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Desktop Notifications In Gmail


Many of us open a lot of tabs and do multitasking. Checking Facebook updates, updating news, watching videos etc. If you are one of them like me there are lot of times you miss important chat messages or mails. It’s difficult to keep on checking for new mails. Today Gmail itroduces a new feature called Desttop Notification. In their official post they mentioned that whenever a new mail of chat message arrive a display pop ups.

desktop Notifications

To turn them on, click on the Settings link in the top right corner of Gmail and scroll down to the “Desktop Notifications” section. If you just want to get notified about chat messages, or if you use Priority Inbox and only want to get notifications for important messages, you can customize your settings from there too.This functionality is currently only available for people using Google Chrome.

Desktop Notification settings

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Cool New Features In Internet Explorer 9


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Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) will come with cool new features, beyond what the four Platform Preview releases of the browser have offered early adopters.

While Microsoft is completely mum on the feature set for the next major iteration of Internet Explorer, the fact is that the company has already decided on the goodies that the successor of IE8 will bring to the table. Moreover, the software giant has also been sharing details related to the new features in Internet Explorer 9 internally.

This should of course, come as no surprise, especially since Microsoft is well known for dogfooding its own software (eating its own dog food, namely testing products internally). Microsoft has not confirmed officially any features for IE9, but most people expect , the wait will be certainly  worth it.

With the last Platform Preview of IE9 already available, Microsoft is now focusing on wrapping up the first Beta development milestone of the browser.  IE9 Beta will be a fully-fledged browser, and judging by the information will also feature some of the new features planned by the software giant. Microsoft  had been holding back on us. Yes, performance is looking great – but they’ve got more up their sleeves. So, wait until the unveiling of the beta.Microsoft has already sent out the Beta invites to the Beauty of the Web event in San Francisco on September 15th, 2010, for the launch of IE9 Beta.

Still, the Beauty of the Web site offers no clues as to what IE9 Beta will bring to the table, acting only as an R.S.V.P. destination for those invited. In the meantime, check out the announcement from James Pratt on the Exploring IE blog. The post is titled Announcing the Beauty of the Web event for IE9 Beta Launch.The only clues related to new IE9 features came from leaked screenshots of an early Beta Build, which sported additions such as a download manager.

Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) Platform Preview 4 is available for download here.

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Create your Firefox Add-On with Mozilla Add-ons Builder


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One of the biggest reason for the success Mozilla Firefox is Add-ons. These add-ons extend the functionality of the browser.  Recently a new tool called  Mozilla Add-ons Builder was released. The Builder is a Web-based add-on SDK (you need to use Firefox to get the most out of it)

This new tool, which is obviously aimed at boosting both educational and commercial adoption of Firefox’s new add-on architecture, is actually constructed from two technologies that we’ve discussed before: Jetpack and Bespin. Jetpack is the future of Firefox add-on development and promises simpler, more powerful and ‘restartless’ extensions. Bespin is Mozilla’s new Web-based text editor.

The Add-ons Builder basically adds  a rather pretty ‘file explorer’ interface to Bespin. It works, but only just. While the SDK helps you find libraries, there’s no auto-complete for library methods. The tutorial suggests you look at the source code of other add-ons for inspiration, but there’s no way of searching through them — just a big, page-after-page directory. The only desirable feature of the Add-ons Builder has to be its rapid prototyping; the ability to test your new code with a single click is very cool. I’d much rather use a desktop SDK though!

Still, if you’re looking to noodle around with the Jetpack API, or just practice your JavaScript, the Add-ons Builder is a great place to start.

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