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This shouldn't come as a complete shock to anyone who's been around the online block a time or two, but no web browser is 100 percent secure. That much was once again proven at the annual Pwn2Own hacking event held at the CanSecWest security conference. By the second day of the event, every major browser had fallen -- Firefox (Mozilla), Chrome (Google), Internet Explorer (Microsoft), and Safari (Apple). Not all browsers are created equal, however, and out of the bunch, Firefox had the unwanted distinction of being the most exploited. Security researchers participating in the event were able to... Read more...
Firefox OS was a relatively large part of Mobile World Congress 2013, but it's making even bigger news at this year's gala in Barcelona. Firefox OS will soon be planted on seven new commercial devices, enabling it to hopefully scale up in 2014. But, of course, pricing will be the factor that makes or breaks things. At $25, however, wouldn't you consider changing platforms? Firefox OS will expand from 15 markets into the following: Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Germany, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Panama.  Deutsche Telekom will also add four new markets: Croatia, the Czech Republic, Macedonia... Read more...
You know those blank tiles on your Firefox homepage when you first start using the web browser? Mozilla is rolling out a program to make it so those tiles aren’t blank anymore; instead, they’ll be filled with ads. The company announced the change in a blog post using language that obfuscates at first blush what’s going on. “Mozilla is kicking off an exploration to transform the user’s content experience through two initial programs...The newest program is one we’re calling Directory Tiles, which is designed to improve the first-time-with-Firefox experience.”... Read more...
The touch revolution kicked off in earnest quite a few years ago, but as you'd expect, it's taking a little bit for the rest of the industry to catch up. While select apps have been optomized for touch, some are still in the oven. When it comes to Mozilla's Firefox, the company is letting the world know that it'll be joining the fray very soon. In fact, Firefox for Windows 8 Touch Beta is being released today for those willing to test things out and accept a few hiccups along the way. It's a redesigned Firefox, with a tile-based design that feels right at home on the Windows 8 start screen. It's... Read more...
After the revelations came forth of NSA spying this past summer, few companies jumped to action quite like Mozilla. Without much delay, the company patched-up a specific exploit in Firefox that the NSA had taken advantage of, and since then, it's been amping up security in other ways, such as with disabling cookies by default. With its new Lightbeam add-on, Mozilla furthers its goal to expose those who effectively watch what we do on the Web. The reason the company wants cookies disabled by default is that advertisers and other agencies can use them to effectively target you for more relevant advertising... Read more...
There aren't too many software sectors that are changing, tweaking, and innovating as fast as the browser sector. Mozilla's Firefox is fighting for mindshare and marketshare against the likes of Safari, Internet Explorer and Google's Chrome, and given that the true future of the Web is likely on the mobile, it's hardly a surprise to see a lot of new changes coming to Firefox's mobile counterpart. The beta build of Firefox 25 has been announced, and it's going to be quite an improvement once it hits the masses. The major add is a Guest Browsing mode, which will allow you to hand your smartphone... Read more...
Mozilla's touch-friendly version of Firefox intended for Windows 8 tablets has graduated out of the Nightly development channel and is now available to download from the browser maker's Aurora channel. The next step is to release a beta build before a final coat of polish is applied to a stable release. In the meantime, Mozilla is asking Windows 8 tablet owners to test drive its Aurora update. This new version of Firefox represents a complete overhaul of the browser. It was built from the ground up for the Modern user interface (UI) in Windows 8 with touch in mind at every step. "It has a tile-based... Read more...
The final build of Firefox 26 isn't yet available to the public, but those interested in Nightlies can tap into one interesting piece of code right now. Firefox 26 is set to support CSS Image Orientation -- a feature already supported by rival browsers Chrome and Safari, but only when the image is the top-level document, but not in HTML documents. In other words, web developers have had to resort to a number of workarounds in order to ensure that images weren't mistakenly displayed sideways. The new CSS image-orientation property, supported in Firefox 26, is the answer once applied to a JPEG image.... Read more...
Microsoft set out to change the world with Windows 8, and little by little, its influence is spreading in the tech industry. We've seen a handful of software vendors retool their product's interface to match that of Windows 8, and come December, Mozilla will ship an updated version of Firefox sporting a Modern UI look and feel. Dubbed "Firefox Metro," work has already begun on it and Firefox 26 for Windows, which it will be packaged alongside of. The touch-optimized browser is scheduled to reach Mozilla's Aurora channel on September 16 and Beta channel on October 28, which means users will have... Read more...
One of the worst things about Web security - and perhaps security in general - is that many people don't pay any attention to it. When Chrome, or another Web browser, asks you to store a password, do you happen to think about how it's stored, or how vulnerable it may leave you? A number of years ago, when I was perusing Firefox's settings, I discovered that I could merely click "Show Passwords" to have it show every single one of the passwords I stored with the browser in plaintext. Clearly, that's a bit of a security risk. It means if someone sat down at my PC, either a family member or friend... Read more...
Not sure if you've noticed, but the browser space has been on fire of late. Mozilla's development team has clearly been working overtime, as Firefox 23 has just gone official today in non-beta form. For starters, you may notice that the Firefox ball logo looks a little different, and that's by design. The team has gently overhauled the look, bringing with a more modern motif. Beyond that, one of the key additions is mixed content blocking, which (when enabled), protects users from "man-in-the-middle attacks and eavesdroppers on HTTPS pages." There's also a new options panel for Web Developer Toolbox,... Read more...
Another month is in the books, thereby giving us another opportunity to examine the state of the browser wars as summer winds down and the back-to-school season comes within sight. The story that unfolds when looking at browser statistics depends on which research firm's numbers you examine, as Net Market Share and StatCounter paint very different pictures of the browser market. Starting with the former, Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser still dominates the competition with a commanding 56.61 percent share of the desktop browser market, up from 56.15 percent in June. Year-on-year, IE has increased... Read more...
At the start of the month, we reported that Spain's Telefonica had launched the first Firefox OS-based phones using Chinese manufacturer ZTE's hardware. At the time, Mozilla had oddly kept mum about things, but today, it's finally opened up, over at its official Mozilla Hacks blog. Mozilla's Robert Nyman states, "Almost two years ago, we announced Boot to Gecko (B2G) here on Mozilla Hacks. We discussed the aims of the project and the work we were planning to do. Today, all that work has paid off and we now have official Firefox OS devices in store!" Indeed. From concept to reality, a launch of... Read more...
As we discussed last month, Mozilla postponed the introduction of automatic third-party cookie blocking in its Firefox Web browser, citing the obvious: it was too hasty in its decision. Well, that hastiness appears to have worn off, as now, the company has plans to rollout the do not track change to Firefox in the months ahead (exactly how many months isn't noted). You might imagine that not everyone is happy about this move, and of them all, the vocal majority are advertisers. Advertisers can make use of cookies to track where the user visits in order to deliver more relevant advertising. Have... Read more...
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