Firefox Stories February 26, 2016

AAPL: 96.91

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I’ve never been a fan of the stock Mail app in OS X, so I generally find myself relying on Gmail inside of Chrome for all of my email needs. In fact, I don’t have any email accounts configured inside of the stock Mail app at all. With this in mind, I always get frustrated when I inadvertently click a mailto link inside of a browser window. Doing so forces the Mail app, which is set as the default mail client in OS X, to open without purpose.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could configure Gmail to play the role of the default mail client inside your browser of choice? In this video tutorial, I’ll show you how easy it is to configure Chrome, Safari, and even Firefox to use Gmail as the default mail client. expand full story

Firefox Stories November 12, 2015

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You can now get the alternative web browser Firefox for iPhone and iPad in the App Store. Except its not really Firefox as you know it on the desktop, because the underlying engine is all WebKit, not Mozilla’s Gecko renderer like it is on the Mac. This is the same as the iOS Google Chrome app — the App Store rules require browsers to use the Safari WebKit engine. This isn’t really a bad thing, the WebKit rendering core is the industry leading mobile (and desktop) engine.

You might want to use Firefox for iPhone and iPad if you use Firefox on the Mac, due to UI similarities for the browser chrome or just for syncing convenience. The Firefox app will sync bookmarks, open tabs across all your devices by logging into your Firefox account. These are the main differences between Firefox and the native Safari app.

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Firefox Stories September 3, 2015

AAPL: 110.37

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First Firefox for iOS preview now available in New Zealand ahead of public launch later this year

Firefox today has released the first public preview version of its browser for iOS. Unfortunately, the company is first making the preview version of the browser available to users in New Zealand only. Firefox notes, however, that it will expand the preview to a few more countries as time progresses, before ultimately launching the browser to the public.

Firefox says that it is primarily using the first preview to collect feedback from users to help it improve the features and stability of the browser before a widespread launch. One notable feature that the company is collecting data on is Intelligent Search. This feature, built into Firefox, provides suggested search results and the choice of search providers, as seen in the middle screenshot above. Another notable feature of the app is support for Firefox Accounts, which allows you to keep all of your browser history, passwords, and tabs synced between your various devices. Finally, the app also supports Visual Tabs, which makes it easy to keep track of the tabs you have open at any given point.

If you’re interested in being notified when Firefox for iOS launches in your country, you can sign up here. It’s unclear how long it will be until Firefox for iOS expands to more countries for testing, but the company says it will launch on the App Store by the end of this year.

Firefox Stories August 20, 2015

AAPL: 112.65

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Amazon may have been Apple’s target when it unveiled its iBooks Store alongside the iPad in 2010, but the digital retail giant’s latest move is helping fulfill Steve Jobs’ vision of a web without Flash. Amazon Advertising issued an update to its technical guidelines today declaring that it will stop accepting Flash-based ads starting next month. Adobe cited “recent browser setting updates from Google Chrome, and existing browser settings from Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari” that interfere with displaying Flash ads. expand full story

Firefox Stories July 14, 2015

It’s been a rough week for the fate of Adobe’s Flash Player plugin. Yesterday we told you about Facebook’s security chief pushing Steve Jobs’ anti-Flash message and calling on Adobe to announce an end-of-life date for the plugin, and today a major web browser has opted to actually block Flash to protect users from security issues. Mozilla said today that it is temporarily disabling Flash by default until Adobe is able to address recent exploits discovered in the plugin… expand full story

Firefox Stories May 21, 2015

Mozilla begins seeking beta testers for iOS version of Firefox

Firefox may be waning in popularity as a desktop browser, but development team Mozilla is pushing ahead to release a version of the software for iOS devices. In a new survey discovered by TechCrunch, the company reveals that it’s currently searching for people who can beta test the upcoming app.

Just about anyone can sign up for the beta, though Mozilla hasn’t made it clear how many people will be chosen, or when the selection process will start. Users interested in testing will need to answer a few basic questions about the types of devices they own and their proficiency with iOS software.

Once you’ve answered all of the questions and supplied an email address, the only thing left to do is wait and see if you’ve been chosen.

Mozilla launched a version of Firefox for Android several years ago, but thus far has not released a version for Apple’s platform.

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