|Firefox 23 Released and 24 In Beta|
|Written by Ian Elliot|
|Monday, 12 August 2013|
Firefox 23, which features a new Share button, mixed content blocker and network monitor is on general release. The next version Firefox 24, for desktop and Android, is now in beta.
If you have looked in vain for the Share button, which gives you yet another opportunity to post links to social media sites, in the new Firefox you first need to enable the Social API.
The easy way to do this is via Facebook, at https://www.facebook.com/about/messenger-for-firefox. Once you have done this you'll find a new icon at the far right of the Firefox browser toolbar which you can use to share web pages with your Facebook contacts.
The new mixed content blocker is one of Firefox 23's security enhancements. When a webpage contains a combination of both secure (HTTPS) and non-secure (HTTP) content, it blocks the non-secure content and its new Network Monitor tool will be welcome by developers as it reveals how long it takes for the individual website components to load, helping you in pinpointing problems.
One minor change has caused a bit if a stir among developers. The HTML blink tag that, reasonably enough, made text blink on and off has finally been removed. It might have been assumed that this would a welcome change that simply ensured compliance with a W3C requirement. Instead there's already several add-ons to restore this facility.
The Hacks.Mozilla blog gives details of "a slew of new features" to developer tools in Firefox 24 for Windows, Mac and Linux:
Less Console Clutter
The Firefox 24 for Android beta has features to help users share content. Extending the support for WebRTC it now includes the WebRTC components DataChannels, PeerConnection and GetUserMedia to enable developers to integrate real-time communications across the Web.It also provides NFC (Near Field Communications) Bump to share Firefox tabs with another NFC-enabled Android phone by “bumping” them together; and Quickshare which creates a space in the Share menu from a list of sharing services, such as email, SMS and social media, available on the user’s device. There are also improvements to Reader and Reading List.
Finally, as we pointed out when Firefox 23 beta was first announced, Mozilla has redesigned the Firefox logo, optimizing it for small screens and lower resolution devices.
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|Last Updated ( Monday, 12 August 2013 )|