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Daily API RoundUp: Mozilla, Zoho, Scrumwise, SDK.finance - ProgrammableWeb

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Daily API RoundUp: Mozilla, Zoho, Scrumwise, SDK.finance
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Mozilla Mobile Connection API is useful for building tools that determine the connectivity statuses of mobile devices and provide access to the functionalities within the Integrated Circuit Card (ICC). It is a certified API due to the sensitive nature ...

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Mozilla Firefox Important Tips for Windows Users - TNH Online

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Mozilla Firefox Important Tips for Windows Users
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With Mozilla Firefox being one of the top three web browsers preferred by worldwide users, it's surprising that these handy little tips and tricks are not more popular. If you're a Firefox user on Windows, here are five suggestions on how to improve ...

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CodePen Projects, Mozilla's Obsidian API proposal, ActiveGo Beta, HashiCorp ... - SDTimes.com

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CodePen Projects, Mozilla's Obsidian API proposal, ActiveGo Beta, HashiCorp ...
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A new platform wants to give developers a playground for developing front end web solutions. CodePen Projects is a place where developers can build websites right in their browser. According to the team, it is very similar to an Integrated Development ...

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Mozilla vies with Apple over future of web graphics - InfoWorld

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Mozilla vies with Apple over future of web graphics
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Mozilla has submitted a proposal to the the Khronos Group, the stewards of the OpenGL and the more recent Vulkan graphics APIs, for a next-generation web graphics API it calls Obsidian. This submission comes a month after Apple submitted its proposal ...

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Mozilla Proposes "Obsidian" Web Graphics API - GameDev.net

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Mozilla Proposes "Obsidian" Web Graphics API
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The Khronos Group recently setup a staging area for WebGL-Next proposals on Github, and this morning Mozilla submitted Obsidian as the first proposal. Obsidian is a low-level API intended to provide a maximum features set of the GPU to web applications.

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Back to Back Comparison of Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome - TNH Online

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Back to Back Comparison of Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome
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In the battle of the web browsers, two of the more popular contenders are Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. But which between these two proves to be the better one? Let's take a look at the features and flaws, if any, of these two browsers: Mozilla ...
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Mozilla: Facebook en Google hinderen internetkennis - Security.nl

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Mozilla: Facebook en Google hinderen internetkennis
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De dominantie van Facebook en Google op internet hindert de kennis van beginnende gebruikers, zo stelt Mozilla. De opensource-ontwikkelaar onderzocht de afgelopen maanden de obstakels voor beginnende internetgebruikers in Kenia en welke ...

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Mozilla acquires read-it-later app Pocket and its 10 million strong user-base - YourStory.com

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Mozilla acquires read-it-later app Pocket and its 10 million strong user-base
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For those Mozilla users who do most of their online reading mid-commute, the company has some exciting features lined up its sleeves for you. Marking a milestone moment, it has made its first acquisition with Pocket, a read-it-later service, for an ...

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Developer Complains Firefox Labels His Site as Insecure, Hilarity Ensues - BleepingComputer

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Developer Complains Firefox Labels His Site as Insecure, Hilarity Ensues
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The developer of Oil and Gas International (OGI), a Texas-based website for petroleum industry news, has filed a complaint on the Mozilla bug tracker, accusing Firefox of wrongly labeling his website as insecure. His claims, which are entirely ...
Firefox gets complaint for labeling unencrypted login page insecureArs Technica

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Mozilla stopft Pwn2Own-Lücke in Firefox - PC-Welt

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Mozilla stopft Pwn2Own-Lücke in Firefox
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Erst wenige Tage vor dem Wettbewerb hatten Mozilla ( Firefox ), Google ( Chrome ), Adobe ( Flash Player ), VMware (Workstation, Player) und Microsoft ( Windows, Edge ) noch Updates veröffentlicht und damit zahlreiche Sicherheitslücken geschlossen.

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Mozilla beats rivals, patches Firefox's Pwn2Own bug - Techworld Australia

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Mozilla beats rivals, patches Firefox's Pwn2Own bug
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Mozilla last week patched a Firefox vulnerability just a day after it was revealed during Pwn2Own, the first vendor to fix a flaw disclosed at the hacking contest. "Congrats to #Mozilla for being the first vendor to patch vuln[erability] disclosed ...
Mozilla Patches Pwn2Own Zero Day in FirefoxThreatpost
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Mozilla beats rivals, patches Firefox's Pwn2Own bug - ITworld

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Mozilla beats rivals, patches Firefox's Pwn2Own bug
ITworld
Mozilla last week patched a Firefox vulnerability just a day after it was revealed during Pwn2Own, the first vendor to fix a flaw disclosed at the hacking contest. "Congrats to #Mozilla for being the first vendor to patch vuln[erability] disclosed ...

