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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...
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...
Mozilla isn’t done just yet with Microsoft. Earlier this month, Mozilla CEO Chris Beard took Microsoft (and its chief executive, Satya Nadella) to task for setting Edge as the default browser in Windows 10 during an upgrade (when the “Express” setting is selected), even if a user had a competing browser like Chrome or Firefox installed on their Windows 7 or Windows 8 installation. “The upgrade process now appears to be purposefully designed to throw away the choices its customers have made about the Internet experience they want, and replace it with the Internet experience Microsoft wants them... Read more...
If you’re a Firefox user, you should update your browser immediately. Mozilla was informed earlier this week by an astute Firefox user that a Russian news site was was using malicious advertisements to take advantage of an exploit in the browser when installed on Windows and Linux machines. The exploit takes advantage of a vulnerability in the PDF viewer that is built into the Firefox browser. That also means that the mobile version of Firefox, which doesn’t include the PDF viewer, is not affected. Mac users were also spared from this particular exploit, but Mozilla still suggests that they upgrade... Read more...
If you perform a clean install of Windows 10, you shouldn’t be too surprised that Microsoft Edge is chosen as your default web browser. After all, it’s the only browser installed by default (well, I guess you could also count the old and decrepit Internet Explorer, which still lingers around for compatibility purposes). But when performing an upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8 to Windows 10, you would expect for the installer to retain your preferences for the default web browser. Unfortunately, expectations don’t often match reality. If you have a competing browser like Mozilla Firefox or Google... Read more...
In the wake of recent security threats that have come to light, Mozilla has made the decision to block Adobe Flash content by default on all versions of its Firefox browser. Mark Schmidt, head of Firefox support at Mozilla and CEO of SupportHacker, announced the change via Twitter on Monday, adding that this is a temporary thing. "BIG NEWS!! All versions of Flash are blocked by default in Firefox as of now. To be clear, Flash is only blocked until Adobe releases a version which isn't being actively exploited by publicly known vulnerabilities," Schmidt said. This has been a bad month for Adobe and... Read more...
Imagine being able to run Mozilla's Firefox browser on Apple's iOS platform for mobile devices. That's been a pipe dream of many for the longest time, though never say never. Mozilla seems to be ending a standoff with Apple and reportedly plans to release a browser for iOS that will offer a "Firefox-like experience."Mozilla has long refused to release a version of Firefox for iOS due to Apple disallowing the company to use its own web engine. If Firefox were to ever come to iOS, one of the sides would have to budge, and that's what Mozilla did back in December when it announced that it was testing... Read more...
The latest version of Firefox came out at the end of March and brought a lot to the table, although like most browser version jumps nowadays, spotting all of what's new can be difficult. At the forefront, Firefox 37 introduced a "heartbeat" user rating system, which helps you provide useful feedback to Mozilla, and for those Bing users among you, searches now default to a secure protocol. And speaking of protocols, that ties into a significant addition to Firefox 37: HTTP/2 support. At the moment, HTTP/2 in general is not widely supported, and in fact, it's not even "finalized" quite yet. But,... Read more...
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