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Mozilla's efforts to flesh out and promote its Firefox OS for new mobile devices got a shot in the arm today with VIA announcing an official partnership with the browser and operating system maker. VIA says it will help support and develop Firefox OS for new device form factors, and the company's also providing incentive for coders to patch up existing bugs on its own devices. Now that Firefox OS is running on APC's low-cost Paper and Rock boards with buildable source codes available to developers on GitHub, VIA says it will give away free APCs to anyone who fixes a known issue, a list of which... Read more...
Geeksphone has been working with Mozilla on Firefox OS handsets since the operating system’s developer preview was in the works, and the company’s Peak and Keon smartphones offer solid specs and features for lower-end devices. Both run on Qualcomm Snapdragon chips, have large-enough displays, and have reasonable cameras and storage. Also, the phones are orange and white, evoking Firefox, and that’s just plain cool. But Geeksphone has another smartphone in the works called Revolution. The name is perhaps a bit of an overstatement, and the picture of a pregnant woman as the Revolution... 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...
It's only been a few weeks since the first Firefox OS phones were released to retail, and already there's an update to Mozilla's mobile operating system. Depending on how you look at it, that bodes well for the future of Firefox OS, in that it shows Mozilla is committed to the operating system (Mozilla previously stated it was planning an "aggressive" release schedule for updates). This particular update adds several new features, ushers in support for additional languages, and speeds things up across the board. The feature list is relatively long for a 1.1 update (meaning more than just one or... 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...
Mozilla may have found an ally in LG, a major player in the smartphone market. During an interview with Bulgarian online outlet Dnevnik.bg, LG's mobile communications boss in Bulgaria, Dimitar Valev, spoke about his company's future endeavors, including plans to launch a mobile handset based on Mozilla's Firefox OS. Valev said the South Korean handset maker will make a concerted effort to increase its brand image and cost effectiveness. That means being conservative in the ultra competitive tablet field where LG isn't an established player, though the company does plan to launch a slate eventually.... 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...
One of the things that helped Mozilla's Firefox browser gain a following is that it's constantly updated. While Internet Explorer (IE) remained stagnant for years on end, here came Firefox with a bunch of new features, and these days Mozilla rolls out new releases at a breakneck pace as part of its rapid release schedule. Expect something similar with the open source team's Firefox OS for mobile. Firefox OS won't see the same number of updates as the browser but you can expect quarterly refreshes, as well as frequent security fixes. "Now that we have our v1.0 behind us and we’re moving forward... 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...
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