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How Do We Connect First-Time Internet Users to a Healthy Web?

Mozilla Blog - ma, 20/03/2017 - 20:46
Fresh research from Mozilla, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, explores how low-income, first-time smartphone users in Kenya experience the web — and what digital skills can make a difference

 

Three billion of us now share the Internet. But our online experiences differ greatly, depending on geography, gender and income.

For a software engineer in San Francisco, the Internet can be open and secure. But for a low-income, first-time smartphone user in Nairobi, the Internet is most often a small collection of apps in an unfamiliar language, limited further by high data costs.

This undercuts the Internet’s potential as a global public resource — a resource everyone should be able to use to improve their lives and societies.

Twelve months ago, Mozilla set out to study this divide. We wanted to understand the barriers that low-income, first-time smartphone users in Kenya face when adapting to online life. And we wanted identify the skills and education methods necessary to overcome them.

To do this, Mozilla created the Digital Skills Observatory: a participatory research project exploring the complex relationship between devices, digital skills, social life, economic life and digital life. The work — funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — was developed and led by Mozilla alongside Digital Divide Data and A Bit of Data Inc.

Today, we’re sharing our findings.

 

For one year, Mozilla researchers and local Mozilla community members worked with about 200 participants across seven Kenyan regions. All participants identified as low income and were coming online for the first time through smartphones. To hone our focus, we paid special attention to the impact of digital skills on digital financial services (DFS) adoption. Why? A strong grasp of digital financial services can open doors for people to access the formal financial environment and unlock economic opportunity.

In conducting the study, one group of participants was interviewed regularly and shared smartphone browsing and app usage data. A second group did the same, but also received digital skills training on topics like app stores and cybersecurity.

Our findings were significant. Among them:

  • Without proper digital skills training, smartphone adoption can worsen — not improve — existing financial and social problems.
    • Without media literacy and knowledge of online scams, users fall prey to fraudulent apps and news. The impact of these scams can be devastating on people who are already financially precarious
    • Users employ risky methods to circumvent the high price of data, like sharing apps via Bluetooth. As a result, out-of-date apps with security vulnerabilities proliferate
  • A set of 53 teachable skills can reduce barriers and unlock opportunity.
    • These skills — identified by both participants and researchers — range from managing data usage and recognizing scams to resetting passwords, managing browser settings and understanding business models behind app stores
    • Our treatment group learned these skills, and the end-of-study evaluation showed increased agency and understanding of what is possible online
    • Without these fundamental skills, users are blocked in their discoveries and adoption of digital products
  • Gender and internet usage are deeply entwined.
    • Men often have an effect on the way women use apps and services — for example, telling them to stop, or controlling their usage
    • Women were almost three times as likely to be influenced by their partner when purchasing a smartphone, usually in the form of financial support
  • Language and Internet usage are deeply entwined.
    • The web is largely in English — a challenge for participants who primarily speak Swahili or Sheng (a Swahili-English hybrid)
    • Colloquial language (like Sheng) increases comfort with technology and accommodates learning
  • Like most of us, first-time users found an Internet that is highly centralized.
    • Participants encountered an Internet dominated by just a few entities. Companies like Google, Facebook and Safaricom control access to apps, communication channels and more. This leads to little understanding of what is possible online and little agency to leverage the web
  • Digital skills are best imparted through in-person group workshops or social media channels.
    • Community-based learning was the most impactful — workshops provide wider exposure to what’s possible online and build confidence
    • Mobile apps geared toward teaching digital skills are less effective. Many phones cannot support them, and they are unlikely to “stick”
    • Social networks can be highly effective for teaching digital skills. Our chatbot experiment on WhatsApp showed positive results
  • Local talent is important when teaching digital skills.
    • Without a community of local practitioners and teachers, teaching digital skills becomes far more difficult
    • Research and teaching capacity can be grown and developed within a community
  • Digital skills are critical, but not a panacea.
    • Web literacy is one part of a larger equation. To become empowered digital citizens, individuals also must have access (like hardware and affordable data) and need (a perceived use and value for technology).

Mozilla’s commitment to digital literacy doesn’t end with this research. We’re holding roundtables and events in Kenya — and beyond — to share findings with allies like NGOs and technologists. We’re asking others to contribute to the conversation.

We’re also rolling our learnings into our ongoing Internet Health work, and building on the concept that access alone isn’t enough — we need solutions that account for the nuances of social and economic life, too.

Read the full report here.

