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Firefox Mobile 14 for Android is Here

Mozilla last week announced big things coming to Firefox for Android in a Twitter message without revealing too much about what they meant by that. Yesterday, Mozilla has released the next version of Firefox for Android that is faster and more powerful than the previously available app for the operating system. Firefox for Android has been redesigned to improve the browser’s performance on Android devices. According to Mozilla, this makes the browser faster than the stock browsers that ship with android phones.

June 27, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Firefox 'New Tab' Feature Exposes Users

Privacy-conscious users have sounded the alarm after it emerged the New Tab thumbnail feature in Firefox 13 is taking snapshots of the user's HTTPS session content. Consumers discovered the feature after opening a new tab only to be "greeted by my earlier online banking and webmail sessions complete with account numbers, balances, subject lines etc. This content is behind a secure login for a reason, they said.

June 26, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Mozilla Launches Thimble

Mozilla added a new app to its Webmaker suite today, with the launch of Thimble — a tool designed to simplify website creation. Thimble, in its most basic form, is a visual HTML editor and tutorial that allows users to create and preview sites in real-time, using side-by-side editor and output panels. The app also alerts users whenever they make a coding error, providing simple explanations that underscore its focus on HTML novices, rather than veterans.

June 19, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Mozilla Working on iPad Mobile Browser

Mozilla is developing a new Web browser to challenge Safari on Apple's iPad. The organization behind the Firefox desktop Web browser is working on a new mobile browser called "Junior," according to a video presentation delivered by company's Product Design Strategy team. Junior is an iPad browser that makes browsing more fun, more ergonomic and re-thinks browser user experience from the ground up, the company said on an intro page to the presentation.

June 18, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Opera 12 Brings More Customization

For those of you who love to customize your desktop apps down to every minute detail, then you’ll probably be interested in the latest update to the Opera browser. Most obviously, the latest upgrade focuses on aesthetics. Opera is adding Themes to the mix, allowing users to add a “lightweight” skin and design to the browser window. Lightweight is the keyword as often times these kinds of graphic-heavy additions can slow load times considerably, making the user experience frustrating.

June 14, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Firefox 13 Final Released

If you are like Paul Morris and make use of a number of different web browsers, then it can become a little confusing to keep up with release schedules and what has actually been included when a company like Mozilla or Google pushes out a new update. For those who use Firefox regularly, you will probably be aware that for one reason or another Mozilla have changed the way they release updates, and whether or not that is to keep in line with competitors is open for discussion.

June 5, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Mozilla Starts a New Initiative Webmaker

Mozilla whisked the covers off Webmaker yesterday, a new development initiative intended to encourage Web-based development across the globe. The company stated that Webmaker's goal is to, "move people from using the Web to making the Web," in a blog post. Mozilla is encouraging people to participate in a series of coding events it's calling the Summer Code Party, and has partnered with some notable organizations and individuals to further its agenda.

May 23, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Chrome is the Most Popular Browser

For the first week in history, Google Chrome is the most-used browser in the world, according to Statcounter. While Chrome has been leapfrogging the incumbent Internet Explorer on weekends for some time now, the week of May 14th–20th marks the first time Chrome has averaged a higher traffic share over a full seven-day stretch.

May 21, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Mozilla is First Major Tech Company to Denounce CISPA

Despite big name tech companies - such as Facebook, Microsoft, and Oracle - supporting the controversial Internet surveillance bill that passed in the House last week, Mozilla has come out against the legislation. "While we wholeheartedly support a more secure Internet, CISPA has a broad and alarming reach that goes far beyond Internet security," the tech company wrote to Forbes reporter Andy Greenberg. "The bill infringes on our privacy, includes vague definitions of cyber security, and grants immunities to companies and government that are too broad around information misuse."

May 2, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Mozilla Delivers Silent Updating with Firefox 12 Release

Mozilla yesterday released Firefox 12, patching 14 security bugs in the browser and moving it one step closer to matching rival Chrome in silent updating. The latest in the line of updates that have rolled off the Mozilla development line every six weeks since mid-2011, Firefox 12 fixed seven vulnerabilities labeled "critical," the highest threat ranking in Mozilla's four-step scoring, four bugs tagged "high" and three pegged "moderate."

April 25, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov