No Firefox on iPhone, iPad Version of Firefox Home Likely

Mozilla has confirmed that they will not be working on a Mobile version of for and will instead continue to work on Firefox Home for iPhone with a future version for iPad under consideration.

Firefox Home

According to a blog post on the Mozilla blog, Mozilla will not spend time or efforts on building an Firefox and will instead continue to build Firefox Home as a rich cloud-based application.

We are working to bring as much of your Firefox experience as possible to Firefox Home. People have asked about adding more browser-like features to Firefox Home, but there are technical and logistical restrictions that make it difficult, if not impossible, to build the full Firefox browser for the iPhone. We are focused on building Firefox Home as a rich, cloud-based application and making it a valuable product that people will continue to love and use.

Mozilla will continue to add more features to Firefox Home while adding new platforms like and to the list. They have also said that they might end up creating a Firefox Home app for in future.

Firefox Home will get more features such as password synchronization, better integration, search engine preferences, and integration, social sharing and more.

Earlier, Mozilla had also stopped development of Firefox Mobile for Windows Mobile when Windows Phone 7 was announced. Now, with indication that Mozilla will continue to offer Firefox Home as an app on different platforms rather than the whole browser itself, Mozilla might be bailing out of the heavily competitive mobile browser market which is currently lead by Opera Mini and Opera Mobile.

Currently Firefox Mobile or Fennec as it was earlier known is available for the / platform (Firefox Mobile for Maemo) and platform (Firefox Mobile for Android).

Also with the help of Firefox Home as a sync platform for mobile devices, Mozilla might start attracting more users towards their desktop platform.

Firefox 4 Beta 5 Adds Hardware Graphics Acceleration, Audio Capabilities and HSTS

Mozilla has just released Beta 5 with faster graphics and audio capabilities for the web. The new features taps into features to allow developers to work better with the browser, adds hardware graphics acceleration and also implements a new security protocol called HTTP Strict Transport Security  (HSTS).

Mozilla has been working pretty hard on 4, with the introduction of the first beta (read FF 4 beta review) in early July adding a new interface and add-ons manager among other things. Firefox has also released more updates for Firefox 4 in the form of Beta 3 which introduced touch-screen support and Beta 4 which added Sync and Firefox Tab Panorama.

With Firefox 4 Beta 5 Mozilla has added a new audio API to expose raw audio embedded between <video> and <audio> elements provided by HTML5 to read and write raw audio data within the browser, think like visualization of the audio with Windows Media player. You can read more about this feature at a Mozilla developers blog post here or watch the video embedded below.

In addition to that, Firefox 4 Beta 5 also takes advantage of the built-in graphics hardware in Windows computers with DirectX 10 to improve graphics performance. Firefox will use Direct2D by default on supported hardware.

Firefox 4 Beta 5 also adds a new protocol called HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) which allows websites to insist that Firefox always use secured connections. Firefox 4 will now remember which sites use the HSTS protocol and will always use SSL to pass data through those websites.

Visit the official Mozilla announcement for more information on Firefox 4 Beta 5 and download links.

Mozilla Drops Features From Firefox 4 To Meet Release Deadline

In order to meet the October/November release deadline for Firefox 4, Mozilla has decided to axe some of the new features. The first casualty is the Account Manager feature.


In Mozilla’s Dan Mills’ words, The Account Manager makes it incredibly easy for users to create new accounts with optional randomly generated passwords, and log into and out of them with just a click”. We had previewed an early prototype back in March and had found it to be capable of dramatically simplifying how users connect to websites.

Mozilla is aiming for a feature freeze by September 10. If Firefox 4 continues to fall behind schedule, then more features might be stripped. The prime candidates for removal are silent updates on Windows, Inspector and Web Console. However, even without some of these features, Firefox 4 will have enough to excite fans. The new version will introduce a brand new skin, tab candy, revamped add-ons manager and more.

Download Fennec Alpha for Android 2.0+ (and N900)

Finally, after quite a long time, Firefox’s mobile version Fennec is available for download for phones running the Android OS version 2.0 or higher and the Nokia N900 Maemo phone. Fennec is still in its Alpha stage and is far from rock-solid and stable. Development is slow, but it promises to deliver seamless web experience between your desktop and mobile. It includes the Firefox Sync addon and increased performance due to two major technologies that were implemented in the current iteration called Electrolysisand Layers.


Electrolysis is a technology that allows the Fennec interface to run as a separate process from the web renderer, improving stability and increasing usability. Fennec can thus react faster to user input instead of being bogged down by a large page that is being downloaded. The Beta version of Fennec will start taking advantage of Layers to greatly improve performance in graphic intensive actions like scrolling, zooming, animations and video.

You can download Fennec from the Mozilla site. Don’t forget to read the release notes. Do remember that this is an Alpha build and might not be stable or fast. Fennec Alpha currently runs on Android 2.0 or higher, or the Nokia N900.

Mozilla Fixes 14 Security Issues with Firefox 3.6.7

Firefox Next week, the Black Hat Security Conference is scheduled to take place at Las Vegas. Undoubtedly, hackers attending the event are getting ready with their proof of concepts and exploits. In fact, one security analyst is already making the headlines for discovering security holes in Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome and Safari.

In the run up to the event, Mozilla is doing its best to keep hackers at bay by patching up as many vulnerabilities as possible. Yesterday, they released Firefox 3.6.7, which is a recommended stability and security update. This release patches 8 critical vulnerabilities including some that could allow remote arbitrary code execution.

