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Mixed Feelings Greet Mozilla's Add-ons Overhaul

by James Chesters on  Aug 26, 2015

Mozilla has released a major overhaul to how Firefox add-ons are developed. Included is the introduction of the WebExtensions API and a requirement for add-ons to be reviewed and signed by Mozilla before deployment. The developer community has reacted with a range of emotions to the announcements.

Mozilla Blocks Flash, Encourages HTML5 Adoption

by James Chesters on  Jul 20, 2015

Mozilla is encouraging developers towards HTML5 and JavaScript and away from Flash, after it blocked the plugin in browsers amid security concerns. Following Adobe's advice that two critical vulnerabilities would potentially allow attackers to take control of affected systems, Mark Schmidt, Firefox's head of support, announced the move on Twitter.

Anticipated Firefox 39 Released After Stability Issues Cause Delays

by James Chesters on  Jul 08, 2015

Mozilla has released Firefox 39, after initial stability issues caused by a third party application. The much-anticipated release brings with it support for CSS Scroll Snap Points, new sharing features, and improved dev tools -- as well as several critical bug fixes.

WebAssembly: A Universal Binary and Text Format for the Web

by Abel Avram on  Jun 18, 2015 4

Mozilla, Google, Microsoft and Apple have decided to develop a binary format for the web. Called WebAssembly, this format could be a compilation target for any programming language, enabling applications to run in the browser or other agents.

Mozilla Releases Major Update to CSS Animation Inspector in Firefox Developer Edition

by James Chesters on  May 26, 2015

Mozilla has released Firefox Developer Edition 40, with major updates to CSS Animation Inspector. Dave Camp, director of engineering for Firefox, told InfoQ these changes allow developers to see all CSS animations applied to the selected node and any child nodes, with it being common for several Web animations to be combined to get a single effect.

Firefox 37 Brings Native Playback of HTML5 Video

by James Chesters on  Apr 13, 2015

Mozilla has released Firefox 37, bringing native playback of HTML5 video for Windows, and many security changes.

Firefox Developer Edition Brings 64-bit Windows Builds

by James Chesters on  Mar 10, 2015

64-bit builds for Firefox Developer Edition are now available for the first time on Windows. Plans for the builds were announced back in November 2014, when Mozilla first released details of their developer edition browser. Firefox Developer Edition 38 also brings fresh support for Ruby, with CSS Ruby enabled by default, and support of HTML5 ruby tags.

Both IE and Chrome Are to Support asm.js

by Abel Avram on  Feb 19, 2015

The modern.IE Platform Status indicates that now asm.js is in Development. According to Microsoft, the Chakra engine in Windows 10 will support asm.js, and Microsoft has been collaborating with Mozilla to implement it faster. Chrome is going to support it via TurboFan, a new optimizing compiler for V8.

Major release for L20n, Mozilla's Localisation Framework

by James Chesters on  Jan 13, 2015

Mozilla has released version 1.0 of L20n, an open source, localisation-specific scripting language.

Firefox 34 Brings SSLv3 Security Fix, New HTML5 Implementations

by James Chesters on  Dec 03, 2014

Mozilla has this week released Firefox 34, with notable features including SSLv3 disabled by default, WebIDE, and the implementation of ECMAScript 6 WeakSet.

Mozilla Quiet Ahead of Firefox Developer Edition Launch

by David Iffland on  Nov 08, 2014 1

Last week, Mozilla hinted at Firefox Developer Edition, a version made "by developers, for developers." This special version is part of a celebration of the 10 year anniversary of the release of Firefox 1.0. But, in the days preceding the release, the company has gone uncharacteristically quiet.

Debugging Apps in Chrome and Safari with Firefox

by Abel Avram on  Sep 17, 2014

Mozilla has implemented the protocol adapters that enable remote debugging in Chrome for desktop or Android and Safari/iOS. They are to be integrated into WebIDE.

MakeDrive: Syncing Filesystem for the Web from Mozilla

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Sep 02, 2014

 MakeDrive is a new offline-first, syncing filesystem for the web, from Mozilla. Built on node.js and filer, it provides a sync service that other apps can use, while user retains full control of where her data lives.

ORTC and the Future of WebRTC

by Abel Avram on  Aug 21, 2014

The first stable ORTC (Object RTC) specification is out. The questions is how is it going to impact WebRTC?

Firefox 31 Released; Includes New ECMAScript 6 features

by James Chesters on  Jul 29, 2014 1

Mozilla has released Firefox 31, including the implementation of new ECMAScript 6 features, malware blocking and new features for game developers.

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