functionality.? From increased speed to stronger security, improved font management to one click themes, this is a considerable step up from its predecessor.
Over here at the Computer Geeks office, we?ve been using the various iterations of the Firefox 3.6 beta, keeping you apprised of their release. Almost immediately, we were impressed by an observable uptick in its performance, with greater speed and decidedly impressive rendering of pages.
These are the following additions to Firefox 3.6:
Firefox 3.6 will alert you if your plug-ins is out of date, offering you links from which to grab the most recent versions. This is of particular significance when dealing with the likes of Adobe Flash, which has come under fire for its security leaks.
Instant Themes are made available by the Personas Gallery. When visiting the gallery, you? can select a theme and see how your browser would look if implemented. If the theme?s to your liking, apply it with just one click.
For a more detailed explanation of just what this update introduces, Mozilla has included release notes that give a nice overview of what?s included.
Firefox 3.6 is free and available for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux computers.