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A browser designed for the web developers

Mozilla has released a new version of Firefox that is aimed towards web developers called Firefox Developer Edition.

Apart from the different, darker, theme that can be changed if you so desire, Firefox Developer Edition comes with various new features that can be very helpful to web developers and Firefox extension/OS applications developers.

A few examples are:

Responsive Design View: A feature that allows you to test and see how your websites or web applications will look under different resolutions. Moreover, Firefox Developer Edition comes with a feature called WebIDE. WebIDE enables Firefox OS application developers to write, run and test their applications within the browser itself using simulation. The nice part about this feature is that is allows you to target specific versions of Firefox OS which means you can now test how your application will behave under different versions of Firefox OS with ease.

Valence: Allows you to test your applications across multiple browsers and devices.

Web Audio Editor: Inspect and interact with Web Audio API in real time to ensure that all audio nodes are connected in the way you expect.

Eyedropper: Copy the color of any pixel in the browser simply by mouseovering and clicking on the area you want.

Of course the features above are just an addition to the features the normal version Firefox has which we all know and love.

Overall, although the additions may not be compelling enough to have you rush to install this version, this is surely a step to the right direction since a developer targeted browser is something that a lot of people are interested in.

You can download Firefox Developer Edition by clicking the link below or by visiting Mozilla’s download page.

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Android Studio 1.0 has been released

After two years of development Android Studio has finally reached version 1 and is now available to download for everyone.

This is very important news for Android application developers as the development for the ADT plugin for Eclipse seems to have stopped. This means in order to have access to the latest features you will need to migrate to Android Studio. This is hinted at Android Studio’s home page where it says:

If you have been using Eclipse with ADT, be aware that Android Studio is now the official IDE for Android, so you should migrate to Android Studio in order to continue to receive all the latest IDE updates.

Android Studio is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux based systems and can be download at https://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html.

Recommended System Requirements:

Windows

  • Microsoft® Windows® 8/7/Vista/2003 (32 or 64-bit)
  • 2 GB RAM minimum, 4 GB RAM recommended
  • 400 MB hard disk space + at least 1 G for Android SDK, emulator system images, and caches
  • 1280 x 800 minimum screen resolution
  • Java Development Kit (JDK) 7
  • Optional for accelerated emulator: Intel® processor with support for Intel® VT-x, Intel® EM64T (Intel® 64), and Execute Disable (XD) Bit functionality

Mac OS X

  • Mac® OS X® 10.8.5 or higher, up to 10.9 (Mavericks)
  • 2 GB RAM minimum, 4 GB RAM recommended
  • 400 MB hard disk space
  • At least 1 GB for Android SDK, emulator system images, and caches
  • 1280 x 800 minimum screen resolution
  • Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 6
  • Java Development Kit (JDK) 7
  • Optional for accelerated emulator: Intel® processor with support for Intel® VT-x, Intel® EM64T (Intel® 64), and Execute Disable (XD) Bit functionality
  • On Mac OS, run Android Studio with Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 6 for optimized font rendering. You can then configure your project to use Java Development Kit (JDK) 6 or JDK 7.

Linux

  • GNOME or KDE desktop
  • GNU C Library (glibc) 2.11 or later
  • 2 GB RAM minimum, 4 GB RAM recommended
  • 400 MB hard disk space
  • At least 1 GB for Android SDK, emulator system images, and caches
  • 1280 x 800 minimum screen resolution
  • Oracle® Java Development Kit (JDK) 7

Microsoft releases Visual Studio Community 2013

Microsoft has released a new version of Visual Studio 2013 that goes by the name of Visual Studio Community 2013.

What is this you may ask? Simply put, Visual Studio Community edition is a free, full-featured development environment designed for open source contributors, students, small companies, start-ups and individual developers.

Visual Studio Community 2013 offers the same of features that can be found in the professional version including the ability to install extensions.

Any individual developer can use the Visual Studio Community edition to create free or commercial apps. As for organizations, if you are a non-enterprise organization, up to 5 of your developers can use the Community edition. Otherwise, for enterprise organizations, you are prohibited from using this version except in cases where your project is an open source project or has to do with academic research and classroom learning.

Visual Studio Community 2013 comes with update 4 build in and can be downloaded at Visual Studio Community 2013 Offline Installer (.ISO / English)

If you are interested in more details or you wish to download a different language of the product, visit Visual Studio’s download page

Supported Operation Systems for Visual Studio Community 2013

  • Windows 8.1 (x86 and x64)
  • Windows 8 (x86 and x64)
  • Windows 7 SP1 (x86 and x64)
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 (x64)
  • Windows Server 2012 (x64)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (x64)

Recommended System Requirements

  • 1.6 GHz or faster processor
  • 1 GB of RAM (1.5 GB if running on a virtual machine)
  • 20 GB of available hard disk space
  • 5400 RPM hard disk drive
  • DirectX 9-capable video card that runs at 1024 x 768 or higher display resolution

Samsung SSD 840 EVO Slow Performance Fix

If you own a Samsung 840 EVO SSD you probably noticed that the speed of the disk has degraded a lot faster than expected. This is a known problem with this model and luckily Samsung has released a fix to remedy the problem.

Samsung Performance Restoration was created by Samsung to fix the performance issues for the Samsung SSD 840 EVO and Samsung SSD 840 EVO mSATA models.

What does this do you may ask ? Samsung Performance Restoration simply updates your SSD’s firmware to the latest version (this firmware version has not been released separately yet) then scans and calibrates all existing data on the drive. This process can take up to one hour, depending on how much data you have on the drive.

Note that although this process does not wipe your disk it is always recommended to backup all your important files when performing a firmware update.

System requirements for Samsung Performance Restoration:

Supported Operation Systems

  • Windows XP SP2 (32bit)
  • Windows Vista (32/64bit)
  • Windows 7 (32/64bit)
  • Windows 8 & 8.1(32/64bit)

Supported Partition Types:

  • MBR
  • GPT

Supported SSD Models:

  • Samsung SSD 840 EVO (2.5”)
  • Samsung SSD 840 EVO mSATA

Currently only the Windows version is available to download. Samsung announced that the Linux and Mac version will be released at the end of October.

How to install MSE (Microsoft Security Essentials) on Windows Server

As you may know Windows Server products do not allow the installation of the majority of antivirus products. By using the method below you will be able to install Microsoft Security Essentials on most of the Windows Server products.

First you will need to download the Windows 7 MSE version that suits your needs depending on your preferred language and CPU architecture (32/64bit).

Right click the file you have downloaded, go to the “Compatibility” tab and change the installer’s compatibility mode to Windows 7.

Finally you will need to run the installer with an extra parameter, /disableoslimit. This can be achieved by either creating a shortcut for the installer and adding /disableoslimit at the end of the target field or by using command prompt to append /disableoslimit at the end. In command prompt it should look similar to this C:\mseinstall.exe /disableoslimit.

After that simply follow the installer instructions to install MSE like normal !