He reviews some new and updated features plus some how-tos to change them.
Linux users: Unless you installed it manually it will be updated through your distro.
"Mozilla will upgrade the stable channel of its desktop browser to Firefox 20.0 today. The front page at the time of writing is still linking to a download of version 19.0.2, but you can use this link to download the new version of the browser right away. Make sure you change its url if you need a different localized version, this one downloads the US version of Firefox.
"You also find the download on Mozilla's official ftp server. Later today, Mozilla will start distributing Firefox 20 via the browser's automatic update feature, and you can download it from the official website then at that time as well."
Source: Ghacks Technology Newsletter Firefox 20.0: Find out what is new Go get it.
MySearchResults Search is yet another adware program that some application developers are bundling with their applications. Much like Babylon, AVG, McAfee, etc. these will hi-jack your browsers. They will add a toolbar which will cause your browser to slow to a snail’s pace and may even go as afar as changing your home page, your default search engine and even the new tab page. MySearchResults doesn’t appear to add a toolbar to the browser it does take the liberty of changing your home page, new tab page and your default search engine.
MalwareTips has a step-by-step guide on how to remove this annoying piece of adware and restore your Firefox, Chrome and IE browsers. Once again, your best defense is to pay close attention to each screen when you go to install an application. More and more developers are sneaking these in to their installers as a way to subsidize their bandwidth costs.
On March 31st, 2013, Mozilla celebrated 15 Years of a Better Web. On March 31st, 1998 the Mozilla Project launched at Netscape with what would become the Mozilla Application Suite (based on Netscape version 6). Read more about the 15 Years of a Better Web:
Mozilla has released the next update for Firefox with Firefox 20. New in this release include:
- Per-window Private Browsing.
- New download experience.
- Ability to close hanging plugins, without the browser hanging.
See the Release Notes for more details and complete list of changes.
Also released was an update for Firefox 17esr (Firefox for Organization) with 17.0.5esr. The Firefox esr update only contains bug fixes and security/stability updates.
Depending on the operating system and update settings (Tools > Options… > Advanced > Update Tab), users will be prompted to update within in the next 48-hours. Windows users can also go to Help > About Firefox and click the Check for Updates button. Users may also manually download and install Firefox via getfirefox.com. The next scheduled releases will be Firefox 21.0 and 17.0.6esr on May 14th, 2013.
Mozilla has release version 20.0 of Firefox For Android on April 2, 2013. New features in this version include:
- Per-Tab private browsing
- Gingerbread and Honeycomb support for H.264/AAC/MP3 hardware decoding
- Top Sites in about:home is now customizable
- The ‘Quit’ menu item has been removed from Firefox versions running on ICS and higher. When done browsing just tap swipe off recent application list. Use the QuitNow add-on if you want more control
- System requirements have been lowered to 384MB of RAM and QVGA displays
For more information, see the release notes. Users should receive an update notification or can download the App directly for free from the Google Play Store or scanning the QR Code below.
The next scheduled release will be on May 14th, 2013 with version 21 of Firefox For Android.
- Firefox 20
- Firefox for Android 20
- Firefox 17.0.5 ESR
- Firefox 21 Beta (21.0b1)*
- Firefox 22 Aurora (22.0a2)*
- Firefox 21
- Firefox for Android 21
- Firefox 17.0.6 ESR
- Firefox 22 Beta (22.0b1)*
- Firefox 23 Aurora (23.0a2)*
* As part of the new Rapid Release Schedule,dates listed for Aurora and Beta builds reflect when the code merge is set to begin. The actual release to that particular channel may vary by several days.
Several stories on this today.
"... Mozilla is building a way for people to run browsers with all the powers of current plug-ins, but without the plug-ins themselves.
"Martin Best, the product manager of games at Mozilla, said he expects game developers to be interested in creating browser-based games because it will cut down on a problem that he called "code fracturing." Developers "only have to support HTML5, instead of many different kinds of native code," he explained. ..." Reviews - Cnet
An asm.js optimiser can currently be found in the form of OdinMonkey in the nightly builds of Firefox; it is due to become a mainstream Firefox component with release of Firefox 22 in June. ..."
Unreal gaming from within the browser - The H Open: News and Features
Ad-injecting trojan targets Mac users on Safari, Firefox, and Chrome arstechnica.com/apple/2013/03/ad-injecting-trojan-targets-mac-users-on-safari-firefox-and-chrome/
" It's not a particularly sophisticated malware, but the fact that there is a piece of code sitting in the browser and monitoring every single piece of information is scary and dangerous, Botezatu said. Criminals can change their approach at any time, and while they may be injecting ads today, tomorrow, they could switch to injecting exploit code or directing users to phishing sites and drive-by-download attack sites. The malware's structure can also be modified to display malvertisements or steal browser cookies, Botezatu said. securitywatch.pcmag.com/apple/309509-mac-os-trojan-injects-ads-in-chrome-safari-firefox
"It's also not limited to just Mac OS X, as Symantec has previously identified a Windows version of Yontoo. Adware for Mac OS X has been increasing for some time, and Mac users need to be vigilant about what applications they download and install so that they don't inadvertently infect themselves. ..."
” Yahoo’s partnership with a toolbar provider has led to questionable affiliate links showing up in the latest version of the Yahoo Toolbar for both Firefox and IE. “
Mar 22, 2013
Details Yahoo Toolbar Serving Up Questionable Affiliate Links As Coupons
Due to development restrictions placed by Apple for third-party browsers, Mozilla announced they have no plans at this time to release a version of Firefox which would support the Apple iPhone or iPad. In order to accommodate Apple’s restrictions, Mozilla would need to redesign the Firefox rendering engine to use WebKit (used by Google Chrome and Apple’s Safari) instead of the current Gecko.
via Tom’s Hardware