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Mozilla launches Firefox Test Pilot

“Mozilla launched Firefox Test Pilot a moment ago. It is a new server that lets users test ideas and features that may one day be integrated into the Firefox web browser.“Firefox users can install features they are interested in, and provide Mozilla with feedback.“Mozilla uses the feature to get early feedback for potentially new features that it may one day integrate into the Firefox web browser.“Users help Mozilla eliminate bugs and issues, and may also be vocal about design decisions, and propose changes that improve a feature’s usability or usefulness. …” Source: gHacks Tech NewsDetails  Mozilla launches Firefox Test Pilot

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Firefox News

Yes, it has been a while since The Guru has posted non-release news. Here’s some Firefox news from the past month. Firefox for iOS adds Security Features (The Mozilla Blog)- Changes to the Firefox Password Manager now allow iPhone/iPad users to add a 4-Digit password to the password manager for extra security. Inviting Conversation (Mitchell’s Blog) – Mitchell Baker, Mozilla Foundation Chair is looking to invite conversation about the Open Internet, Mozilla and Mozilla’s mission in a series of upcoming less “official” blog posts. Shipping Some Firefox Features Outside of the Release Cycle (Mozilla Future Releases) – Now new bloat features will be introduced more often and…

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Following in the footsteps of Google and Microsoft, Mozilla plans to eliminate support for the ancient NPAPI plugins (with the exception of heavily sandboxed version of Flash) in the next year. This would include the 32-bit versions of Firefox. There has been a lot of heated discussions in the past few months in regards to Mozilla removing the support of NPAPI plugins (mainly Silverlight and Java) from the upcoming (Firefox 43?) Windows 64-bit (Win64) version of Firefox. I agree this needs to be done as NPAPI plugin technology is over 20-years old from the Netscape days and is badly outdated…

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So back in January 2014, I reported Why Firefox won’t have a ‘Noisy Tabs’ feature. Earlier today over in mozillaZine on the Firefox Builds board PadaV4 commented: Oh god i just noticed nightly has little loudspeaker icons for tabs which have sound running! And they can be clicked and silenced! Im so excited! I just spent like 5 minutes opening videos in new tabs and muting/unmuting them! Best feature ever!!! Naturally I had to check this out for myself. Launched and updated Nightly (Firefox 42) then opened YouTube and tried to play a video…nada. Odd, I couldn’t get YouTube to work….

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Recently it has been revealed Windows 10 changes the way users can set the default browser. Furthermore, when users upgrade to Windows 10 Microsoft’s Edge browser becomes the default browser. If you trying to make Firefox your default browser from within Firefox (Tools > Options > General Tab > Make Default) you will get this unfriendly message: Windows 10 does not allow a browser to set itself as default browser. Microsoft has taken away the API functionality of a browser to make itself the default browser in Windows 10. Trying to set the default browser the traditional method give this annoying pop-up which…

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Mozilla Pushing out Windows 64-Bit Firefox

What has seemed like an eternity of flip-flopping about having a Windows 64-Bit (Win64) version of Firefox may very soon come to an end. Earlier this week Bug 1180792 was filed to enable 64-bit windows builds on release channel. In October 2014, Mozilla had started talking about having a Win64 release as early as Firefox 37 for March 2015. Firefox 37 came and went and still no Win64 released. There have been Win64 versions for Firefox 38 and 39, but those never offered outside the Beta channel. So, when will be seeing this Win64 release? There is still some debate about that right…

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Currently Firefox users can go into the about:config and customize the preference browser.newtab.url to a specific web address (URL) or even set it to about:blank for a blank tab. However, so can malicious/unwanted software (McAfee, Ask, AVG, Babylon, Yahoo, etc.) by directly making changes the user’s prefs.js profile file. However, many novice Firefox users don’t know about or how to work within the about:config interface. Mozilla’s solution to this as purposed in Bug 118285 (The browser.newtab.url preference is abused and should be removed) is to only allow (approved) add-ons to change the behavior of the new tab page. This would be landed in Firefox…

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Mozilla released an emergency update to Firefox 37 on April 3, 2015 with Firefox 37.0.1. This update did address start-up crashes due to graphics hardware and third party software. However, there were two security fixes to address a couple recently released Mozilla Foundation Security Advisories (MFSA): MFSA 2015-44 Critical: Certificate verification bypass through the HTTP/2 Alt-Svc header [Firefox 37 Desktop] MFSA 2015-43 High: Loading privileged content through Reader mode [Firefox 37 Android/Firefox 38 Beta (Desktop)] The now disabled HTTP/2 Alt-Svc header aka Opportunistic Encryption For Firefox was introduced in the Firefox 37 from earlier in the week. There has been several security issues/breaches…

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New Theme Interface Coming

The current Nightly versions of Firefox 35 (planned release date: January 6, 2015) features a new theme interface within the Customize mode (Firefox Menu > Customize or right-click on a toolbar and select Customize…). Added to the Customize mode is a new Themes button with a pop-up menu giving you some options for managing and installing themes: You can switch between themes you have already installed (as seen in Appearance section of the Add-ons Manager). Choose to install and switch to one of the recommended themes. Go to addons.mozilla.org Theme Library to browse and download/install a new theme. Click for full size image…

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Besides the UI overhaul aka Austrilas, Firefox 29 features a new and improved Firefox Sync. I didn’t really know what was so new about it since I had tried a long time ago to use it without much success. Turns out, Mozilla has made the sign-up as well as management processes a lot simpler now. This help article checks your user agent and will automatically direct you to Sync instructions based on what browser you are using. Reading through this article you will see the current method is very complicated and time consuming. Note: If you click the link in Firefox…

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