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Mozilla doesn’t need Google’s financial support to keep going anymore

Posted by wicked November - 27 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

FireFox_OS_TA (1)Mozilla has previously relied on deals with Google to keep the company floating, but it looks like that’s changing. Google paid Mozilla to set Google Search as the default search engine in Firefox, but thanks to some other deals with companies like Yahoo, Baidu, and Yandex, Firefox is moving towards a less Google-influenced future.

Yahoo will be responsible for the default search queries in the US, while Baidu will handle things in China and Yandex handles Russian traffic. It’s probably better for the global internet to keep everything from going through Google by default, but with Chrome still eating up a ton of the desktop browser market and many users opting to use Google anyway, it’s hard to see this move affecting Google too much.

The Google/Mozilla deal accounted for about $330 million last year, which made up almost all of the organization’s revenue. They didn’t disclose how much the new set of deals would give the company, but Mozilla is positive about revenue for next year.

source: Cnet

via: Engadget

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EverythingMe context launcher will be no more, servers shutting down

Posted by wicked November - 23 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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We’ve been saying that the Firefox launcher is simply a customized EverythingMe. True enough, the brand EverythingMe itself is no more as the team behind it is already shutting down. In an official blog post, Dan-ya Shwartz Bar-El, Head of Marketing at EverythingMe, announced that they are winding down the company.

The EverythingMe launcher will no longer be supported. It’s more of a context launcher rather than a simple app launcher. It started as a simple app that would remember a user’s habits so it would launch the right app to be opened at a certain time of the day or week for easier and quicker access. The app was introduced three years ago and over 15 million mobile users downloaded it from all over the world.

User experience was regularly updated but the time has come for the devs to sit back and relax. They’ve already seen their success and their vision has finally come to life that another company even took interest. Mozilla invested heavily in the startup and then soon launched the Firefox launcher. Some features have also started to occur in other operating systems and launchers.

EverythingMe was all about contextual discovery. The startup was built on the relevant recommendations for content and apps that a person might likely need at a given place or period of time. It’s a good product and it was an ideal framework but unfortunately, the company didn’t generate enough revenue so the executives decided to shut the operations down.

We don’t know when exactly but you won’t find the EverythingMe launcher on the app store. All services will close down so you won’t be able to receive any support. You may still run the app on your smartphone but don’t expect it to run smoothly as before because even the servers will be shut down.

SOURCE: EverythingMe

Best alternative web browsers

Posted by wicked November - 14 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

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The web browser is an extremely important part of your phone, and for most people that’s probably where a good chunk of time gets spent on any device. Sure, apps more popular and offer a better experience (and we’re starting to see many companies push for app installations over web views) but the web browser is still a completely functional feature, especially for simple web searches or browsing, or if you just need to look at a certain site that you don’t shop often enough to justify an app installation.

With that being said, some browsers are better than others. All Android devices ship with a default internet browser, and most of them also come pre-loaded with Google’s own fantastic Chrome browser. For many people, one of those two apps will be more than functional enough. But for some people that are looking for a slightly different experience because they want something a little faster, or maybe something that integrates with a different ecosystem that isn’t Google’s, there are plenty of other solid options available, and that’s where this guide comes in. We’re going to go over some of the best available replacement web browsers to test out on your Android device.


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If you’ve ever experimented with different browsers on your PC, you’ve probably used Mozilla Firefox at some point. It’s one of the most popular web browsers available and helped popularize some of the features we take for granted on our browsers today, like tabbed browsing. Firefox isn’t only available on a desktop, though, and Mozilla has put a ton of time into crafting an excellent mobile browser for anyone looking to use Firefox on the go.

Tabbed browsing isn’t going to make Firefox stand out in 2015, but the browser has a ton of other features that stand above what other apps can offer. One of the biggest features that Mozilla is a huge advocate for is a set of privacy features on Firefox that can be tough to find on other browsers. Mozilla continuously builds better security and privacy features into their browser, and they were one of the first to offer a Do Not Track solution to their browser, which carried over to mobile. Firefox will do its best to block certain parts of the web that try to track your activity, which theoretically leads to a more private browsing experience. And since Firefox is also open source and Mozilla tries to be pretty transparent about things, that makes Firefox a compelling argument for anyone that’s trying to keep their info a little more secure.

