If you are wondering how exactly the new search engine deal (where Yahoo! replaced Google as a default search engine in Firefox) has affected the trends in the industry, just take a look at the new data from Net Applications.
According to the new stats, Yahoo! has managed to [almost] triple its market share, up from 3.52% to 9.31% (5.79 points increase).
The future of mobile phones.
If you really wanted to play with a variety of different operating systems and actually test them for more than just a few minutes then Alcatel might have almost exactly what you are looking for.
Fx0 is its name.
If you always dreamed about the transparent phone and read all these fake iPhone X rumors that it’s finally coming just to be disappointed every single time, good news, you might have it if you live in Japan or know someone who does.
Thanks to the recently released video, it looks like someone got their hands on the LG Fx0 phone (which was designed by Tokujin Yoshioka) running Firefox OS 2.0 and unlike other phones with Mozilla’s operating system, this one has higher than average specs (price as well), these are:
Forms a new privacy initiative called Polaris.
In an effort to protect its user’s privacy, Mozilla has announced a new strategic initiative with the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) and the Tor Project, which they hope will support and advise Polaris projects that should benefit everyone.
As a result, two new experiments have been announced as well (under Polaris belt), focusing on anti-censorship technology, cross site tracking protection and anonymity. In addition to that, Mozilla will also start hosting Tor middle relays, which will make the whole Tor network more responsive.
Meet its new sugar daddy.
After 10 years of partnership (and ~$300 million / year) it looks like Mozilla and Google have decided to part ways.
In a new deal announced yesterday, the open source organization has announced a 5 year search deal where Yahoo! will be the default search provider for Firefox (and yes, you can always switch it back to Google).
BlackBerry and Windows Phone get no “love” at all.
Following the 10th birthday and search deal negotiations with Google, Mozilla is using the momentum to blast Google and Apple mobile operating systems for their lack of openness.
According to Mozilla’s chief technology officer, Andreas Gal, both dominant OS’es lack transparency as users are not informed on what happens with their data.
Sugar daddy contracts.
Back in 2011, Google and Mozilla extended their partnership (where Firefox will set Google as a default search engine) and now it looks like the agreement is nearing the expiration date.
The good news? Both sides are already talking and the money should continue flowing (unless something terrible happens).
On November 9, 2004, Mozilla has announced the availability of Firefox 1.0 web browser, which at that time brought pop up blocking, add-ons, online fraud protection and more. Back then, even Google promoted it and lured people away from then everyone’s hated Internet Explorer.
Now, ten years later, the open source organization is celebrating 10 years of Firefox, which is currently sitting at the build 33.1 (stable).
Posts a teaser.
In a pretty stale web browsers world where today’s innovations seem to be tied to the social integration, it looks like Mozilla is (almost) ready to unveil a web browser created specifically for web developers.
While the open source organization is short on details, they did reveal few things: the new web browser is said to include tools like WebIDE and Firefox Tools Adapter, and lastly, it’s coming in 7 days, on November 10th, 2014. Check the teaser below.
But is it worth the investment?
In the effort to expand its Firefox OS platform, it looks like Mozilla is looking to ports the very same software to Raspberry PI, a small single board computer that can be bought for as low as $25.
According to the open source organization, there will also be a 2015 FX OS Challenge where developers will be able show what have they been working on, more details to follow. As far as the development phases go, no specific timelines and all we have is a 2015 date.