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Mozilla ships Firefox 18 beta with faster JavaScript, Retina support

'IonMonkey' JIT compiler boosts JavaScript speeds up to 26%, claims browser maker

By Gregg Keizer
November 27, 2012
From Mozilla yesterday released a first beta of its next browser, Firefox 18, touting a revamped JavaScript engine and support for Macs with Apple's higher-resolution "Retina" displays. Firefox 18 is currently slated to ship in final form the week of Jan. 7, 2013. Top of the improvement list, Mozilla said, was the new JavaScript JIT (just-in-time) compiler, dubbed "IonMonkey" in keeping with naming conventions that have pegged predecessors as "TraceMonkey" and "JaegerMonkey." IonMonkey, which was first added to Firefox in mid-September with the "Nightly," or roughest, build of version 18, boasts new technology that allows Mozilla's browser to render complex JavaScript -- like that used by online games or Web-based applications -- significantly faster than previous JIT compilers. Depending on the perform... (read and comment)

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Mozilla’s Popcorn Maker Brings Video Remixing to the Masses

By Scott Gilbertson, Webmonkey, November 12, 2012

From Webmonkey:

Mozilla has released Popcorn Maker 1.0, the company’s mashup-creating, video-editing suite for the web. Popcorn Maker makes it easy to pull just about any content on the web into a video container you can then publish back to the web. Despite the interactive nature of the web, video on the web remains little more than glorified television in your web browser — a passive experience in the midst of the otherwise interactive online world.

It doesn’t have to be that way. HTML5 makes video into just another HTML element — editable, hackable, remixable.

It’s HTML, after all. And that means it can interact with other HTML elements or use JavaScript to augment video in real time — annotating videos with information like location, details about the people and topics in the video, subtitles, Twitter feeds, current weather information, links and much more.

The problem is that there aren... (read and comment)

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