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Mozilla Quietly Ceases Firefox 64-bit Development

Mozilla engineering manager Benjamin Smedberg has asked developers to stop nightly builds for Firefox versions optimized to run on 64-bit versions of Windows. A developer thread posted on the Google Groups discussion board, titled Turning off win64 builds by Smedberg proposed the move.

November 26, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Firefox 17 Launches With New Social API

Mozilla just launched the latest stable version of Firefox. This release introduces Firefox’s new Social API with a preview of the first social integration with Facebook Messenger for Firefox. This was previously only available in the Firefox beta channel. The Social API allows social services like Facebook, Twitter, blog networks or even news sites to easily add persistent social sidebars, toolbar notifications and chats to the browser, no matter which site a user is currently looking at.

November 21, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Mozilla Opens Its Firefox For Android Marketplace

Mozilla launched the latest Aurora version of Firefox for Android and with this, the organization is also opening the Firefox Marketplace to early adopters and testers. The Firefox Marketplace is similar to the Google’s Web Store for Chrome. Users can browse the store to find mobile web apps and developers can showcase their web apps. These apps run in full-screen mode and can also be pinned to the home screen. Distant Orbit, Jauntly, Soundcloud and Twitter are among the first apps in the store, where all the apps are currently available for free.

October 19, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

First Preview Release Of Firefox Metro

With the official launch of Windows 8 just around the corner, Mozilla unveiled its first preview release of Firefox Metro. The Metro version of Firefox, was “designed from the ground up for Windows 8 and already includes many of the usual Firefox tools and features. Despite the fact that this version is called “Firefox Metro,” this version runs in both the old-school Windows desktop environment and the Metro/Windows 8-style environment.

October 5, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Chrome Browser Gets Tuned for Gaming

Google released a Chrome upgrade that improves how the browser renders 3D applications, including mouse-controlled games. The improvement comes via the inclusion of the Pointer Lock JavaScript API, commonly referred to as Mouse Lock. Now, 3D applications such as first-person games can allow users to control their perspective naturally with the mouse, without moving outside the window or bumping into the edge of their screen.

September 27, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Opera Mini 7.5 Update for Android

Opera Mini for Android has been upgraded to version 7.5, bringing with it a new Smart Page feature that aggregates social media updates and news from your most frequently visited websites. Smart Page works by creating feeds for your favorite web destinations and suggesting other sources based on your surfing habits. So far, Opera Mini 7.5 with the Smart Page is only available on Android.

September 24, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Internet Explorer Vulnerability Exposes Windows PCs

Hackers have used a new zero-day vulnerability — a hole previously unknown to security researchers — in versions 7 and 8 of Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser to spread malware on computers running Windows XP Service Pack 3 and below. Further investigation by the developers of penetration testing tool Metasploit has demonstrated that the hole can also be exploited on computers running Internet Explorer 9 on Windows 7 or Windows Vista.

September 18, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Firefox 18: Mozilla Plans WebRTC Support

If you are spending most of the time on your computer using a web browser like Firefox, you may in the future spend even more time using the browser, and nothing but the browser. The idea behind Web Real-Time Communications (WebRTC) is to add options to the web browser to share and stream audio, video and data. How that is different from today’s options to do so? WebRTC requires no plugins, extensions or third party software to provide you with those functionalities.

September 17, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Private Browsing Bug Fixed in Firefox 15.0.1

Browser maker Mozilla has patched a bug in the latest major version of Firefox that could have exposed the websites of those using the "Private Browsing" mode. Private Browsing, a feature implemented in most modern browsers, allows users to browse the Web without leaving any trace of the websites visited on the user's computer. But shortly after the latest Firefox release was dished out to end-users, a bug report was filed to claim that any site visited while in the privacy-conscious mode could be found through manual browser cache inspection.

September 10, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Opera Software Preparing Opera for Windows 8

Third party software developers who want their programs to function properly under Microsoft’s upcoming operating system Windows 8 need to focus their attention on two new areas. The start page is the first and without doubt the most difficulty to work with as it is restricting apps significantly that run here. The second area is touch, which is one of the improved features of Windows 8, and if you take the hardware announcements of this year’s IFA as an indicator, one of the main focuses of hardware manufacturers when it comes to Windows 8 powered devices.

September 4, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov