Firefox

Understanding Extension Permission Requests

Those who have used Google Chrome are already familiar with permission requests when a browser extension is installed. However, this is a relatively new feature in Firefox, which was added with Firefox 57 released in Mid-November 2017. The Mozilla Add-ons Blog gives a very thorough explanation about extension permissions and even address the ‘scary’  Access your data for all websites permission.

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Following in the footsteps of Mozilla and Apple, Google is going to be removing all trust for WoSign and StartCom Certificates with Chrome 61 (current  version is 59) as well as Android browser. Mozilla has been very aggressive in enforcing their Mozilla’s CA Certificate Policy as was the case in April 2015 with the Firefox 37.0.1 release which Mozilla banned China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) issued Certificates. Once again another China based CA has ‘misbehaved’: About a year ago, Mozilla uncovered that a Chinese Certificate Authority (CA) called WoSign had a number of technical and management failures, which included…

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Firefox Roadmap for Flash End-of-Life

In response to Adobe’s ‘Flash announcement‘ earlier today Mozilla has updated their published Firefox Roadmap for Flash End-of-Life: This morning, Adobe announced its roadmap to stop supporting Flash at the end of 2020. Working with Adobe and other browser vendors, Mozilla has prepared a roadmap for Flash support in Firefox, and guides for site authors to make their final transition away from Flash technology. By managing this transition carefully, announcing it years in advance, and providing options for transition, Mozilla will help make the web faster, safer, and better for everyone. via Mozilla Future Releases

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Adobe ADBE 195,64 -3,74 -1,88%  has announced they will no longer release updates for Flash at the end of 2020. Flash has been around since 1996, then a product of Macromedia until 2005 when Macromedia (and Flash) were acquired by Adobe. 20+ years later, Adobe has announced the end of Flash: Adobe, along with partners Apple Inc., Microsoft Corp. MSFT 91,78 -2,48 -2,63% , Alphabet Inc.’s Google  GOOGL 1.178,41 +1,04 +0,09% , Facebook Inc. FB 186,31 -3,97 -2,09%  and Mozilla Corp., said support for Flash will ramp down across the internet in phases over the next three years. Apple’s AAPL…

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New Ad Blocking coming to Chrome and Safari

The New Chrome and Safari Will Reshape the Web – WIRED www.wired.com Apple and Google are cracking down on obnoxious online ads. And they just might change the way the web works in the process. Last week Google confirmed that Chrome … Came across this article today while doing some research on claims that some websites will deny you access if your using the browser’s ‘reader mode’. There are already many sites that will block you if you are using an AdBlocker type of extension. There are even some that will not allow you to access the site if you…

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Mozilla Firefox 51 Is the First Web Browser to Support the New WebGL 2 Standard

“With advanced graphics rendering features like a new complex shading language, state-of-the-art texturing capabilities, and transform feedback, Firefox 51 is the first web browser in the world to support the new WebGL 2 technologies, allowing skilled web developers to make use of these powerful new 3D graphics for creating new content. Best of all, WebGL 2 works on Linux, macOS, and Windows platforms. …” Source: SoftpediaMore  Mozilla Firefox 51 Is the First Web Browser to Support the New WebGL 2 Standard

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Mozilla has announced Firefox will continue to be supported for Windows XP and Vista users into most of 2017. Here is the timeline for continued support ub 2017: March 2017 users will (automatically) be moved to Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR). September 2017 Mozilla will end support for Windows XP and Vista users. via Firefox Future Release

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Firefox 50 Released: Find out what is new

“… All beta channels have received updates as well. This means that Firefox Beta is now on version 51, Firefox Developer Edition on version 52, and Firefox Nightly on version 53. Firefox ESR, the Extended Support Release version of the browser was updated to version 45.5. …” Source: gHacks Tech NewsDetails  Firefox 50 Released: Find out what is new

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Firefox 49: two new system add-ons to fix Flash and graphics issues

“Mozilla has started to distribute two new system add-ons for Firefox 49.0 and Firefox 49.0.1 to address two issues affecting Adobe Flash Player and graphics issues.“The organization is working on Firefox 49.0.2 currently, but made the decision to release two new patches for the current stable version of Firefox as system add-ons to address issues that users are affected by.“System add-ons are like hotfixes. They can be pushed out to all Firefox users who have automatic updates enabled to fix issues of the browser. That’s usually a lot faster than having to create a new build of Firefox.“The two system…

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