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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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Mozilla has slightly pushed back its self-imposed deadlines for releasing a final version of Firefox 3.6 and the first beta of Firefox 4.0. Firefox 3.6, currently available as a fifth beta, is set as a first quarter goal for 2010, while Firefox 4, once considered a possibility for 2010, could arrive as a beta in the middle of 2010 and in final form "in late 2010 or early 2011," according to Mozilla's wiki.

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Windows/Mac/Linux: If you've been riding the Firefox 3.6 beta train, Mozilla just pushed out the whopping fifth beta of Firefox 3.6 — with over a hundred bug fixes to improve performance, stability and security, along with several all-around improvements.

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Windows/Mac/Linux: Lovers of bleeding-edge browsers, rejoice: the first alpha of Firefox 3.6, code-named Namoroka, is available for download. Grab it to check out JavaScript improvements, startup time speed-ups, visual tab previews and behaviour tweaks, and other changes.

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Firefox 3.5 isn't set to release until June, but that doesn't mean Mozilla isn't already looking ahead to the next release. Weblog Mozilla Links reports that Firefox 3.6 is already in the works, and the developers are focusing on performance, extension installation that doesn't require a restart (god-send!), improved file-uploading (à la the Dragdropupload extension), and an option to convert web applications to desktop apps. We've seen the last feature in Google Chrome, and the functionality has been available for some time via Prism, but integration seems like a good idea if they want to keep up with the Chromeses. Got any features you'd kill to see in Firefox 3.6? Let's hear it in the comments.