Another great feature from Firefox’s desktop browser is its ability to support add-ons. Firefox isn’t the only mobile browser with extensions support, but it’s pretty rare, and Firefox arguably has more support than any other available browser. Just like add-ons on a desktop, you’ll have access to tons of different optional plug-ins to enhance your browser, including things like ad blockers, password managers, and tons of other small utilities and tweaks. It’s not quite as fleshed out as the desktop version, but there’s still plenty off add-ons to make your mobile browsing a bit better.

As an actual browser, Firefox works extremely well. It’s fast and fluid, and Firefox Sync keeps your history, browser tabs, log-in info, and bookmarks synced up across devices. Most browsers (including Google’s own Chrome) do this, but it’s nice to have an alternative browser that won’t disrupt your workflow if you have multiple devices. And, since Firefox is pretty neutral about search engines and service providers, it’s much easier to get things set up to use Yahoo or Bing as a default search engine. I’m sure most of us here enjoy using Google, especially on Android, but there are instances where you may want to keep things separated and not put all of your internet eggs in Google’s basket.

Firefox is free, and it’s hard to beat, especially if you’re already using it on the desktop. It’s just as good as Chrome in almost every way and even wins out in a few areas, so it’s definitely worth checking out for anyone that’s looking for tons of features without going the Google route.

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Dolphin Browser

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Some people want a lightweight browser that does just what they need, and that’s it. Other people want their web browser to have more features than the smartphone they’re using. If you’re in the latter camp, you’d feel right at home with Dolphin Browser.

Dolphin is currently at version 11 and has over 50 million app installations. It’s been around on the Play Store for a while, and it’s been updated with Android throughout the years to create one of the best available apps around. It’s definitely not a trimmed down, light app, but it does pretty much everything you could possibly ask from a web browser, and it supports several add-ons in case you really just need more features.

What might be the most unique feature of Dolphin is that it supports Adobe Flash right on your smartphone or tablet. If you’ve been keeping up with Android (or mobile devices in general) over the past few years, you probably know Flash has been all but abandoned on mobile browsers, opting instead for HTML5. That’s great for the future of an efficient web, but there’s still quite a bit of Flash content floating around that’s pretty much inaccessible if you’re using Android’s default browser. Dolphin steps in and offers a full flash experience, so you can technically watch any Flash videos or play Flash games on your device. That doesn’t mean a Flash app that’s looking for a mouse and keyboard is going to magically work well with your touchscreen, but at least videos are fully accessible. The app also supports downloading those Flash videos in a format that you can watch offline, too. That feature is extended to any videos using HTML5 as well, which makes Dolphin a great browser for video junkies.

Dolphin is also one of the few mobile browsers that supports add-ons, and there are tons and tons of them. They’re freely available on the Play Store and offer everything from battery saving extensions, YouTube video downloaders, language translations, and nearly anything you can think of. These are all optional on top of the myriad of things that Dolphin already does, including voice search support, a unique gesture-based browsing experience where you can assign actions and shortcuts to gestures (drawing a star will take you to your bookmarks, for example), and fully functional theme support. It’s really, really hard to beat the level of customization that Dolphin offers.

Not only is the app extremely customizable, though, it works really well on all devices. Dolphin uses its own HTML rendering engine which is supposedly a big reason for the performance of the browser, but navigating the interface is quick and easy. The only real drawback is that there is no desktop equivalent for your traditional computers and laptops, but Dolphin does have a workaround that will allow you to send content to and from browsers like Chrome and Safari. Although it can’t completely replace all of your browsers, it can at least bridge your mobile browser to whatever else you’re using.

Dolphin is free, extremely customizable, and extremely functional. If that’s what you’re in the market for, you can’t go wrong here.

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Opera Browser Beta

Opera is a browser that also has a pretty steady presence in the desktop browser market. It’s no heavy hitter like Chrome or Firefox, but it has a pretty unique take on web browsing that aims to save data and energy and money on devices. The browser has several methods of compressing data on the internet that speeds up your experience without sacrificing any performance. Do more with less isn’t a philosophy we see very often when it comes to mobile devices, but it’s a welcome approach.

The app compresses data in two ways; one involves compressing videos that you’re watching, and the other uses Opera’s own compression servers. The video compression in the mobile app crunches down the size of videos that you’re watching, which saves data and helps videos to play on slower networks. It’s useful if you’re dealing with a congested or slower network, and it also saves some data usage if you have a monthly cap on a mobile network. The normal browsing compression achieves the same goal, but it routes sites through Opera’s own servers to compress info then serve it up to your phone faster than you’d normally see it. Again, speed and efficiency are the two biggest gains here.

