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2015

Mitchel Baker: Thunderbird Update

Note: While this post mostly pertains to Mozilla’s other project, Thunderbird I still felt it was important to post this here as to remind people that while Thunderbird is very different from Firefox, they are still both ‘interconnected’ within the Mozilla Foundation in regards to technical resources. Mitchel Baker, Chair of the Mozilla Foundation has posted an update on her blog about Thunderbird. She assures us that Mozilla is not ‘dropping’ Thunderbird. But, at the same time it is no longer effective for Thunderbird and Firefox to share the same technical infrastructure. Firefox and Thunderbird have diverging needs. Firefox needs to move at the speed…

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Mitchel Baker: Thunderbird Update

Mitchel Baker, Chair of the Mozilla Foundation has posted an update on her blog about Thunderbird. She assures us that Mozilla is not ‘dropping’ Thunderbird. But, at the same time it is no longer effective for Thunderbird and Firefox to share the same technical infrastructure. Firefox and Thunderbird have diverging needs. Firefox needs to move at the speed of the Web, and needs to bring the things we love about the Web into the world of mobile, social, data and the cloud. That’s a fiercely competitive setting with high consequences. We need to be laser-focused if we want to move these parts of online…

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Mozilla Dumps Tile Advertising Experiment

“It’s no secret Mozilla has been toying with ideas to monetise Firefox, with one experiment including advertisement-filled home page tiles. After trialling the feature for a while, Mozilla has decided to give it the axe. …” Source: Lifehacker Australia Mozilla Dumps Tile Advertising Experiment From Firefox

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Something’s missing from the upcoming iPhone 7…

There are some indications that Apple APL 0,05 +0,00 +4,55% in an attempt to make the new iPhone the thinnest ever (shaving off about another 1 mm) they are removing the headphone (TRS) jack. To compensate users for this radical (and stupid) change Apple will be including a pair of EarPods which use the (proprietary) Lightning connector. You can still use TRS connector headphone and earbuds, if you purchase a Lightning adapter. Now, it is important to understand that this not yet been confirmed by Apple. Also if this does happen with the iPhone 7, it would have no effect on Bluetooth Headsets/Earbuds….

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AdBlock or Yahoo! Mail?

It appears Yahoo! YHOO 52,58 0,00 0,00% was trying to get users to not use AdBlock by denying them access to their email account if they were using Ad Blocking software. Yahoo’s limited experiment last week did not go very well as indicated by some of these tweets: “‘Please disable ad blocker to continue using Yahoo Mail’ — how about no,” said Twitter user @RunLikeDeer. “Do you want me to stop using Yahoo Mail?? ‘Cause this is a good start.” “So @YahooMail has blocked my inbox for using an ad locker,” tweeted @Trenti. “It was a good run, I guess….

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Thunderbird 38.4.0 Released

Mozilla has released the next update on the Thunderbird 38.x branch with Thunderbird 38.4.0 on November 25th. A cached version of the release notes shows a release date of November 23rd and currently the page is bringing up a Mozilla 404 page. For those user who have Lightning installed, the add-on should auto-update to version 4.0.4 when Thunderbird is updated. Updates in this release include: Fixed issue where messages moves of multiple messages from a maildir folder to an mbox folder failed. Various security fixes Depending on their update settings may be prompted to update in the next 24-48 hours…

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Thunderbird 38.4.0 release still ‘In Progress’

Thunderbird 38.4.0 was suppose to be released in early November. Here we are at almost the end of November and still no Thunderbird 38.4.0 release. Reviewing the Status Meeting Notes from the November 17th meeting this build is still ‘in progress’. Also been following the Build Notes for Thunderbird 38.4.0 which currently shows they are the third build (attempt) at releasing Thunderbird 38.4.0, but still running into issues. The next status meeting will be on November 30th and hopefully will provide some insight if there is going to be a 38.4.0 release or wait until mid December 2015 to release…

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Win64 Firefox IS here…

…starting with Firefox 42 but you need to go to the Mozilla FTP site in order to download it. Once you click the link, find the most current version of Firefox and click that link, then click on the win64 link. Choose your localized (language) build then download the .exe setup file. At sometime in the future, the Win64 build will be offered directly from the Firefox downloads page. Per Bug 1181014, 32-bit Windows users who are running 64-Bit version of Windows will be offered an updated to the 64-bit version. This likely won’t happen until sometime next year after some…

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Silverlight Support Returning To 64-Bit Firefox

At least for a while as Mozilla still plans on deprecating Silverlight support sometime in the future (much as Google and Microsoft already have). Bug 1225293 which was made public today indicates Mozilla’s short term plans to support Silverlight in the Win64 builds. When exactly Silverlight will return to the Firefox 64-Bit builds is not exactly known. It could (but not likely) be with Firefox 43 already in Beta and due out December 15th, 2015 or (more likely) Firefox 44 still in Developer’s Edition (Aurora) and due out in late January 2016 or Firefox 45 currently in Nightly builds and due out…

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Fox Web Security add-on for Firefox

“Fox Web Security is a neglected add-on for the Firefox web browser that blocks or allows connections to websites based on blocklist information of the three DNS providers Yandex, OpenDNS and Norton ConnectSafe. …” Source: gHacks Tech NewsDetails  Fox Web Security add-on for Firefox

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