Five-year partnership ends decade long deal that made Google the default Firefox search
Mozilla made a major announcement today, letting the world know that its 10-year default search relationship with Google is coming to an end. However, that doesn't mean Mozilla is ending the idea of a default search provider for its free browser. In Google's place, Mozilla struck a new partnership with Yahoo to make its Bing-powered search the default in US copies of Firefox.
Developer edition of Firefox set to launch soon
Mozilla is increasing the privacy options available in the Firefox browser, with a few new additions. A "Forget" button has been added for the first time, alongside the privacy-focused DuckDuckGo as a default search engine option, with Mozilla also introducing a new version of the browser for developer use, one which should make creating add-ons for the browser much easier.
Titles from the '80s and '90s run in Firefox, Safari with caveats
The Internet Archive has launched the Internet Arcade, a web-based library of arcade (coin-operated) video games from the 1970s through to the 1990s, emulated through modern browsers. The library contains hundreds of games, ranging through many different genres and styles, and is intended for "research, comparison, and entertainment in the realm of the Video Game Arcade," according to the site.
Marketing built into new OS
People using Chrome or Firefox within OS X Yosemite are seeing push notifications asking them to try Safari, accounts say. The messages tout Safari as "fast, energy efficient, and with a beautiful new design," and even include "Later" and "Try Now" buttons. They appear to be triggered by launching Chrome or Firefox for the first time after the Yosemite upgrade.
Mozilla announces launch of Matchstick streaming Internet and media dongle
Creator of the open-source Firefox OS, Mozilla has announced the launch of its own Internet and media streaming dongle device, named Matchstick. A competitor to Google's Chromecast, the dongle runs Firefox OS, and allows users to view content -- via a WiFi connection -- from their smartphone, tablet, or laptop to stream to a big screen TV. TV apps will be available for download through the Matchstick App Store, and both the hardware and software for Matchstick are open-source, providing ready potential for other uses for the dongle to appear. Matchstick has been launched as a Kickstarter campaign, with backers pledging for the Early Bird option receiving one Matchstick dongle for $12. Retail pricing is anticipated to be $25.
Update adds TV queuing for YouTube videos, Firefox for Android streams to Chromecast
A few new features have come to the Chromecast on the heels of another update to the streaming device. The recent update to the Chromecast pushes a few updates, but Google has announced additions to the beta Google Cast extension. Mozilla also revealed that it added second-screen capabilities for Firefox for Android, utilizing streaming devices like the Chromecast to do so.
Twitter post shows device, little specific detail known
Mozilla is readying a prototype of a streaming platform, to help compete with the likes of Google's Chromecast. Confirming developer notes, the new device will run Mozilla's Firefox OS, adds screencasting to the Firefox browser, and even runs some Chromecast apps, in its current incarnation.
Mac users get new keyboard shortcut
Mozilla has released Firefox 30 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android users. Despite the version number, 30 is a relatively minor update. The main addition in the desktop versions is a Sidebars button, which makes it easier to reach the Social, Bookmark, and History sidebars. Mozilla has also added support for GStreamer 1.0 -- a library for constructing graphs of media-handling components -- and a Command-E shortcut for Mac users that can be used to search for selected text.
Company pairs with Adobe for EME implementation in desktop browser versions
Mozilla has made a difficult decision today, having to pick between sticking to its guns on the open internet or implementing a feature into their browsers that users will want. The developer has decided will work with Adobe to implement HTML5 digital rights management (DRM) into Firefox in order to make sure customers will still be able to view media content within their browser.
Modernized Firefox includes increased customization options
The latest incarnation of the Firefox web browser has introduced a major redesign of its user interface. The Australis design scheme, first introduced in mid-2012, makes Firefox version 29 look sleeker with curved tabs and a cleaner interface, with some aspects of the browser modernization scheme also spreading from the desktop version to the Android app.
Long time employee pinned for job, given spot on board of directors
The Mozilla foundation has selected a new interim CEO and appointee to the Mozilla corporation Board of Directors. Long-time Mozilla employee Chris Beard has been chosen for the position while a search for a permanent appointee is undertaken. Executive Chairwoman Mitchell Baker says Beard has a "vision and sense of Mozilla equal to anyone's."
