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March 2013

No Firefox Planned for iPhone or iPad

Due to development restrictions placed by Apple for third-party browsers, Mozilla announced they have no plans at this time to release a version of Firefox which would support the Apple iPhone or iPad. In order to accommodate Apple’s restrictions, Mozilla would need to redesign the Firefox rendering engine to use WebKit (used by Google Chrome and Apple’s Safari) instead of the current Gecko. via Tom’s Hardware  

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How to make Firefox the Fort Knox of browsers

While this is written about Firefox some of the tips listed would apply to any browser. “Whenever you hop on to the Internet you are facing dangers. While it is relatively safe on popular sites such as Facebook or Google, it is possible that you are deceived even there. On Facebook, it may be a link that someone posted and that you are dying to follow (Justin Bieber did this, the Pope is dead), and on Google, you may for instance be deceived by advertisement. Once you wander off those well lighted paths on the Internet, things may turn to…

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Get YouTube lyrics for Chrome, Firefox and Opera

” YouTube has become a go-to location for listening to music — you get the video as well, but many of us just leave that in the background and listen while we work or surf. However, sometimes we all want to know exactly what the artist said and it can be difficult to decipher. Now there is a browser extension that works cross-platform with Chrome, Firefox and Opera to help you out with that …” Source: Ghacks Technology Newsletter  Get YouTube lyrics for Chrome, Firefox and Opera

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Thunderbird 20 Beta 1 Released

*DEVELOPMENTAL RELEASE* Mozilla released the first Beta for the upcoming Thunderbird 20 on March 8th, 2013. Lightning Users: if you are using Google Calendar with Lightning, you should wait on this update. Either Thunderbird 20 Beta 1 or Lightning 2.2beta1 seems to break the Google Calendar integration (even with version 0.18 of Provider for Google Calendar extension). Users will be continuously prompted to enter their Google Calendar (gmail) password, which suggests there is an authentication or communication issue between Thunderbird and the Google Calendar server. Fixes in Thunderbird 20 Beta 1 include Emails can now be sent to IDN based email addresses (bug 127399) along with various…

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Firefox 19.0.1 & 17.0.4esr/19.0.2

Mozilla released an emergency update for Firefox on March 7th, 2013 with versions 17.0.4esr and 19.0.2 to desktop users. This release addresses issues in regards to security advisory MFSA 2013-29. Mozilla also released Firefox 19.0.1 back on February 27th, 2013 to Windows 8 users only to address stability issues with some AMD Radeon HD Graphics cards. Depending on their update settings (Tools > Options… > Advanced > Update Tab), users will be prompted to update within in the next 48-hours. Users can also go to Help > About Firefox and click the Check for Updates button or go to getfirefox.com…

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“Forced” to use Internet Explorer

So, has anyone really felt they were “forced” to use Internet Explorer with Windows? It is not like Microsoft won’t allow you to download and install another browser (you do have to use IE to do that though). Further, how is bundling Internet Explorer with Windows anti-competitive? It is not like the makers of Chrome, Firefox or Opera are losing revenue because of Internet Explorer (may be with ads, but not the browser itself). I can think of one scenario where it would be “anti-competitive” would be if the other browsers were not free and neither was IE, unless it…

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Last year Microsoft discovered and acknowledged there was “mishap” with Windows 7 SP1 sold in the EU. Since 2009 Microsoft has been required for new installs of Windows in EU to present a “Browser Ballot” pop-up giving the user the choice of which will allow the user to choose which browser they wanted to use. This was a result of an Anti-Trust investigation against Microsoft which claimed that Microsoft was being anti-competitive for bundling Internet Explorer with Windows. More so, the EU felt Microsoft having the most common operating system was forcing Windows user to use Internet Explore with out letting them know up front of…

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Last year Microsoft discovered and acknowledged there was “mishap” with Windows 7 SP1 sold in the EU. Since 2009 Microsoft has been required for new installs of Windows in EU to present a “Browser Ballot” pop-up giving the user the choice of which will allow the user to choose which browser they wanted to use. This was a result of an Anti-Trust investigation against Microsoft which claimed that Microsoft was being anti-competitive for bundling Internet Explorer with Windows. More so, the EU felt Microsoft having the most common operating system was forcing Windows user to use Internet Explore with out letting them know up front of…

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