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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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Mozilla Announces Initiative To Tackle Fake News

Tyler Lee August 10, 2017

Fake news has become a huge problem because some people do not bother double checking what they read and just share it, which in turn causes the fake news to spread and in some cases causes panic and outrage which could have been easily avoided. We’ve see how companies like Facebook and Google are tackling the problem, and now Mozilla wants to help as well.

The company, best known for its Firefox browser, has announced a new initiative dubbed the Mozilla Information Trust Initiative. However instead of taking active measures when it comes to clamping down on fake news, what Mozilla’s initiative is about is more like they want to bring companies and interest groups from all parts of the web to understand the fake news problem, and to collectively come up with a way to deal with it.

According to Katharina Borchert, Mozilla’s chief innovation officer, “We believe that having more eyes and brains on anything usually makes it better. If we don’t manage to lessen the mental burden on people constantly worrying if information is trustworthy, it lessens the value of the open web for everyone who participates, and poses a lot of problems downstream.”

Basically it sounds like while Facebook and Google are clamping down on fake news from their own end, Mozilla’s initiative is about dealing with the main crux of the problem. Whether or not they will be successful and coming up with a collective answer remains to be seen, but it is a step in the right direction.

Mozilla Announces Initiative To Tackle Fake News , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Next Version Of Firefox Will Bring VR Support

Adnan Farooqui August 7, 2017


Mozilla has been working to bring virtual reality support to the Firefox browser for quite some time now. Firefox nightly builds actually got support for the Oculus Rift VR headset back in 2015. The company is now ready to support VR on a much wider scale. It has confirmed that the next version of Firefox is going to have support for virtual reality made possible by WebVR.

For those who are unaware, WebVR is the technology that enables browsers to support virtual reality content. The upcoming iteration of Firefox, version 55, will add this crucial functionality to Mozilla’s web browser.

Firefox will finally be able to match Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge in this department. Both of those browsers received web-based virtual reality support several months ago.

Firefox 55 is going to receive another new feature called Screenshots. It will enable users to take, save, and share screenshots without even having to leave the browser.

The feature will allow users to easily capture an element on the screen, an arbitrary region, the entire visible page, or the complete page with parts scrolled off screen.

The next version of Firefox is going to start rolling out to users across the globe from August 8th. The Screenshots feature will be rolled out gradually so not all users will find this feature starting tomorrow.

Next Version Of Firefox Will Bring VR Support , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Mozilla Launches Send, A Snapchat-Like File Sharing Service

Adnan Farooqui August 3, 2017

Mozilla has launched a new online service called Send which aims to take the fuss out of sending files online. It also appears to have taken some inspiration from Snapchat when developing this service because it has an ephemeral nature. Once the recipient downloads the file, the file disappears forever. Users can thus share their files online with the knowledge that it’s going to be quick and private.

Mozilla Send is going to be useful for you if you’re looking for a quick way to send files to a contact online. This isn’t a long-term hosting solution or something that you can use to distribute files to a large group. It’s meant for quick and private person-to-person online file sharing.

Send tackles the pain points of other file sharing services. Email attachments often cap out at 20MB so it’s impossible to send big files over email. If you use a service like Dropbox, you don’t know when the other person downloads it, so you don’t know when it’s safe to remove the file.

Mozilla Send has support for files up to 1GB in size. Once the file is uploaded, just send the link to whoever you want to share the file with. The file disappears automatically once the person downloads it or 24 hours have passed since it was uploaded.

Mozilla says that Send is an experiment for now so it’s unclear what the long-term status of this service is going to be.

Mozilla Launches Send, A Snapchat-Like File Sharing Service , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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The Latest Firefox Builds Can Handle More Than 1,500 Tabs

Tyler Lee July 25, 2017

The more tabs you open in your browser, the more memory it will ultimately consume, especially if the tabs you open are resource-heavy, such as videos. While a computer’s hardware clearly and obviously plays a role in how many tabs can be handled, development of the browser’s software also matters as it needs to be optimized to be as memory efficient as possible.

For those of you out there who have dozens of tabs open at the same time, if you aren’t using Firefox then perhaps you should because thanks to Mozilla developer Dietrich Ayala, he put the latest Firefox builds to the test and found out that Firefox 55 and 56 have no issues handling as many as 1,691 tabs (via ZDNet).

According to his testing, he found that older builds of Firefox, such as Firefox 51 took almost 8 minutes to startup with a whopping 1,691 tabs opened. However in Firefox 55 and 56, it took a mere 15 seconds, which is still 15 seconds of waiting around, but considering the number of tabs, it’s pretty damn impressive.

Memory wise Ayala also found that the later builds of Firefox are better optimized for memory, and that with 1,691 tabs open, Firefox 55 and 56 used under 500MB of RAM. While we’re pretty sure no one will ever need to open that many tabs, basically the idea is that if you are something of a tab hoarder, Firefox will be able to handle your tabs without breaking a sweat.

The Latest Firefox Builds Can Handle More Than 1,500 Tabs , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.