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Firefox Focus updated with UI changes, new engine, and more

Firefox's privacy-focused browser has undergone a few changes since its launch including the addition of tabs and a full-screen mode. The latest update to v7 includes some UI tweaks, but the big changes are beneath the surface. Focus is now running on an all-new mobile rendering engine.

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Firefox Reality web browser now available for Daydream VR, Oculus Go, and Vive Wave

Back in July, a standalone version of Chrome finally became available for Daydream VR. You could visit sites or play web-based VR games without ever taking off your headset, and it was the first time standalone Daydream headsets (like the Lenovo Mirage Solo) could access websites. If you're not a fan of Chrome, there's another VR browser you can try - Firefox Reality.

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Firefox will block tracking scripts by default, starting in 2019

Mozilla has always been a strong advocate for internet privacy. More recently, Mozilla has been working on Firefox Focus, a simplified browser that blocks all trackers/cookies and erases browsing data after you close the app. Now the company wants to take privacy a step further, by blocking all tracking scripts by default on the main Firefox browser.

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[Update: Back to Firefox Rocket] Mozilla's Indonesia-exclusive Firefox Rocket browser is now Firefox Lite

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Firefox Nightly can now block auto-playing audio

Firefox is finally addressing a big browsing annoyance. The browser's Nightly build can now block websites from automatically playing audio. This isn't a first; Chrome has had the same ability since April (and even longer on mobile). Still, it's a great feature, and a boon for Mozilla diehards.

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Notes by Firefox syncs encrypted notes with Mozilla's desktop browser

Mozilla's current catalog of Android apps consists of browsers, but there's something new today. Mozilla has a note-taking app called Notes by Firefox. It's encrypted and syncs automatically with Firefox on your desktop. Don't expect a lot of fancy features, though.

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Firefox 61 now available with faster scrolling, performance improvements, and more

Firefox 57 'Quantum' launched last year with major performance enhancements on the desktop, but the new Quantum CSS engine only arrived on Android last month. Firefox 61 has now been released across all platforms, and the Android version includes more speed optimizations.

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Toolbox for Play Store v2.3 improves Google's awful new screenshot gallery

The desktop Play Store site was updated in March, and perhaps the most annoying aspect of the new design was the screenshot gallery. Even though the full-screen lightbox is nice, the embedded gallery requires constantly clicking the left/right arrows to scroll. We updated our Toolbox browser extension to support the new Play Store site last month, and a new update vastly improves the screenshot gallery.

Version 2.3 of our browser extension is now rolling out, and it has a new optional feature called 'Better screenshot gallery'. When enabled, Toolbox replaces the left/right buttons on the screenshot box with a scrollbar.

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How to block spam notifications and rogue ads on Android smartphones

Many mobile apps include advertisements, which is perfectly fine - the developers have to eat, after all. But some malicious applications go a step further, by either sending push notifications containing advertisements, or taking over your entire screen at random times.

Google has started to crack down on this behavior, but only when it comes to taking over the lock screen. Notification ads and random full-screen advertisements are still fair game, and some OEMs have even used them in the past. Most of these apps disguise the notifications so you can't tell where they came from.

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Firefox 60 now available for Android, brings Quantum CSS engine to mobile

Near the end of last year, Mozilla released Firefox 57, nicknamed 'Firefox Quantum.' It was the culmination of several major development efforts, including an upgraded Gecko engine with components written in the super-fast Rust programming language. The changes allowed Firefox to finally match (or even exceed) Chrome in speed and performance.

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