Posts Tagged ‘mozilla’

Thunderbird Usage is on the Rise

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

Given Mozilla’s recent announcement that they plan to end support for Thunderbird, this is sort of a surprise.

Thunderbird usage is on the rise according to latest usage information published by Mozilla on the official blog. The email client that celebrated its eleventh birthday on December 7 crossed the 10 million Active Daily Inquiries (ADI) mark for the first time on November 30, 2015.


Mozilla Wants to Drop Thunderbird

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Given the amount of Competition that Thunderbird faces, this news really isn’t all that surprising.

For years, Mozilla developed and maintained not only the Firefox web browser but also the Thunderbird email client. Both products were received well when they were first released and both managed to attract millions of users who use the products on a daily basis. Mozilla some time ago announced that it would remove staff from the Thunderbird project and hand over core development tasks to the community instead.


Here’s how Mozilla’s Suggested Tiles Feature Works

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

One thing that I’ve noticed about all applications that deliver ads based on browsing history, is that they usually deliver the ads after I’ve already purchased the item in question. It never fails; I search for something like, “bucket hat,” then buy a bucket hat online … and for three weeks after I bought the bucket hat, I keep getting ads for other bucket hats.

By now you have probably heard about Suggested Tiles, a new feature coming to the Firefox browser’s New Tab page in the near future. Suggested Tiles are already available in pre-release versions of Firefox and we were among the first to publish an article about it here on this site.


Mozilla adds Suggested Sites feature to New Tab Page

Friday, May 15th, 2015

This is probably just me, but whenever anything on the internet suggests something that I might like, they’re almost always about as wrong as wrong can be.

Mozilla pushed out a New Tab feature with today’s Firefox Nightly update that introduces Suggested Sites on the page. If you are running the most recent version of Firefox Nightly, the cutting edge version of the Firefox browser that receives all feature updates first, you may have been greeted with a prompt introducing a new feature for the browser’s New Tab page.


Breaking Web – Mozilla Plans to Deprecate Non-Secure HTTP

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Yet another sign that HTTP may soon become a thing of the past …

Mozilla plans to make fundamental changes to the Firefox web browser in regards to non-secure HTTP contents on the web. According to a new post by Richard Barnes on the organization’s security blog, Mozilla plans to make new features only available to secure websites in the future and phase out features for non-secure sites gradually as well.


Should Mozilla Worry about Firefox’s User Share?

Monday, March 9th, 2015

The most interesting part of this article is the revelation that for some odd reason, Netscape is still included in User Share reports.

Every month tech journalists head over to the few sites on the Internet that collect user share data such as Net Market Share or StatCounter to report on the recent month’s data. While the data provided sometimes make good headlines, it is highly problematic for a number of reasons.


Mozilla Releases 64-Bit Firefox Developer Edition for Windows

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Better late than never, I guess …

Windows users who wanted to run a 64-bit version of Firefox in the past were limited to the Nightly Channel up until now as it was the only channel that offered 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Firefox on Windows. All other channels, Stable, Beta and Developer Edition, were not offered as a 64-bit version for the Windows operating system.


Mozilla Enables Flash Replacement Shumway Partially on Amazon

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

It sounds like Mozilla still has a lot of work to do on its Flash alternative; it will be interesting to see if Shumway turns out to be a viable replacement for Flash.

Browser developers and web companies work on various alternatives for Adobe’s popular Flash technology. The most common solutions are to replace Flash video with HTML5 video and to replace Adobe Flash with a native version of the plugin that provides better control. Google for instance maintains Pepper Flash and Microsoft its own version of Flash on Windows 8.


Tracking Protection Lands in Firefox Nightly for Android

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Regardless of privacy and security issues, it’s always struck me as annoying and creepy when web sites continually track user online activity. Nobody likes nosy folks who are always prying into other peoples’ business.

Mozilla added the new tracking protection feature to Firefox Nightly for Windows, Linux and Mac systems in November 2014. The feature uses block lists of domains and sites that are known to track users. When enabled, communication is blocked to those servers on the Internet to improve user privacy.


Firefox 34 – Here’s what’s New

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Another week and another update to Firefox. At this rate, they’ll be up to Firefox 153 in no time at all.

Mozilla is rolling out updates for specific versions of the web browser. If you are running a non-stable build you may have already received updates last week as Mozilla postponed the release of the stable version and the ESR version by one week to get additional development time to stabilize development. This means that stable users will receive the upgrade to version 34, Beta users to 35, Developer Edition (former Aurora) users to version 36, and Nightly users to 37.