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Ads are what drive much of the web experience as we know it—without them, more websites would have to erect paywalls or figure out other ways of generating revenue. Typically that means seeing ads on webpages. However, a similar business model is creeping into Firefox, with Mozilla announcing plans to add sponsored content to new tabs in Firefox 60 in the US later this month. "We believe the Internet can do better. So earlier this year, we started to explore a new model and showed an occasional sponsored story in Pocket’s recommendation section on Firefox New Tab. Starting today, we’re... Read more...
Mozilla has announced the launch of Firefox 59, which is available for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. The new release builds on Firefox Quantum and is a significant update for fans of the browser. Among the performance enhancements of the new browser include faster load times for content on the Firefox Home page. The faster page load times are thanks in part to loading from the networked cache or the cache on the user hard drive. Graphics rendering has been improved thanks to a move to Off-Main-Thread Painting (OMTP) for Mac users; this feature landed for Windows and Linux back in Firefox 58.... Read more...
Mozilla ended 2017 with a bang by retooling its Firefox browser with a focus on speed with the release of Firefox 57. Now called Firefox Quantum (it is okay to still refer to it as simply Firefox), Mozilla's browser is noticeably faster than previous versions—over twice as fast, according to Mozilla. It is a solid foundation to build upon, and Mozilla is doing that, with Firefox 58 bringing even more improvements to browser space. If you are a Firefox user, you can initiate an update to the latest release by clicking on the three horizontal lines in the upper-right corner, clicking on Help,... Read more...
Isn't it nice when malware authors make it easy to remove their dirty code? Sometimes all you have to do is open the Control Panel and uninstall the offending program, just like any other application. And for browsers, simply nuke the extension that is causing trouble. Unfortunately, some recent browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox are making things difficult on users by cleverly hiding their whereabouts. The extensions in question hijack Chrome and Firefox to redirect web searches and drive up click counts on YouTube videos, presumably to generate ad revenue. That in and of itself is not... Read more...
Mozilla surprised a lot of people with Firefox 57, also known as Quantum. While it is customary for browser makers to hype up speed improvements with each new major update, oftentimes it's tough to tell a difference outside of running some benchmarks. Not so with the new and improved Firefox browser. Mozilla retooled its browser in hopes of making up for lost ground against Chrome, and part of the perceptible speed increase is the result of how Firefox handles scripts from tracking domains. Specifically, Firefox delays loading scripts from tracking domains when possible during the time a webpage... Read more...
We could have told Mozilla that installing an extension on its Firefox browser to promote a niche TV series would be a bad idea, but nobody from Mozilla asked us. Mozilla should have known this too. Now it does, on hindsight, following a backlash from angry Firefox users who discovered that an extension had been remotely installed on their machines, leading many to wonder if they had fallen victim to malware. Mozilla is now backpedaling from the bad business move. Image Source: Flickr via Johnathan Nighingale What happened is, Mozilla partnered with the team behind Mr. Robot, a television show... Read more...
In geekier circles, Mr. Robot is one of the most popular television shows on the planet. It's well-written, well-acted, and most importantly, it's captivating. That said, the show isn't necessarily universally well-known and perhaps its most recent publicity effort just went a little too far. It was with great surprise in fact, that many Firefox users have found a mysterious "Looking Glass" extension installed in their browser, without their consent. To end the current season of Mr. Robot off with a little surprise, Mozilla teamed up with the team behind the show to create a little mini-game that... Read more...
The public release of Firefox Quantum (Version 57) is finally here, and Mozilla is championing its credentials. According to Mozilla, Firefox quantum is roughly twice as fast as Firefox 52 from six months ago. In fact, the company feels that this is the most significant upgrade to the browser since Firefox 1.0 launched in 2004. There are a number of features that make Firefox Quantum a significant new entry in the browser wars, included its new CSS engine (Quantum CSS). Quantum CSS leverages the multi-core processors in our modern computing rigs, parallelizing work across all cores. While Mozilla... Read more...
It might be time to look at a different web browser if you have been set in your ways with how you navigate the internet. A brand new beta version of Firefox has just landed and while technically it would be Firefox 57, the changes are so big that it's getting new branding and is called Firefox Quantum. Nick Nguyen from Mozilla wrote, "Engines are important, both in cars and in browsers. That’s why we’re so revved up this morning – we’re releasing the Beta of a whole new Firefox, one that’s powered by a completely reinvented, modernized engine. Since the version number – 57 – can’t really convey... Read more...
If you’re a fan of Mozilla’s Firefox web browser, a big update is coming to the release channel tomorrow. Firefox 55 features support for WebVR, which is a platform for viewing virtual reality content from within a browser environment. Mozilla says that its current implementation of WebVR will be supported on both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive VR headsets. The company describes WebVR, writing: WebVR transforms VR into a first-class experience on the web, giving it the infinite possibilities found in the openness and interoperability of the Web Platform. When coupled with WebGL to render 3D graphics,... Read more...
  Google Chrome might be the world’s most popular web browser, but that isn’t stopping Mozilla from trying everything in its power to give Firefox a fighting chance at retaining (and gaining) market share. With that in mind, Mozilla has announced three new experimental features for Firefox as part of the Firefox Test Pilot. The first is called Voice Fill, which relies on Firefox’s built-in Speech to Text (STT) functionality to input text. Voice Fill can be used to conduct searches using Google, Yahoo or DuckDuckGo searches. Using your voice to search is as simple as clicking the microphone... Read more...
How many tabs do you currently have open on your web browser? One? Ten? How about 1691 tabs? Mozilla Quantum Flow Engineer Dietrich Ayala recently demonstrated that Firefox 55 is able to load 1691 tabs in a mere fifteen seconds. Ayala kept track of the wall-clock measurements of start-up time and memory use for Firefox versions 20, 30, 40, and 50 through 56. He discovered that Firefox 51 took almost eight minutes to load the tabs, however, Firefox 55 ad 56 clocked in at 15 seconds. Ayala also realized the Firefox 54 and earlier used roughly 2 GB of memory. Firefox 55 and 56 used less than 0.5 GB.... Read more...
You might think that an agency such as the Federal Communications Commission would exist for no other reason than to protect consumers, but that hasn't proven to be the case at all when it comes to our online rights. You might be tired of hearing about net neutrality - and we couldn't even blame you - but now more than ever, we can't let down our guard. To reiterate what net neutrality is supposed to do: it's to treat our internet access as a Title II utility, classifying it the same way our phones and power are. That is to say that companies can't charge whatever they want for whatever they want... Read more...
It’s been eight years in the making, but Mozilla is now rolling out multiprocess support to its production branch of Firefox via the Electrolysis (E10s) project. Firefox 54 is being billed as “the best Firefox ever” and uses its multiprocess support to enable web users, who often have a dozen (or dozens of) tabs open at a time, to enjoy a faster and more stable browsing experience. In the case of Firefox 54, E10s spreads all open tabs across up to four open processes. This allows Firefox 54 to make better use of system resources, and in the event that one rogue tab causes issues that could hamper... Read more...
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