As far as features go, Opera mostly relies on its light footprint to stand out from the crowd. You’ll get all the standard bells and whistles you’d expect from a web browser, including synced bookmarks and passwords, and Opera manages your favorite links in a speed dial-like interface that allows you to quickly jump around websites. There’s also a private mode and a Discover tab that helps you find new content to read, which could help you clear up a separate news app that you don’t actually have room for.

If you need tons of features and extras, Opera may not be a good fit. But if you frequently travel or deal with smaller data caps, the app is fast and easy to use and helps you efficiently browse the web.

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Javelin Browser

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Javelin Browser is the Material Design browser that Google should have made a year ago. It takes Android’s primary design guidelines and makes an app and interface should make Google jealous. It’s that great.

As far as features go, it doesn’t really do too much to stand out, but the navigation and interface are top notch and make for one of the best browsing experiences available. There are tons of great visual effects and feedback that other browsers simply can’t match.

Javelin’s feature set isn’t lacking by any means, however. There are bookmarks and quick links, full screen browsing, and data syncing through a Javelin account, which are all the things we expect from a decent web browser. But Javelin excels when it can utilize its interface, such as when you’re using the sidebar while browsing. You can easily slide between open tabs, bookmarks, and your browsing history, and quickly clean up history, open private browsing, and other things that are normally stuffed away in a utilitarian tool menu. There’s even a cleaned up reading mode that declutters your current screen to let you quickly read what’s on the page without dealing with ads and other formatting that you don’t need.

It’s a pretty standard list of things you’ll need a browser to do, but Javelin is fast and efficient and genuinely seems like the browser that should be shipping with Android by default.

If you’re looking for a pleasant browsing experience with enough features to stay competitive with the likes of Chrome, Javelin should be high on your list, especially if you like Material Design. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t like great Material Design apps?

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Your web browser is one of the most important parts of your smartphone, so you might as well get the most out of the best browser you can.

Did we miss any of your favorite browsers? Drop a comment below and let us know.

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Firefox for Android gets a more powerful Private Browsing mode in v42 update

Posted by wicked November - 4 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off


If you aren’t happy with your current mobile browser and happen to take privacy very seriously, perhaps you’ll want to pay attention to the new update that’s rolling out to Firefox for Android. In the big version 42 update, the third-party browser app is getting a new feature added to its Private Browsing mode called Tracking Protection.

Normally when you enter Private Browsing mode (or Incognito mode for the Chrome users), your browser will get rid of your history and cookies, but not a whole lot more than that. But when this new Tracking Protection feature turned on, Firefox will block some web content like advertisements, analytics trackers and even social share buttons that might record your behavior across sites without your knowledge.

The Firefox team is also adding in a new Control Center that will show you website security levels and privacy controls in your address bar. Using the Control Center will also allow you to easily turn off Tracking Protection in Private Browsing if the new feature ends up breaking the webpage. If you’d like more details on the two new features, check out the video attached below to learn more:

This new update is rolling out in the Google Play Store as we speak, so follow the link below to grab the latest version.

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Mozilla Firefox updated with Tracking Protection feature

Posted by wicked November - 4 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Mozilla has been working hard to improved the Firefox browser for the nth time. The company just introduced  ’Tracking Protection’, a special Firefox Private Browsing feature that is expected to provide a more private browsing experience. The main goal of Mozilla for the latest version is simply not speed but increased security and privacy. In Private Browsing mode, cookies, searches, temporary files, and history are now saved–for real.

Tracking Protection on Firefox delivers more security and control to the user over data that he sends to third parties. Sending out data is limited on Firefox for Android now and cookies and browsing history are no longer saved especially after you close a window. Your data are not saved to ensure a more private browsing all the time.

This update is available not only for Android but also for Linux, Mac, and Windows. Your activities that may give analytics trackers, ands, and social share buttons are blocked. These are the things that usually record your activities and behaviors that can be stored, shared, and accessed by anyone.

Aside from the private browsing enhancement on Firefox for Android, Mozilla also introduced a new Control Center. It is where you can turn off turn off Tracking Protection in Private Browsing and see your privacy and security controls. For the developers, Mozilla launched the new Firefox Developer Edition with Animation tools, making it easier for any dev to create animation. Meanwhile, the DevTools Challenger provides more relevant information and a hands-on experience for the developers and coders.

