Apple releases Safari 5.1.4

Apple has released an update to its leading browser Safari, updating it to version 5.1.4, bringing along several improvements and bug fixes along with it. You can download the update through Software Update or from here. Release notes follow…

Safari 5.1.4 contains improvements to performance, stability, compatibility, and security, including changes that: 

For Lion:

  • Improve JavaScript performance
  • Improve responsiveness when typing into the search field after changing network configurations or with an intermittent network connection
  • Address an issue that could cause webpages to flash white when switching between Safari windows
  • Address issues that prevented printing U.S. Postal Service shipping labels and embedded PDFs
  • Preserve links in PDFs saved from webpages
  • Fix an issue that could make Flash content appear incomplete after using gesture zooming
  • Fix an issue that could cause the screen to dim while watching HTML5 video
  • Improve stability, compatibility and startup time when using extensions
  • Allow cookies set during regular browsing to be available after using Private Browsing
  • Fix an issue that could cause some data to be left behind after pressing the “Remove All Website Data” button

For Snow Leopard:

  • Improve responsiveness when typing into the search field after changing network configurations or with an intermittent network connection
  • Address an issue that could cause webpages to flash white when switching between Safari windows
  • Address issues that prevented printing U.S. Postal Service shipping labels and embedded PDFs
  • Preserve links in PDFs saved from webpages
  • Correct the contents of context menus on webpages that are PDFs
  • Fix an issue that could cause the screen to dim while watching HTML5 video
  • Improve stability, compatibility and startup time when using extensions
  • Allow cookies set during regular browsing to be available after using Private Browsing
  • Fix an issue that could cause some data to be left behind after pressing the “Remove All Website Data” button

Firefox 9 is ready to roll [DIRECT DOWNLOAD LINKS]

Mozilla has completed work on the final build of Firefox 9 and is ready to roll out the update to users worldwide, just over a month after Firefox 8 was released to the public. While they’ll put up the download links on their revamped website tomorrow, you can be the first one to download it today! Here are the direct download links:

The major highlighting feature of Firefox 9 is improved JavaScript performance. With JavaScript performance improved as much as 20 – 30%, you can rest assured that your JavaScript intensive websites (such as Facebook, Twitter etc.) will load much faster than they did on previous versions of Firefox.

Mac users are in for a treat as well, apart from the improved JavaScript performance, Firefox 9 is adopting OS X Lion’s features slowly and gradually. If you’ve used Safari on OS X, you can easily recall the two-finger swipe gesture for navigating through pages. Firefox 9 now also have those gestures and work just like how they should.

Mozilla unleash Firefox 8 for Windows, Mac and Linux [DIRECT DOWNLOAD LINK]

…Sort of. Though set to open for public tomorrow, Firefox 8 final has hit Mozilla’s ftp servers already and includes speed and performance enhancements among other updates. This update is part of Mozilla’s quick release plans in which they plan to release updates pretty frequently to users so they can keep up with the latest. Hence, its no surprise that Firefox 8 comes just weeks (6 to be precise) after Firefox 7, which in turn came around a month after Firefox 6 hit the web.

Firefox 8: Change Log

  • Add-ons installed by third party programs are now disabled by default
  • Added a one-time add-on selection dialog to manage previously installed add-ons
  • Added Twitter to the search bar
  • Added a preference to load tabs on demand, improving start-up time when windows are restored
  • Improved tab animations when moving, reordering, or detaching tabs
  • Improved performance and memory handling
  • Added CORS support for cross-domain textures in WebGL
  • Added support for HTML5 context menus
  • Added support for insertAdjacentHTML
  • Improved CSS hyphen support for many languages
  • Improved WebSocket support
  • Fixed several stability issues
Firefox 8: Windows, Mac, Linux

Apple updates Mac OS to 10.7.1 [Direct Download Link]

Apple has updated OS X to 10.7.1 which is available for download right away. The update addresses a few minor issues including the Wifi issues some people have been complaining about.  The update also incorporates the recent Migration Assistant update among the fixes. Release notes:

The 10.7.1 update is recommended for all users running OS X Lion and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability and compatibility of your Mac, including fixes that:

– Address an issue that may cause the system to become unresponsive when playing a video in Safari
– Resolve an issue that may cause system audio to stop working when using HDMI or optical audio out
– Improve the reliability of Wi-Fi connections
– Resolve an issue that prevents transfer of your data, settings, and compatible applications to a new Mac running OS X Lion

For detailed information on this update, please visit this website:http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4764.

The update weighs just 17.4MB and can be downloaded from Software Update or through this direct link for New Mac Mini and MacBook Air users (68MB) which updates a few more issues (below):

  • Address an issue that may cause the system to become unresponsive when playing a video in Safari
  • Resolve an issue that may cause system audio to stop working when using HDMI or optical audio out
  • Improve the reliability of Wi-Fi connections
  • Resolve an issue that prevents transfer of your data, settings, and compatible applications to a new Mac running OS X Lion
  • Resolve an issue where MacBook Air may boot up when MagSafe Adapter is attached
  • Resolve an issue causing intermittent display flickering on MacBook Air
  • Resolve an issue that causes the SD card slot in Mac mini to run at reduced speed with SD and SDHC media