Mozilla Firefox is one of the well-known web browsers. During its long life from 2004, it got extremely popular due to add-on support but lost the race to Google once they released the Chrome browser. Lately, Firefox has been doing some changes which are not being well-received by users. One latest discovery shows that Firefox causes an abnormally high amount of disk operations which on SSDs can wear them out or reduce their lifespan.
Another release of the popular Mozilla Firefox browser is out today. Version 49 features significant changes you may or may not like. Let's see what Mozilla developers prepared for us.
Hello is an interesting service Mozilla has in Firefox that provides a WebRTC-based alternative to services like Skype. Mozilla has included it in Firefox for some versions but have now decided to drop the Hello addon from the upcoming Firefox 49. Version 49, which is expected to be released in September, will come without support for Hello. Support for the underlying WebRTC technology itself may remain intact.
Here is a new release of the popular Firefox 48 browser. This is the first release where you cannot disable add-on signature enforcement. Here is what's new in version 48.
Mozilla today released unbranded Firefox versions. These are special builds of the browser which have no Firefox branding and do not come with the add-ons digital signature enforcement.
In recent Nightly versions of Firefox, Mozilla has added a new system add-on called FlyWeb. You can learn about it in detail HERE. Basically, it allows the Firefox browser to connect directly to devices which have Web API enabled. It is enabled by default, so you might want to disable it if you have no use for FlyWeb. Here is how to disable it.
Mozilla Firefox has "system addons" which cannot be removed and work like an integrated feature of Firefox. In Firefox Nightly, a new system add-on appears to be installed out-of-the-box. Besides Pocket and Hello, an extension called "FlyWeb" now comes with the browser.
Firefox is getting a new Get Add-ons page. With version 48, the browser comes with a different add-ons page which is more clear at introducing what themes and extensions are. It also has a live preview with videos.
I would like to share with you a cool trick for Mozilla Firefox which can increase your productivity and save your time. While surfing the web, you sometimes wish to share something with your friends by taking a screenshot of it. But it takes several steps to take a screenshot of the whole page, save it, crop it etc. In this article, we will see how to directly take a screenshot of a specific element on a web page without using add-ons.
Prior to version 47, Firefox had the ability to disable the default lazy tab loading behavior. The user had a choice to load only the active tab when Firefox opens or load all tabs at once in the background. With Firefox 47, this option was removed from the browser's Preferences. If you need to load all your tabs when Firefox 47 starts, here is how it can be done.