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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 a browser for Apple's mobile platform.Now five months later, Mozilla has begun inviting users to... 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, for developers wanting to toy around with it, the option is now there. Unfortunately, though, this HTTP/2... Read more...
It's always fun to see which security flaws get exploited at Pwn2Own, and this year's event has proven to be no exception. In fact, it could be considered to be one of the most exciting events to date, with JungHoon Lee exploiting three major browsers, and securing a record $110,000 payout for one of the flaws. Starting the day off, JungHoon (aka: lokihardt) breached a time-of-check to time-of-use vulnerability in the 64-bit version of Internet Explorer, breaking out of the sandbox via a privileged JavaScript injection, allowing him to execute medium-integrity code. This flaw netted JungHoon $65,000. His second proof-of-concept was the big one, worth $110,000. It affects both the stable and beta... Read more...
When we reported on the release of Microsoft's latest preview build last week, we mentioned that while Cortana made an entrance, the much-anticipated Spartan browser did not. But little did we realize that some of Spartan made the cut, in the form of an experimental rendering engine hidden under IE's hood. As we learned in late December, Microsoft has separated its Trident engine into two separate versions: one is for Spartan, now called EdgeHTML, while the other remains with Internet Explorer. The reason Microsoft doesn't simply forego the lesser version is due to compatibility, which is hugely important in the enterprise sector. If you're running the Windows 10 9926 build, chances... Read more...
Mozilla shocked the world (and especially Google) when it opted to end its longstanding relationship with Google as the default search provider for its Firefox browser, and instead inked a five-year deal with Yahoo to take its place. But while it was bold move for Mozilla, it's one that made complete sense for Yahoo, which is now reaping the rewards of its new relationship. As a result of the deal, Yahoo's U.S. search share is higher than it's been in five years, according to data provided by StatCounter. As of December 2014, Google took a dominant 75.2 percent share of search in the U.S., followed by Bing at 12.5 percent and Yahoo at 10.4 percent (all others picked up the crumbs at 1.9 percent).... Read more...
We wrote just a couple of weeks ago that Mozilla was shacking up with Yahoo to replace Google as Firefox's long-standing default search engine, and it didn't take long for the fruits of that relationship to be seen. With today’s release of Firefox 34, Mozilla has pulled the trigger on that move and at the same time rolled out some other enhancements and security fixes. Unless you specified a default search engine other than Google in the past, what you'll see after entering a term in either the address or search bar is this: Mozilla's decision to make Yahoo the default search engine has truly divided opinion, but since the announcement a few weeks ago, I've seen more against it than for... Read more...
Mozilla is a company that cares a lot about developers - especially those who make the Web a better, more exciting place. Over the years, the company's done much to aide developers who work towards that goal, and today, even the standard Firefox browser includes a number of useful tools that can be used to quickly improve development work. Well, to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of Firefox 1.0's release, Mozilla has kicked its developer support up a notch. The result? Firefox Developer Edition, a Web browser designed through and through for those who take Web development seriously. It's hard to tell from the simple screenshot above, but this version of Firefox includes what I personally... Read more...
Despite having been available on the market for over two-and-a-half years, it seems like the hype surrounding the Raspberry Pi has waned very little. Every once in a while, we'll be reminded of just how cool and capable the micro-PC is, with one example coming to us just last week, with the announcement that an official touchscreen is on its way. Now, we learn that Mozilla has some big plans for the RPi. With the most recent MozFest having just concluded, Mozilla is shifting some of its gears towards getting its Firefox OS ported to the Raspberry Pi. Obviously, the RPi isn't void of quality OS options, but with a name like Mozilla backing this one, it has a good chance of being well-received.... Read more...
Hot on the heels of Google making a native 64-bit version of Chrome available back in August, Mozilla has let loose the fact that an official 64-bit build of Firefox is coming. It's about time, too - even Internet Explorer has had a native 64-bit version for quite some time. To be fair, a 64-bit version of Firefox hasn't been hard to come by up to this point. A visit to the project's nightly channel could have hooked you up with what you needed, and alternative browsers based on Firefox have also made 64-bit available to users. With the fact that an official stable 64-bit Firefox is en route, though, it's a solution that fans of the browser can truly trust. In the official project wiki, it's... Read more...
On September 10th, several of the popular websites you visit may appear to have trouble loading content, but that won't really be the case. All those slow loading animations are actually widgets, banners, and animated images provided by BattleForTheNet, a coalition of companies, organizations, and people who have come together to oppose changes to net neutrality rules and show what the web might look like if the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) allows cable companies to charge for Internet fast lanes. Sites like Mozilla, Kickstarter, Reddit, Etsy, Foursquare, Vimeo, iFixIt, Tumblr, and many others will have widgets and other images posted on the designated "Go Slow" day in protest of net... Read more...
Low cost and convenient streaming solutions are become pretty plentiful these days. One of our favorites in this category is Google's Chromecast dongle, which we liked at the outset (see our review) and has continued to improve with feature updates ever since. Perhaps inspired by what Google has done, Mozilla is said to be working on a streaming device of its own, only it will be powered by its own Firefox OS. Mozilla is mostly hush-hush on the project, though there is a prototype making the rounds to a select (and small) group of developers. Janko Roettgers over at Gigaom claims to gotten his hands on a prototype and notes that there are still a bunch of unanswered questions that need to be... Read more...
