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Mozilla Delivers Built-in HTML5 App Development Tool for Firefox

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If you work with web content at all, you're probably familiar with doing debugging and content editing directly from within a browser. If you're a Firefox user, you may also be very familiar with tools such as Firebug, which lets you do extensive debugging and development from within Firefox.
Now, Mozilla has announced a new toolset to take these kinds of capabilities to the next level. Firefox Nightly release channel users can start testing WebIDE, a development environment for HTML5 apps built into Firefox.

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Mozilla puts a development environment into the browser with WebIDE

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Mozilla cites two major advantages of using WebIDE as compared with developing apps for competing platforms. In-browser development tools are already familiar to the enormous number of Web developers that exist, so using them for application development minimizes the number of new tools and new skills that must be learned.

Second, they're extremely lightweight as development tools go. The substantial size of downloading tools such as Xcode or Visual Studio, in addition to the cost of developer licenses on other platforms, can limit their appeal and usability, especially in emerging markets. Putting the tools into the browser means that Mozilla's reach is near universal.

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Mozilla is Working on a Firefox OS-powered Streaming Stick à la Chromecast

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Mozilla took the world by surprised when it announced that it was developing a Firefox operating system that would be used for mobile phones, especially in developing markets. Now, there are already a few devices out there, but it seems that this isn’t the last step for the company whose name is still associated with the famous web browsers.

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​How to Try Firefox OS Apps on Android

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Android: Mozilla is best known for its web browser, but the company also produces Firefox OS for a limited number of handsets. With a little sideways thinking, though, you can try some of its apps in Android.

Much like Google Chrome, Firefox supports webapps—the OS and apps are built with the same technology—and this is how you can bring Firefox OS to Android. Apps work like browser extensions, so they take up very little room making them ideal for older devices or those with limited storage. Download a copy of Firefox for Android from the Google Play Store, or update your existing copy to 29 or above.

Fire up Firefox and visit the Firefox Marketplace, the Firefox version of Google Play or the Chrome Web Store. Take a browse through the Marketplace and tap an app that takes your fancy. Just as with regular Android apps, Firefox OS apps let you know about the permissions they need, and you have to accept this before you install anything.

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Fedora 21 Might Use Either GNOME Web Or A Custom Version Of Firefox, Built On GTK+3, As The Default Browser

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The Fedora developers are discussing whether to replace Firefox with Gnome Web as the default browser on Fedora 21, due to the fact that the current Mozilla browser is built with GTK+2 and GNOME 3.14 uses GTK+3.

Gnome Web (previously name Epiphany) uses GTK+3, has support for HiDPI displays, provides good integration with Gnome Shell and supports hardware acceleration, while Mozilla’s browser doesn’t.

Due to the fact that Firefox is open-source, some Fedora developers have already started to port Firefox from GTK+2 to GTK+3. If everything goes well, the first GTK+3 based Firefox will be built on the Firefox 32 code base.

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Where does troubled Mozilla go from here?

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Once upon a time, it was simple. Mozilla, thanks to its open source web browser Firefox, was the feisty David to Microsoft's Internet Explorer Goliath.

Under the technical leadership of Brendan Eich, Mozilla co-founder and creator of JavaScript, Firefox became a force to be reckoned with in web browsing at a time when most people had conceded the web to Microsoft.

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Mozilla begins repackaging Firefox OS apps for Android

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Mozilla has today extended its Open Web App repackaging to Android.

Users of Firefox for Android are now able to install apps from the Firefox Marketplace, and have them install and behave like a regular Android app.

"As a developer, you can now build your Open Web App for Firefox OS devices and have that app reach millions of existing Firefox for Android users without having to change a single line of code," said the announcement blog post.

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Mozilla's Science Lab is a hub for the open research community

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The Science Lab was created to serve as a neutral broker and hub for the open science community—a means of bridging the gap between the early adopters and the many scientists who understand the value of open science, but who have not yet (for a number of reasons) mapped that understanding onto their day-to-day workflow. We strive to connect and support the activity of the open research community and its diverse stakeholders (researchers, coders, funders, publishers) to work towards the common goal of making research more like the web: open, collaborative and accessible.

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$25 Firefox phone heading for India

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Mozilla said that Spreadtrum’s $25 Firefox OS phone will soon be carried by Intex and Spice in India, and it also signed up Taiwan-based Chunghwa Telecom.

It seems only fitting that the country that brought us the $25 tablet should also be the first to try out the $25 smartphone. While Datawind’s Android-based Aakash 2 (UbiSlate) actually sold for $38, Indian government subsidization dropped that closer to $25 for schoolchildren. It remains to be seen whether Spreadtrum will enjoy similar discounts from Indian carriers Intex and Spice to keep its budget Firefox OS phone at the promised $25. Perhaps tellingly, there was no $25 price mentioned in Mozilla’s latest announcement.

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Mozilla Firefox 30 Binaries Now Available

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The Firefox 30 release announcement is imminent with the source and binaries for the upcoming browser update now being available.

For those interested, Mozilla Firefox 30.0 can be obtained from the Mozilla FTP server while we're still waiting for the official release announcement, which is likely coming in the day ahead.

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