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    Default Mozilla Launches Firefox Version 29 With Redesigned Interface and New Features

    On Tuesday, Mozilla launched an update for its popular free Firefox Web browser for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux, bringing it up to version 29.

    Right off the bat after downloading the update, users will experience an all-new user interface. Mozilla has revamped the look and feel of the Web browser into a new lightweight and customizable experience. Some changes include a new look for open tabs, so that the tab you're in takes the focus, and the tabs you have in the background seat flush into the background of the Web browser to reduce distractions.

    Other changes in the update include the ability to set up Firefox Sync by creating a Firefox account, the ability to take advantage of Bing search suggestions when Bing is set as the default search engine in the browser, the ability to set a default home panel and hide or show home panels, and the addition of multiple share buttons.

    Multiple improvements for Web developers and performance have also been added. In a blog post, Mozilla outlines all of the new features:

    What’s New in Firefox:

    • Elegant New Design: Sleek new tabs and an overall modern look that makes it easier to experience the Web the way you want.
    • Customization Mode: Makes it easy for you to personalize your Web experience to access the features you use the most. You can easily drag and drop your favorite feature, tool or add-on in the menu or toolbar.
    • Firefox Menu: Includes popular browser controls, features and add-ons in one place to make it easier and faster to access them. The menu is completely customizable so you can edit or add features you use most.
    • Fun and Simple Bookmarks: You can create bookmarks with a single click and manage them from the same place.
    • Easy Access to Add-ons Manager: Firefox includes an Add-ons Manager you can access directly from the menu to help easily discover and install add-ons.
    • Enhanced Firefox Sync Powered by Firefox Accounts: Just create a Firefox Account and our sync feature makes it even easier to setup and add multiple devices with end-to-end encryption. Firefox Sync gives you access to Awesome Bar history, saved passwords, bookmarks, open tabs and form data across your computers and mobile Android devices.

    Web Platform and Developer Tools:

    • WebRTC: Firefox supports WebRTC, which enables video calls and file sharing between browsers.
    • WebAPIs: There are now more than 30 Mozilla-pioneered WebAPIs, which unlock more functionality and features in the Web platform.
    • asm.js and Emscripten: asm.js is a Mozilla-pioneered subset of JavaScript that can run at near-native speed for games and other performance-intensive applications. Specific asm.js optimizations in Firefox mean it currently runs asm.js-style code faster than any other browser. Using asm.js and Emscripten, we helped Epic Games and Unity add the Web as another export option to their hugely popular game engines without the need for plugins.
    • Web Audio API: With Web Audio API, developers can now build robust audio engines capable of new features like positional audio and support for effects such as reverb, which can create immersive audio experiences on the Web, which is especially important for game developers.
    • CSS Flexbox: The integration of CSS Flexbox in Firefox makes it easier for developers to build user interfaces that adapt to the size of the browser window or to create elastic layouts which adapt themselves to the font size. This is helpful when developers are trying to create a consistent user interface to their Website or Web app across desktop and mobile.
    • App Manager: Brings the Firefox Web developer tools to mobile app developers, simplifying mobile Web app development with live prototyping and debugging of apps on Firefox OS phones directly from the desktop.
    • Extension APIs: Developers using the Add-on SDK can now use the new button and toolbar APIs to easily integrate their add-on with Firefox’s new customizable toolbar.
    Mozilla Firefox's vice president Jonathan Nightingale explains many of the new features of the re-designed Web browser in detail in the video below:

    For a mobile-friendly video link that works with our app, tap on the video link below:

    YouTube Video

    To download the latest version of Firefox, you can open your About screen from your installation of Firefox and it will begin downloading and install. Alternatively, you can download the latest version of Firefox from the download links below:

    Sources: Mozilla

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    Is it just me or does it look a lot like old versions of safari??

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    Chrome had all of this ages ago, lol.

    Not to mention they stole some inspiration for the UI off Chrome too, come on Mozilla :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by H4CK3R View Post
    Not to mention they stole some inspiration for the UI off Chrome too, come on Mozilla :/
    Both Chromium and Firefox are FOSS. The whole point of FOSS is to take the code and tweak it to your liking (and releasing your creations back as FOSS). It's a symbiotic relationship; the benefits of not having to reinvent the wheel with every iteration are immeasurable.
    Last edited by Orby; 2014-04-29 at 10:45 PM.

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    Maybe it will actually work now and not crash when trying to open. I've switched to Chrome since this started happened and I've tried everything I could think of.

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    Still doesn't utilize multiprocessing

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