FCC Net Neutrality Plan Mozilla

Mozilla tells the FCC to grow a spine, reclassify ISPs as common carriers

By on May 5, 2014 at 11:35 AM.

Mozilla tells the FCC to grow a spine, reclassify ISPs as common carriers

Mozilla might not be as big as Google or Netflix in most consumers’ minds but as the maker of the popular Firefox browser, it does have some clout. That’s why it’s noteworthy that Mozilla on Monday recommended that the Federal Communications Commission use the “nuclear option” against Internet service providers by reclassifying them as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act. More →

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Firefox Unreal Engine 4 Video

New video shows the amazing potential of browser-based gaming

By on March 12, 2014 at 11:00 PM.

New video shows the amazing potential of browser-based gaming

If you thought Mozilla importing the Unreal Engine 3 onto Firefox was impressive, just wait until you get a load of what they’ve done with Unreal Engine 4. Less than a year after Mozilla showed off its successful port of the gaming engine behind the latest Bioshock and Mass Effect games into its web browser, the organization has come back with another video that gives us the first glimpse of its port of Unreal Engine 4. The video gives a brief two-minute tour of areas in the games Epic’s Soul and Swing Ninja and they look nothing short of stunning. Of course, this trailer is only one short little demonstration and we still don’t know whether Mozilla has solved a lot issues with latency and long load times that it was dealing with at this time last year. The full video is posted below. More →

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Firefox OS Smartphone $25

Mozilla plans to mow down rivals with an army of $25 smartphones

By on February 24, 2014 at 5:51 PM.

Mozilla plans to mow down rivals with an army of $25 smartphones

Mozilla has teamed up with Chinese manufacturer Spreadtrum to try to create a $25 smartphone that runs Firefox OS. They aim to make a phone that will feature the Cortex A5-based SC6821 chipset, which was developed by Spreadtrum and supports WCDMA and EDGE networks. Noticeably absent is support for 4G LTE and the device’s screen will also be a few generations behind today’s high-end smartphones, with only 3.5-inch HVGA displays. Of course, these compromises are necessary if you’re trying to make a $25 smartphone, and Mozilla isn’t aiming for wealthy customers. Instead, it is hoping a cheap smartphone will sell well in developing countries and help spread access to the Web. More →

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Samsung Tizen Mozilla Firefox OS

Mozilla might be the latest recruit in Samsung’s anti-Android army

By on November 29, 2013 at 2:00 PM.

Mozilla might be the latest recruit in Samsung’s anti-Android army

Samsung announced earlier this month that the Tizen Association had gained 36 powerful friends in the tech industry, but its latest partner might be the most valuable addition yet. According to a report at ZDNet Korea, Samsung’s Chief Secretary Wonsuk Lee revealed that the company will be working closely with Mozilla to foster a relationship between Tizen OS and Firefox OS. Speaking at an HTML5 conference, Lee said that both Tizen and Firefox support HTML5 development, so any apps created for one OS could be made available on the other. Although Samsung has still yet to announce a date for the first Tizen phone, Lee did say that Tizen should launch in the first half of 2014.

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Firefox Add-on Internet Tracking

New Firefox add-on shows you how your browsing is being monitored

By on October 25, 2013 at 1:45 PM.

New Firefox add-on shows you how your browsing is being monitored

Mozilla has developed a Firefox add-on called Lightbeam that could change the way you look at your daily Internet activity. Mozilla says that Lightbeam “enables you to examine individual third parties over time and space, identify where they connect to your online activity and provides ways for you to engage with this unique view of the Web.” As you browse, your activity is constantly being monitored by third parties on the websites you visit, often without any signs or warnings whatsoever. More →

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Firefox OS Marketplace iOS Android

Video: How Firefox OS will avoid the app discovery problems that plague iOS, Android

By on August 30, 2013 at 7:45 PM.

Video: How Firefox OS will avoid the app discovery problems that plague iOS, Android

In order for Mozilla to stand a chance in the competitive mobile marketplace, differentiation is vital. Samsung turned down the Firefox OS earlier this year, but Mozilla is showing signs of life once again with a demonstration of the customizable Firefox Marketplace posted on Wednesday. The Firefox OS app store is designed around a concept called “the feed,” which allows user to customize which apps appear on the front page by liking individual apps, groups of apps, or an entire page of search results by tapping on a heart. As a result, the app store learns your preferences and over time, the apps you see will start to be more in line with your preferences. More →

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Mozilla Firefox Phone Sales

Firefox phones may have a future after all

By on August 20, 2013 at 9:15 PM.

Firefox phones may have a future after all

Expectations for Firefox OS smartphones have been decidedly low, especially since the new platform is entering an extremely crowded market that already includes iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry. But The Telegraph reports that ZTE’s budget Firefox Open phone has done surprisingly well so far, as the Chinese company said that it has already sold out of its initial stock of devices on both its United States and United Kingdom eBay pages. The secret to selling the devices, it seems, is to offer them at ridiculously low prices: The Telegraph says that the Open is selling for just $80 off-contract in the U.S. So while Firefox devices certainly won’t appeal to high-end users who love the iPhone 5 or the Galaxy S4, they may yet find a market for people who want a very basic dirt-cheap smartphone.

