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Mozilla is ready to overhaul the rendering engine that underlies its Firefox web browser, and it’s being developed under the name Project Quantum. Quantum is Mozilla’s latest effort to take down Google Chrome as the world’s most popular browser and fend off attacks from Microsoft Edge and Opera. Quantum will take advantage of parallelism and harness the power of modern processors that power our numerous devices. David Bryant, Head of Platform Engineering at Mozilla, explains that the earliest browsers were designed to run on single-core processors, and that most of today’s browser still only take... Read more...
As if we needed another vector for our online privacy to be invaded, it appears that site operators may have another tool at their disposal when it comes tracking visitors. Security researchers from Princeton University have identified two scripts that are actively tracking users across the web using an HTML5 API. The Battery Status API is part of the HTML5 standard, and can be found in modern browsers like Google Chrome, Opera, and Mozilla Firefox. Using the API, a website can determine if a mobile device’s battery is close to full capacity, near depletion, or anywhere in between. The World Wide... Read more...
Flash's days on the web are numbered. That's been evident for the past couple of years as the anti-Flash movement has gained steam. Little by little, software developers and online services have been removing Flash support from their products, and starting in August, you can count Firefox among them. Well, partially anyway. Firefox isn't getting rid of Flash altogether, but the browser will begin blocking certain Flash content that Mozilla feels is not essential to the user experience. The decision to crack down on Flash plugins is one of several things Mozilla has planned to ultimately bring Firefox... Read more...
Firefox has a solution for those of us who like to keep multiple tabs and accounts open at once. With Firefox Containers, users can open tabs in multiple different contexts – Personal, Work, Banking, and Shopping. This is currently an experimental feature in Nightly, a 64-bit version of Firefox. Each context has a fully segregated cookie jar. Containers have individual cookies, indexeddb, localStorage, and caches. Users will not need to use multiple browsers, an account switcher, or constantly log in and out to switch between accounts on the same domain. Containers will only segregate data... Read more...
We suspect there are some high-fives flying around in Mozilla's offices this morning, as the company's Firefox browser has now caught up with and even slightly bumped ahead of both Internet Explorer and Edge combined in desktop browser market share, according to data provided by StatsCounter. It's the narrowest of victories with Firefox claiming a 15.6 percent share of the desktop browser market at the end of April, compared to 15.5 percent for Microsoft's two browsers combined. In horse racing, that would be a photo finish. Even if you want to call it a tie, which you'd be justified in doing,... Read more...
In early December, Mozilla pretty much confirmed that the end was near for Firefox OS on smartphones. “Firefox OS proved the flexibility of the Web, scaling from low-end smartphones all the way up to HD TVs,” said Mozilla SVP of Connected Devices Ari Jaaksi at the time. “However, we weren’t able to offer the best user experience possible and so we will stop offering Firefox OS smartphones through carrier channels.” This week, Mozilla solidified those plans to axe Firefox OS for smartphones by announcing that support will be yanked in the coming months. “We are announcing our plan to end-of-life... Read more...
If you're a Firefox user and haven't upgraded to the newest version yet, go grab it. Once you do, you can start to receive push notifications from your favorite websites, a functionality Mozilla added to Firefox 44 for Windows, Mac, and Linux, and one that already existed in both Apple's Safari and Google's Chrome browsers. Those of you who aren't interested in push notifications, don't fret, you're not going to be bombarded with messages. Push notifications is a permission-based feature, so you'll only receive them from websites if you give them the green light. "This is similar to Web notifications,... Read more...
Mozilla rolled out version 43 of its Firefox Web browser yesterday, and all things considered, it seemed to be a standard fare release. However, there's more than meets the eye, because if you decided to check out the full downloads page, you might have noticed a completely new entry for "Windows 64-bit". That's right: Firefox finally has a "stable" 64-bit release for Microsoft's OS. A 64-bit version of most any software offers a couple of key benefits, including potential performance boosts as well as the ability to utilize more than 4GB of memory (as if Firefox needed more, right?) The vast majority... Read more...
We saw this move coming from a mile away. It’s hard as hell to break into the smartphone OS market, especially with dominant players like Android and iOS taking up a lion’s share of the market. Even existing players that once had sizable piece of the pie — i.e. Windows Phone and BlackBerry — have seen their market share drop down to the low single-digit realm (or lower in the case of BlackBerry). With that in mind, Mozilla already had an uphill battle to fight. Earlier this year, the company announced that it was cancelling its effort to produce a $25 Firefox phone. The company explained that having... Read more...
Firefox has found new ground to run wild in. That ground is iOS, the mobile operating system for Apple devices, which opens Firefox up to a new audience of iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users who take the time to download the Mozilla's browser from the App Store. It joins Chrome, though not Internet Explorer (or Edge) as popular alternatives to Safari on Apple's platform. Firefox users will find a set of familiar features on the version Mozilla ported to iOS. It includes the ability to sync Firefox accounts so that things like bookmarks, browsing history, passwords, and other information stays consistent... Read more...
The Internet is an ever changing congruous mass of standards, design, and interoperability challenges. Keeping on top of it all can be a daunting task. It's a delicate balance between features, security and performance. If you're considering swapping out your web browser for something new and fresh, but are uncertain over the real world performance differences, this article should help with lots of insight. Features are not something that can be easily compared, and will be up to you to decide what you want in a browser. As for security, that is in a constant state of flux, and issuing metrics... Read more...
In recent months, Mozilla rolled out a feature with its Firefox Web browser that allowed people to have free video conversations, in conjunction with a partnership with Telefónica. Overall, it's a great feature to have, albeit in a place most people might not expect. Those who have made use of the feature have had a common complaint, though: no instant messaging. With Firefox 41, that feature has slipped in. In order to take advantage of Firefox Hello, you'll need to create a Firefox account. If you already have an account for syncing, you're golden: it's the exact same login. After logging in,... Read more...
Mozilla on Friday announced some major changes coming to the development of add-ons for its Firefox browser. One of the biggest changes is a new extension API called WebExtensions, which isn't all that different from the one used in Chrome and Opera. By switching to WebExtensions, Mozilla is making it easier for developers to make extensions that work in multiple browsers. "Extension code written for Chrome, Opera, or, possibly in the future, Microsoft Edge will run in Firefox with few changes as a WebExtension. This modern and JavaScript-centric API has a number of advantages, including supporting... Read more...
If you're keen on not wanting your movements tracked online, Mozilla may have just saved you the need for installing extensions to prevent it. Well, as long as you don't mind using the Developer Edition of Firefox, that is. Mozilla for quite some time has offered robust protection tools, such as Private Browsing mode, where remnants of what you do online are not saved anywhere on your computer (unless, of course, you specifically save content from them), but it's never prohibited tracking. Given that recent concerns have heightened the desire for that, many have turned to third-party extensions.... Read more...
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