Mozilla Weave Being Rebranded as Firefox Sync

Weave — Mozilla Labs’ sync add-on for Firefox — is being rebranded as Firefox Sync, according to the release notes on the latest beta of Weave 1.3. As well as the rebranding, Firefox Sync 1.3b5 will incorporate, among other improvements:

Mozilla to Developers: Let’s Build on Weave Sync

Mozilla, which recently released its Weave Sync add-on for Firefox has released a set-of APIs that will allow developers to use Weave Sync services in new products independent of the browser. Weave services offer an opportunity to build new apps that leverage browsing/browser specific data.

Coming Soon: A Mozilla App for the iPhone

Earlier today when I interviewed Mozilla CEO John Lilly onstage at the Play conference, an annual confab organized by the students of the Haas School of Business at the University of Berkeley, he hinted that the company was going to launch a brand new application for the iPhone, though he declined to reveal any details. “Mozilla will release an app to the iPhone App Store in the next few weeks,” Lilly said. “It’ll surprise people.” Read More about Coming Soon: A Mozilla App for the iPhone

Apple Rehires Veteran Newton Developer

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In an interesting and exciting development, Apple (s aapl) has rehired Michael Tchao, one of the developers of the original Apple Newton personal digital assistant, the New York Times reports. Tchao left Apple 15 years ago.

Most recently, Tchao has been general manager of Nike’s Techlab, finding innovative ways to get your sneakers talking to your iPod (and other clever stuff, too). Read More about Apple Rehires Veteran Newton Developer

Foxmarks Adds Cross Browser Sync for IE and Safari

foxmarks-logoWe’re living in a cross-platform and cross-browser world. Most web workers aren’t one-browser-fits-all.

I have two computers: a MacBook Pro and an iMac. Even though Firefox 3 is my default browser on both computers, I regularly have at least three different browsers open to do what I need to do in my work day. Certain sites only work in Internet Explorer, while others simply behave better in Chrome or Safari. Other sites are bookmarked in Safari solely for the iPhone.

Foxmarks has long been the free go-to utility for syncing bookmarks between multiple instances of Firefox. I’ve long preferred Foxmarks to Mozilla Weave which, while it syncs more information between Firefox browsers, I’ve found to be less reliable. For non-Firefox browsers, I’ve had to use my.foxmarks.com to access sites using IE or Safari that are bookmarked in Firefox.

No more. Last week, Foxmarks introduced syncing for both IE and Safari (I can’t wait for a Chrome version).

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