No Plans For Firefox OS Phone in US

Earlier this year Mozilla announced it would release Firefox OS phones in the US sometime next year. CNet cites Mozilla Executive Chair Mitchell Baker as saying “currently, there are no plans to launch in the U.S.”

However, you may still be able to get your hands on an unlocked ZTE Open Powered By Firefox OS smart phone via eBay (note this phone does not support 4G/4G LTE).

via Tom’s Hardware

Firefox 25.0.1 Released

Mozilla released an emergency update for Firefox on November 15, 2013. Firefox 25.0.1 addressed these issues:

    • Pages sometimes wouldn’t load without first moving the cursor
    • MFSA 2013-103 Miscellaneous Network Security Services (NSS) vulnerabilities

Depending on update settings, users should automatically be prompted to update to Firefox 25.0.1 or may do so manually via Help > About Firefox or downloading and installing via the getfirefox.com site.

How to fix Firefox annoyances

“… If you use a web browser for a long time you will get into a flow when you are working with it. You do things a particular way and while it may not be the optimal way in a lot of times, it does work for you and that is all that counts.
“I recently experienced issues — or annoyances — in the Firefox web browser that I did not want to experience any longer.
“What is funny about those is that I published guides here on Ghacks on how to cope with them before, but for whatever reason, did not use the fix myself on this particular version of Firefox.
On we go:”

Source: Ghacks
Details   How to fix Firefox annoyances

Firefox Release Update: October 26, 2013

Just Released

None

Coming Soon

October 29th

  • Firefox 25
  • Firefox for Android 25
  • Firefox 24.0.1 ESR
  • Firefox 26 Beta (25.0b1)*
  • Firefox 27 Aurora (26.0a2)*

Future Releases

December 10th

  • Firefox 26
  • Firefox for Android 26
  • Firefox 24.0.2 ESR
  • Firefox 27 Beta (27.0b1)*
  • Firefox 28 Aurora (28.0a2)*

* 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.

Bye, Bye Flash Plugin!

Finally after years of being held hostage by Macromedia/Adobe’s Flash Plugin, Firefox will no longer be dependent on this annoying and often times mischievous plugin to display Flash type content come Firefox 27 in early 2014. Mozilla developed Shumway, an open-source HTML5 competent starting back in early 2012 to replace the proprietary Flash (player) Plugin.

via Geek.com

 

Firefox Release Update: September 14, 2013

Just Released

None

Coming Soon

September 17th

  • Firefox 24
  • Firefox for Android 24
  • Firefox 24.0.0 ESR
  • Firefox 25 Beta (25.0b1)*
  • Firefox 26 Aurora (26.0a2)*

Future Releases

October 29

  • Firefox 25
  • Firefox for Android 25
  • Firefox 24.0.1 ESR
  • Firefox 26 Beta (25.0b1)*
  • Firefox 27 Aurora (26.0a2)*

* 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.

Resolve Firefox bookmarks and history issues with Places Maintenance

"... The places file, just like any other file on the system, can become corrupt. This can happen for instance after a crash of the browser or system.
"The effect of this corruption may vary, but it can happen that you can only access part of the bookmarks, or notice that Firefox does not record any new browsing history entries anymore.
"The Firefox extension Places Maintenance has been designed to provide users with an easy to use way to resolve any bookmarks or history issues in the web browser. ..."
Source: Ghacks Technology Newsletter
Details  Resolve Firefox bookmarks and history issues with Places Maintenance

Good News: Firefox Add-on to restore classic functionality when Australis launches

He says "many Firefox users will see as godsend" and I may be one of them.
My browser is heavily customised from years of tweaking it.
"... Australis will remove a lot of features, and it was not really clear if add-on developers would create extensions in time to provide users with restore options.
"Mozilla developer Aris, who is responsible for the Classic Toolbar Buttons add-on revealed that he has created an add-on that many Firefox users will see as godsend. ..."
Source: Ghacks Technology Newsletter
More  Good News: Firefox Add-on to restore classic functionality when Australis launches

Experimental Add-ons and Add-ons Manager Change

Searches in the Firefox in browser Add-ons Manager (Tools > Add-ons) will no longer return results for add-ons which are experimental or not “Fully Reviewed”.

Fully reviewed add-ons meet all of our quality standards, while preliminarily [sic] reviewed add-ons only have to meet a lower standard, focused mostly on security and privacy.

While Mozilla did make the reviews levels clear on the AMO site, the in browser add-ons manager did not show a distinction between Fully Reviewed and Experimental add-ons. As a result, users could unknowingly install an experimental add-ons when they believed they were installing a Fully Reviewed add-on. Users can still search for and install experimental add-ons via the AMO (addons.mozilla.org) site.

via Mozilla Add-ons Blog