Startling news – Yahoo will be the default search engine in the Firefox browser for US users rather than Google (and one presumes the same will be true in Canada). This means getting search results from the Bing index. It is possible to adjust the search bar to default to whatever search engine you really want to use.
Yahoo to replace Google as Firefox’s default search engine in U.S., Michael Liedtke, AP via Globe and Mail (Nov 20)
The five-year alliance announced Wednesday will end a decade-old partnership in the U.S. between Google Inc. and the Mozilla Foundation, which oversees the Firefox browser. The tensions between Google and Mozilla had been rising since Google’s introduction of the Chrome browser in 2008 began to undercut Firefox.
Mozilla has this handy guide with screenshots and screencasts – Search bar – add, change and manage search engines on Firefox
Mozilla will begin showing ads in the Firefox browser – in the tiles on a new tab, and on its homepage. Good news is that AdBlock Plus will likely block.
Mozilla Firefox Will Display Ads on Homepage & New Tabs, by Jennifer Slegg, The SEM Post (Nov 14)
Good combo – the new Firefox browser has DuckDuckGo pre-installed as a search engine. DuckDuckGo does not collect search history or any other data about its users.
DuckDuckGo Added To Firefox As Part Of Enhanced Privacy Options by Greg Sterling, Search Engine Land (Nov 11)
Firefox has also added a forget feature to erase recent browsing history.
Mozilla’s Firefox browser is nearly 10 years old. In 2004 the one to beat was Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. That’s done. Now the challenge is to counter Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android
Ten years in, Firefox fights on — now against Google and Apple by Stephen Shankland, CNet (Nov 10)
Instead of just taking on a browser, Mozilla now is competing against two operating systems, Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. Mozilla’s alternative is Firefox OS, a browser-based operating system. The goal remains the same, though: give people choice about what technology they use on the Internet and give them control over their data.
It might be a rough road: mobile usage is increasing rapidly, and Firefox’s share of that market is very small. It’s become a matter of operating systems. Here’s hoping for a Firefox OS.
Lots of addons to make Firefox look even better – and maybe the most useful is to get back the “classic” theme. Also the Font and Size Changer – mostly size.
These Add-Ons Let You Make Firefox Look However You Want by Justin Pot, MakeUseOf (Oct 31)
The Chrome address bar does much more than urls, search, and math. It will even serve to browse folders on your computer, and to drag and drop search.
The Secret Powers of Chrome’s Address Bar, Thorin Klowski, Lifehacker (Oct 29)
Which browser is best – Chrome, Firefox, or Opera; and if you choose Firefox, what are some add-ons that no other browser offers?
Browser Wars: Firefox vs. Chrome vs. Opera, The Definitive Benchmark, by Matt Smith (July 2)
– examines scalability of text, images, performance.
7 Extensions Firefox Users Love That No Other Browser Has, by Joel Lee (July 1)
– Tree Style Tab sounds interesting
– Firebug is an excellent tool for web page developers
MakeUseOf describes five browsers for the iPad. All are “essentially just layers on top of the Safari core.”
Comparison of Third Party Browsers for iPad by James Bruce (May 8, 2014)
Hard to see why one would want anything other than Chrome or Safari, unless maybe iCab for “hardcore tablet browsing”.
Yahoo announced that it will ignore “do not track” signals from browsers – meaning the incognito setting that IE, Firefox, Chrome allowed. Yahoo says that there is no “single standard emerge that is effective, easy to use and has been adopted by the broader tech industry.” Yahoo recommends that people using Yahoo use Yahoo’s own privacy tools.
Has anyone said balderdash to this? Are we to believe that Yahoo is sincere in respecting privacy so as not to bombard us with targeted ads?
Yahoo’s posting was — Yahoo’s Default = A Personalized Experience (Apr 30)
Ars Technica analyzed – Yahoo is the latest company ignoring Web users’ requests for privacy by Jon Brodkin (May 1)
“‘Do Not Track’ has largely been a failure.”
There’s probably a browser extension to please everyone in this set of 16 from PCWorld. ADBlock Plus is my first pick.
16 powerful browser extensions that bend the web to your will, Brad Chacos, PCWorld (Apr 29