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Retiring Firefox Home

From the early days, Mozilla has been focused on empowering users across platforms and devices. They released Firefox Home as an experiment in bringing a part of the Firefox experience to iOS, focusing on Firefox Sync.  This project provided valuable insight and experience with the platform, but they have decided to remove Firefox Home from the Apple App Store and focus our resources on other projects.

September 3, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Google Builds Stronger Flash Sandbox in Chrome

Google yesterday announced it had wrapped up work on a stronger Flash sandbox in the Windows version of Chrome, and would soon ship the same for its OS X browser. Chrome 21, which launched July 31, completed efforts to ditch the aged NPAPI (Netscape Plugin Application Programming Interface) Flash plug-in for one built to Google's own PPAPI (Pepper Plugin Application Programming Interface) standard.

August 9, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Mozilla Ships Firefox 14, Patches 18 Bugs

Just days after a former employee blasted Mozilla for its frequent updates, the company on Tuesday shipped Firefox 14, patching 18 vulnerabilities and adding automatic encryption of searches passed to Google's search engine. The upgrade also lets users set an option that loads plug-ins - such as Adobe's Flash Player or Oracle's Java - only after approval, an additional security measure that may prevent stop some attacks.

July 19, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

New Chrome Feature Frees Web Apps

Google has taken a new step to significantly expand what Web apps can do - and thus also lend new muscle to its Chrome browser, Chrome OS browser-based operating system, and Chrome Web Store for finding and buying Web apps. This week, Google released a new developer version of Chrome 22 that by default enables a technology called Chrome packaged apps.

July 19, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

No Chrome 22 For Leopard Users

OS X Leopard users are about to have yet another reason to spring for an upgrade — especially if they're hooked on Google's Chrome browser. The Chrome team wrote on Monday that Chrome will soon drop support for OS X 10.5 and that future versions will only be available for Snow Leopard (10.6) or higher on the Mac. The version of Chrome that will do this will be Chrome 22, which has just been seeded into the dev channel for Mac, Windows, Linux, and Chrome Frame users.

July 11, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Google Annoys Opera Users

Opera users who are administrating a blog on Blogger, Google’s free blog hosting service, receive warning notifications as of lately that the browser is no longer supported by the service. Google notes that “parts of Blogger will not work” and that users may experience problems on the site because of the browser that they are using. A test in Firefox and Internet Explorer reveal no such notification on the site or the admin dashboard.

July 6, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Chrome - iOS WebKit wrapper

Google took the wraps off of Chrome for the iPhone and iPad, complete with the omnibar that allows for instant searches, pre-fetching pages, and swipe gestures to manage and close tabs, all on your iPhone or iPad. Hot on the heels of Chrome for Android coming out of beta, Chrome for the iPhone and iPad both sync bookmarks, history, open tabs, and even saved passwords for web pages with other instances of Chrome, including desktop and Android devices. Chrome for iOS also supports incognito mode for private browsing.

July 2, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

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