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Firefox Do Not Track Implementation

Firefox brushes off advertisers, plows ahead with ‘Do Not Track’

By on June 19, 2013 at 9:45 PM.

Firefox brushes off advertisers, plows ahead with ‘Do Not Track’

Anyone looking to search the web without being tracked by advertisers will soon be able to use Mozilla’s Firefox browser without worries. The Washington Post reports that Mozilla is moving ahead with plans to implement a “Do Not Track” system that will let users opt out of the most common types of tracking that advertisers use. Advertisers are predictably unhappy with Mozilla’s decision, of course, but the Post says that Mozilla executives are confident about “the growing sophistication of tools they are building to limit the placement of cookies in users’ browsers” such as their plan to “add limits on cookies placed by sites users intentionally visit, such as Facebook, to prevent tracking when users sign off and go to other sites.” Mozilla CTO Brendan Eich said that the organization’s efforts to carry out a strong Do Not Track policy were the best way “to change the dynamic so that trackers behave better.”

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Mozilla Firefox Unreal Engine 3 Port

Mozilla shows off ported version of Unreal Engine 3 in Firefox browser [video]

By on May 3, 2013 at 9:15 PM.

Mozilla shows off ported version of Unreal Engine 3 in Firefox browser [video]

Mozilla is out to show that it wasn’t just blowing smoke when it said it wanted to bring console-quality games directly to your web browser. Per Engadget, Mozilla has posted a demonstration video of Android game Epic Citadel that’s been ported over to Firefox using the Unreal Engine 3. While the video is just a straight scenic walk-through with no combat or interaction with non-player characters, it does show that it’s possible to have high-quality graphics run at a solid frame rate of 16 frames per second within a desktop browser. The Unreal Engine 3 is used to power such A-list games as Bioshock Infinite, Mass Effect 3 and Batman: Arkham City, and porting it to a browser would be a major accomplishment for Mozilla engineers. Mozilla’s full demonstration video is posted below. More →

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First Firefox phone now available

A new contender enters the fray: First Firefox phone now available

By on April 23, 2013 at 6:25 PM.

A new contender enters the fray: First Firefox phone now available

Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android platforms have a stranglehold on the global smartphone market that doesn’t appear to be slipping anytime soon. But as a bloody battle rages for the No.3 and No.4 positions in the smartphone race, a new contender with a very different strategy has now hit the market: Firefox OS. Beginning immediately, the first two Firefox-powered smartphones are available to developers and the general public. Or, they were available — it’s hard to say if consumers at large have had their interest piqued by Firefox OS, but both the Keon ($119) and Peak ($194) were sold out on Tuesday morning shortly after becoming available so developers are certainly intrigued. We don’t know how many units were stocked with this first round of shipments, but Mozilla’s new open source mobile OS seems to be off to a good start.

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Firefox OS smartphones to debut in June in emerging markets

Firefox OS smartphones to debut in June in emerging markets

By on April 15, 2013 at 4:45 PM.

Firefox OS smartphones to debut in June in emerging markets

Speaking at AllThingsD’s Dive Into Mobile conference on Monday, Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs announced that the first Firefox OS smartphones will launch around June, Business Insider reported. The executive revealed that initial availability will be limited to emerging markets including Venezuela, Poland, Brazil, Portugal and Spain. The HTML5-based operating system will also be making its way to the United States, as Sprint has previously confirmed that it plans to launch a Firefox OS smartphone sometime next year. Kovacs noted that the delay is due to the company’s plan to build a desirable ecosystem before launching in the highly competitive U.S. market.

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Samsung Mozilla Browser Engine

Samsung continues to inch away from Google, teams with Mozilla on browser engine

By on April 3, 2013 at 3:36 PM.

Samsung continues to inch away from Google, teams with Mozilla on browser engine

Samsung (005930) would love to lessen its dependence on Google (GOOG) services and now the company plans to team with Mozilla to create a next-generation browser engine that will presumably power non-Google web browsers on future Samsung devices. Mozilla says that the new engine, dubbed Servo, “is an attempt to rebuild the Web browser from the ground up on modern hardware” that entails “addressing the causes of security vulnerabilities while designing a platform that can fully utilize the performance of tomorrow’s massively parallel hardware to enable new and richer experiences on the Web.” Needless to say, giving a Servo-powered future version of Firefox a prominent place on Samsung devices would do wonders for Mozilla’s mobile browser market share and would give Samsung an alternative to both the default Android browser and Google’s Chrome on its smartphones and tablets.

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Mozilla Unreal Engine 3

Who needs Xbox? Mozilla wants to bring console-quality games to your browser

By on March 27, 2013 at 10:06 PM.

Who needs Xbox? Mozilla wants to bring console-quality games to your browser

At first glance, the idea of playing Bioshock Infinite on your web browser sounds like a pipe dream. But according to Ars Technica, it’s a pipe dream that Mozilla is working very hard to make real by porting Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 3 onto its open-source Firefox web browser. To achieve this daunting task, Ars says Mozilla “has been working on WebGL, in order to bring 3D graphics to the browser; Emscripten, a tool for compiling C++ applications into JavaScript; and asm.js, a high performance subset of JavaScript.” More →

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