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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Why Firefox won’t have a ‘Noisy Tabs’ feature

Earlier in January, a Google Chrome update include a new feature called Noisy Tabs which will put an indicator (speaker icon) on a tab that is playing audio. This helpful for when you do a session restore or you’re clicking links to open new tabs in the background then suddenly you have audio playing and have no idea which tab it is coming from. Instead of having to go through each tab you can quickly see which tab is “singing” by looking for the icon on the tab.

So, I wondered if there was an add-on that added this functionality to Firefox. A quick search on AOM turned up nothing. So then I went to Google, where I came across an article on ghacks.net that explains why we won’t be seeing this feature in Firefox anytime soon (though it has been purposed as far back as March 2009).

It ultimately comes down to Google’s relationship with the folks at Adobe who make the Flash plugin. Google Chrome, unlike Mozilla Firefox had (paid) Adobe create a custom built version of the Flash plugin to be integrated into the Chrome browser. So it is rather easy for Chrome to detect which tab is using the Flash plugin and display the indicator on that tab.

However, Mozilla is working on such a feature to detect audio being played via HTML5 (though not Flash). Other options include working with Adobe to come up with some type of indicators. Of course that is if Adobe would even support the idea and even if they did, it is doubtful they would do it for free as Mozilla likely is not going to pay Adobe for such a feature. Another possibility is to move away from Adobe Flash altogether and use Shumway, the Flash-alternative instead. Since Mozilla would have full control over Shumway they would be able to easily add an indicator feature.

So, don’t expect to see such a feature with Firefox at least not for Flash. Further, while there is the push to move to the more secure and stable HTML5 for playing video and audio, it is still going to be a long time before Flash is totally gone (sort like Windows XP).

Firefox OS Based Tablets Development Begins

Mozilla has had the Firefox OS on smartphones for a while now. Next up is tablets.
Mozilla's own Asa Dotzier, director of Firefox OS, has now provided the hardware specs of the Foxconn-made reference Firefox OS tablet. It's very similar to the Infocus nFocus New Tab F1, which sells for around $400 USD. The tablet sports a 10.1-inch IPS multi-touch screen with a 1280 x 800 resolution that is backed by a quad-core Allwinner A31 chip clocked at 1 GHz, PowerVR SGX544MP2 graphics, and 2 GB of DDR3 memory. Other features include 16 GB of internal memory, a 2MP camera on the front and a 5MP camera on the back, Wireless N and Bluetooth connectivity, a microSD card slot, a microUSB port and more. The dimensions are 266 x 170 x 9.7 mm. Powering this tablet is a 7000 mAh battery.
via Tom's Hardware

Mozilla calls on users to protect Firefox from the NSA

"Brendan Eich is the chief technology officer of the Mozilla Foundation, the non-profit behind the Firefox web browser. Among many other things, he oversees the Firefox security team -- the software engineers who work to steel the browser against online attacks from hackers, phishers, and other miscreants -- and that team is about to get bigger. Much, much bigger. ... "
Source: Wired UK
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Mozilla Bringing Firefox OS to TVs, Tablets, Desktops

"Mozilla's Firefox Web browser once was limited to just desktop and notebook computers running on top of existing operating systems, but that's no longer the case. In a series of announcements today at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Mozilla announced new Firefox OS efforts to bring the open-source browser operating system to TVs, tablets and even desktop PCs. ... "
Source: eWeek
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Everything you need to know about 64-bit versions of Firefox for Windows

"... There are 64-bit versions of Firefox, and they are made available by Mozilla for Linux distributions and Mac OS X. If you are looking for a Windows 64-bit version on the other hand, you won't find it advertised on the official project website, and will have a hard time finding references made to it on the site as well.
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"Third-party forks of Firefox exist that provide access to a 64-bit version. You can download the 64-bit version of Pale Moon for example. The browser is compatible with all 64-bit operating systems from Windows Vista on and supports all the things that Firefox supports as well.
"This may also be an option for Firefox users who do not like the new Australis interface that will be enabled in Firefox 29, as Pale Moon won't switch to that. ..."
Source: Ghacks
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Mozilla’s Australis Survey

"... If you have played around with a version of Firefox that was moved to Australis already, which is Nightly only or special builds, then you may want to voice your opinion on it. While there is little chance that Mozilla will undo Australis completely, it may resolve some of the issues that users are experiencing.
"Anyway, Mozilla has created a survey for users of Firefox 29 which they can use to voice their opinion on Firefox Australis. ... "

Source: Ghacks
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Firefox 27 to be released in February

Firefox 27 was originally scheduled for release on Tuesday, January 21st, 2014. However, due to Mozilla shutting down their operations until January 6th, they have opted to push the release back two weeks to ensure the build quality is not sacrificed. The new release date for Firefox 27 (desktop and Android) as well as 24.3esr is now Tuesday February 4th, 2014. via Firefox Future Releases

Best Firefox Add-ons of 2013

"Every month, a committee of Firefox volunteers — who really, REALLY love Firefox Add-ons  — puts their time and effort into finding the best new add-ons. These add-ons are the little pieces of software that add functionality to your Firefox browser and help you customize Firefox to meet your needs and tastes. Can you see why these volunteers like them so much? ..."
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