The main differences with existing extensions are: multiple selections, keyboard layout agnostic, SOV (subject–object–verb) constructs and simple interaction with external programs. It is also quite usable with the mouse.
A fully private memory-boosting extension to eliminate time spent bookmarking, retracing steps to recall an old webpage, or copy-pasting notes into scattered documents. Its name and functionalities are heavily inspired by Vannevar Bush’s vision of a Memex.
“Memex” is thought by some to be a portmanteau of “memory” and “index”. Makes sense to me.
The WebSocket Inspector is part of the existing Network panel UI in DevTools. It’s already possible to filter the content for opened WS connections in this panel, but till now there was no chance to see the actual data transferred through WS frames.
This is rad. It’ll ship to all Firefox users in version 71, but it’s available in Firefox Developer Edition today.
This in-beta feature should be stolen by all browser DevTools teams. Such a great idea!
A collective effort by browser makers (Microsoft, Mozilla, and Google) to understand where the dev community would like them to invest their energy.
We started this project to collect your feedback about the current state of the web and to give you a voice to help shape what the future of web.
They’re taking this effort on the road to various conferences, but there’s also a non-geographically-constrained way of sounding off as well: you can fill out the form on the website. 😄
Those sneaky Mozillians are up to no good with their new tool to confound advertisers:
Let us open 100 tabs of pure madness to fool trackers into thinking you’re someone else.
Mozilla has officially released Firefox Monitor, which gives us a glossy front-end to review the many breaches out there.
I signed into my Firefox account, registered a few emails, and got the news (see image). Give it a try while I go delete some old accounts…
This is a fully-featured Firefox Send client. Max file size is 2GB and recipients can download the file via the same tool or their web browser.
Called “letterboxing,” this new technique adds “gray spaces” to the sides of a web page when the user resizes the browser window, which are then gradually removed after the window resize operation has finished.
This appears to be a major win for privacy advocates. It also seems like a chink in the armor of Chrome’s dominance, given that many people have lost trust in its privacy model.
Gervasio Marchand lays out all the ways in which Slack’s threads feature is lacking. Then he goes one to describe why his browser extension, Refined, makes threads better.
Should I read this 22 minute read on the state of web browsers? Sure. Count me in!
Microsoft has confirmed the rumor to be true. We now have one less browser engine, and a last man standing (Firefox) in deep trouble (reasons below).
The web now runs on a single engine. There is not a single browser with a non-Chromium engine on mobile of any significance other than Safari. Which runs webkit, kind of the same engine as Chromium, which is based on webkit.
Several major browsers you and I use everyday are capable of leaking our browsing history, and they all know about it. Caroline Haskins at Motherboard writes:
Most modern browsers—such as Chrome, Firefox, and Edge … have vulnerabilities that allow hosts of malicious websites to extract hundreds to thousands of URLs in a user’s web history, per new research from the University of California San Diego.
In a statement provided to Motherboard via email, senior engineering manager of Firefox security Wennie Leung said that Firefox will “prioritize our review of these bugs based on the threat assessment.” Google spokesperson Ivy Choi told Motherboard in an email that they are aware of the issue and are “evaluating possible solutions.”
Ben Adida shared this on Twitter:
When first web history sniffing attacks came out, I suggested we had to change the notion of a visited link: a link would be marked visited by origin (edges, not nodes.) That was considered too dramatic a change. Maybe it’s necessary after all.
Who’s ready to dig into this research and share how vulnerable we really are and what types of malicious websites could/would extract our browsing history? If you do, let us know so we can link it up.
Specifically, they are considering making CloudFlare the default nameserver. A new feature called “Trusted Recursive Resolver” (TRR) could be turned on by default, and therefore override the DNS changes you’ve configured in your network.
Cloudflare says it takes your privacy more seriously than telecommunication service providers do because this DNS query will be encrypted, unlike regular DNS. They also promise not to sell your data or engage in user profiling.
This is a deep subject with many, many layers. Dig deep on this one. So, the question is — under what circumstances would it be OK for Cloudflare (or any other third party) to take over our DNS by default?
Waytab connects to your browser bookmark, Github, Twitter, Pocket, Pinterest and Unsplash account to remind you of your stars, likes and bookmarks every time you open a new browser tab.
This looks like a good idea, well executed. I’ve long given up on bookmarking, liking, and starring stuff because I never go back and revisit. Waytab changes all that.
Benjamin Bouvier, Compiler Engineer at Mozilla, writes about speeding up calls from JS to Wasm in Firefox.
If we want more WebAssembly (wasm) adoption, there shouldn’t be a big costly barrier between the two universes. That is, calls from one world to the other should be fast. For a very long time, calls from JS to asm.js/WebAssembly have been quite slow in Firefox. In fact, we didn’t optimize them at all.
He goes on to say…
Benjamin continues through several more bugs mentioned on the Bugzilla bug board with fixes to speed up calls from JS to Wasm in Firefox.
The latest version of Firefox adds some powerful new features. It enables parallel CSS parsing, which combines with their existing parallel CSS style computation to make CSS in Firefox incredibly fast. In addition, this version adds a brand new Accessibility Inspector, giving developers direct access to the ‘accessibility tree’ screen-readers use to interact with a website. This is HUGE for helping developers make websites more accessible.