With New Firefox, Your Favourite Websites Can Now Send You Notifications

With New Firefox, Your Favourite Websites Can Now Send You Notifications

Roughly a month after Mozilla released Firefox 43, the Web browser maker has announced the launch and availability of Firefox 44 for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and Android platforms. The major attraction of the updated Firefox is the support for push notifications.

Starting with the desktop client, Firefox 44 now supports push notifications. This will ensure that a user does not miss any update from their favourite websites. Be rest assured that a website will first need to get your permission before sending notifications your way. Also interestingly, a user doesn’t need to have a particular website open in a tab to get a notification.

“This is super useful for websites like email, weather, social networks and shopping, which you might check frequently for updates,” the company wrote in a blog post. The feature has long been available inGoogle Chrome.

Firefox is also utilising the new update to push some privacy-centric features. As the company explains, Firefox 44 will prevent cross-site correlations by giving every website an anonymous Web Push identifier. Mozilla says that it is also enhancing encryption on payloads.

In addition, with Firefox 44, developers are also getting new visual editing and memory management tools. It has now become easier to operate Page Inspector tool thanks to improvements to the animation panel. The new memory tools, on the other hand, will allow developers to better understand how memory is being allocated to different Web pages and how it could be optimised.

Firefox for Android now supports Android print service. The v44 of Firefox for Android also prompts users before opening intent URLs when in private browsing. The company says that tabs tray has received some improvements as well.

In addition, Mozilla has also removed the support for RC4, a cryptographic stream cipher. Multiple vulnerabilities had been discovered in it in the recent times. You can download Firefox 44 for your favoured computing device from the company’s website.

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Practo Pilots Medicine Ordering Service in Bengaluru

Practo Pilots Medicine Ordering Service in Bengaluru

Online healthcare player Practo updated its app on Tuesday to include medicine ordering functionality. The service is currently being run as pilot in limited areas of Bengaluru.

Other Indian tech startups focused on medicine delivery include 1mg, Netmeds, mChemist, and Pluss. To buy most medicines online, users are required to upload a valid prescription using the phone’s camera or from the photo gallery. Practo is leveraging its end-to-end cloud-based healthcare management solution for clinics Practo Ray, to eliminate this step. If the doctor who issued a prescription is using Practo Ray, patients would not have to upload or present the prescription to Practo, reducing the paperwork required by the user.

(Also read: Roundup: 10 Indian Healthcare Startups You Should Know About)

The company had acquired cloud-based hospital information management solutions providerInstahealth, hospital appointment scheduling platform Qikwell in September 2015, following its $90 million (roughly Rs. 612 crores) funding round in August 2015.

Practo said that its platform sees 40 million appointments a year, and has over 200,000 doctors, 10,000 hospitals, and 8,000 diagnostic centres on its platform, across 15 countries.

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Google Hangouts Will Let You Reply to Messages Without Opening the App

Google Hangouts Will Let You Reply to Messages Without Opening the App

Google Hangouts for Android has started receiving a new update that bumps the version to 7.0 and brings new features. The new app update is currently available to limited users and is expected to be pushed out to more users soon.

The latest Hangouts for Android update adds the new quick reply option to the app. With the new feature, users will be able to reply directly from notification tab by just hitting the reply button. The quick reply feature sends the reply without opening the app.

Apart from the quick reply, the app receives a new feature that will allow users to create conversation shortcuts on home screen. Users can create a shortcut by selecting the “Save to home screen” option from the overflow menu within conversation. The feature will allow users to continue the conversation with a particular contact and will offer direct access to the conversation, instead of first opening the app and then finding/ jumping to the conversation. The update also brings design tweaks that replace checkboxes, found on previous version, with toggles.

Currently, the Google Play India lists an old version of the Hangouts for Android (version 6.0) which was last updated on Tuesday. The Hangouts version 6.0 update brought bug fixes and performance improvements. We can expect Google to push the update to Indian users soon.

The company on Monday rolled out an update to its Gmail app that fixed Hotmail sync issue.

Google, earlier this month, rolled out its revamped weather card in Google Now, which includes new features along with major changes in design and looks. The new weather card is colour-coded on the time of day, unlike the previous one, which mostly included white background with minimal text in black and grey.

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Chrome for iOS Update Reduces Crash Rate by 70 Percent

Chrome for iOS Update Reduces Crash Rate by 70 Percent

Google’s Chrome team has started pushing an update to iOS users that is claimed to make the mobile browser “much faster and more stable.” Additionally, Google has announced a new Data Saver extension for Chrome users.

Chrome for iPhone and iPad is getting a new rendering engine, WKWebView, which is the latest from Apple. The new Chrome for iOS is said to have its crash rate reduced by 70 percent and apart from faster JavaScript execution. The company says that iOS users can pick up where they left browsing (on any device) without being affected by Chrome crashing.

Apart from stability, WKWebView brings other benefits such as improved Web standards compatibility, with support for features like IndexedDB. Google says switching to background tabs will now cause pages to reload 25 percent less often. Chrome says that the improvements will gradually be rolled out starting Wednesday.

The new Chrome for iPhone and iPad version 48.0.2564.87 is now available to download via App Store. Some of the other changes the update brings include redesigned icons on the New Tab page and Spotlight integration.

data_saver_extension_chrome.jpgChrome also announced a new version of its Data Saver extension, which is claimed to reduce the data a computer needs to access websites using the same compression technology as Chrome for Android’s Data Saver mode. The extension also has a “Details” tab which will inform how much data a user saved, and which website is scooping up most data.

“If you’re using your computer at a library or coffee shop with spotty public WiFi, it’s helpful to be able to manage your data usage-which is why we created Chrome’s new Data Saver extension,” said AbdelKarim Mardini, Product Manager, Chrome in a blog post.

Apart from announcing the new Chrome update, Chrome also claimed that it now shows 5 million Safe Browsing warning messages every day and have over 100 million people using Data Saver mode in Chrome on Android.

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