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Firefox steps up its iOS game in latest update

Firefox steps up its iOS game in latest update

After one or two false starts, Mozilla was finally able to bring Firefox to iOS for good last November. But while it did bring essential features like bookmarks and password syncing, the Firefox that greeted users on Apple's mobile platform was a far cry from the smooth experience they have on the desktop or Android. More than half a year later, Mozilla is pushing out an update that is small in size (less than 50 MB) but big in features, bringing a much needed interface and functionality revamp that puts Firefox on par again with Apple's Safari or Google's Chrome on iOS.

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Firefox will block some Flash content starting next month

Firefox will block some Flash content starting next month

As of next month, Mozilla will have its Firebox browser block some Flash content, following the same trend we’ve seen with the other major Web browsers. Only non-essential Flash content will be blocked; this includes Flash elements that aren’t visible to the end user. As a result, says Mozilla, users will experience less issues with Flash crashing or causing the browser to hang. Battery life, page load speeds, Firefox’s responsiveness, and overall security will all be improved as a result.

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Browser power test shows Microsoft Edge only marginally better

Browser power test shows Microsoft Edge only marginally better

Microsoft took the gloves off when it claimed that its Edge web browser outperformed the competition in terms of power efficiency. While Google and Mozilla have yet to make official counterclaims, Opera published a post showing that, at least with Power Saving enabled, its browser actually tops the rest. So which one is telling the truth? PCWorld conducts its own test and discovers that, while Microsoft did have an edge over the others, its results arent's as dramatic as either claim them to be.

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Firefox Containers are an experiment in multiple identities

Firefox Containers are an experiment in multiple identities

Web browsing is no longer a one browser per person activity. And that's not just about a family sharing a single computer or tablet. Even a single user sometimes needs to use the web as different persons. And no, this isn't a case of schizophrenia. In order to support the not so unusual use case of a single person having different accounts, personas, and habits when browsing the web, the Firefox team is playing around with "Containers" that separate those virtual users, and their data, from each other.

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Malware can hijack Firefox extensions to compromise users

Malware can hijack Firefox extensions to compromise users

Web browsers these days, especially Chrome, use sandboxing methods to prevent unauthorized access to the computer or excessive use of resources. But while that may be true for the browser's tabs and content themselves, that might not always apply to other things related to it, like extensions. That is the problem facing Firefox and some of its most popular extensions right now. Security researchers have discovered that thanks to vulnerabilities in how Firefox implements extensions, hackers can write seemingly harmless add-ons that piggyback on "clean", valid extensions in order to gain access to files or scam users.

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Firefox OS phase-out cut-off plan laid out

Firefox OS phase-out cut-off plan laid out

End-of-line dates are shared by Mozilla for the Firefox OS program, all of its in-house development, and all future Market submissions therein. This announcement release was not unexpected. Firefox OS was given its death sentence late last year - at least in mobile form. Now the Firefox OS development crew at Mozilla turn their eyes to more important projects with bigger futures.

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Firefox OS will live on in tablets, keyboards, routers

Firefox OS will live on in tablets, keyboards, routers

Firefox OS is dead. Long live Firefox OS! Or something to that extent. Mozilla might have pulled the plug on a Firefox OS smartphone, but it technically hasn't killed the platform yet. It even hinted that Firefox OS proved to be a scalable Web-based platform and is, in fact, being used for some smart TVs. Apparently, Mozilla might also have plans to go beyond that entertainment appliance. Based on some leaked documents, the foundation is looking into bringing Firefox OS to tablets, standalone keyboards, and even routers.

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Mozilla launches Focus ad-blocker for iOS 9

Mozilla launches Focus ad-blocker for iOS 9

While Mozilla has just said that it's ending development of Firefox OS for smartphones, that doesn't mean they're done with mobile-specific products. Instead Mozilla has just launched an iOS ad-blocker by the name of Focus by Firefox, which, incidentally, doesn't actually work with Firefox. The app, available for free on the App Store, is a content blocker for iOS 9 that lets users block not only ads, but also analytics and trackers when using the Safari browser.

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Firefox OS isn’t dead (but then again it is)

Firefox OS isn’t dead (but then again it is)

This week at the developer event Mozlando, Mozilla revealed that Firefox OS was dead. At the same time, they really didn't. They suggested that they'd no longer be bringing the smartphone love with Firefox OS - they'd no longer be attempting to sell Firefox OS smartphones through carrier channels. That's different from the entire operating system dying. At the same time, the OS has been promoted as a smartphone OS almost exclusively over the past several years... so... we'll just have to wait and see.

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Mozilla backtracks, ends Firefox tile ads

Mozilla backtracks, ends Firefox tile ads

Mozilla seems to be once more trying to redefine, or at least restructure, itself when it comes to its financial situation, particularly its sources of income. Barely weeks after it proudly revealed that it was no longer dependent on revenue coming from Google searches in its Firefox browser, the foundation is closing another source of revenue. It is announcing that it is putting a stop to its Suggested Tiles feature, more unpopularly known as Tile Ads, a major source of contention within its community and user base.

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Mozilla to focus solely on Firefox, spinning off Thunderbird email client

Mozilla to focus solely on Firefox, spinning off Thunderbird email client

Mozilla Foundation, the makers of the popular internet browser Firefox, have revealed that in order focus their efforts on continued development of their most used product, they are planning to spin-off the email and chat client Thunderbird. This shouldn't come as a huge surprise to Mozilla followers, for while Thunderbird first debuted in 2004, shortly after Firefox, it hasn't been directly updated since 2012. This news comes direct from Mozilla Chairperson Mitchell Baker, via company-wide memo.

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Firefox is finally now on iOS for real and for everyone

Firefox is finally now on iOS for real and for everyone

After a long, and really very long, wait, Mozilla has finally officially brought its Firefox web browser to Apple's mobile platform. While it initially said that it would not bring Firefox to iOS, Mozilla eventually relented and revealed last May that it was indeed working on somewhat of a port of the popular browser. Last September, it rolled out closed beta testing to users in New Zealand, hinting at an eventual public release some day soon. Well, that someday has finally arrived. Here's Firefox on iOS.

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