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Browser Vendors Start Shipping WebAssembly by Default

by David Iffland on  Mar 10, 2017

The browser vendors working on WebAssembly have reached a "consensus" on an initial implementation set, allowing browsers to ship it on by default. While this is an important milestone, the initial implementation won't immediately result in significant uptake by developers as important features such as DOM integration and garbage collection are not yet part of the spec.

Oracle Reminds Java Developers That Soon They Won’t Have a Browser to Run Applets

by Abel Avram on  Feb 07, 2017

Oracle has recently published a new post in the series “Moving to a Plugin-Free Web,” advising developers to find replacement solutions if they still have Java applets running in production. Firefox is going to stop supporting them soon.

Chrome and Firefox Start Warning of Insecure Sites

by David Iffland on  Jan 25, 2017

Starting with Chrome 56 and Firefox 51, browsers will start warning users if they browse a non-HTTPS site that contains a password or credit card input field.

Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla Urge Site Operators to Replace SHA–1 Certificates

by Sergio De Simone on  Nov 20, 2016 1

Following their SHA–1 deprecation plans announced last year, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla detailed recently their timelines to remove support for SHA–1 certificates from their flagship browsers. Researchers at security firm Venafi found however, that 35% of analyzed websites are still using SHA–1 certificates.

Firefox Focus, a Private Web Browser for iOS

by David Iffland on  Nov 18, 2016

Firefox Focus is a new web browser for iOS that blocks many ad and content trackers by default. Along with its minimal, single tab UI, the browser offers privacy and speed.

Firefox 50 Extends Benefits of Electrolysis

by James Chesters on  Nov 16, 2016

Mozilla has released Firefox 50. The latest update increases the benefits to users from multiple content processes, and fixes a dozen high impact security vulnerabilities. Among the improvements in Firefox's latest release is further access to Electrolysis, Mozilla's functionality for rendering and executing web-related content in background processes.

Blisk, A New Browser for Developers

by Abel Avram on  Nov 08, 2016

Blisk is a Chromium-based browser that brings together the performance of Chrome and the developer support found in Firefox Developer Edition.

Angular 1.X Usage Banned in Firefox Extensions

by David Iffland on  Oct 24, 2016

A developer found out the hard way that they had built their Firefox browser extension on banned technology. Angular 1.X has been banned for use in Firefox extensions as long as a security vulnerability exists in the way Angular interacts with the extension and the displayed web page.

Mozilla Discontinue Support for Firefox Hello [Interview]

by James Chesters on  Sep 15, 2016

Mozilla has discontinued and removed Firefox Hello from its flagship browser. InfoQ talked to Nick Nguyen, VP of Firefox, about the decision to stop supporting the WebRTC experiment.

Mozilla's Servo Browser Now Available Nightly

by David Iffland on  Jul 07, 2016

The Servo browser, built from scratch by Mozilla Research, has matured to the point where nightly builds are available for download. The group hopes to broaden the browser's reach so that they can quickly improve its web compatibility and performance.

Microsoft Boasts Power Efficiency of Edge

by David Iffland on  Jun 21, 2016

Microsoft boasts that users of its Edge web browser see improved battery performance over other browsers. In addition, the new Windows 10 Anniversary Edition will bring even greater battery efficiency improvements in the browser.

Firefox 46 Tackles Security Issues, Improves Performance

by James Chesters on  Apr 27, 2016

Mozilla has released Firefox 46, including improved security of the JavaScript JIT Compiler, and delaying Addon signing.

Firefox Developer Edition Brings Popup Debugging

by James Chesters on  Mar 22, 2016

Mozilla has release Developer Edition 47 for Firefox, bringing new features to improve add-on debugging.

64-bit Firefox for Windows in Firefox 43

by James Chesters on  Dec 16, 2015

Mozilla has released 64-bit Firefox for Windows, along with many changes for web developers.

Chrome to Lose Windows XP Support in April 2016

by David Iffland on  Nov 13, 2015

Google has announced that they will drop support for Chrome on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8 in April 2016.

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