What are WebExtensions and why do we need them? In mid-2015 Mozilla announced a big change to Firefox add-ons. This marked the start of the transition to WebExtensions - a new API (Application Programming Interface) for extension authors. The plan ...
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Firefox Focus - a new take on private browsing This is a new kind of mobile browser. It’s for people that are conscious about privacy and security on the web. There’s been a lot of talk about these issues in the past - corporations ...
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Firefox 57 becomes Firefox Quantum For a long time Quantum was the code name for the upcoming revolutionary version 57, but the name Firefox 57 just doesn’t do justice to the momentous changes that are coming in November. So, ...
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Firefox 56 released. Find out what’s new! Version 56 of our favorite browser is live. It is the last version before the revolutionary version 57 which will bring all sorts of performance improvements and a clean break to web extensions. ...
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Oct
10

Feature Spotlight: Send Tab to Device


Starting with Version 52, Firefox has this cool little feature - you can send tabs between your synced devices. Here’s how it works.

The first step is to have a Firefox account and be logged into it on all your devices. You can check this on your PC in Options > Firefox Account and on Android in Settings > Sign in (if instead of Sign in you see your email address then it means that you’re already logged in).


Oct
09

Firefox Send - a file sharing experiment from Mozilla


Firefox Send is part of the Test Pilot program that aims to experiment with some new features before making them a part of Firefox or from Mozilla’s line of products. The Screenshots feature from version 56 was such an experiment that was promoted to an official feature. At the moment there are 6 ongoing experimental features being tested.

Firefox Send


Oct
08

Latest word on Firefox support for Windows XP and Vista


Mozilla has been the last browser developer to offer some kind of support for these old operating systems. Near the end of 2016, they announced that there won’t be any new versions past version 52 (released in March 2017) which will work on them. This version also happens to be an Extended Support Release (or ESR), which means that it won’t receive any major updates, but will receive security updates for far longer than a regular version.

Now, Mozilla has disclosed exactly how much longer version 52 will be supported and that is until June 2018. In the mean time the users are encouraged to upgrade their Windows operating system to the latest version.


Oct
08

What are WebExtensions and why do we need them?


In mid-2015 Mozilla announced a big change to Firefox add-ons. This marked the start of the transition to WebExtensions - a new API (Application Programming Interface) for extension authors. The plan was that one day this way of writing extensions would be the only way, making the old extensions incompatible with Firefox. That day is right around the corner. On November 14th, Firefox Quantum will ship with only WebExtensions. Considering that for a long time extensions and extensibility in general were the big selling point of Firefox it might seem like an extreme measure from Mozilla to cut the branch they’re sitting on, especially in a time when their market share is being gobbled up by Chrome.

So, why would they do that? What was so fundamentally wrong about the old extension system that it had to be completely replaced? Well, usually when developers add extensibility to one of their apps they usually create an abstraction layer that sits on top of it where other developers have certain points they can plug into (hence the name plugins). This is basically how WebExtensions work - they do their thing and when needed they interact with Firefox in very specific points based on their needs and permissions. This allows the browser to keep them contained and away from its core resulting in increased security and performance.


Oct
07

Firefox Focus - a new take on private browsing


This is a new kind of mobile browser. It’s for people that are conscious about privacy and security on the web. There’s been a lot of talk about these issues in the past - corporations that silently watch you and learn about your likes and dislikes, governments that track your every move in the name of national security and counteracting terrorism, hell, even friends and family members that are curious about your online life. Firefox Focus aims to offer a solution to these problems.

Firefox Focus No more ad trackers

Ad networks like to brag that they offer the highest return on investment for their customers by serving the most relevant ads to users. So, if you’re in the market for a car you wouldn’t want to see ads for pink tutus. In theory it sounds great, but in practice would you really want to disclose your interests to some anonymous corporation you might have not even heard about? Firefox Focus takes care of that. It detects and blocks a whole bunch of ad trackers to keep you private. Bring on those pink tutus.


Oct
06

Firefox 57 becomes Firefox Quantum


For a long time Quantum was the code name for the upcoming revolutionary version 57, but the name Firefox 57 just doesn’t do justice to the momentous changes that are coming in November. So, Mozilla decided to mark the occasion by giving this special release a special name: Firefox Quantum.

Firefox Quantum


Oct
05

Firefox 56 released. Find out what’s new!


Version 56 of our favorite browser is live. It is the last version before the revolutionary version 57 which will bring all sorts of performance improvements and a clean break to web extensions. Still, this release brings some noteworthy and welcomed features.

Firefox Screenshots Introducing Firefox Screenshots

There are a few add-ons that already offer this functionality, but none does it in such a streamlined fashion. I’ve been using Nimbus Screen Capture for the past couple years and it’s been great, but Mozilla’s take is way ahead in terms of smoothness and usability. Granted, Nimbus offers more features so it’s up to you to decide what’s better for your needs.


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