Firefox 32 Download Security Feature/Annoyance

Now, for whatever reason I have not seen any reference to this new feature (or annoyance as Mozilla makes it rather difficult to allow the download if you understand the risks) in the Firefox 32.x release notes. From the Mozilla Security Blog:

Until recently, we only had access to lists of reported malicious web sites, now the Safe Browsing service monitors malicious downloaded files too. The latest version of Firefox (as of July 22) will protect you from more malware by comparing files you download against these lists of malicious files, and blocking them from infecting your system.

The next version of Firefox (released in September) will prevent even more malicious downloads on Windows. When you download an application file, Firefox will verify the signature. If it is signed, Firefox then compares the signature with a list of known safe publishers. For files that are not identified by the lists as “safe” (allowed) or as “malware” (blocked), Firefox asks Google’s Safe Browsing service if the software is safe by sending it some of the download’s metadata. Note this online check will only be performed in Firefox on Windows for those downloaded files that don’t have a known good publisher. Most of the common and safe software for Windows is signed and so this final check won’t always need to happen.

Thanks to Claus (grand stream dreams) for bring this to my attention.

Firefox 32.0.1 Released

Mozilla release an emergency update for Firefox 32.0 on September 12th, 2014 with Firefox 32.0.1. This release addressed these bugs:

  • Stability issues for computers with multiple graphics cards
  • Mixed content icon may be incorrectly displayed instead of lock icon for SSL sites
  • WebRTC: setRemoteDescription() silently fails if no success callback is specified

Please see the release notes for full details.

Depending on update settings, users will be prompted to update to version 32.0.1 or can do so via Help > About Firefox or going to where they can download and manually install the latest version of Firefox. The next planned release will be Firefox 33 on October 14, 2014.

Tweeting Toilet

Yes, you read that correctly. An out of work electrical engineer with a background in computer science and a particular expertise in open source from Finland built a device which will send out Tweet every time the toilet is flushed.

The first reaction to the Twitter feed at @iotoilets may be a chuckle. But the idea behind this and what it illustrates is serious. It tracks water usage, offers a warning about the future of privacy in the era of the Internet of Things, and  just might say something about the modern job hunt.

Ruecker built his device on a recent long weekend after he was laid off as an open-source evangelist at a technology company undergoing “rightsizing,” as he put it. He lives in Finland and spoke to Computerworld via a video Skype session.

via ComputerWorld


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 Firefox. Or to put it another way it would be like Microsoft telling Mozilla, sure you can have Firefox for Windows, but it must use our Trident engine. Of course unlike Apple, Microsoft doesn’t have restrictions in place on what can run on their operating system.

Don’t have the money to shell out $800+ USD (£539) for the new iPhone 6 later this year? Don’t want to sign a 2-year contract with a carrier that will cost you more than the phone to get out of early? Not smart enough to use a Smart Phone? Worried that your phone is going to get hacked, lost/stolen, damaged or the NSA is listening in on your conversations? Then the iCups are for you!

The iCups are “pure communication.” They are two silver cups connected by a jaunty light-green string. This isn’t your childhood version of cups-on-a-string — actually, I lie. It is pretty much your childhood version of cups-on-a-string. But it’s so much more than that. The cups are crafted from high-quality paper. The arts-and-crafts string offers “superior sound quality,” a considerable upgrade over your mom’s garden twine. Run-time and stand-by time are eternal and you can handle most repairs yourself.

You can find out more about the iCups at their Kickstarter Page

via: C|Net

New Theme Interface Coming

The current Nightly versions of Firefox 35 (planned release date: January 6, 2015) features a new theme interface within the Customize mode (Firefox Menu > Customize or right-click on a toolbar and select Customize…). Added to the Customize mode is a new Themes button with a pop-up menu giving you some options for managing and installing themes:

  1. You can switch between themes you have already installed (as seen in Appearance section of the Add-ons Manager).
  2. Choose to install and switch to one of the recommended themes.
  3. Go to Theme Library to browse and download/install a new theme.

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When I first saw this, I really didn’t understand the purpose or need of this change. But after playing with this feature a little bit on my Nightly Build profile it started to make more sense. Switching your theme (or installing new ones) via the Customize mode (you are Customizing Firefox after all) is more logical than going into the Appearance section of the Add-ons manager. As of right now, this feature is still in development and you can still access your themes the old way via Tools > Add-ons > Appearance.

Source: JAWS

Restore Old Firefox Context Menu

For those who are having issues with (or don’t like) the newly redesigned context menu in Firefox 32, there is a simple way you can get back your old (Firefox 31 and older) context menu without too much trouble:

  1. Download and install the Classic Theme Restorer add-on.
  2. From the Firefox Tools menu select Classic Theme Restore
  3. Select the General UI category on the left then scroll down to Replace page context menu icons with labels (back, forward, stop, reload, bookmark page) and check this option. Note: Below screen shot is for the current 1.2.3 version. The 1.2.5 Beta versions the options has been renamed to Replace icons with labels in ‘page context menu’ (back, forward, stop, reload, bookmark page) and is a little higher up in the list.
  4. Click OK and the changes will take effect immediately (no restart needed).




New Context Menu with Firefox 32

One of the new features with Firefox 32 is “Easier back, forward, reload, and bookmarking through the context menu” Mozilla has consolidated the context menu a bit by replacing the text for Back, Forward, Reload and Bookmark This Page options with the respective toolbar icons.

Old Context Menu (Firefox 1.0 to 31) New Context Menu (Firefox 32+)
old_context_menu new_context_menu

Note: the items listed in your context menu may vary depending on what add-ons you are using. Now, I hadn’t really noticed this until recently as the only time I really use the context menu in Firefox is for the Copy Page Title and Location As option which is part of the CoLT extension. When I want to go back (or forward) or even reload (or stop loading) the page I use the regular toolbar buttons. The only option I could see myself doing through the context menu would be the Bookmark, but then I am so use to clicking the ‘Bookmark Star’ in the address bar…

This new feature landed on the Firefox Nightly releases back in May. Surprisingly, the redesign of the context menu was not something that was already being done in Chrome or another browser. Rather, it was more designed to mimic the context menu on Firefox for Android. There is still currently an issue with Menu Editor add-on. There also has been some unconfirmed reports of crashes when right-clicking on embedded videos.

More Information: JAWS: Experimenting with context menus

Firefox 32 Released

Mozilla release the next update for Firefox with Firefox 32 on September 2nd, 2014. This release included several fixes, enhancements and security updates. Please see the release notes for full details.

Depending on update settings, users will be prompted to update to version 32.0 or can do so via Help > About Firefox or going where they can download and manually install the latest version of Firefox. The next planned release is in six-weeks and will be Firefox 33 on October 14, 2014.

Firefox 32 Arrives with New HTTP Cache, Public Key Pinning

"Mozilla today officially launched Firefox 32 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. Additions include a new HTTP cache for improved performance, public key pinning support, and easy language switching on Android. ..."
Source: The Next Web
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