Mozilla is upping the ante – literally – for those who find and report bugs in its Firefox, Firefox Mobile, and Thunderbird programs. Starting July 1, 2010 (yes, it is backdated), eligible security bugs that are confirmed by Mozilla will be paid out with a $3,000 bounty. A bug is eligible if it is critical, and a bug is considered critical when it is: original, remote, reproducible, and “allows execution of arbitrary code on users’ systems, while high severity security bugs allow access to users’ confidential information.” Lucas Adamski, Mozilla’s Director of Security Engineering, had this to say: “A lot has changed in the 6 years since the Mozilla program was announced, and we believe that one of the best ways to keep our users safe is to make it economically sustainable for security researchers to do the right thing when disclosing information.” More →
It looks like Apple has just green-lighted Mozilla’s latest application submission: Firefox Home. Home is a program designed to provide “access to your Firefox desktop history, bookmarks and open tabs on your iPhone.” If you’re an iPhone toting Firefox user, who loves to stay in sync, hit up the App Store and let the good times roll. We’ve got the full press release for you after the break. More →
Yesterday, Mozilla released the first beta of its Firefox 4.0 web browser into the wild. Some of the updated features include: the Gecko 2.0 engine, tabs on top (Windows only for now), a new extensions manager, HD HTML5 WebM video format support, “crash protection,” and a new HTML5 engine. Hit the read link to view the release notes and download the very latest bits Mozilla has to offer. More →
Yesterday, the good folks over at Mozilla announced that they will be releasing an iPhone app, based on Firefox Sync technology, called Firefox Home. Home will give iPhone users “instant access to their Firefox browsing history, bookmarks and the set of tabs from their most recent browser session.” Home will also bring the Awesome Bar to the iPhone, enabling “people to get to their favorite web sites with minimal typing.” Synchronization between Mozilla’s servers and your iPhone will be encrypted from end-to-end, and the application will be free of charge. The Mozilla team said the application should be available soon — don’t muck things up with an App Store rejection Apple! We’ve go the, very short, teaser video all ready for you after the break. More →
Mike Beltzner, Director of Firefox for the Mozilla Corporation, gave a slide show presentation to the Mozilla community detailing what may be in Firefox 4. We say “may” as most of Beltzner’s slides included the following disclaimer:
The presentation focused on three key themes: speed, power, and control. Speed and power are easy to understand; the Mozilla team wants to have the strongest possible code base, leveraging the latest and greatest web standards and technologies. The “control” piece appears to be where Firefox 4 will get most of its UI sexification and usability refinements. Potential improvements include: enhancements to the Awesome Bar, a revamped extensions manager, site-specific preferences, and a tighter navigation/tab experience. Beta builds of Firefox 4 should start rolling out in June or July, with a final release candidate scheduled for October. We’ve got the slide presentation queued up for you after the break. Firefox users, let us know what you think! More →
Having long reigned as the king of the browser world, Internet Explorer continued its downward slide in April as its market share fell to a ten-year low. Market share for the Windows-based browser dropped 0.7 percent in April. to 59.95%. Despite its unhealthy losses, Internet Explorer still remains the dominant browser with double the market share of its closes competitor, Firerfox, which made a modest gain of 0.07% to finish the month at 24.59%. While IE stumbled, Chrome was on the upswing, grabbing 0.6 more percentage points to capture an overall market share of 6.73%. Apple’s Safari made a 0.07% gain at the expense of Opera which lost 0.07%. Next month’s figures should prove to be interesting as they may reveal whether the precipitous drop is the result of the EU’s mandatory browser ballot, now in full swing, or merely a bad month for Microsoft.
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Thanks to Mozilla we got our hands on a Nokia N900 for a few weeks and had the opportunity to give its new Firefox Mobile browser a thorough test drive. Firefox Mobile has a long development history that started in late 2008 when Mozilla announced its very early alpha browser first for the Maemo platform and then for the Windows Mobile platform. While the Windows Mobile version may have been abandoned, the Maemo version just came out of beta earlier this year and is still going strong. Despite its enthusiasm, Firefox Mobile is entering a very crowded mobile browser field that is dominated by Opera Mobile, Opera Mini and the built-in WebKit browsers found on the iPhone, Android, and WebOS handsets. With most smartphone platforms now rocking very capable browsers, how does Firefox Mobile stand up to the competition? Hit the jump to find out. More →
After a slow start, Firefox Mobile has been making great strides recently; releasing the final version of the mobile browser for the Maemo platform and ramping up development on its Android client. Mozilla’s VP of Mobiles, Jay Sullivan, recently told Tech Radar that Mozilla is targeting the end of 2010 as a tentative release date for the Android edition of Firefox Mobile. The development of the Android version poses a bit of a challenge as Firefox Mobile is based upon C and C++, while Android is Java-based and the latest Native Development kit which is necessary to bring Firefox Mobile to Android was only released last October. Sullivan also addresses other platforms in the interview, commenting that MeeGo presents an exciting opportunity for Mozilla, while the future of the Windows Mobile version, already in Alpha, is under review now that the radically new Windows Phone 7 Series operating system has been officially introduced by Microsoft. More →
Browser market share data for January 2010 has hit the streets, and it looks like Google’s Chrome and Apple’s Safari have gained a little — and we do mean a little — ground. Chrome posted a 5.2% hold of market share in January, up from 4.6% in December of 2009. Apple’s Safari came in with a 4.51% share, up from 4.46% the previous month. Firefox and Internet Explorer both lost a tiny bit of ground in January; IE 62.2% which is down from 62.69%, Firefox 24.41% down from 24.62%. Opera was lumped into “other” on our chart, but registered 2.38% of the browser pie. Per usual, IE and FF still dominate the browser landscape with over 86% of market share. Anyone out there switch browsers recently? If so, which browser did you move to?
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Google’s Chrome browser has only been on the market for 16 months, but it has already taken a good share of the market and beat out Safari for the number three spot. Safari, for the first time ever, is now ranked fourth. By the end of December, Chrome was up at 4.63% market share whereas Safari fell to about 4.46%. Of course, the big boost likely came from the fact that Chrome Beta became officially available for Mac and Linux. Top dogs are still Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Internet Explorer, with IE8 still at the top but failing to see any real growth. So tell us, what browser are you currently using and why (speed, extensions, apps, etc)? More →
Is Safari beginning to eat away at your patience? Firefox for Mac crashing and burning every time you’re in the middle of some important task? Well, you might want to give Google Chrome for Mac a shot now that it’s officially available for download. announced yesterday, it promises a lot of speed and efficiency, and if you’re a fan of all things Google, your digital life will be complete. Of course, it’s still in beta so it might be pretty rough around the edges and extensions are pretty limited, but these things will be smoothed out over time. It’s also only available for OS X 10.5 or later. Hit the jump for a video demonstration of the new browser. More →
UPDATE: Just a word of warning — we’re getting reports from several Mac users that 3.5 has issues with restoring sessions/tabs after exiting and reopening the browser. By issues, we mean it doesn’t work. Windows users are seemingly not affected.
UPDATE 2: If you’re having the problem mentioned above, go to Firefox > Preferences > Privacy [tab]. If “Clear history when Firefox closes” is checked, click on Settings and uncheck “Browsing History”.