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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.

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.

Mozilla Shuts Down Persona

by James Chesters on  Jan 20, 2016

Mozilla has announced they are shutting down Persona, the cross-browser login system for the Web. Ryan Kelly, software engineer for Mozilla, said "Due to low, declining usage, we are reallocating the project’s dedicated, ongoing resources and will shut down the persona.org services that we run."

Mozilla Has Created A-Frame, a VR Framework

by Abel Avram on  Dec 18, 2015

Mozilla has created and open sourced A-Frame, a framework for creating VR scenes for the desktop browser, smartphone and Oculus Rift.

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.

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 6

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.

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