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Firefox Home on your iPhone

Posted in Firefox by Conner Flynn on July 16th, 2010

There’s no mobile version of Firefox for the iPhone yet, but the Firefox Home app lets you sync your desktop browsing session to your iPhone and browse it via Safari while you’re on the go. It’s not a real browser like Firefox, but we weren’t even sure that Apple would give the go ahead to Firefox Home.

Luckily they did. The app is available in the App Store, and there are instructions on Mozilla’s blog to get you started. Anyone interested in this one?

Internet Explorer losing users as other browsers gain

Posted in Browsers by Conner Flynn on January 3rd, 2010

The browser wars are heating up. Just in the last quarter, Chrome, Safari and Opera have all set new records for browser market share with 4.63, 4.46 and 2.4 percent. The period is also significant because it is the first time Chrome has beaten Safari to third place, and all of the numbers come at the expense of IE, which is losing users at a rate of 0.92 percentage points a month.

Sure, Microsoft’s 62.7 percent slice still looks nice, but projections from Net Applications suggest that it could shrink to below 50 percent by May of 2010. Net Applications monitors incoming traffic to over 40,000 websites to generate a sample size of about 160 million unique visitors per month, so if they say that it’s so, it likely is.

Firefox coming to the PlayStation 3?

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on November 19th, 2009

Firefox coming to the PlayStation 3?Rumor is that Firefox will be coming to the PlayStation 3. According to a PlayStation Insider source who’s “very close to SONY”, the company has been talking about the possibility of porting Mozilla’s web browser on to the PS3.

Now this is just a rumor right now. A very thin rumor. A rumor about a possibility. That’s all we know. But how many PS3 owners would welcome the Firefox experience on their console? We’re guessing quite a lot.

Dynamite Data Firefox add-on helps find lowest price

Posted in Firefox by Shane McGlaun on April 21st, 2009

dynamitedataAnytime I am looking to buy some new hardware for my computer it seems like I spend hours comparing prices to find the best deal. Sometimes I get sick of looking and just buy without doing all the comparisons I know I could do and then I end up thinking in the back of my head I could have got it cheaper.

I ran across a new add-on for Firefox called Dynamite Data that is cool and will help find the lowest prices for any product you are shopping for. Once the add-on is installed all you need to do is go to a product page on any website and the add-on will show you how much the product costs from other websites.

Firefox Mobile coming in a few weeks?

Posted in Firefox by Conner Flynn on October 6th, 2008

Firefox Mobile coming in a few weeks?Mozilla CEO, John Lilly has hinted in an Interview that we may be seeing Firefox Mobile in a few weeks time. If the reports are true, we may see an alpha version of Firefox Mobile very soon. An excerpt from the interview:

“We want to make sure that the Web on mobile is more like the Web than what the mobile industry offers today, which is closed, separate networks and not a very good information-getting experience for the user. The first thing is to bring Firefox to mobile devices. We’re working on that, and we’ll see some alphas in a few weeks.”

New HP business desktop gets HP Firefox Virtual Browser

Posted in Desktop PCs by Nino Marchetti on September 8th, 2008

HP Compaq dc7900

HP has its sights set on offering up some new computers to desktop PC business users. This line is called the HP Compaq dc7900 and you’ll find starting prices set around $600.

HP’s new Compaq dc7900 line will be available in ultra-slim desktop, small form factor or convertible minitower models. The company hasn’t yet unveiled a lot of technical details, but we do know these models will be Energy Star 4.0 qualified as well as running something new called the HP Firefox Virtual Browser. This is a real-time Web surfing environment which “corrals malicious content from a user’s Internet interactions and removes unwanted programs with a single click.” The dc7900 is apparently the first HP PC to have this offering.

Blinds with web 2.0 logos

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on July 11th, 2008

Blinds with web 2.0 logosNets2go has a new set of 9 custom-made wood blinds, but they’re not the kind you find in home decor stores. They feature Web 2.0 logos. You can get them in Google flavor, Firefox, YouTube, Digg, Stumbleupon, Facebook, even Wordpress. Just be warned, being this geeky could cost you your marriage.

In fact, these blinds have an interesting story. Net2go manufactured the entire set for a customer who separated from his wife a couple of weeks after installing these blinds, because “She doesn’t understand the intense geek in me”. Maybe he should have added match.com into the mix.

Firefox 3 gets official Guinness world record

Posted in Browsers by Darrin Olson on July 3rd, 2008

Firefox 3 gets official Guinness World Record for most downloads in 24 hour periodIt’s now official. Firefox 3 has been officially entered into the Guinness Book of World Records as the most downloaded software in a 24-hour period. Last month on the first day of its release Firefox 3 was downloaded over 8 million times; 8,002,530 to be exact.

Of course, Firefox3 didn’t exactly have any competition since this was a new world record category that they just made up, but we can’t deny that over 8 million downloads in a day is an impressive feat in any case.

“The notion of going for a world record, as gooky and nutty as it may have sounded, was a really sticky idea. It was an idea that translated really well across national borders and to all different kinds of people around the world.”, said Mozilla Marketing head Paul Kim.

