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Mozilla Says no Plans to Return to iOS

Mozilla's Firefox browser will have no place on Apple devices so long as Apple continues its unfriendly attitude toward third-party browsers, Jay Sullivan, vice president of product at Mozilla, said. The nonprofit Mozilla, which pulled Mozilla Firefox Home from Apple's App Store in September 2012, is not currently building a version of its Firefox browser for iOS, nor does the company plan to, said Sullivan.

March 11, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova

Opera's Overhauled Android Browser Now in Beta

The first results of Opera's WebKit brain transplant are now available for people to try: a beta version of Opera for Android. The new version uses Android-native user-interface elements but preserves many Opera features such as Speed Dial. It gets some new features, too, such as Off-road Mode to enable a proxy-browsing technology designed for slow network connections and the Discovery tool for people who want to browse content tailored to their interests.

March 5, 2013 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Firefox Enables WebRTC, H.264 And MP3 Support

Mozilla, which bowed to the market power of the H.264 video compression technology last year, now has built support for the patent-encumbered standard into the Nightly version of Firefox on Windows 7. Mozilla can't actually ship H.264 in its open-source product because of the patent licensing requirements, so it decided instead to adapt Firefox to draw on H.264 support built into newer operating systems.

February 21, 2013 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Mozilla Puts Native PDF Viewer in Firefox 19

The Portable Document Format is one of the more ubiquitous document types both on the Web and on personal devices, and can be used for distributing manuals, brochures, and most other formatted documents. However, until now Firefox, one of the more popular Web browsers, in part due to its availability on OS X, Windows, and Linux, has not had a built-in PDF reader. Instead, to open PDFs it's been necessary to either install a browser plug-in or download the PDFs and open them in a managing program like Apple's Preview.

February 20, 2013 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Opera Embraces WebKit in Browser Brain Transplant

Opera Software, an independent voice in the browser market since the 1990s, will dramatically change its strategy this year by adopting the WebKit browser engine used by Safari and Chrome. The Norwegian company announced the move and said it will show off the first fruits of the work with a WebKit-based version of its Android browser at the Mobile World Congress show in less than two weeks. But the company will move to WebKit for its desktop browser, too.

February 18, 2013 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Firefox to Block Silverlight and Java - But Not Flash

Mozilla said that to improve security and cut crashes, Firefox will block plug-ins including Microsoft Silverlight, Adobe Reader, Apple's QuickTime and Oracle's Java. Only the newest version of Adobe Systems' Flash Player will be run by default, said Michael Coates, Mozilla's director of security assurance, in a blog post. Plug-ins extend a browser's ability to run software or handle different media and file formats, but that extra ability opens new avenues for attack.

January 31, 2013 Author: Ivo Rangelov

IE10 for Windows 7 Nears Final Release

Officially, IE10 on Windows 7 remains in Release Preview, a build that debuted Nov. 13, 2012. At the time, Computerworld speculated that a final release would occur before the end of 2012, basing its estimate on the development timetable for IE9. Instead, the browser will apparently launch in 2013. IE10's public feedback website (requires log-in using a Microsoft account) - contains a wide variety of bug reports, hinting that Microsoft still has work to do before shipping a final version.

January 21, 2013 Author: Ivo Rangelov

New Chrome Browser Beta Adds voice Recognition API

Google launched the latest beta version of its Chrome browser (version 25) for the desktop and Android and this one is chock-full of new tools for developers. The most important update – and the one that Google chose to highlight – is the inclusion of the Web Speech API in Chrome. This will allow developers to integrate speech recognition into their web apps so that in the near future you’ll be able to talk apps into doing all sorts of things.

January 16, 2013 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Chrome 24 Brings Math Formatting and More

Google released the stable version of Chrome 24 yesterday, adding support for IndexedDB for apps that work better offline, mathematics formulas formatted with MathML, and faster JavaScript. The new version also comes with a range of security fixes, including two $1,000 bounties and one $4,000 bounty paid to people who found high-severity vulnerabilities. Because Chrome automatically downloads updates by default in part to patch holes as fast as possible, people just need to restart the browser to update it.

January 14, 2013 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Mozilla Lights JavaScript Fire Under Firefox 18

Mozilla on Tuesday shipped its newest browser, Firefox 18, which sports a revamped JavaScript engine and support for Macs with Apple's higher-resolution Retina displays. The open-source developer also patched 28 security vulnerabilities, more than two-thirds of them marked critical, Mozilla's highest threat rating, and revoked digital certificates that were initially thought to be in the hands of cyber criminals.

January 9, 2013 Author: Ivo Rangelov