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Mozilla gags, but supports video copy protection in Firefox 38

“… Mozilla first announced it would adopt DRM in May 2014, when the head of the Mozilla Foundation, Mitchell Baker, acknowledged that copy protection ‘goes against Mozilla’s fundamental approach,’ but said that it had no choice but to hold its nose.” ‘We’ve contemplated not implementing the new iteration of DRM due to its flaws,’ Baker wrote in a May 14, 2014 blog post. But ‘a browser that doesn’t enable video would itself be deeply flawed as a consumer product.’ …” Source: Computerworld More 

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You won’t be able to run Firefox on these, not that you can on the iPhone. For those hoping that may be things would change with the upcoming iPhone 6, they are not. From Mozilla Support: “Apple’s restrictions prevent us from bringing the current version of Firefox to iOS devices…”. What it comes down to is Apple telling Mozilla they must use the Apple web engine (WebKit) in order to have a Firefox app on iOS. Simply put Apple is telling Mozilla you can have a Firefox app on iOS, but really it is going to be mobile Safari dressed up to look like…

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Mozilla has had the Firefox OS on smartphones for a while now. Next up is tablets. Mozilla’s own Asa Dotzier, director of Firefox OS, has now provided the hardware specs of the Foxconn-made reference Firefox OS tablet. It’s very similar to the Infocus nFocus New Tab F1, which sells for around $400 USD. The tablet sports a 10.1-inch IPS multi-touch screen with a 1280 x 800 resolution that is backed by a quad-core Allwinner A31 chip clocked at 1 GHz, PowerVR SGX544MP2 graphics, and 2 GB of DDR3 memory. Other features include 16 GB of internal memory, a 2MP camera…

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However, they are not for consumers. These Firefox OS (formerly Boot to Gecko) phones are being made by a Spanish company GeekPhone for the purpose of allowing developers to create apps for the new platform. Currently there are two phones the Keon and Peak which both house 4 GB of ROM, 512 MB of RAM, a MicroSD slot, 802.11n wireless networking, light and proximity sensors, GPS, an accelerometer, as well as a camera flash. The lower end Keon has a 1GHz Qualcom Snapdragon S1 processor, 3.5-inch screen, 1,580mAh battery and a 3-megapixel camera. While the higher end Peak has a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon…

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Mozilla Engineering Manager Benjamin Smedberg had started a discussion on Google Groups about ceasing development of Windows 64-Bit builds last Friday (November 23rd). This had been purposed as well back in March of this year. Shortly before Mozilla’s Thanksgiving recess on Wednesday, Smedberg announced: Thank you to everyone who participated in this thread. Given the existing information, I have decided to proceed with disabling windows 64-bit nightly and hourly builds. Please let us consider this discussion closed unless there is critical new information which needs to be presented. The reasons for ending the development of the Windows 64-Bit builds were many but…

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I have learned a couple more thing about Waterfox and the AVG Security Toolbar. In regards to Waterfox, according to a source from the Firefox Builds forum, the Waterfox developer did partner with AVG due to the high cost of bandwidth associated with the downloads from Source Forge. Again, it is important to understand that my outrage was not that the developer choose to bundle the AVG Security Toolbar with Waterfox as the user does get the option (though not easily) to not install the toolbar. The issue I have is that when you use Waterfox’s uninstaller, it takes it…

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ALERT: As of version 15 released on August 29th, Waterfox now comes with bloatware and will attempt to install said bloatware without your knowledge or permission. Read more: Waterfox 15 & AVG. Linux and Mac users have enjoyed having a 64-bit versions of Firefox available to them for nearly the past two years. However, for us Windows users, Mozilla has been teasing us and/or dragging their feet with 64-Bit Firefox. As a point of clarification I should say that there has been since Firefox 4 (may be even further back) 64-bit Windows builds on the Nightly Developmental channel. These are not official releases and have never made…

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Firefox for Tablets Nightly Launched

Mozilla has launched an updated nightly version of Fennec (Firefox for Mobile) which will run on Android based Tablets. According to the comments it also will work on Nook Color running CyanogenMod 7 as well as on some other OS such as Linux with a little hacking. Keep in mind this is still a nightly build, so there are still a lot of bugs and kinks to work out. One of the main bugs right now is the need to add a way to hide the tabs sidebar in landscape tablet mode. However, this will at least show the UI…

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Mozilla to Develop Mobile OS

Mozilla has announced plans for its own Mobile OS, Boot to Gecko or B2G for short. This is going to be somewhat based off the Android platform, but unlike the Android platform, B2G is going to be fully open source.The goal is to have apps which are not restricted to Android, iPhone or WP7 (Windows Phone 7) platforms and can run on a customizable and open source mobile OS. ….as Andreas Gal, a project member, explains: “At some point Android used to be at least available source where Google would publish secretly/internally developed source code/technology after the fact as products…

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TenFourFox

Important: TenFourFox is not an official Mozilla product and is not an officially sanctioned build of Firefox. Further since this for the Mac I have not able to use this application, nor would I be able to provide any type of support. The reason for this post is to let Mac users who are on OS X 10.4 (or newer) running Power PCs that there is a way to get the new features that come with Firefox 4 and there is an alternative to Safari. TenFourFox is a custom open-source browser built-off of the new Gecko 2 rendering engine and…

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