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Firefox For Amazon Fire TV Released

Adnan Farooqui December 20, 2017


Amazon Fire TV users will now be able to browse the internet with Firefox. Mozilla today confirmed that Firefox for Amazon Fire TV has been released. It joins Amazon’s own Silk browser on these devices to enable users to browse the internet. Firefox and Silk browsers have now been released on all Fire TV devices in more than 100 countries across the globe.

With Firefox on the Fire TV, users can access the internet and browse popular websites like Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit. They can access video sharing services, cloud photo services, news and sports websites, and more.

“Starting today, we will be able to expand the already great Fire TV experience by enabling viewers to surface a multitude of web content — including videos — through Firefox,” said Mark Mayo, Sr. Vice President of Firefox.

Amazon mentions in the press release that its Silk browser has been optimized for Fire TV. It offers a “true television viewing experience” with the intuitive controls being optimized for Fire TV devices.

Firefox doesn’t get similar praise in the press release but the app’s description reveals that it can be navigated using the Fire TV remote or app and that it lets users watch videos from YouTube and other popular sites.

Firefox For Amazon Fire TV Released , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Mozilla Takes Flak For Sneaking In Mr Robot Firefox Plugin

Adnan Farooqui December 17, 2017


Many Firefox Quantum users were taken by surprise yesterday when they found a strange new plugin listed in their browsers. The plugin was called Looking Glass and even though it was disabled by default, users weren’t pleased to see a plugin they knew nothing about pop up out of nowhere. While Mozilla has since offered an explanation, it has understandably taken a lot of flak from users for sneaking in a Firefox plugin.

The description of the Looking Glass plugin didn’t do much to address users’ concerns, it just said “MY REALITY IS JUST DIFFERENT THAN YOURS.”

Users took to the official support forum to inquire more about the mysterious plugin. Some couldn’t find any references to it online which only added to their suspicions.

The plugin was actually part of Mr Robot’s alternative reality game. It’s a trail of clues that the writers have left for the fans to discover. The plugin was developed as a “shared experience to further your immersion into the Mr Robot universe,” says Mozilla.

Once the plugin was enabled, it made minor changes to select websites which provided players of the game with more clues. It may have been developed with good intentions but many Firefox users criticized Mozilla for distributing a plugin without their permission.

The company has since moved the plugin to Firefox’s public add-on store and has also made its code available in a public repository. It also said in a statement that the plugin “never collected any data, and had to be explicitly enabled by users playing the game before it would affect any web content.”

Mozilla Takes Flak For Sneaking In Mr Robot Firefox Plugin , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Firefox Will Notify Users About Sites That Suffered Data Breach

Adnan Farooqui November 23, 2017


It’s not uncommon for websites to suffer data breaches. We frequently hear about websites being targeted by attackers who are after their user data. It’s not possible for the average user to keep track of all of the websites that have suffered a data breach. That’s why Firefox may soon show notifications to users when they visit a website that has previously suffered a data breach.

Mozilla is developing a notifications system for Firefox which will display this security warning when users visit a website that suffered a data breach. It’s going to use data from Have I Been Pwned?. It’s a website that indexes public data breaches and lets users search to check if their data was leaked in any of the breaches.

The company recently started working on this feature which is why the code to show these warnings is not in the Firefox codebase right now. It’s managed separately as an add-on.

Mozilla has provided the add-on’s code on GitHub. Anyone who knows how to work with code can compile it and import it into Firefox. It’s only supported by the Firefox Developer Edition currently.

The development process is still in the early stages. It displays a notification when the user visits a site that suffered a data breach. It even includes an input field which will presumably let users search to check if their data was exposed in that site’s data breach.

Mozilla is yet to confirm if and when this feature will be rolled out to the public version of Firefox.

Firefox Will Notify Users About Sites That Suffered Data Breach , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Google Is Firefox’s Default Search Engine Once Again

Tyler Lee November 21, 2017

It is pretty obvious why companies like Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo would want their search engines to be the default on browsers. For example it has been reported that Google had paid Apple billions to remain the default search engine on iOS devices, while companies like Yahoo inked deals with Mozilla to become Firefox’s default search.

However it seems that the deal is over because it looks like Google has since reverted to becoming Firefox’s default search engine again. Speaking to TechCrunch, Mozilla Chief Business and Legal Officer Denelle Dixon said, “As part of our focus on user experience and performance in Firefox Quantum, Google will also become our new default search provider in the United States, Canada, Hong Kong and Taiwan.”

That being said, TechCrunch notes that the deal between Yahoo and Mozilla was supposed to last for five years, meaning that it should have ended in 2019, which means that Mozilla had terminated the deal early. According to Dixon, “We exercised our contractual right to terminate our agreement with Yahoo! based on a number of factors including doing what’s best for our brand, our effort to provide quality web search, and the broader content experience for our users.”

It is unclear what this move meant for Mozilla as according to Recode, there was a clause in the contract where Mozilla would have to pay Yahoo’s potential acquirer $375 million per year through 2019 if they did not wish to work with them. Whether or not this was exercised is unclear, but there’s a chance that it could.

Google Is Firefox’s Default Search Engine Once Again , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Firefox Releases Its Fastest Version Yet

Adnan Farooqui November 14, 2017


Mozilla has been working on a new version of its Firefox browser which it claims is twice as fast as the original Firefox from six months back. The company today released Firefox Quantum out of beta. Not only are there speed improvements, but the browser also comes with a new sleek user interface with a customizable toolbar.