Both conservative and liberal advocates speak out about week's events
Following the departure of Brendan Eich from Mozilla, an assortment of high-profile journalists and authors have taken to the Internet to slam Mozilla, Silicon Valley culture, and OKCupid for the handling of the incident. Both conservative and liberal activists are seeking a similar boycott of Mozilla products -- the Firefox browser in particular -- and some have blocked the browser from accessing sites entirely.
Discovery of donation by new CEO to campaign in 2008 causes headaches for Mozilla
Mozilla's new CEO is causing issues at the company, over a donation to support a ban on gay marriage in California. Shortly after Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich was named as the replacement head of the company, Mozilla has seen three board members resign over the appointment, has had to defend itself in blog post against criticism over the CEO's donation, and in a recent development, has incurred the wrath of a dating site.
Former CTO takes reins, names new COO in focus on Firefox OS
Microsoft practices regarding default browsers the real issue
A former engineer for Mozilla points the blame for the company's recent decision to shelve the Metro version of the Firefox browser squarely at Microsoft -- rather than on poor adoption numbers initially laid out by the company. Rather, the true issue lies with Microsoft's browser rules, says Brian Bondy.
New version integrates security fixes, adds Notification Center
Mozilla has today announced the immediate availability of web browser Firefox 28 for Windows, OS X, Linux, and Android. The new version brings VP9 video decoding to the alternative browser, as well as Notification Center support for web notifications under OS X.
Browser version peaking at 1,000 daily active users since adoption
Vice President of Firefox Jonathan Nightingale has announced that Mozilla will be taking the Windows 8 version of Firefox out of development. According to Nightingale, the release has never seen a peak of "more than 1,000 active daily users in the Metro environment" making it a risk for Mozilla to continue supporting it through its end of life.
ZTE Firefox OS device is massive improvement from last year
At last year's Mobile World Congress, ZTE launched its first attempt at a smartphone running Firefox OS. This year, the company is following up on the ZTE Open with the ZTE Open C, a similarly-styled device that is also aimed at emerging markets. This time, the smartphone arrives with a fair number of improvements over its debut. Electronista took the budget Firefox OS device for a spin to see what's new.
Reference phone, tablets and developer tools at heart of announcement
Firefox OS is expanding rapidly, according to claims made at Mobile World Congress today. Mozilla, the company behind the widely-used web browser, outlined some of the finer points of the expansion of the separate Firefox OS in devices reaching out globally -- including a move into new high- and low-end consumer devices, new reference devices and tools for developers to port applications.
Advertising would appear for new users on empty New Tab page
Mozilla plans to add advertisements to the Firefox browser, the company announced at a recent Interactive Advertising Bureau meeting. The new advertisements will take the form of "Directory Tiles," items on a page when a user opens a new, empty tab, and will apparently only affect new users of the browser rather than those who have used it for some time.
Browser changes Sync and UI, Accounts adds cloud account connections
Mozilla has announced the next beta version of the Firefox browser, Firefox Aurora, has been released with updates the Firefox Sync and a new customizable user interface. Along with the changes to Aurora, the company has also unveiled Firefox Accounts, a service to bring history, user accounts and browser tabs across devices in a centralized secure account.
Pinch to zoom, swiping navigation added to beta Firefox version
Mozilla has released a beta version of its Firefox browser, for use with touch-enabled Windows 8 systems. Teased by the company in early 2012, Firefox for Windows 8 Touch Beta is said in a company blog post to be optimized for the operating system's Metro user interface style, with the main focus of the release being its usefulness for owners of touchscreen computers, notebooks, and tablets.
Context-aware launcher to offer personalized search, homepage for Android users
Mozilla is working with EverythingMe on a Firefox launcher for Android, the company revealed yesterday at the InContext Conference. The launcher is said to be a contextually-aware version that will automatically update to show apps and search for items relevant to the user depending on a number of factors, such as location or time of day.
Social API gains simultaneous notifications
Mozilla has released Firefox 27, an update to its browser for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. The desktop apps have been given an updated Social API, allowing for multiple notifications at the same time. Until today, Firefox would only show notifications for the social network indicated in a user's toolbar. Mozilla is also supporting two new networks, Delicious and Saavn.
