September 2014

Meet MatchStick by Mozilla

One of our Facebook followers shared this on our Facebook Page today. MatchStick is Mozilla’s ($25) alternative to Google’s Chromecast. Mozilla is expanding beyond its Firefox browser and trying its hand in the suddenly hot streaming video business. Its take: the MatchStick HDMI streaming stick, which will sell for a limited time through Kickstarter at a starting price of $12 before it goes to retail. It’s final price of $25 sets its sights on the Chromecast, the $35 streaming dongle from search giant Google. Matchstick runs on Firefox OS, the open source mobile operating system built by Mozilla on Firefox’s…

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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

No, the title is not a typo. Microsoft has announced today they are skipping over Windows 9 and going directly to Windows 10. Originally codenamed Windows Threshold, the new operating system essentially does away with the tiled “Metro” user interface that Microsoft had attempted to implement across its entire device line, from desktop PCs to Surface tablets and Widows Phone devices. It is such a substantial leap, according to Microsoft’s executive VP of operating systems, Terry Myerson, that the company decided it would be best to skip over Windows 9, the widely expected name for the next version. So it…

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No iPads for the LA Clippers

First off, had no idea the former Microsoft CEO had purchased the Los Angeles Clippers. Anyway, he still supports Microsoft and has told the staff (including the head coach) ‘no iPads’. Ballmer has told the staff at the L.A. Clippers — including head coach Doc Rivers — that he doesn’t want iPads around the front office or on the bench. Ballmer tells Reuters that most of the Clippers organization is already using Windows, though he conceded that some of the coaches and players are not. So, guess that means they will be using Surface Tablets. via GeekWire

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Site Updates: September 25, 2014

After long consideration I have decided to merge the tech portion of my former El Guru’s Blog into this blog. This is part of an overall goal of mine to reduce the number of WordPress sites that I need to maintain. Currently, I have around 12 sites I currently manage and it is hard to remember which sites I have already updated. Plus, not all the sites run the same plugins so at any given time some sites may not have updates while others do. Some other changes to note: The Home button/link is now linked to the blog. Prior it was linked to the Firefox…

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iPhone 6 is flexible (not in a good way)

Now, it has been rumored that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 and Note 4 are suppose feature a flexible display. Apple has taken flexible display to a whole new level with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus (and not in a good way). Seems there is a bit of a design flaw with the aluminium construction. Photos have begun appearing online showing distinctly bent aluminium devices, with complaints that the new iterations of the iPhone, which feature a thinner and larger aluminium body, are unable to stand up to the wear and tear of staying in a pocket. via C|Net

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Thunderbird 31.1.2 Released

Mozilla has pushed out an emergency update to Thunderbird 31.1.0 on September 24th. Thunderbird 31.1.2 addressed these issues: Fixed an issue where anchor links would not work in HTML emails (Bug 974857) MFSA 2014-73: RSA Signature Forgery in NSS 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 Thunderbird 31.2.0 on October 14, 2014.

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Firefox 32.0.3 Released

Mozilla release an emergency update for Firefox 32.0 on September 24th, 2014 with Firefox 32.0.3. This release addressed these issues: MFSA 2014-73: RSA Signature Forgery in NSS Please see the release notes for full details. Depending on update settings, users will be prompted to update to version 32.0.3 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 next planned release will be Firefox 33 on October 14, 2014.

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Change Firefox menu shortcuts with Menu Wizard

“Menu Wizard is a handy browser add-on for the Firefox web browser that you can use to hide or move menu items. It supports the Firefox menu bar (not displayed anymore by default), the tab and main context menu, and the bookmarks bar by default so that you can customize what is displayed and how it is displayed in the browser. …” Source: gHacks Tech News More  Change Firefox menu shortcuts with Menu Wizard

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Firefox 32.0.2 Released

Mozilla release an emergency update for Firefox 32.0 on September 18th, 2014 with Firefox 32.0.2. This release addressed these bugs: Corrupt installations cause Firefox to crash on update Please see the release notes for full details. Depending on update settings, users will be prompted to update to version 32.0.2 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 next planned release will be Firefox 33 on October 14, 2014.

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