Despite their popularity, both Firefox and Chrome have reputations as resource hogs that chew up big chunks of your RAM. In the case of Firefox, some of this is unfair — parent Mozilla says part of the problem is that many users are running older machines without a lot of memory in the first place. To help those folks, the developers are working on a new feature called “performance” that will let you fine-tune the browser if you’re running a PC that’s less than state-of-the-art.
Firefox plays better than most browsers with third-party add-ons, but as the developers have pointed out before, some of those can slow your machine significantly.
Mozilla has joined Google and Microsoft in the crusade against Adobe Flash content on the web. While revolutionary and useful back in the day Flash plugin has also been notoriously unstable leading to browser crashes, poor performance, and increased power consumption.
As such, first Chrome, then Edge, and now Firefox will be blocking Flash content going forward.
Security has been in the news since Edward Snowden; before actually, just not as prominently. Now, in recent weeks, the headlines have focused on Apple over its iPhone dispute with the FBI, a saga that seems to have come to an end recently.
That is not, however, the only security that needs to be part of our daily lives. Web browsers represent yet another problem and most are working to add layers of protection for customers. Today the Mozilla foundation announces “we’re adding features to Firefox for iOS to protect your security”. What does this entail?
A growing number of major players in the tech industry are now in support for blocking ads. Apple offers this kind of feature in Safari on iOS, ASUS bundles AdBlock Plus on its mobile devices, while Three, a major UK carrier, blocks ads at the network level. And, as of today, Opera Software is also a member of this group.
Opera Software just announced that its desktop browser — which is available on Windows, OS X and Linux — will come with a built-in ad-blocker, which is a first for a major browser. The feature can be tested now in the Developer channel version of Opera and, once it is deemed ready for prime time, it will make its way to the public version of the browser.
If your year is already starting to look chaotic, why not add new organization to your life? You’d be amazed what the right Firefox browser add-on can accomplish when you’re on the clock – or past the deadline.
So, (somewhat) in order of universal usefulness, here are the top productivity add-ons for Firefox, and why we think these features are awesome.
If you’ve wanted websites to push notifications whenever there’s a big update, you’ve typically had to use a browser like Chrome or Safari. As of today, though, there’s a third option: Mozilla has released Firefox 44, which brings push notifications to all desktop users.
Grant a site permission and you’ll get a heads-up whenever there’s an important story or alert, whether or not a given site is open. It’s arguably an overdue feature, but it’s hard to knock having more choice.
Mozilla has rolled out Firefox 43 FINAL for Windows, Mac and Linux, with Firefox 43 for Android due to follow imminently.
The desktop build gains few notable new features — including a secondary Private Browsing block list, but the most interesting changes can be found with the Android build.
Android users gain the tab audio indicator feature introduced in version 42 of the desktop build, allowing them to discover which website is playing unwanted audio.
He knows when you are sleeping, he knows when you’re awake, and he now knows when you’re Googling things you shouldn’t.
A new browser extension called “Keep Believing in Santa” blocks content with “untruths” about the big man in red with giant images of Santa watching you.
It’s been in the planning since the start of the year and testing since September, but the first version of Firefox for iOS is finally available in the App Store.
Late to the iOS browser game, Firefox will face some stiff competition with most people having long since settled on Safari, Chrome, Opera or something more esoteric to scuttle around the web with. But for those of you who prefer to use Firefox on your desktop, there are some obvious attractions to using it on iOS, too—notably the support of Firefox accounts, which make it easier to share bookmarks, history, passwords and the like between browsers.
Mozilla’s Firefox, returning to a multi-month cycle of user share losses, is again flirting with the dangerous 10% milestone, according to data from analytics company Net Applications.
In October, Firefox’s user share rang in at 11.3%, Net Applications said Sunday. That was a two-tenths of a percentage point dip from the month before, and the fourth consecutive month of contraction.