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March 2014

Thunderbird 24.4.0 Released

Mozilla released an update for the Thunderbird 24.x branch on March 18th, 2014. Thunderbird 24.4.0 addressed these issues: Security fixes can be found here Several fixes to improve handling of BCC when replying to messages (bug 968270, Bug 969358) Depending on update settings, users should automatically be prompted to update to Thunderbird 24.4.0 or may do so manually via Help > About Thunderbird or downloading and installing via the getthunderbird.com site. The next scheduled update will be Thunderbird 24.5.0 on April 29, 2014.

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Firefox 28 Released

Mozilla released the next update for Firefox Desktop and Mobile (Android) users on Tuesday, March 18th. Firefox 28 for Desktop and Mobile included these updates: Desktop Mobile NEW VP9 video decoding implemented Mac OS X: Notification Center support for web notifications Horizontal HTML5 audio/video volume control Support for Opus in WebM CHANGED Now that spdy/3 is implemented support for spdy/2 has been removed and servers without spdy/3 will negotiate to http/1 without any penalty DEVELOPER Support for MathML 2.0 ‘mathvariant’ attribute Background thread hang reporting Support for multi-line flexbox in layout FIXED Various security fixes UNRESOLVED Echo cancellation on apprtc.appspot.com…

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Restoring the Gallery

Earlier this month I went through the process of installing theme and plugin updates for all the WordPress sites I host. I actively try to keep the sites updated as a I learned the hard way the damage and out-of-date plugin can cause. On the old gallery site I was using ZenPhoto which unlike WordPress, is not an easy application to install updates. So I had neglected to update the site for a while. One morning a couple years ago, I get online to find dozens of emails from my Firefox Blog followers (and a couple from my hosting company)…

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Thunderbird Release Update: March 16, 2014

Just Released None Coming Soon Thunderbird ESR 24.4.0 Thunderbird 24.4.0 Thunderbird 29 Beta (29.0b1) > 24.5.0 * Thunderbird 30 Earlybird (30.0a2) > 24.6.0 * Future Releases April 29th Thunderbird ESR 24.5.0 Thunderbird 24.5.0 Thunderbird 30 Beta (30.0b1) > 24.6.0 * Thunderbird 31 Earlybird (31.0a2) > 24.7.0 * * As part of Rapid Release, dates listed for Earlybird and Beta builds are for code merge, actual release dates may vary by several days. Further Earlybird and Beta builds follow the current Gecko branch numbering while the actual release build follows the current ESR branch numbering.

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Firefox Release Update: March 16th, 2014

Just Released None Coming This Week Firefox 28 Firefox for Android 28 Firefox 24.4.0 ESR Firefox 29 Beta (29.0b1)* Firefox 30 Aurora (30.0a2)* Future Releases April 29th Firefox 29 Firefox for Android 29 Firefox 24.5.0 ESR Firefox 30 Beta (30.0b1)* Firefox 31 Aurora (31.0a2)* * As part of the new Rapid Release Schedule,dates listed for Aurora and Beta builds reflect when the code merge is set to begin. The actual release to that particular channel may vary by several days.

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KillSpinners :: Add-on

I often open links in new tabs and come back to them later without noticing that it never quits loading so this may be handy.I installed it this morning and it has kicked in a couple times. “Some pages will not finish loading because of internal problems or the use of ad-blockers and other filtering tools.This extension stops pages from loading indefinitely and slowing the browser.” Address : addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/killspinners/

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On the Firefox Future Releases blog today, Johnathan Nightingale (VP Firefox) announced that Mozilla has decided that adopting Firefox for ‘Metro’ is not a battle worth fighting. The main reason is the overall lack of interest in having a ‘Metro’ version of Firefox. In late 2012, when I started up the Firefox for Metro team (I know that’s not what Microsoft calls it anymore, but it remains how we talk about it in Mozilla), it looked like the next battleground for the Web. Windows is a massive ecosystem and Microsoft pushes its new platforms hard. At first, it looked like…

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Firefox OS in 2014

Mozilla has big plans for the Firefox OS in 2014. However, I am not sure if these plans include the US as we saw with the Firefox OS Phones which were released in Europe in 2013. So for the 2014 Mobile World Congress (MCW) Mozilla is announcing new devices for the entire world (though may be not in the US): $25 Firefox OS Smart Phone Panasonic Firefox OS Powered Smart TV Firefox OS Powered Tablets See more at The Den

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