Firefox 78 out as ESR

Firefox 78 includes a new RegExp evaluator, bringing it up to date with the requirements of ECMAScript 2018, and enhanced support for WebAssembly. It only seems like yesterday that we reported Developer Tool Improvements In Firefox 77, but as Firefox 78 is an Extended Support Release (ESR) it merits renewed coverage. Mozilla provides a new Extended Support Release for enterprise users once a year and it includes all of the enhancements since the last ESR, in this...

Firefox 77 gets devtool update

Mozilla has launched  Firefox 77 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. It brings faster JavaScript debugging, optional permissions for extensions and a couple of new web platform features. Mozilla has been successful at sticking to its 4-week release cadence for Firefox, which is why our coverage of new versions has jumped from 69 to 77. Sorry for the gap but as this release has improvements for JavaScript developers it seemed a good one to look at. The...

DeepSpeech goes 0.7.0

DeepSpeech 0.7.0 is the latest version of Mozilla’s open source speech-to-text engine. It was released this week together with new acoustic models trained on American English and a new format for training data that should be faster. DeepSpeech 0.7.0, a TensorFlow implementation of Baidu’s DeepSpeech architecture, is at the cutting edge of automatic speech recognition technology and yet it has gone largely under the radar. In fact it is an open source project that Mozilla has...

Firefox up paying Bug Bounty

Mozilla has updated its bug bounty policy to make it more appealing to security researchers. It has also launched a new website for security researchers, and Firefox bug bounty participants. Tom Ritter, in his inaugural post to the new  Attack & Defense blog took the opportunity to review the recent performance of the Firefox bug bounty program, which he notes began in 2004. Between 2017-2019, Mozilla paid out $965,750 to researchers across 348 bugs, making the...

Reasons for 4 Mozilla Firefox

Firefox Nightly, Developer Edition, and Beta add to the options for which version of Firefox you can test and run. These “release browsers” can be very helpful for knowing what’s coming in the future, and participating in creating new web technology. Safari, Chrome, Edge and other browser also have pre-lease versions. Jen Simmons explains which is which, what are the differences, and where to find them.

Disabling Firefox update

For some reason, Mozilla decided to remove the ease of users ability to disable and enable automatic updates as and when they choose. Mozilla being an advocate for an open web, could this be a signal of some corruption of what Mozilla is? Well Mozilla’s Firefox browser since version 63.0 come without the ability to disable the automatic updates from within the preferences of the browser settings. Users now have to resort to tinkering with...

Firefox Quantum

Firefox Quantum is over twice as fast as Firefox from 6 months ago, built on a completely overhauled core engine with brand new technology stolen from Mozilla’s advanced research group, and graced with a beautiful new look designed to get out of the way and let users do what they do best: surf a ton of pages, open a zillion tabs, all guilt free because Firefox Quantum uses less memory than the competition. It offers...