Tag Archives: Firefox

Around the Blogsphere: Flash, Firefox, Chrome, UWP oh my!

Final Bow for Flash estimated in 2 years

With recent acceptance from Adobe with Creative Suite 2016 parting ways with Adobe Flash, more and more signs point to the final bow (goodbye) to flash in next 2 years. Per a report from Encoding.com, as referenced in The Verge article (http://www.theverge.com/2016/1/27/10840480/flash-dead-in-two-years-webm), Flash makes up only 6% of multimedia for mobile and Web today, down from 14% in 2014. The article points out some interesting observations of what is actually replacing Flash today, with what appears to be a final battle between the royalty-free codec WebM (http://www.webmproject.org/) commonly found in HTML5 and H.264 with its eventual successor H.265 to support 4K video.

Firefox Introduces Push Notifications for Desktop

A feature that has been around for a while now in Chrome and Safari, Firefox now has jumped on the Push Notification bandwagon.  Push notifications with desktop browsers brings the benefit of content providers push information to the user without requiring them to have their site open in the tabs. If you are an active user of Chrome for instance and use Gmail/Facebook, you might have noticed popup notices in the bottom of your screen, these are push notifications (of course, if you allowed such services).  Why is this important? This opens new possibilities in ecommerce for example. Cart Abandonment results in large potential revenue losses. Instead of sending a traditional email which results in loss of valuable time, we can now push a notice to a customer to complete their order in a timely fashion.

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Support in Microsoft Edge browser is still classified as “under consideration”

Chrome for iOS Supercharged

Chrome on iOS has just released a new update (v48). The biggest change is that they trashed their own rendering engine in favor of iOS 9’s extendable engine WKWebView, resulting in significant drop in crash rate and faster JavaScript execution (i.e. it is super fast, putting it on par with Safari).

http://9to5mac.com/2016/01/27/chrome-ios-stability-speed-wkwebview/

Chrome Desktop Enhanced Security

Chrome v48 (for Desktop), released yesterday, has a new security panel in the browser’s DevTools (F12). This will help clarify content origin, certificate validity and other items related to your browsing safety.  Read more here – http://blog.chromium.org/2016/01/introducing-security-panel-in-devtools.html

Visual Studio helps port iOS apps to UWP (Universal Windows Platform, aka Windows 10 App)

Microsoft has a feature in Visual Studio that helps developers port existing iOS app code to the UWP to help close the app gap between Windows 10 mobile platform and well-established iOS. To support this effort, Microsoft has been releasing a series of articles, all of which is introduced here – http://www.winbeta.org/news/ios-developers-get-introduced-to-visual-studios-for-developing-universal-windows-10-apps.

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How to Kill (Hide) Status Bar in Firefox (without Add-Ons)

If you are taking screenshots for marketing collateral or grabbing the video for your next show and tell, there is nothing more annoying than the status bar that displays at the bottom of your Firefox window.  The status bar causes a loss of professionalism and must die! Ok that was a little overdramatic, but seriously folks, it looks better without right?

Remove Status Bar

status bar gone.png

With the following simple steps, you can be a magician as well! I came across these steps from a variety of sources, and for your convenience, I merged them together. The secret sauce is the creation (or edit of) your userChrome.css file (http://kb.mozillazine.org/UserChrome.css).

NOTE: Following steps are using Firefox 40 but are valid for older versions as well.

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Click on the menu hamburger in top right menuhamburgerfirefox.png and then click on the ? mark icon questionfirefox
  3. Now select Troubleshooting Information 
    troubleshootigninformationfirefox
  4. Locate Profile Folder under Application Basics and click Show Folder to display your local folder in your file system.
    profileshowfolderfirefox
  5. In the folder shown, see if a folder called chrome exists, if not create the folder:
    createchromfolderfirefox
  6. Look inside chrome folder and create a userChrome.css file
    • To create a CSS extension, enable File name extensions under the View tab of your file explorerFilextensionsfirefox
    • File is case sensitive, so properly name it.
  7. Open the file in a text editor and add the following lines:@namespace url(“http://www.mozilla.org/keymaster/gatekeeper/there.is.only.xul”); /* only needed once */

    statuspanel { display:none!important; }

    • If the file already exists, search for statuspanel to see if that line exists. If not, add just that line, as the @namespace should already exist in the file.

Restart Firefox, and poof, the bar is now gone! If you want to add extra layer of magic, you can define which cases to display the bar and hide the bar by inserting the below lines instead:

/* only hide some messages */
#statusbar-display[label^=”Looking”] { display:none !important; } #statusbar-display[label^=”Connect”] { display:none !important; } #statusbar-display[label^=”Waiting”] { display:none !important; } #statusbar-display[label^=”Transfer”] { display:none !important; }

NOTE: After some searching, it appears that the same capability is not possible in Google Chrome as their position is that it opens a security risk to hide the URL (unconfirmed position 😉 )