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It looks like most folks in the US have a long wait ahead of them before they can take Firefox OS for a spin. Despite ZTE’s plan to design a bigger and better phone for release in the country in 2014, Mozilla exec Mitchell Baker tells CNET that there are currently no plans to launch in the US just …
Mozilla’s got a full plate between browsers, Firefox OS and a mess of other projects, but that hasn’t stopped it from starting a new initiative. The software community has set up the experimental Mozilla Location Service to collect crowdsourced geolocation data from public WiFi networks and cellular …
After months in development, Mozilla’s Firefox OS is ready for the public. Today, the company announced that the first two handsets running the open-source HTML5 operating system — the ZTE Open and the Alcatel One Touch Fire — will soon go on sale in limited markets. Consumers in Spain won’t have long to wait after Telefónica-owned Movistar announced the 3.5-inch ZTE Open smartphone will go on sale from tomorrow, costing €69 / $ 90 (including €30 / $ 39 balance) for prepay customers.
Mozilla hopes that its open frameworks, HTML5 apps, and consumer-friendly approach will lure people away from low-cost Android, Asha, and Windows Phone smartphones — which offer similar pricing but may provide more in the way of features. Firefox…
Even though scientists created this glorious internet you see before you, current scientific practice is still based more on publishing academic papers than sharing ideas online. As one of the more prominent proponents of the open web, Mozilla stepped in to offer a solution with a new open science initiative called Science Lab. It’s designed to bridge the gap between the open web community and researchers so that they can share ideas, tools and best practices on how the web can be used to solve problems and improve research techniques. Led by Kaitlin Thaney, a long-time open science advocate, the Lab will initially focus on bringing digital literacy to the scientific community with the help of Software Carpentry, a program that teaches basic computer skills to researchers. From there, the group hopes to foster a global conversation on how to encourage the use of the web in science. It’s great to see that the internet has a lot more to offer the field than just Foursquare check-ins.
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In a Chinese invitation we received earlier today, Foxconn Technology Group and Mozilla confirmed an upcoming press conference that will detail and make their Firefox OS partnership official. The event will take place in Taipei next Monday (just a few days before Computex truly kicks off), and it’ll see Mozilla welcome the 19th partner to its Firefox OS alliance. There isn’t much meat in the email, though we did spot a little hint in the rundown that says one or more new Firefox OS products will be displayed. Whatever they may be, we shall keep an eye out for them as soon as we land in Terry Gou’s back garden next week.
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Mozilla originally showed off its Metro style Firefox browser for Windows 8 back in October, but the company has started to distribute it in the latest nightly builds this week. Like Chrome, with Firefox for Windows 8 you’ll need to set the browser as the default one to access the “Metro style” version. This allows Firefox to run in Microsoft’s new Windows 8 environment.
We tried it out on Windows 8 this week, and it’s clear the version available is in the very early stages of release. Tabs are functional, alongside the ability to pin and favorite sites, but the settings are somewhat limited. We found that if you use the Windows 8 search Charm within Firefox it will, oddly enough, use Microsoft’s Bing search engine rather than Google…
To state that the Android-powered OUYA game console has actually amassed some major attention is a hell of an understatement, which ’ s sure to be the case as developer units keep seeping out into the wild. As it turns out, it ’ s not just game devs that are getting some hands-on time here — some of the folks at Mozilla could be working on getting a variation of its Firefox mobile web browser up and running on the game-centric dice in short order.
The news comes courtesy of Ed Krassenstein, an administrator for OUYAforum.com. According to him, a Mozilla developer connected to him earlier today to speak briefly about the procedure of bringing the web browser to the OUYA platform:
We ’ re investigating what we should do to make Firefox useful on Ouya. It already works and we have some initial patches for gamepad support, however there ’ s still fairly a little work to be done to make it really usable. Part of this work will be making certain that WebGL and Canvas support carries out well on the device, and making certain that the appropriate APIs (such as Gamepad API) are additionally supported
The platform certainly provides some … fascinating obstacles, thanks primarily to its non-standard control scheme. After all, lots of individuals have scrolled down a website on a smartphone screen, however I ’ d wager the lot of folks who have doinged this with the help of a full-size game controller is considerably smaller sized. Still, the reality that some Mozillians have actually currently worked to surmount that specific stumbling block is heartening news for fans of third-party Android web browsers.
Krassenstein ’ s preliminary post didn ’ t provide a name for the confidential Mozillian he had actually talked with, but he at some point confirmed that it was Chris Lord, a Mozilla mobile platform engineer who took place to tweet an image of a Firefox develop running on an OUYA earlier today (see above). Given, it doesn ’ t actually work very well — Lords notes that it ’ s “ kinda pointless ” for the time being — but it ’ s a step in the right instructions at least. Lords additionally revealed on Twitter that a gentleman called Kats (aka Mozilla software dev Kartikaya Gupta) is mucking around with Firefox for the OUYA too, though there ’ s no word on how many others (if at all) are spending time on this.
Normally, this job is in its very early phases, and there ’ s no guaranteeing that a last, fully-compatible version of the browser will ever actually appear to OUYA owners, however it appears like things are off to an appealing beginning. And hi — they ’ ve still got a couple of months before OUYA ’ s official release, so there ’ s a chance an OUYA-optimized variation of the web browser can debut right in that launch window.
It’s far from the initial time that computer individuals have been alerted to disable Java, however this newest security concern has actually increased to some high levels at a particularly rapid speed. After initial being stated by security researchers on Thursday, the United States Pc Emergency Readiness Team (or US-CERT, a part of the Homeland Security division) stepped in with a caution of its own on Friday, which candidly recommended that all pc users must turn off Java in their web internet browsers (for its part, Oracle states that a fix is coming “soon”). The flaw itself is a vulnerability in the Java Safety Supervisor, which an attacker can exploit to run code on an individual’s computer.
Not content to await a fix, some business have actually currently taken actions to shut out feasible exploits. That includes Apple, which has added current variations of Java to its blacklist covering all OS X individuals, and Mozilla, which has actually allowed its “Click To Play” functionality in Firefox for all current versions of Java across all platforms (it was formerly only made it possible for by default for older versions of Java). Apple’s step follows an earlier decision to remove the Java plug-in from browsers in OS X 10.7 and up last autumn. You could discover the full alert released by US-CERT and extra details on the vulnerability at the links below.
It’s been a time of representation for search engine groups, so why not for internet browsers? Mozilla has taken its very own trip back with 2012 and found that an unexpected number of us have welcomed Do Not Track. About 8 percent of desktop users, and 19 percent of Android individuals, have embraced the attribute as of the end of year– that’s a clear indicator of interest in keeping internet routines private, Mozilla claims. While we don’t have comparable data for other browsers to add context, the business still sees a great deal of sunshine with the fast advancement of Firefox OS and current additions like its Social API. If Mozilla’s introspection proves fascinating, lots of even more information wait for at the source.
Mozilla’s love of internet apps is even more than obvious; we just have not had a real possibility to attempt the Firefox Marketplace that represents a huge component of the business’s application method. The doors are at last open for a peek, although Mozilla has actually decided on the abnormal path of giving mobile users the first crack: Android individuals willing to live on the bleeding edge of an Aurora build of Firefox can search and run those web apps in Mozilla’s put. Every person else prepared to venture into the Marketplace will certainly have to hang around till their very own Firefox creates get a matching update, featuring that unusual group with access to Firefox OS. We’re not fairly in a rush to try a first wave of applications in an alpha-grade browser. Must you be the sort who thinks that also beta releases are too sluggish, nevertheless, your portal to the Marketplace waits for at the source links.
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