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If you're eager to stay on the cutting edge of Firefox, head over to Mozilla to grab the newly released Firefox 3.1 Beta 3. As we mentioned last week, the next beta will be upped to Firefox 3.5 Beta 4 to reflect the many changes between Firefox 3 and this next major release. In the meantime, you can expect improved private browsing, JavaScript, and more with the latest release. (See the release notes for more details.) Been living the 3.1 beta life already? Share how it's been working out for you in the comments.

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According to Mozilla Links, Firefox 3.1—the next iteration of Firefox that we've all be waiting for—will be released as Firefox 3.5 instead. Why?

The version bump aims to reflect more accurately the many changes introduced since the release of Firefox 3.0, the latest major release, last summer. These includes several changes to tabbed browsing, significant improvements to web standards compatibility, a deeply enhanced JavaScript engine, and several new privacy related including an all new private mode that allows users to clear all their browsing activities at the end of a session.

Mozilla's currently got a third beta in the works, and it will retain the 3.1 version number when it's released; a fourth beta will be released before we get to see the official Firefox 3.5.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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All platforms: Hot off the press, the second beta of Firefox 3.1 is now available for download. In addition to Private Browsing Mode, tab tearing, and the Tracemonkey Javascript engine turned on by default, the release notes list what else you get:

This beta is now available in 54 languages - get your local version. Added functions to make it easy to clear recent history by time as well as remove all traces of a website. New support for web worker threads. Improvements to the Gecko layout engine, including speculative parsing for faster content rendering. Removed the new tab-switching behaviour based on feedback from users Support for new web technologies such as the <video> and <audio> elements, the W3C Geolocation API, JavaScript query selectors, CSS 2.1 and 3 properties, SVG transforms and offline applications.

The Firefox 3.1 Beta 2 is a free download for all platforms; if you decide to test it, be sure to back up your Mozilla profile (or maybe wait for the portable version release).

Firefox 3.1 Beta 2 English/US download

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Mozilla Links reports that the latest development release of Firefox 3.1 includes a new feature called tab tearing. As you can see from the video above, tab tearing allows you to pull any tab out of your Firefox window into a completely new window or pull any tab into another window. This functionality will look familiar to any Google Chrome users, but when Firefox 3.1 drops, Firefox users will be enjoying the same handy feature.

Firefox 3.1 gets tab tearing

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The next time you upgrade Firefox—which will be to version 3.1—you don't want to find out that your favourite extension isn't yet compatible with the new version, and Mozilla's going out of their way to make sure that doesn't happen. They've published an eye-popping list of Firefox add-ons which make up 95% of known add-on usage, and show what level of compatibility each extension offers. This report will update as Firefox 3.1 nears release; in the meantime, it's very interesting to browse the list, which is ordered by usage frequency to compare it to your favourite extensions.

Add-on Compatibility Report

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Earlier today we took an early look at Firefox's Private Browsing mode, available in the latest test builds from Mozilla, but a new tab preview panel feature snuck past our radar. Instead of displaying a list of each of your opened tabs by title when you click the tab list drop down to the right of the tab bar, you'll be given a snazzy tab preview panel displaying thumbnails of each tabs. From there, you can search the titles for as-you-type filtering of results, click on any thumbnail, and tab through the results.