Before the end-of-year festivities, Flock Developers had scheduled to launch version 1.0.4 right after the holidays. However, they have now decided to skip this version and move on directly to version 1.0.5. Version 1.0.4 was designed to crush the following bugs:
- A fix to the extension manager to let extensions that don’t specify the min version correctly to work with Flock. A specific example of this is the Adblock extension.
- A fix to the Me Card (this is the gray box at the top of the people sidebar) to remove the “is”, exactly what Facebook did.
- A fix to how Flock handles the Welcome and Release note URLs. Currently they point to the same place, http://www.flock.com/release-notes/1.0.3/. This page should show up when you do an upgrade but if you want to just see the release notes, you should be able to see just these from the menu option under Help.
Flock 1.0.5 also eliminates a bug that was causing Flock to crash on startup on Mac OS 10.3.9.
Flock anticipates to get 1.0.5 onto their website by the end of the day tomorrow and have automatic updates turned on by Monday. However, if you don’t want to wait until tomorrow or Monday, you can download Flock 1.0.5 now by clicking here.
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Mozilla Firefox continues its rampant journey in the Web browsers domain. It was a pleasant piece of news that Firefox increased its market share significantly during December 2007.
Below are statistics developed by Net Applications:
Top Browsers Market Share – December vs November 2007
Microsoft Internet Explorer took a hard hit in December, loosing 1.31%. That is a very dramatic market share blow for a leader in the industry.
Mozilla Firefox gained almost one whole percentage point in December, which shows the strong momentum it has acquired in its area. In view of a recent announcement by AOL that it will discontinue its support for Netscape Communicator in February 2008, Firefox will certainly take advantage of this situation. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Firefox breaks the 17% landmark this month.
Safari continues its journey North due to the “Halo Effect” of the ubiquitous iPod and dream-gadget iPhone. Safari gained a little less than half a point in December.
Netscape Communicator gained a meager .06% which is not bad, given it never showed a solid performance after it was purchased by Times Warner’s AOL. It’s market share will almost disappear after February 2008 when its users will probably switch to Mozilla Firefox. AOL decided to pull the plug leaving the browser without any protection by early next month.
Opera continues its stagnant position in the desktop Web browser arena. However it enjoys a strong market share position in the mobile phone and Wii domain where it’s the leader of the pack.
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