Firefox

Mozilla Dumps Tile Advertising Experiment

“It’s no secret Mozilla has been toying with ideas to monetise Firefox, with one experiment including advertisement-filled home page tiles. After trialling the feature for a while, Mozilla has decided to give it the axe. …” Source: Lifehacker Australia Mozilla Dumps Tile Advertising Experiment From Firefox

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Happy birthday Firefox!

Seems longer. I have an old laptop with a working version of 1.something. “Eleven years ago, Firefox 1.0 was released with much excitement and anticipation. With the help of volunteers, The Mozilla Foundation placed a two-page advertisement in the New York Times. Over the last 11 years, Firefox has been been used by millions of people worldwide, becoming one of the most popular web browsers available to surf the Internet. …” Source: Opensource-com

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Download Manager (S3) Add-On Spies on Users

” Dan Callahan, engineer in Developer Relations at Mozilla, has told Softpedia that their staff contacted Mr. Popov, but he has yet to respond them. He also said they’ve also checked the developer’s other plugins, and that besides Download Manager (S3) another add-on was also found to have a similar behavior and also removed from the add-ons portal. If Mr. Popov removes the user privacy intrusive behavior from his add-on’s code, Mr. Callahan said that the Mozilla staff won’t have any issues with relisting the add-ons on their portal. “ Source: SoftpediaDetails 

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Tool to tweak Firefox about:config settings

Windows only at the moment – I’m not on Windows so can’t try it out but it looked like something that may be useful for some. Source: The Windows ClubReview  ConfigFox: Configure and tweak Firefox about:config settings Source: gHacks Tech NewsReview  ConfigFox: manage advanced Firefox privacy and security settings

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Pepper Flash with Firefox?

I don’t know anything about this distro but the use of Pepper Flash with Firefox is interesting.I’m wondering if the other “flavors” will do this. Notable changes: Nemo updated to 2.6.7 Running kernel 3.13.0-63 Firefox 40.0.3 Fixed Grub installing issues. Fixed Docky & Network issues after waking from suspend. Using Pepper Flash in Firefox instead of Adobe Flash. Added the H.265/HEVC Codec for VLC. Source: Pinguy OS

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Enable 1080p YouTube Support in Firefox 40 for Linux

“You can check if your browser supports all the codecs for YouTube by checking the YouTube HTML5 Video Player website, which list everything supported on your PC. If you have a Linux systems and Firefox 40, it’s likely that some of those codecs will have a red sign, meaning that they are not enabled. All you have to do is open about:config and make the following changes. Please make sure that you don’t change anything else. …” Source: Softpedia

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I thought I had these all off but I missed one. ” Find out how to prevent the Firefox web browser from connecting to sites when you hover over links in the browser. “ @ www.ghacks.net/Block Firefox from connecting to sites when you hover over links – gHacks Tech News

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How to block Canvas fingerprinting

“Pale Moon 25.6 ships with anti-fingerprinting option“We talked about a fingerprinting technique using Canvas before and explained how companies make use of the feature supported by all modern web browsers to track users across the Internet.“We also told you how to block Canvas fingerprinting in Firefox and Chrome. … “ Source: gHacks Tech News  Pale Moon 25.6 ships with anti-fingerprinting option

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Firefox 41 ships with massive memory improvements for Adblock Plus

“Version 41 of the Firefox web browser ships with memory improvements that benefit all users of the browser but Adblock Plus users especially.“When Mozilla ran memory tests against a set of popular Firefox add-ons recently it noticed that the popular extension Adblock Plus was adding an average of 60-70 Megabytes to the browser’s memory usage.“It discovered furthermore that certain conditions could increase memory usage extremely so that the overall use of memory by Firefox would double, triple or even quadruple while sites remained open in the browser. …” Source: gHacks Tech NewsDetails 

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How to remove the Dropbox Update plugin from Firefox

“Dropbox users who run Firefox on Windows may want to check the plugins listing of the browser as the browser may have picked up the Dropbox Update plugin automatically after a recent update.“Mozilla, for unknown reasons, never fixed the automatic plugin installation issue in Firefox. While you can block the automatic installation of plugins manually in Firefox, there is no default indicator or permission system in place to protect users.“Firefox checks various locations on the computer automatically for plugins and integrates them automatically.“Programs too may install plugins in Firefox without informing users about that. This is one of the reasons…

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