Firefox Quantum has a powerful new engine which Mozilla claims has been built for “rapidfire performance.” It promises better and faster page loading that requires less computer memory. There are new smart features for a more intelligent browsing experience.

Browser speed test reports suggest that Firefox Quantum overtakes the ubiquitous Google Chrome in terms of performance. Mozilla claims that its new browser is 30 percent lighter than Chrome and that this less memory usage means there’s more space for your computer to keep running smoothly.

Despite positioning itself as the best alternative to Chrome, Firefox Quantum uses Google as the default search engine in the United States, Canada, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. It used Yahoo as the default search engine previously while Google and Bing were offered as options.

Some of the features include private browsing mode, tracking protection, night mode, Pocket integration into the toolbar, and more.

Mozilla has released Firefox Quantum today as a free download for PC, iOS, and Android.

Firefox Releases Its Fastest Version Yet , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Firefox 10 For iOS Released With Brand New Design

Tyler Lee November 9, 2017

When it comes to mobile browsers, there are many options to choose from. For example on iOS you have the option of using the native browser Safari, or alternatively you could download third-party browsers like Google’s Chrome, Opera, or Firefox. Now if you’re partial to Firefox, the app’s latest update could be worth checking out.

Mozilla has recently released an update for Firefox on iOS which bumps it up to version 10. With this particular update, Mozilla has introduced a brand new design that they are calling “Photon”, which is said to be a modern and somewhat minimalist design that makes it easier to navigate the app along with the app’s menu.

If you’re someone who surfs with multiple tabs open, Firefox 10 will also introduce a new way that content appears whenever a new tab has been created. Other changes include search suggestions where Firefox can list popular search suggestions by default; relocation of the QR code reader; and a “No Image” mode that basically blocks all images from loading on a website.

If you’re running low on data or if you want pages to load faster, then this is a mode worth checking out. The update should be live so head on over to the iTunes App Store for the download.

Firefox 10 For iOS Released With Brand New Design , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Firefox 10 For iOS Released With Brand New Design

Tyler Lee November 9, 2017

When it comes to mobile browsers, there are many options to choose from. For example on iOS you have the option of using the native browser Safari, or alternatively you could download third-party browsers like Google’s Chrome, Opera, or Firefox. Now if you’re partial to Firefox, the app’s latest update could be worth checking out.

Mozilla has recently released an update for Firefox on iOS which bumps it up to version 10. With this particular update, Mozilla has introduced a brand new design that they are calling “Photon”, which is said to be a modern and somewhat minimalist design that makes it easier to navigate the app along with the app’s menu.

If you’re someone who surfs with multiple tabs open, Firefox 10 will also introduce a new way that content appears whenever a new tab has been created. Other changes include search suggestions where Firefox can list popular search suggestions by default; relocation of the QR code reader; and a “No Image” mode that basically blocks all images from loading on a website.

If you’re running low on data or if you want pages to load faster, then this is a mode worth checking out. The update should be live so head on over to the iTunes App Store for the download.

Firefox 10 For iOS Released With Brand New Design , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Firefox Will End Support For Windows XP & Vista In 2018

Tyler Lee October 5, 2017

The latest version of Windows is Windows 10, and if you were on older builds of Windows like Windows 7 or Windows 8, there was a period where Microsoft offered users the chance to upgrade for free, which hopefully many of you guys have taken it. However at the same time there are also probably some users who are on even older builds of Windows.

If you are still running on Windows XP or Windows Vista, then you might want to take note that Mozilla has recently announced that come June 2018, they will be officially ending Firefox’s support for both versions of Windows. Mozilla had previously warned users that extended support will end in September 2017, so it looks like the final cut off is June 2018.

According to Mozilla’s announcement, “Today we are announcing June 2018 as the final end of life date for Firefox support on Windows XP and Vista. As one of the few browsers that continues to support Windows XP and Vista, Firefox users on these platforms can expect security updates until that date. Users do not need to take additional action to receive those updates.”

We’re not sure how many users are still on Windows XP or Vista for that matter, but chances are it isn’t a huge percentage, so not many users should be affected by it. As always it is recommended that users have the latest version of any software as it usually means better performance and security.

Firefox Will End Support For Windows XP & Vista In 2018 , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Firefox 56 For Android Will Stop Supporting Adobe Flash

Tyler Lee September 26, 2017

Back in the day, Adobe’s Flash platform was extremely popular and used by web developers to create websites and interactive online content like games. It was also one of the main selling points of Android where companies would advertise that their devices supported Flash while Apple’s iOS devices did not.

Fast forward to today and Flash is no longer the darling it once was, and it looks like Mozilla will be making good on their promise to kill Flash in the next update to its Firefox browser for Android. Android users who use Firefox will want to take note that starting with Firefox 56, it will no longer support Flash, so if you do browse content regularly that still uses Flash, then you’ll want to use a different browser.

Note that many web developers have since made the transition to HTML5 for their development needs, and while Flash is still being used by some websites, it isn’t as widespread as it once was so in reality users won’t be too inconvenienced. Mozilla is definitely not alone in doing this as previously we have seen other companies like Microsoft announce that its Edge browser would also start blocking Flash content.

Adobe themselves also appear to be resigned to the fact that Flash is no longer as popular as before and have confirmed that support for Flash will end in 2020.

Firefox 56 For Android Will Stop Supporting Adobe Flash , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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