Mozilla testing simplified system for synchronizing Firefox content
Mozilla has started testing a username and password approach to Firefox Sync. Sync allows users to access browser content across multiple computers and mobile devices, and previously required typing a "pairing code" shown on one browser into another. Mozilla's username-password authentication for syncing is now available in the nightly build of Firefox, and will be included in more stable versions of Firefox soon.
Firefox 26 brings click-to-play, MemShrink
Mozilla has announced the release of version 26.0 of its popular Firefox browser. The update adds a number of new features, and it is one of the more significant updates to the browser in some time. Chief among these updates is the ability to exert greater control over plug-ins and memory usage, including the ability to have plug-ins only begin playing when a user chooses directly to have them do so.
IE 11 now approaching Safari's install numbers
Microsoft's Internet Explorer 11 web browser more than doubled its share of the worldwide browser market in the month of November. This according to new figures from research firm Net Applications, which showed Internet Explorer 11 at 3.27 percent of the worldwide web browser market. The November surge saw IE11 leaving Opera far behind, and the Microsoft-made browser is now approaching Apple's Safari browser in terms of market share.
OS update follows phone launches
Mozilla has quickly released an update for its Firefox OS, bringing the feature set closer to a full-fledged smartphone platform. Version 1.1 is said to improve performance, with faster application load times and smoother scrolling, while users can now send and receive pictures and video via MMS. Developers can also take advantage of push notifications to help reduce battery consumption.
iCloud bookmark sync for Chrome still not available for OS X
Amidst the high-profile iOS 7 launch, Apple has also made available a pair of plug-ins for Windows users to enable bookmark syncing. Available today in conjunction with the iCloud Control Panel for Windows 3.0 upgrade are plug-ins for alternative browsers Chrome and Firefox on Windows. Notably, Apple has not added the functionality to Chrome on OS X.
Android app gains WebRTC, NFC sharing
Mozilla has released Firefox 24, an update of its web browser for Windows, OS X, Linux, and Android. The desktop apps have gained a "Close Tabs to the Right" option, found within the contextual menu when right-clicking on a tab. The Mac app uses a new scrollbar style, and people using Firefox's social features can tear off chat windows.
Browser not anonymizing, just allows circumvention of ISP blocks
In less than three days since release, The Pirate Bay's new censor-skirting browser has been downloaded more than 100,000 times, and is being shared on BitTorrent by more than 5,000 people. The Firefox-based project bundled with a Tor client pre-configured with proxy settings allows users to access The Pirate Bay in countries where it is blocked.
Mozilla updates Firefox for Android beta with WebRTC, NFC sharing
Mozilla has updated its beta of Firefox for Android [Google Play] with support for WebRTC. The real-time communications addition is accompanied by updates to its Reader and Reading list, the ability to share Firefox tabs with other NFC-enabled Android smartphones by bumping them together, a Quickshare menu to pass content to various social networks and communications systems, and language support for Catalan-Spanish, British-English, and Swedish. Desktop versions also gain a Browser Console for developers.
PirateBrowser to use Tor for circumventing connection blocks
The Pirate Bay has launched its own web browser, as part of its tenth-anniversary celebrations. The browser, dubbed "PirateBrowser," is a combination of Firefox 23 and a Tor client, which the BitTorrent site hopes will allow users to be able to access the site, which is currently blocked from view by a considerable number of Internet service providers.
Share function allows quick sharing of any link
Mozilla has released Firefox 23, an update of its web browser for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. The desktop apps have gained several important features, most notably a Share button, which ties into Mozilla's new Social API. The button lets people share virtually any content on the web without having to use buttons built into a website.
Malware collects data about Tor users, forwards to FBI contractor
ZTE Open on sale in Spain for 69 euros, new Firefox OS simulator due July 11th
Firefox OS smartphones have gone on sale to the general public, with the first batch of devices being sold through Telefonica. The launch in Spain of the ZTE Open, delayed until today following last week's announcement, is accompanied by news that Mozilla has turned on the Firefox OS payment systems, allowing developers to earn through app sales and in-app purchases.
Alcatel One Touch Fire, ZTE Open to initially launch in limited markets
The first two smartphones running on Firefox OS will soon be available to purchase by end users, with customers of Deutsche Telekom and Telefonica being among the first to get the devices. The ZTE Open and Alcatel One Touch Fire, both running Mozilla's open-source mobile operating system, will go on sale in Spain later this week, with the ZTE Open being sold by Telefonica for 69 euro ($90) tomorrow.