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SOURCE: The Mozilla Blog

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Best ways to speed up mobile browsing [2015]

Posted by wicked July - 18 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off


After using a mobile browser for some time, you may notice a slight drop in speed and performance, particularly due due to cache, cookies, and history. It can get even worse if you don’t have the luxury of HSPA+ or even LTE speeds, as 3G and 4G networks can be subject to a lot of hang ups and sometimes even disconnects.

No one wants to deal with slow Internet speeds, though. When trying to access information quickly, it can get severely frustrating, especially when you’re trying to share a video with a friend, only to be met with the annoying loading indicator. Fortunately, there are a couple of handy ways to speed up your mobile browsing, regardless of what type of network you’re on.


The number one thing that is going to tremendously speed up your mobile browsing is disabling JavaScript. Many of the websites you visit will feel lifeless by doing this, but if all you care about is the information on those pages regardless of functionality, turning off JavaScript is your best bet.

Here’s a quick rundown on what JavaScript does:

Click here to view the embedded video.

It doesn’t have to be a permanent solution either. If you decide you don’t like the lack of functionality from disabling JavaScript, you can always go back and reactivate it to get the functional and interactive web pages you’re used.

To disable JavaScript, open up your browser, tap the three-dot menu icon in the top right corner, select Settings, and then Advanced. Under Advanced, there should be a ‘Enable JavaScript’ option. Disable it, and then restart your browser.

JavaScript should now be disabled.

This process only works for your native browser and a select few other browsers on the Play Store. Chrome doesn’t seem to support it.

Cache and Site Data

Your cache is your friend: it’s actually out to help you speed up your web browsing by remembering certain elements and pieces of pages you’ve visited in the past. Cache really does not need to remember these websites but eventually you’ll see a hit to your performance.

That said, it’s always good to clear your cache once in a great while, especially if you find yourself having issues with your mobile browser. To clear the cache in your browser, hit the three-bar menu in the top right corner, and select Settings > Privacy > Clear Cache.

Your cache is now cleared, and you should notice a drop in performance while you’re hitting all of your regular websites, but eventually it’ll smooth out. Additionally, in that same Privacy menu, you can clear your cookies, site data, and browsing history all at the same time, which should increase overall performance.

The process works similarly for various browsers.


Clearing your cookies doesn’t stop your web browser from collecting them. Cookies are useful, but they aren’t totally necessary to browsing the web. You can disable them by opening up Chrome, selecting the three-bar menu in the top right corner, going to Settings, and under “Advanced” select Content Settings. From there, you can turn cookies off by simply tapping it.

If you’re interesting, you can read a little more about cookies here.


Pop-ups are one of the biggest contributors to slowing down your web browsing. They’re annoying, get in the way, and take up unnecessary data, RAM, processing speed, and most of the time they don’t offer anything even remotely helpful.

To disable pop-ups in your Chrome browser, hit the three-bar menu button on the top right corner, and go to Settings > Advanced > Content Settings. Select Pop-ups, and turn them off. Again, this process should work similarly with most browsers.



A major way to speed up your browsing experience is to make sure you’re using a quality web browser. The browser that comes with your smartphone or tablet isn’t always the best solution when there are better options like Google Chrome, Firefox, and even Opera in recent years.

Another way third-party browsers speed up your web experience is by managing tabs better, allowing you to quickly switch to or save the information you need.


In our fast-paced world, slow browsing speeds can get infuriating due to being used to getting information instantaneously. While that’s not necessarily a bad thing (after all, it’s 2015, what gives?), performing these steps combined with a little patience should speed up your browsing astronomically.

What are some things you do to speed up your browsing or access to information?

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Webmaker lets you make your own web page, right on your smartphone

Posted by wicked June - 16 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Back in the day when the World Wide Web aka the Internets were just starting, building a website was a huge challenge. Codes may not be complicated yet but since only a few people knew web design and development, creating one would take time. You need experts to make one for you and understanding the simplest HTML code was a pain. Well, that was more than a decade ago. In this day and age, anyone, young and old alike, could easily make a webpage, thanks to numerous web tools and mobile apps.

You don’t need to learn Dreamweaver, Photoshop, or WordPress management. You just need this Webmaker Beta app from Mozilla. Yes, this program is from the Firefox champions so we know even if it’s still in beta, the Mozilla Webmaker can turn ordinary users into web makers.

