Mozilla has released the next scheduled update for Firefox on both mobile and desktop. Firefox 19 was released on February 19th, 2013 and now includes a built-in PDF-viewer. For a complete list of improvements and fixes, see the release notes. Depending on their update settings (Tools > Options... > Advanced > Update Tab), users will be prompted to update within in the next 48-hours. Users can also go to Help > About Firefox and click the Check for Updates button or go to getfirefox.com and manually download and install Firefox. Also released was Firefox 17.0.3esr (Firefox for Organizations). The next scheduled release will be Firefox 20 and 17.0.4esr on April 2nd, 2013.
- Firefox 18.0.2
- Firefox 19
- Firefox for Android 19
- Firefox 17.0.3 ESR
- Firefox 20 Beta (20.0b1)*
- Firefox 21 Aurora (21.0a2)*
- Firefox 20
- Firefox for Android 20
- Firefox 17.0.4 ESR
- Firefox 21 Beta (21.0b1)*
- Firefox 22 Aurora (22.0a2)*
* 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.
08 February 2013Source: The H Security: News and Features
"Adobe has released security updates for its Flash Player on Windows and Mac OS X to address two critical vulnerabilities. The emergency release was necessary because, Adobe says, both vulnerabilities were being exploited in the wild in attacks on Windows and Mac systems. Fixes are also available for Linux and Android systems and should be installed as soon as possible, as the vulnerabilities allow attackers to take control of affected systems. ..."
Details Adobe patches two Flash Player zero day holes
02 February 2013
"Of the fifty vulnerabilities, twenty-six of them are rated at the highest CVSS level (10.0) and two at 9.3. "
Source: The H Open: News and Features
Details Oracle releases emergency patches for Java
" Grammarly Lite is a spell checker for Chrome, Firefox and Safari Browsers. There are several extensions for checking spelling mistakes and Grammarly promises to do better than others by doing some extra things like contextual spell checking.
"Features of this extension include contextual spell checking Grammar check, Punctuation correction, Synonymous suggestion, Dictionary & Thesaurus. It works anywhere on the web whether you are writing an email, a blog post or updating status on a social network site. …"
Source: Technology Bites
More Grammarly Lite: Spell Checker for Chrome, Safari and Firefox
"… I usually run the Steam gaming client and do not pay a visit to the store on the website. Some users on the other hand may visit the website regularly, for instance to purchase games in different Steam stores or to make use of browser extensions and scripts that enhance the store.
"Enhanced Steam for Firefox is such an extension. It adds a couple of new features to the Steam website that users may find useful. Please note that these features become only available if you log in to your Steam account. …"
Source: Ghacks Technology Newsletter
Improve your Steam shopping experience with Enhanced Steam for Firefox -
I saw this discussion in the mozillaZine Firefox Builds forum today in reference to Bug 836758 - Convert Panorama into an add-on and remove it from Firefox. It took me a minute to recall what the heck was Panorama/Tab Groups. Personas came to mind but then that was themes, not tabs. Then it hit me, it was this promising feature for power users (or people who like to have a lot tabs open) introduced in Firefox 4, but then it became disabled by default in future releases. There is still a small user base for this feature who have been using this since it was introduced. The purposed add-on would be installed (or the user prompted) if tab groups are detected once this feature is removed from the core Firefox build. So in theory, current tab group users wouldn't lose their settings. Not sure what to think of this. On one-hand since the user base is so small may be it is better to be add-on, but if the developers hadn't hidden this feature right after releasing it two-years ago may be it would have a larger user base. The latter which may have given Mozilla justification to develop and enhance this feature. Reviewing the bug there is currently no Target Milestone (version) specified. We are still a couple weeks away from the next merge which means this could still end up in the current nightly for Firefox 21 (due May 14, 2013) but likely won't see this until Firefox 22 (due June 25, 2013).
" By default, Firefox will, in future, only automatically run the content of the most recent version of Flash – all other plugins will default to "Click to Play". The changes, announced on Mozilla's security blog as a way to put users back in control of plugins, will increase the security and stability of Firefox. "
30 January 2013Source: The H Open: News and Features
More Mozilla pulling plug on auto-running nearly all plugins