WebRTC toggled on by default
Foxconn manufacturing five devices for unnamed OEM
Foxconn has signed a deal with Mozilla to put the Firefox OS mobile operating system onto a number of mobile devices. The smartphones, to be manufactured by Foxconn on behalf of an unnamed OEM, are also accompanied by the companies showing off a prototype tablet, one that was hinted at in a report last week.
Reveal of Firefox mobile device on day before Computex show
Foxconn is going to reveal a new mobile device alongside Mozilla on Monday, one that will apparently run on Firefox OS. While the event on June 3rd before Computex will showcase a new device of some description, neither Foxconn nor Mozilla have hinted at what it could be, but rumblings suggest it could end up being a tablet instead of a smartphone running the new mobile operating system.
Step could affect web advertising
Mozilla is delaying plans to start blocking third-party tracking cookies in Firefox by default, according to an announcement. The company states that more work is needed for the anti-tracking feature. "The idea is that if you have not visited a site (including the one to which you are navigating currently) and it wants to put a cookie on your computer, the site is likely not one you have heard of or have any relationship with," explains Mozilla's Brendan Eich. "But this is only likely, not always true."
Barnes & Noble discount Nook HD, HD+ for Mother's Day
Barnes & Noble has dropped the price of its Nook HD and Nook HD+ tablets as part of a Mother's Day promotion. For the next week, the retailer will be selling the 7-inch Nook HD from $149 for the 8GB and $179 for the 16GB models, while the 9-inch Nook HD+ is priced at $179 for 16GB of storage and $209 for 32GB. The discounts, varying between $50 and $90 depending on model, will apply until May 12th.
Mozilla updates Firefox OS simulator to 3.0, adds rotation, geolocation
Mozilla has rolled out a new version of its Firefox OS simulator, in order to help with application development. The emulator update to version 3.0, surfacing just after the first developer devices started shipping, adds a number of features, including rotation simulation, basic simulation of a geolocation API, newer versions of the Firefox rendering engine and Gaia UI, Push to Device, and a number of other bug fixes. The simulator is available to download as a Firefox desktop browser extension.
Geeksphone Keon, Peak Firefox OS developer preview devices out now
The first Firefox OS developer preview handsets are now shipping, starting at 119 euros for the entry-level model and 194 euros for a more fully specified device. Although the devices are aimed at developers, anyone can put down the cash for the new smartphones for shipment to a number of different countries, plus postage costs. The first devices to go on sale are the Keon and the Peak, both made by Geeksphone of Spain and feature mobile apps developed in HTML5.
New API to help pay for goods through credit cards, carrier billing
A new Mac trojan is inserting ads into Safari, Chrome, and Firefox, says a Russian security firm, Doctor Web. Nicknamed "Trojan.Yontoo.1," the malware is so far being distributed through movie trailer pages, which prompt people to download a browser plugin, a media player, a video enhancer, or a download accelerator. When launched, the malware asks to be installed under a name such as "Free Twit Tube."
Nothing in development, says executive
Bounties paid for Internet Explorer, Firefox, Java vulnerabilities
Google's Chrome OS managed to evade all intrusion attempts during the most recent Pwnium hacking competition. While Chrome OS survived intact, Chrome the web browser joined Firefox and Internet Explorer in being shown vulnerable to attack from hackers, during the Pwn2Own contest held at the CanSecWest security conference at the same time.
Non-conforming devices barred from using Firefox name
Smartphones running Firefox OS must meet a set of minimum requirements in order to carry the Firefox branding, in future. Manufacturers wanting their device to be an official Firefox product will need to have the Firefox browser and official marketplace installed, as well as agreeing to a basic list of specifications and other similar requirements.
ZTE and Alcatel target emerging markets
High-end smartphones typically dominate the news at Mobile World Congress, leaving us surprised by the amount of attention garnered by Mozilla's Firefox OS. Earlier this week we checked out Alcatel's One Touch Fire, and today we had a chance to try out ZTE's Open. Both are geared for emerging markets, focusing on maximum features from basic hardware via an operating system built from web standards.