The Webmaker app lets you create original content. Feel free to add photo galleries, create scrapbooks, add memes or comic strips, and write witty captions with the Webmaker Beta. You can tell your story in a simpler, easier, and more intuitive way using this free and open-source program. You don’t need an IT degree to make your own website because the app makes it easy for you.

You can also discover more original content from around the world. Share the things you love and are interested in with family and friends or just about anyone. The app and content are built by users like you so they are something that you will easily understand and use.

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Overlay Firefox OS On Your Android Device

Posted by wicked June - 12 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

FireFox on Android

As many of you may know, Mozilla also has their own operating system for mobile devices known as Firefox OS. Thanks to Mozilla developer Fabrice Desré, you can now try the Firefox OS experience without flashing a ROM or removing Android by installing B2GDroid.

The  concept of the app is quite simple, set it as your default launcher and you will see an almost full Firefox OS experience, including: launcher, notification drawer, lock screen and settings. It doesn’t completely replace your ROM, but if you were considering buying a phone with Firefox OS or making the switch this is a good way to find out what to expect.

The app does include some of the Firefox OS apps, which are the apps you’d find included with the complete OS such as messaging, contacts, calendar, and its app store. Unfortunately some elements such as the notification drawer tend to conflict with Android’s own and at the these times you will likely be booted back to your old launcher whilst Firefox compiles an error report. As Firefox OS is not intended to work like this, you will find performance to be very poor and the stability is borderline unusable.

I spent a few hours trialing the software on my Android phone today. Whilst I attempted to not leave B2GDroid (This version is called “Fennec Fabrice”), the frequent crashes made this difficult and I was booted back to Nova Launcher frequently. Apart from these brief moments of respite I successfully kept to the app for close to 6 hours. You can see my first few moments with the app, exploring and habituating to the UI below.

Whilst I tried to enjoy my experience, it was made very hard. Several of the key features are inoperable when running on Android, the back key appears to be non functional and the home key brings up the recent apps menu which only appears to be capable of holding one app at a time. The UI makes everything incredibly large and you do get the feeling that you are using Firefox OS for the visually impaired.

That being said it is still in the early stages of development, several of us in the portal team tried it out and we each had very different experiences. I remain hopeful for the future of the app, with time and effort this could become a real benefit to people considering an alternative to Android.


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If you would like to try out the app for yourself, head over to here and then select the app as your default launcher.


Have you tried the app, how did it perform? Leave a comment below!

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Firefox 38: new UI, Lollipop support, Ruby annotation

Posted by wicked May - 15 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

The Mozilla Firefox browser continues to be one of the more popular options, whether it’s the desktop or mobile versions. The newest update to the Android version brings a few changes, most of them visual, as well as a few minor but important features that will make browsing on your smartphone or tablet a little bit easier. And with a lot of websites now having optimized mobile versions (with some even making mobile a priority), it’s crucial that browsers give users a better experience.

Probably one of the most obvious changes with version 38 of Firefox is the much improved user interface, particularly since it now has support for Android 5.0 Lollipop. You can now see a new welcome screen, the ability to control how you view websites in Reader View controls, Synced Tabs for the tablet versions, and a much-needed Add to Firefox option for links from outside the browser. You also now have the option to send a tab to another connected device from the share menu choices, so you can do seamless browsing between devices.

You also now have an “Add to Reading List” button in the overflow menu so you can easily save those sites that you’d want to read later on (and if you think bookmarks are so early 2000s). Ruby annotation support is important for those from East Asia. This is used mostly in Japanese websites and Chinese materials for children like books, dictionaries, etc. It means you don’t have to install add-ons like HTML Ruby since it is now built-in to the browser.

The update for Firefox 38 should be rolling out to users by now. And since these new versions get out every six week, we’re looking forward to what version 39, expected to come out by the end of June, will bring us.

SOURCE: Firefox

WhatsApp web client now supports Firefox and Opera

Posted by wicked February - 26 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off


Last month, WhatsApp launched a desktop version of its popular messaging service, which arrived as a web app for Google’s Chrome web browser. The company has now updated its web client to work with Firefox and Opera browsers as well.

As before, the desktop client mirrors your conversations and messages from your mobile device and still requires you to scan a QR code on your computer via your phone in order to get started.

To use the service, simply head on over to through Chrome, Firefox or Opera and scan the barcode. If you aren’t using the online messaging service yet, you can try out the app for free from the Google Play Store.

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