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Mozilla Patches Pwn2Own Zero Day in Firefox - Threatpost

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Mozilla Patches Pwn2Own Zero Day in Firefox
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Mozilla was quick to patch a zero day vulnerability identified in the Firefox browser at the Pwn2Own hacking competition last week. The company remedied the issue just shy of 24 hours of being made aware of the flaw, pushing out the updated version 52 ...
Downloading and Installing Mozilla Firefox on Different PlatformsTNH Online

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WebVR and AFrame Bringing VR to Web at the Virtuleap Hackathon

Mozilla Blog - ma, 20/03/2017 - 17:15

Imagine an online application that lets city planners walk through three-dimensional virtual versions of proposed projects, or a math program that helps students understand complex concepts by visualizing them in three dimensions. Both CityViewR & MathworldVR are amazing applications experiences that bring to life the possibilities of virtual reality (VR).
Both are concept virtual reality applications for the web that were generated for the Virtuleap WebVR Hackathon. Amazingly, nine out of ten of the winning projects used AFrame, an open source project sponsored by Mozilla, which makes it much easier to create VR experiences.. CityView really illustrates the capabilities of WebVR to have real life benefits that impact the quality of people’s daily lives beyond the browser.

A top-notch batch of leading VR companies, including Mozilla, funded and supported this global event with the goal of building the grassroots community for WebVR. For non-techies, WebVR is the experimental JavaScript API that allows anyone with a web browser to experience immersive virtual reality on almost any device. WebVR is designed to be completely platform and device agnostic and so it is a scalable and democratic path to stoking a mainstream VR industry that can take advantage of the most valuable thing the web has to offer: built-in traffic and hundreds of millions of users.

Over three months, long contest teams from a dozen countries submitted 34 VR concepts. Seventeen judges and audience panels voted on the entries. Below is a list of the top 10 projects. I wanted to congratulate @ThePascalRascal and @Geczy for their work that won the €30,000 prize and spots to VR accelerator programs in Amsterdam, respectively.

Here’s the really excellent part. With luck and solid code, virtual reality should start appearing in standard general availability web browsers in 2017. That’s a big deal. To date, VR has been accessible primarily on proprietary platforms. To put that in real world terms, the world of VR has been like a maze with many doors opening into rooms. Each room held something cool. But there was no way to walk easily and search through the rooms, browse the rooms, or link one room to another. This ability to link, browse, collaborate and share is what makes the web powerful and it’s what will help WebVR take off.

To get an idea of how we envision this might work, consider the APainter app built by Mozilla’s team. It is designed to let artists create virtual art installations online. Each APainter work has a unique URL and other artists can come in and add to or build on top of the creation of the first artist, because the system is open source. At the same time, anyone with a browser can walk through an APainter work. And artists using APainter can link to other works within their virtual works, be it a button on a wall, a traditional text block, or any other format.

Mozilla participated in this hackathon, and is supporting WebVR,  because we believe keeping the web open and ensuring it is built on open standards that work across all devices and browsers is a key to keeping the internet vibrant and healthy. To that same end, we are sponsoring the AFrame Project. The goal of AFrame is to make coding VR apps for the web even easier than coding web apps with standard HTML and javascript. Our vision at Mozilla is that, in the very near future, any web developer that wants to build VR apps can learn to do so, quickly and easily. We want to give them the power of creative self-expression.

It’s gratifying to see something we have worked so hard on enjoy such strong community adoption. And we’re also super grateful to Amir and the folks that put in the time and effort to organize and staff the Virtualeap Global Hackathon. If you are interested in learning more about AFrame, you can do so here.

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Downloading and Installing Mozilla Firefox on Different Platforms - TNH Online

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Downloading and Installing Mozilla Firefox on Different Platforms
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Mozilla Firefox is one of the most popular web browsers today. What ticks the curiosity of users is how the latest version will perform, given that the update comes with security fixes. Like Chrome, it is downloadable in different platforms. This web ...

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Software-update: Mozilla Firefox 52.0.1 - Computer - Downloads ... - Tweakers

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Software-update: Mozilla Firefox 52.0.1 - Computer - Downloads ...
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Mozilla heeft een update voor versie 52 van zijn webbrowser Firefox uitgebracht. Versie 52 voegt onder meer ondersteuning toe voor WebAssembly, een ...
Mozilla dicht ernstig beveiligingslek in Firefox 52 - Security.NLSecurity.nl

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Mozilla close serious vulnerability in Firefox 52 - HiTechGazette

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Mozilla close serious vulnerability in Firefox 52
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Mozilla has released an interim patch for a serious vulnerability in Firefox 52 that can be used to take over a computer. The vulnerability was found last Thursday during the Pwn2Own contest and reported to Mozilla. During the annual hacking contest ...

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