The months of declining Firefox market share might soon come to an end or at least a slow down, as according to Mozilla’s Release Manager, Lukas Blakk, has announced that after years of refusal, the open source organization is finally bringing Firefox to iOS.
He wrote, “We need to be where our users are so we’re going to get Firefox on iOS #mozlandia”
Why the sudden change? While we may never know all the possible reasons, one of the key elements could be a shift in Apple’s strategy itself, where the tech giant (since the WWDC 2014) announced the availability of WKWebView for all the developers:
November, 2014 Desktop Market Share: Google Chrome – Up; Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera – Down
After a small blip last time, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer has lost some of its market share since, down from 58.36% to 57.91% (0.45 point decrease).
If you are a web developer, listen up as Microsoft is currently looking for the feedback on their new Internet Explorer Developer Tools.
So far, the team has come up with three different layout ideas and this is where your comments and suggestions come into the picture.
Take a look:
Meet a new kind of “web browser”.
Now here’s an interesting take on web browsers. If you own the iPad or iPhone feel free to check an interesting new app called Wildcard, which aims to replace your typical web page with fancy cards.
Think of it as an alternative RSS Reade, which deconstructs pages into a more streamlined user experience (see the screenshot below).
If you are kind of a gestures guy (or a girl) then behold as a new Surfy update will bring some joy to your life.
Starting with Surfy 5.5, you will now be able to swipe between tabs, as simple as that. In addition to that, there is a new context menu, which can be activated by long pressing on the top title section of the tab, allowing you to swipe the tab away without using the X button.
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.
$240 in value.
It’s that time of the year again when companies push all kinds of crazy and convenient deals into the wild.
The latest one comes from Google, where the search giant is now offering a 1TB storage for two years with every Chromebook purchase, even if it costs as low as $199.
If the following deal got your attention, hurry up as it will only last till January 1st, 2015.
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).
The restructuring continues.
If you still own a Nokia classic phone, such as: Series 40, Series 60, Symbian, Asha or Nokia X, then here’s an announcement for you:
In the first half of 2015, Nokia Store will be replaced with Opera Mobile Store, which simply means that users will now be redirected to a new destination.
What if you are a developer? According to Opera Software, they will be working closely with Microsoft to developer a clear path on how developers can republish their apps.