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  • Firefox 25 beta for Android adds guest browsing and mixed content blocking

    Firefox 25 beta for Android adds guest browsing and mixed content blocking

    Now that polished versions of Firefox 24 are out the door, Mozilla has released the beta version of Firefox 25 — and it’s quite a hefty upgrade for Android users. The new mobile build adds guest browsing, which lets friends borrow your device without seeing your bookmarks and history. As soon as a guest signs out, your data comes back. Beta testers also get a mixed content blocker, support for add-ons with page actions and an option to set pictures as contact photos or wallpapers. If you like the idea of sharing Android gadgets with others, you can grab Firefox 25 through Google Play.

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    Via: CNET

    Source: Google Play, Mozilla

  • NASA ends Deep Impact comet-hunting mission after eight years

    NASA says Deep Impact's comethunting mission is over, eight years later

    After more than eight years, NASA’s comet-hunting Deep Impact mission has come to an abrupt close. The agency has stopped trying to communicate with the mission probe after losing contact on August 8th. It’s not clear what went wrong, but NASA suspects that it may have lost orientation control, guaranteeing that the Deep Impact vehicle would lose power and freeze. It’s going out on a good note, however. Like NASA’s Mars rovers, Deep Impact easily outlasted its intended lifespan — after successfully intercepting the comet Tempel 1 in 2005, it went on to study three more comets as well as numerous exoplanets. We’ll miss the probe’s continued research, but its legacy should live on through other projects.

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    Source: NASA

  • Firefox for Windows 8 enters Aurora channel with touch and gesture support

    Firefox for Windows 8 enters Aurora channel with touch and gesture support

    The path to bring Firefox to Windows 8 may be longer than Mozilla had originally anticipated, but the first important milestone to its January arrival is now at hand. Firefox for Windows 8 has graduated into the Aurora (pre-beta) channel, which provides experienced users and tire kickers a more reliable alternative to the previous nightly builds. In this release, the browser includes touch and gesture support, and it even offers up Firefox Sync and Windows Share integration. There’s plenty to appreciate on the backend, too, such as WebGL, asm.js and hardware-accelerated HTML5 video. According to Mozilla, it’ll focus on improving performance and responsiveness over the coming weeks, which is something to look forward to, if your trial run is less than ideal.

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    Source: Mozilla (1), (2)

  • PSA: BBM for iOS rollout underway, Android version acting a little shy

    PSA: BBM for iOS rollout underway, Android version acting a little shy

    It’s been something of a mixed week for BlackBerry, but it’s good news for those with an affinity for its BBM service (but an allegiance to other phones.) If you’re over on the Apple side of the fence, it looks like rollout has begun, with BBM showing up on iTunes in New Zealand, with more territories sure to follow. Meanwhile, Android was set to land on the Play store at around 7am ET, but has yet to break cover. We’ll keep an eye out, and update this post once it’s live. Or, like many others, keep refreshing the source link until it shows up!

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    Source: Google Play Store, iTunes

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