The full change log along with information about each of the fixed vulnerabilities is available here. Earlier this month, Google had also patched as many as 10 vulnerabilities in a Chrome security update.

[ Download Firefox 3.6.7 ]

Firefox Home Approved For iPhone

Here is some good news for Firefox users, Apple has approved the Firefox Home app for the and . Firefox Home is an app which will sync your browsing session on your desktop and the iPhone.

Firefox home is a browsing session syncing application for the iPhone OS. This app is based on Firefox Sync and allows access to the last browsing history, bookmarks and the set of tabs. This serves as an excellent session manager for web browsing and the fact that it is available anywhere makes you feel at home, so the name.

Firefox Home was submitted to the App store at the beginning of this month and was approved within 15 days, which shows that Apple is now opening up to Mozilla after they earlier allowed the Opera app on the app store. However, Mozilla is not planning to create the Firefox browser for the iPhone.


Firefox Home will sync your Firefox history, bookmarks and open tabs, just as you had left them on your desktop computer. Unlike Firefox which is built on Gecko, Firefox Home is built on Webkit which might have worked out in favor of Mozilla. You can download the Firefox Home app for free for the iPhone or iPod Touch from here. More info at the Official Mozilla blog.

Firefox 4 Beta 1 Available for Downloads

Mozilla has just announced the availability of Firefox 4 Beta 1 for downloads. The Firefox 4 Beta 1 gives a glimpse of the future of Firefox and the upcoming Firefox 4 release. The new features in Firefox 4 are pretty exciting and I am trying them out as we speak so keep an eye on the review for Firefox 4.


Firefox 4 Beta 1 has several new features which include:

New Add-Ons Manager: gives you more space to manage your Add-Ons, Themes and Plugins. Customizing your browser has never been easier!

HD Video: Watch hardware-accelerated, super-smooth, HD-quality HTML5 video on YouTube using the new WebM format.

Privacy improvements: Mozilla always puts privacy first, and this latest beta fixes flaws in some Web standards that could expose your browser history.

Crash Protection: Experience uninterrupted browsing (now available on all platforms) when a plugin crashes or freezes, you can resume browsing by simply refreshing the page.

Performance: We know that performance is important. In this version, we focused on improving responsiveness at start-up and during page loads. This is just the beginning for performance improvements in Firefox 4.

Firefox 4 Beta 1 fully integrates including videos and offline storage. The beta also sports a new look which Mozilla has been working on for a long time. If you are interested you can download the Firefox 4 Beta 1 from here. A full review of Firefox 4 beta 1 will be posted shortly, so stay tuned.

Firefox Completes 2 Billion Firefox Add-on Downloads

have been one of the biggest reason I and I believe several other users have still stuck with the browser. Firefox extensions or add-ons as they are known spice up the browser adding features which make it more useful and better.


Today, Firefox completed a huge milestone with over 2 billion downloads of various add-ons and . Firefox has reached the milestone with 2 billion downloads over a period of over 3 years from The below chart shows the downloads on a year to year basis.


Firefox had completed 1 billion downloads back in November 2008, the second million took over 19 months. The Firefox add-ons boasts of over 150 million add-ons in use every day. Mozilla has also created a special collection of add-ons called Best of 2 Billion Firefox add-ons which contains about 25 add-ons, you can view the list and download it from here. For more information on this milestone visit the Rock Your Firefox announcement.

A Web Browser for Your TV – Kylo

[Windows and Mac] I have hooked up my computers to the TV occasionally. It’s pretty cool, but for me, it’s not very handy. My couch is too far from the screen and I can’t read most of the text while surfing. A new web browser called Kylo, promises to solve that problem. The Kylo browser is based on Mozilla code, so it’s using the same engine that Firefox uses. Here’s what the web site says about their browser:

Sit back and get ready for big-screen browsing. Kylo brings your TV and computer together to create the ultimate content experience. Enjoy your favorite online shows, videos, music, games and news. Take your HDTV anywhere on the web.

I tried Kylo briefly last week. At first I was pretty amazed at how well it worked. Here you can see the Kylo home page. (click to expand pictures)


Next, I visited Youtube. It works very nicely in full screen mode most of the time. Occasionally the video would freeze, but going back to normal screen usually resumed the video.


Below, you can see the on-screen keyboard that pops up whenever you click into a text entry box.


In the next two screens, I was watching a soccer match. It was almost like watching it on regular TV.

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Rather than go into too much detail, I’ll show you a video on how Kylo works.

Click here if you can’t see the embedded video.

Download the Kylo TV Browser

Techie Buzz Verdict:

As I mentioned above, full screen video would occasionally freeze up. Other than that, I was pretty pleased with the way Kylo works. If you want to surf on your big screen, Kylo may be a good solution for you.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

Firefox 3.6.6 Released To Fix Crash Protection On Old Computers

A few days ago Mozilla released Firefox 3.6.4 with Crash protection against plugins, however, it looks like they had to fix a few bugs with the release and have had to release Firefox 3.6.6.

According to the an update on the Mozilla blog, Mozilla has released the Firefox 3.6.6 update where they increase the amount of time for a plugin to remain frozen before they terminate it.

As part of Mozilla’s ongoing stability and security update process, Firefox 3.6.6 is now available as a free download for Windows, Mac, and Linux from This release makes a small change to the crash protection feature introduced in Firefox 3.6.4, increasing the amount of time that Firefox will allow a plugin to remain frozen before terminating it. For more information, see the Mozilla Blog announcement about the release.

You can always update the browser by going to help and using the Check for Updates option.