Blog Updates

The following updates have been made to the Firefox Extension Guru’s Blog:

  • Removed ‘small-caps’ CSS style from post titles and when hovering over links
  • Added new Release Information widget in Sidebar
  • Removed Releases page from menu. Page is now linked on the Release Information widget
  • Added new Disclaimer widget to bottom of sidebar
  • Removed Disclaimer page from menu. Page is now linked on the Disclaimer widget
  • Updated Disclaimer page.
  • Removed standalone Facebook and Twitter buttons
  • Added new Facebook ‘Like’ widget for our Facebook Site
  • Added new Twitter widget for our Twitter Feed
  • Moved Calendar widget to top of the side bar
  • Moved Archives and Categories widgets to below Calendar
  • Switched to Collapsing Archives from drop-down on Archives Widget
  • Added new Subscription widget to sidebar
  • Added new Blog RSS widget to sidebar

Firefox 28 Released

Mozilla released the next update for Firefox Desktop and Mobile (Android) users on Tuesday, March 18th. Firefox 28 for Desktop and Mobile included these updates:

Desktop Mobile

NEW

  • VP9 video decoding implemented
  • Mac OS X: Notification Center support for web notifications
  • Horizontal HTML5 audio/video volume control
  • Support for Opus in WebM

CHANGED

  • Now that spdy/3 is implemented support for spdy/2 has been removed and servers without spdy/3 will negotiate to http/1 without any penalty

DEVELOPER

  • Support for MathML 2.0 ‘mathvariant’ attribute
  • Background thread hang reporting
  • Support for multi-line flexbox in layout

FIXED

UNRESOLVED

  • Echo cancellation on apprtc.appspot.com fails (see bug: 974537)
  • Text Rendering Issues on Windows 7 with Platform Update KB2670838 (MSIE 10 Prerequisite) or on Windows 8.1 has a workaround (see 812695)

NEW

  • More native text selection, cut, and copy
  • Awesomebar entries now trigger predictive lookup
  • Added multiple quick share buttons
  • Added support for OpenSearch
  • Estonian [et] locale added
  • VP9 video decoding implemented
  • Horizontal HTML5 audio/video volume control
  • Support for Opus in WebM
  • Added settings switch to toggle dynamic toolbar mode

CHANGED

  • Now that spdy/3 is implemented support for spdy/2 has been removed and servers without spdy/3 will negotiate to http/1 without any penalty

DEVELOPER

  • Support for MathML 2.0 ‘mathvariant’ attribute
  • Support for multi-line flexbox in layout
  • Background thread hang reporting

FIXED

Depending on update settings, users should automatically be prompted to update to Firefox 28 or may do so manually via Help > About Firefox or downloading and installing via the getfirefox.com site. Mobile users should be prompted to approve an update or can do so via the Google Play Store. The next scheduled update is Firefox 29 on April 29, 2014.

Firefox Release Update: March 16th, 2014

Just Released

None

Coming This Week

    • Firefox 28
    • Firefox for Android 28
    • Firefox 24.4.0 ESR
    • Firefox 29 Beta (29.0b1)*
    • Firefox 30 Aurora (30.0a2)*

Future Releases

April 29th

  • Firefox 29
  • Firefox for Android 29
  • Firefox 24.5.0 ESR
  • Firefox 30 Beta (30.0b1)*
  • Firefox 31 Aurora (31.0a2)*

* 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.

KillSpinners :: Add-on

I often open links in new tabs and come back to them later without noticing that it never quits loading so this may be handy.
I installed it this morning and it has kicked in a couple times.

"Some pages will not finish loading because of internal problems or the use of ad-blockers and other filtering tools.
This extension stops pages from loading indefinitely and slowing the browser."
Address : addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/killspinners/

Mozilla Pulls the Plug on a Firefox ‘Metro’ Version

On the Firefox Future Releases blog today, Johnathan Nightingale (VP Firefox) announced that Mozilla has decided that adopting Firefox for 'Metro' is not a battle worth fighting. The main reason is the overall lack of interest in having a 'Metro' version of Firefox.
In late 2012, when I started up the Firefox for Metro team (I know that’s not what Microsoft calls it anymore, but it remains how we talk about it in Mozilla), it looked like the next battleground for the Web. Windows is a massive ecosystem and Microsoft pushes its new platforms hard. At first, it looked like we would be locked out completely. We eventually broke open Metro (though never the RT line of ARM-based products) and we got to work. In the months since, as the team built and tested and refined the product, we’ve been watching Metro’s adoption. From what we can see, it’s pretty flat. On any given day we have, for instance, millions of people testing pre-release versions of Firefox desktop, but we’ve never seen more than 1000 active daily users in the Metro environment.
The lack of users does not surprise me, especially now that the newer version of Windows 8.1 make it easier to boot directly to the desktop. When I bought this Windows 8 computer nearly a year-ago I installed the Classic Shell application on day-one so I could boot directly into the Windows desktop like I had been doing since Windows 95.

Firefox OS in 2014

Mozilla has big plans for the Firefox OS in 2014. However, I am not sure if these plans include the US as we saw with the Firefox OS Phones which were released in Europe in 2013. So for the 2014 Mobile World Congress (MCW) Mozilla is announcing new devices for the entire world (though may be not in the US):
    • $25 Firefox OS Smart Phone
    • Panasonic Firefox OS Powered Smart TV
    • Firefox OS Powered Tablets
See more at The Den

Firefox 27.0.1 Released

Mozilla released an emergency update for Firefox users on Thursday, February 13th. Firefox 27.0.1 included two JavaScript (JS) related fixes (see below). Depending on update settings, users should automatically be prompted to update to Firefox 27 or may do so manually via Help > About Firefox or downloading and installing via the getfirefox.com site. The next scheduled released is Firefox 28 on March 18th, 2014.
  • Fixed stability issues with Greasemonkey and other JS that used ClearTimeoutOrInterval
  • JS math correctness issue (bug 941381)

Firefox 27 Desktop Released

Mozilla released the next update for Firefox Desktop users on Tuesday, February 4th. Firefox 27 included several updates which can be reviewed here. Depending on update settings, users should automatically be prompted to update to Firefox 27 or may do so manually via Help > About Firefox or downloading and installing via the getfirefox.com site. The next scheduled update is Firefox 28.

Simple solutions to fix Flash crashes when using Firefox

"We review each new stable Firefox release here on Ghacks Technology News, and one recurring theme that we come across is that at least some users report issues with Adobe's Flash Player after they have updated to the latest version of Firefox.
"While many users do not experience any issues, some do and it can be a frustrating experience, especially if you do not really know where to start troubleshooting the issue to resolve it.
"Both Firefox and Flash are complex programs, which means that there is not a single solution that fixes the issue for all users experiencing crashes or hangs.
"The following list may help resolve the issues that you are experiencing. Lets get started. ..."
Source: Ghacks Technology Newsletter
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