Firefox …

Firefox 3 downloads reach over 8 million

Posted in Firefox by Darrin Olson on June 18th, 2008

Firefox 3 downloadMozilla has announced that they have set a new world record with over 8 million downloads of the Firefox 3 browser from Tuesday to Wednesday of this week, and they are just waiting for the Guinness folks to come around and verify the numbers. While we do like Firefox here at the ‘Brick and use it as our default browser, we did have a few questions about this record attempt in general.

For starters, there was really no Guinness record for the most number of downloads to begin with, so beating a record that was not there was a shoe-in for the company. Also, if someone wants to shoot it down it just might not be all that hard since Adobe says that 8 million Flash Player installs is just an average day. YouTube servers out over 100 million videos each day and what is the torrent download count at, like over 5 billion?

Firenes: Play any NES game for free in firefox

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on June 15th, 2008

Firenes: Play any NES game for free in firefox
Here’s a super cool Firefox widget called Firenes. It lets you instantly play any NES game in right in your browser. Tell me that’s not the coolest thing ever. It took me almost an hour to write this because I couldn’t stop playing the damn thing. It’s free and easy to install, requiring just a lightning fast download that will give you a sidebar that is your gateway to NES heaven. Why are you still reading this? Get playing.

Mysterious Firefox crop circle appears

Posted in Humor by Conner Flynn on May 29th, 2008

Mysterious Firefox crop circle appears
Some strange things are happening on this planet. Are we being visited by a superior intelligence? How can one possibly explain the mysterious images that have appeared recently? First there was the Firefox logo spotted in deep space. Then things started to hit closer to home. This ominous design appeared out of nowhere recently. Now we have the latest message pictured above. What does it all mean? My theory is that it’s an intelligence test sent by beings who are far superior to us.

Think about it. All intelligent creatures love Space Invaders, just as any intelligent creature would use Firefox over IE. I think we are safe as long as some drunk idiot in a field doesn’t send them a response by way of a Windows Vista logo. If that happens, we can kiss our gadget-lovin behinds goodbye.

Firefox logo spotted in space

Posted in Humor by Conner Flynn on April 10th, 2008

Firefox logo spotted in space
Here’s an interesting image captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. It’s an image of the variable star V838 Monocerotis which lies near the edge of our Milky Way Galaxy. Yes, it looks like the Firefox logo. The red area also resembles HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssesy.

I picture the starship Enterprise investigating and ultimately finding that this area of space is some higher beings hard drive. “I find this highly illogical Captain. Sensors are also picking up signs of Windows Vista, which indicates that the entire region is unstable and could implode at any time.”

Mozilla gets to work on mobile Firefox

Posted in Browsers,Firefox,Mozilla,News by Chris Weber on October 11th, 2007

Mozilla starting work on mobile Firefox browserMozilla has decided to get down to business about developing a mobile browser and have recently hired two developers experienced in mobile Linux-based applications to start building a mobile version of the Firefox browser. The company didn’t give any dates on when they thought the new browser would be available and it might be a little early to know what types of phones it would be able to run on, but they did let us know it wouldn’t be this year.

We would love to see something in the way of mobile from Firefox soon and hopefully sometime next year. The longer Mozilla takes the stiffer the competition will become and already the company will have challenges getting into mobile devices with Microsoft and Apple. Both of these companies run their own browser on their respective platforms which integrate nicely, but that certainly hasn’t stopped Firefox from swaying a chunk of users already with desktop browsers. Here at the ‘Brick we currently see over 38% of our readers using a Firefox browser and that percentage continues to rise. Opera Software will be another tough competitor having had a mobile browser in the market for a number of years already, but Mozilla feels there is till room for another and possibly better option.

Firefox Reaches Over 400 Million Downloads

Posted in Browsers,Firefox by Darrin Olson on September 8th, 2007

FireFox surpases 400,000,000 downloads of its internet browserAccording to the Spread Firefox blog over 400 million downloads of the Firefox web browser have occurred since it’s launch just 3 years ago in November of 2004. The post spelled out a little history of the spread of Firefox, citing 25 million downloads in the first 99 days of the browser being available. Within a year they had over 100 million and another 100 million the year after that.

This 400 million downloads doesn’t necessarily mean that there are 400 million installations of the browser running out there, but it is nevertheless impressive considering Microsoft pretty much had a monopoly on the browser market just a few years ago with Internet Explorer. In fact the last 30 days here on the ‘Brick show that 42% of our readers are using Firefox which is up from 35% about a year …

Mozilla FireFox 2.0 Is Available

Posted in FireWire,News,Services by Chetz on October 25th, 2006

Mozilla Firefox 2.0Not long after the release of the new MS IE, this week Mozilla released Firefox 2.0, which is the next major version of its Web browser with increased security enhancements and a number of new features having the intentions of making Web browsing a little bit more fun and a lot more intuitive. If you have been a frequent user of Firefox, the changes on the surface may not be too astonoshing, but there are some that are worth mentioning.

One of the key features included in the Firefox 2.0 web browser is Tabbed browsing, which is a component that Mozilla originally created and is now available on IE7 which allows a user to quickly switch between multiple differnt Web sites within the same program window intead of having multiple instances of the browser open. The red ‘X’ to close each web site …