First alpha release is here.
If you have a Windows 8 tablet or giant Perceptive Pixel display, then your day is just about to get better. After spending almost a year on the project, Mozilla has just announced the availability of the very first nightly Firefox build for Microsoft’s Windows 8 Modern UI or whatever they decide to call it tomorrow.
For both, PC and Android.
Now here is a double treat for all you Firefox users out there. Instead of a PC release alone, Mozilla has decided to go for an extra mile and publish the final Firefox 19 builds on all the platforms, including Android.
So what’s new? As reported earlier, Firefox 19 for the PC includes a built in PDF reader, startup performance improvements as well as new web standards support.
Now here is an issue you haven’t heard about: as it turns out, both Firefox and Opera (to a lesser extent) are “leaking” your sensitive data, at least according to some reports.
The issue appears to be related to Speed Dial, which generates thumbnails of your favorite or most frequently visited web pages. As web browser takes a screenshot of the site, it does little to protect user’s privacy, especially when data is served over the SSL connection.
With experimental H.264/AAC/MP3 support.
Now here is a nice update for you. It looks like just recently, Mozilla was debating whether or not to continue supporting the H.264 codec. Now, the open source organization has pushed a new batch of Firefox nightly builds that will make at least some of its users happy. Why? Well, it has enabled a support for playing H.264/AAC in MP4 and MP3 audio files in HTML5 video and audio tags by default on Windows machines.
Well, it’s that time of the month again and as you might have guessed from the title, 2013 could be a year of major changes. That’s what Obama has promised, right?
January, 2013 Mobile Market Share: Safari, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer – Up; Opera Mini, Android – Down
As the “New Year” passes by, it’s time to take a look at the mobile market share data for January, 2013, which includes one new player: Internet Explorer.
No ETA yet.
In an effort to make maximize Firefox’s security, Mozilla has announced its plan to block all 3rd party plugins from loading by default with one exception being the latest version of Adobe Flash.
This includes Microsoft’s Silverlight and Adobe’s Acrobat Reader, even if they run the latest version of a said plugin. Ironically, Flash is known to be far less secure than the Silverlight so it looks like Mozilla is choosing popularity over security.
No Opera in sight.
Front reminds us of the iPhone.
After demonstrating Firefox OS on a couple of unbranded and bland looking devices, Mozilla has just announced two developer preview phones, and they do indeed look better than expected.
What is more interesting though are the specs. Although it was speculated that Firefox OS will be limited to the low and/or mid-range phones, developer devices are far from slow, which is both exciting and concerning. If these devices are an exception, we wonder how will developers be able to test their apps and make sure that they run smoothly on a far less powerful phone.