Firefox version 57 Quantum and WordPress 4.9 now available

A couple of updates on the tools that I’m using online. First the browser, Mozilla just release Firefox 57 Quantum. If you are using Firefox, you will probably get a notification to restart the browser to apply the new update, if not then you can download the latest version of Firefox at mozilla.org.

Here’s what’s new, from the release notes;

  • A completely new browsing engine, designed to take full advantage of the processing power in modern devices
  • A redesigned interface with a clean, modern appearance, consistent visual elements, and optimizations for touch screens
  • A unified address and search bar. New installs will see this unified bar. Learn how to add the stand-alone search bar to the toolbar
  • A revamped new tab page that includes top visited sites, recently visited pages, and recommendations from Pocket (in the US, Canada, and Germany)
  • An updated product tour to orient new and returning Firefox users
  • AMD VP9 hardware video decoder support for improved video playback with lower power consumption
  • An expanded section in preferences to manage all website permissions

I’m one of the few who still prefers Firefox over Google Chrome, I cannot exactly put my fingers into it but even though it’s buggy at times there just something in Firefox that’s better than using Chrome. You can read the full release notes of Firefox Quantum here.

Next is WordPress 4.9, just got an update and it looks like its more on the performance side than anything else. If you’re using WordPress as your CMS for your blog or website, you can automatically update to the latest version by going to ADMIN > DASHBOARD > UPDATE, just make sure you back up your database incase something went wrong.

To know more about WordPress 4.9, you can go here.

PH internet ‘no good’? Telcos, PCC react to Jack Ma

Jack Ma touched a very sensitive nerve and now both PLDT/Smart and Globe are on damage control.

Chrisee Dela Paz, reporting for Rappler;

MANILA, Philippines – The country’s telecommunications giants and the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) vowed to do the best they can to improve the state of Philippine internet, after Jack Ma, the Chinese tycoon behind global tech giant Alibaba Group, shared what he thought about it.

What Jack Ma said is what consumer have been saying about the internet service for a long time now.

And this is where Globe and PLDT is passing the blame to the government;

Spokespersons of PLDT and Globe acknowledged that there’s still much to be done to improve internet services in the Philippines. But they also emphasized the need for the government’s involvement to turn slow, costly internet around.

At the end of the day, if telcos really want to provide fast internet, they WILL provide fast and reliable internet, with or without the government’s assistance.

PLDT to spend P11 billion in two years to improve internet speed

Jon Viktor Cabuenas/VDS, writing for GMA News;

Pangilinan-led PLDT Inc. is spending P11 billion in the next two years to finance a modernization plan which includes the shift to fiber internet.

The budget will allotted to rollout a million Fibr ports across the country and upgrade over 1.3 million subscribers to fiber optics cable from Digital Subscriber Line (DSL).

Hopefully, when another tech luminary visits the Philippines, we won’t hear any more complain.

SE Asia undersea cables got cut; slower internet ensues

Carl Lamiel, writing for Yugatech;

Reports from several SouthEast Asian news sources have mentioned that the region’s Asia-American Gateway (AAG), TGA-Intra Asia (TGA-IA) and SEA-ME-WE3 (SMW3) cables all have suffered damages during the past weeks. AAG had been damaged as it was ruptured in two locations: 66 kilometers (41 miles) and 85 kilometers from its Hong Kong station. Meanwhile, TGA-IA cable’s damage was seen by experts at around 54 kilometers from the same island.

This is bad!

Kickstarter will launch in Japan on September 13th

Ashley Carman, writing for The Verge;

Kickstarter is coming to Japan on September 13th. The company confirmed the date in an emailed announcement today and said interested creators should email japan@kickstarter.com. Although people from Japan could always back a project, or launch their own through a partnership with a US-based partner, they can now launch their own using a local Japanese bank account and a local form of identification. Kickstarter will be in Japanese, too.

Kickstarter first announced the launching of the service in Japan last May.

Google Docs, Sheets and Slides gets collaborative features

Google;

Getting people on the same page for a project can be tough. It requires managing a ton of opinions and suggestions. The last thing you should have to worry about is making sure your team is literally working on the same document. That’s why we built our powerful real-time editing tools to help with this—Google Docs, Sheets and Slides—so that teams can work together at the same time, using the most up-to-date version.

Today, we’re introducing new updates to better help with “version control,” to customize tools for your workflows, and to help teams locate information when they need it.

We use Google docs and sheets at work, these collaborative feature will be a big help in speeding up our projects.

Mozilla Firefox 55 now supports WebVR

Mozilla;

Today’s release brings innovative functionality, improvements to core browser performance, and more proof that we’re committed to making Firefox better than ever. New features include support for WebVR, making Firefox the first Windows desktop browser to support VR experiences. Performance changes include significantly faster startup times when restoring lots of tabs and settings that let users take greater control of our new multi-process architecture. We’ve also upgraded the address bar to make finding what you want easier, with search suggestions and the integration of our one-click search feature, and safer, by prioritizing the secure – https – version of sites when possible. Read what Nick Nguyen (VP, Firefox Product) has to say about Firefox 55, get historical perspective on the development of WebVR from Sean White (SVP, Emerging Technologies) in this Medium post, and read about all the new features for developers in Firefox 55 on Mozilla Hacks.

If you are already using Firefox, you can update by going to HELP then ABOUT FIREFOX or just go to https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/.

Mozilla’s Send is basically the Snapchat of file sharing

Jacob Kastrenakes, writing for The Verge;

Mozilla has launched a new website that makes it really easy to send a file from one person to another. The site is called Send, and it’s basically the Snapchat of file sharing: after a file has been downloaded once, it disappears for good.

You can go to https://send.firefox.com/ to take the service for a spin. You do not need to create an account to use the service.

Here’s the promotional video of Send;