The Internet is as wide and wonderful as it is dark and dangerous. So many individuals and groups use it as a powerful platform for advocacy, raising awareness, disseminating “dangerous” (to tyrants) ideas, and more, but all too often those entities face threats from actors looking to censor them, knocking them offline using DDoS attacks. Cloud provider CloudFlare has unveiled something called Project Galileo that seeks to protect against those threats. “CloudFlare is partnering with NGOs and civil society groups to identify outlets for free-expression online,” reads the website. “Once identified, CloudFlare will extend our Enterprise-class DDoS protection to ensure... Read more...
One thing is clear: the next area of consumer gadgetry to boom is apt to be extremely refined low-end smartphones. Over the past year, we've seen entrants from BLU, OnePlus, and Motorola (to name a few) that cost under $200 without a contract, yet perform superbly -- even compared to flagship phones costing well over $500. But most of those have relied on Android, or a tweak of Android. Firefox OS is spinning things a little differently, but has yet to truly catch on in the way that high-powered, easy-to-afford Android handsets have. The Firefox OS Flame reference device could turn the tides a bit, as the dev phone is now available for pre-order for $170. The reference device is a big step in... Read more...
As appreciated as new Web browser versions are, there's often very little for an end-user to pay attention to - unless, of course, bug fixes and back-end enhancements excite you. With Firefox 29, though, Mozilla's delivered a genuinely exciting release - one that's so good, I'm starting to wonder if it's time to make the leap from Chrome. At the forefront, the user interface has been overhauled, and the differences will be noticed immediately. It's hard to pinpoint a single element that's worth highlighting, but I'd imagine that the Mozilla team must have sore arms from all the polishing their beloved browser received. The browser has also received a revamped menubar; it offers super quick access... Read more...
Mozilla promoted its Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), Chris Beard, to the position of interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO), replacing co-founder Brendan Eich after he stepped down amid a controversy that swept through the Internet. Beard has been with Mozilla since the early days and is considered a "strong candidate" to fill the roll permanently. He's also joining Mozilla's Board of Directors. "Chris has been a Mozillian longer than most. He’s been actively involved with Mozilla since before we shipped Firefox 1.0, he’s guided and directed many of our innovative projects, and his vision and sense of Mozilla is equal to anyone’s," said Mitchell Baker, Executive Chairwoman. "I... Read more...
The newly-appointed CEO of Mozilla, Brendan Eich, has decided to step down after a firestorm of criticism erupted when it was made known that he donated $1,000 to support Prop 8, which was a measure to ban same-sex marriage in California. Mozilla Executive Chairwoman Mitchell Baker penned a blog post discussing Eich’s resignation, and her language certainly seems to indicate that Mozilla believes that it erred in promoting Eich in the first place as opposed to simply backing off because of public pressure. “Mozilla prides itself on being held to a different standard and, this past week, we didn’t live up to it,” she wrote. “We know why people are hurt and angry,... Read more...
Gay marriage rights is one of the most potent issues of today, and strong feelings from both sides have spilled over into Mozilla’s boardroom. Mozilla promoted Brendan Eich from CTO to CEO last week, but when it was revealed that Eich donated $1,000 to the Prop 8 effort (legislation to ban gay marriage in California, if you were living under a rock for a while there), things blew up. Quickly, Mozilla issued a statement on diversity, noting for example that the company extends the same benefits to domestic partners that it offers to married couples even in states where it’s not required. “With thousands of people spanning many countries and cultures, diversity is core to who... 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 and Montenegro. Beyond location, Spreadtrum has announced WCDMA and EDGE turnkey reference designs... 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.” Although it’s true that Directory Tiles will technically transform the user experience,... Read more...
In Amazing Fantasy #15, an epiphany occurs to Peter Parker after his Uncle Ben is murdered. He learns that "with great power there must also come great responsibility," an altered version of which is later attributed to Ben himself. Regardless of its origin or where you may have first heard the quote, the sentiment applies to all facets of life, not just that of super heroes, and in a way it's being applied by Mozilla in Chattanooga and Kansas City. The browser maker just launched the Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund, a project in partnership with the National Science Foundation (NS) and US Ignite that will support local innovators in the two above mentioned locales as they build real-life open... Read more...
It may not make headlines very often, but rest assured, Mozilla is hard at work developing its Firefox OS, which it will undoubtedly show off at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona next month. Mozilla's hope is that more Firefox OS devices will penetrate the market, and getting the OS onto tablets is a big step in that direction. Even bigger is scoring Foxconn as a manufacturing partner. Foxconn is a major force on the manufacturing side of things with a long list of clients that include Apple, Dell, IBM, Microsoft, Nokia, Panasonic, and several other tech titans. That list now includes Mozilla, for which Foxconn will build reference tablets based on Firefox OS. "We are launching a new contribution... Read more...
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 is posted on GitHub. APC Rock ($79) is a complete redesign of the the original APC 8750 designed to... Read more...
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