June 2014

Greasemonkey 2.0 released, introduces changes that may break scripts

“The development team behind Greasemonkey has just released version 2.0 of the extension. As always, it takes time before the new version is made available to all existing users and users who visit the Greasemonkey page on the website.“Interested users can install the new version of the extension on the “versions” page of it on the website where it is already made available.“The new version introduces several changes that may make some scripts incompatible with version 2.0 of Greasemonkey. …” Source: gHacks Technology News Details  Greasemonkey 2.0 released, introduces changes that may break scripts

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Overview of Home Panel add-ons “Firefox 30 got released a couple of days ago and with it came a new feature for the Android version of the browser that Mozilla named Hubs.“While it launched with Firefox 30, it is not really advertised in the mobile browser itself which means that you will have to do some research on your own to find out more about it.“The Hubs feature more or less adds an API to Firefox for Android to add contents to the browser’s home screen.“As you may know, the home screen of the browser displays top sites, the browsing…

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Thunderbird 24.6.0 Released

Mozilla released a plan security update for Thunderbird on June 10th, 2014 with version 24.6.0. Information about these security fixes can be viewed here. Depending on the users update settings, they will be prompted to install the Thunderbird Update or may do so via Help > About Thunderbird. Users can also download and manually install the latest version of Mozilla Thunderbird via getthunderbird.com site., The next scheduled update for Thunderbird will be in about six-weeks with Thunderbird 24.7.0 on July 22nd, 2014.

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Firefox 30 Released

Mozilla release the next update for Firefox with Firefox 30.0 on June 10th, 2014. This update includes a couple new features: Sidebars button in browser chrome enables faster access to social, bookmark, & history sidebars Mac OS X command-E sets find term to selected text There were several fixes included in this update and those can be found in the Release Notes. Depending on update settings, users will be prompted to update to version 30 or can do so via Help > About Firefox or going to getfirefox.com where they can download and manually install the latest version of Firefox. The…

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This is an oddity I have run into many of times. Open a new Window in Firefox (not tab) and load a Flash Video for the first time and suddenly Firefox jumps the focus back to the previous window. The window with the Flash Video is still open, it just in the background now. This even happens if the new window is a Private Browsing Window. Like I said, I’ve been dealing with this for a long while and just learned to deal with it. Recently though, someone posted about this at Go Firefox! My co-author, Gareon happened to find a solution at…

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Prohibiting Pasting of Passwords

We have been told over and over and over again to use strong passwords. If you can remember your password then it is too weak. Because of this, many people use password vaults or password managers to store their super strong impossible to remember passwords. When they need to log into the site, they simply paste the password from their vault or use their password manager to fill-in the password field. Seems like a good security practice as the users have a very strong password…apparently not. Some sites are no longer allowing you to paste in your password (some may or…

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AdBlock Plus is a Memory Hog?

Ever wonder why your Firefox is using so much memory? Turns out AdBlock Plus could be the cause behind this. Mark Wilson with betanews performed an experiment using both AdBlock Plus for Firefox and Chrome: “So this morning I fired up Firefox. One tab open — BetaNews, of course — finds memory usage sitting at around 184MB (Chrome, for comparison, eats up about 112MB for the same). OK, so let’s get AdBlock Plus installed to check out these claims. Instantly, memory usage for Firefox rocketed to 383MB — so more than doubling — although it did drop slightly to 350MB after…

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