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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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If you've heard reports of a critical JavaScript vulnerability in Firefox 3.5, you'll be glad to know that Mozilla will address the issue with an update later this week. On top of that, if you've been experiencing slow startups, the update intends to fix that as well.

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Firefox 3.5 pulls data from certain file locations for randomised security purposes. Sometimes, though, that can lead to annoying slow start-ups in Windows. You can speed things up by cleaning out certain folder locations.

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Firefox 3.5: Earlier today we mentioned that Firefox 3.5 could be pushed out as an official release as soon as Tuesday, June 30 (US time). Now PC Magazine is reporting that Mozilla has officially confirmed the Tuesday release. Among other additions, Firefox 3.5 will include a Private Browsing Mode to hide browser activity, a JavaScript engine known as TraceMonkey, new location services, and HTML5 support. Mozilla's Mike Beltzner told the magazine that he expects over one billion downloads of the updated browser.

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Firefox 3.5: Weave, Mozilla's add-on to synchronise bookmarks, passwords, and now preferences and automatic logins across Firefox browsers, updated to a 0.4 beta, just in time for the release of 3.5—which could happen tomorrow, by the way.

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Mozilla continues to (benevolently) toy with Firefox fans, making a third Firefox 3.5 Release Candidate available for direct download or updating through the Help->Check for Updates path, while shying away from an official announcement about a final 3.5 release date. The link for 3.5rc3 release notes isn't working at the moment, but we'd presume this is a mostly bug-fixing release. Thanks Ryan!

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Firefox 3.5 is a pretty substantial update to the popular open-source browser, and it's just around the corner. See what features, fixes, and clever new tools are worth getting excited about in the next big release.

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Windows/Mac/Linux: The early adopters at weblog gHacks note that Firefox 3.5 Release Candidate 2 has already been distributed to Mozilla's mirror servers and is available for download from third-party sites like Major Geeks. As gHacks points out, "Cautious users are encouraged to wait for the official announcement before they start downloading, installing and using Firefox 3.5 Release Candidate 2", but if you're eager to update to the latest and greatest, it's ready. Mozilla hasn't yet posted an official changelog, but we're clearly getting very close to the official 3.5 release.