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Mozilla Foundation Announces Firefox OS Contribution Program

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 31, 2014

In an effort to accelerate the development of Firefox OS, Mozilla announced a Contribution Program which will aim at providing dedicated developers with access to resources and reference hardware. Foxconn will manufacture the initial reference hardware, a tablet. The program will be open to developers, localizers, testers, and bug fixers.

Firefox 26 Blocks Java

by Abel Avram on  Dec 11, 2013 2

Mozilla Firefox 26 now blocks all Java plug-ins by default due to security concerns but allows users to run such plug-ins if they want to.

Telefónica Launches First Consumer FirefoxOS Device

by Zef Hemel on  Jul 03, 2013

Telefónica has launched the ZTE Open, the first consumer-oriented mobile phone running Mozilla's fully web-based FirefoxOS. The ZTE Open sells as a €69 prepaid phone that comes with €30 and is aimed at the low-end market. Telefónica will launch more FirefoxOS phones in other markets over the coming weeks. Other operators will launch FirefoxOS-based phones later this year.

Sauce Labs Appium Now Can Test Android and Firefox OS Apps

by Abel Avram on  May 14, 2013

Sauce Labs has extended Appium to support automated testing for Android and Firefox OS applications. Support for iOS was introduced earlier this year.

Latest News on webOS, Tizen, Bada and Firefox OS

by Abel Avram on  Feb 25, 2013

LG buys webOS. Samsung kills Bada and strengthens Tizen. Firefox OS attracts more carriers and first devices seen at MWC 2013.

Google Announces PageSpeed Insights 2.0

by Abel Avram on  Jun 13, 2012

Google has released PageSpeed Insights 2.0 with an interface redesign, extensions for Chrome and Firefox, automatic page optimizations with an online service or via SDK, an API, support for mobile devices and more analysis rules.

Jetty gets Speedy

by Alex Blewitt on  Mar 20, 2012 1

The Jetty project recently announced that Jetty now has SPDY support. InfoQ caught up with Greg Wilkins and Simone Bordet to find out more about the protocol, and what advantages it may bring.

Mozilla Mulls H.264 Support

by Alex Blewitt on  Mar 16, 2012 4

Historically, Mozilla has rejected the use of non-open codecs (such as H.264), a subject that has been covered before on InfoQ. The main reason is ideological; H.264 is covered by patents and licensed by the MPEG-LA. Could this stance be softening, with the proposal to allow platform-provided codecs for video support?

Mozilla Prepares a Separate Firefox Release for the Enterprise

by Abel Avram on  Jan 11, 2012 5

Mozilla will create a separate Firefox release for enterprises, but it will come with less security and stability fixes. Organizations interested in such a version are invited to participate in alpha and beta testing.

Mozilla Considers Blacklisting Java

by Alex Blewitt on  Oct 03, 2011

The Mozilla Foundation has publicly considered disabling Java from running in the browser environment, thanks to recent research that indicates Java is the top of the three vectors for security exploits in the browser.

Should the Web be Encrypted?

by Jean-Jacques Dubray on  Aug 07, 2011

Last week, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), in collaboration with the Tor Project, has launched an official 1.0 version of HTTPS Everywhere, a tool for the Firefox web browser that helps secure web browsing by encrypting connections to more than 1,000 websites.

Enterprise Reacts to Browser Release Cycle

by Vinayak Palankar on  Jul 26, 2011 3

Enterprise organizations were taken by surprise with the recent release of Firefox 5.0 just three months after 4.0, citing security concern and lack of stable Firefox versions for enterprises to work with. At the same time Microsoft has reaffirmed its commitment to enterprises as well as general web consumers.

IonMonkey: Mozilla’s new JavaScript JIT compiler

by Dio Synodinos on  May 02, 2011

IonMonkey is the name of Mozilla’s new JavaScript JIT compiler, which aims to enable many new optimizations in the SpiderMonkey JavaScript engine. InfoQ had a small Q&A with Lead Developer David Anderson, about this new development that could bring significant improvements in products that use the SpiderMonkey engine like Firefox, Thunderbird, Adobe Acrobat, MongoDB and more.

Google Page Speed Goes Online and Mobile

by Abel Avram on  Apr 01, 2011

Google has made Page Speed available online, enhancing it for analyzing web pages targeted at smartphones.

Firefox: Mozilla Wants a New Development Process, Firefox 4 and the Roadmap

by Abel Avram on  Mar 23, 2011

The Mozilla team wants to switch Firefox development to a schedule-driven process to speed up releases. Firefox 4 has been recently released with many improvements, while the roadmap outlines plans for versions 5, 6, and 7.

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