Mozilla Now Accepts Bitcoin

Geoffrey MacDougall

Mozilla is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting openness, accessibility and innovation on the Web. Our work is made possible by thousands of people around the world contributing in many ways, such as volunteering or making a donation.

For some time, Mozilla supporters have asked for the ability to donate using bitcoin. We are finally able to fulfill that request.

Beginning today, we accept bitcoin as one of the many ways people can choose to support Mozilla.

We are joining a growing list of merchants and organizations now accepting bitcoin, including Khan Academy, Electronic Frontier Foundation, United Way, Greenpeace, and Wikimedia Foundation.

If  you would like to donate bitcoin to the Mozilla Foundation, please visit this link which is the home of our secure Coinbase form. Coinbase is a bitcoin wallet and payment processor, which allows us to securely and immediately convert bitcoin to U.S. dollars.

We want to thank all our volunteers, supporters and donors for everything that you do for Mozilla. Together, we’re keeping the Internet alive and accessible, so people worldwide can be informed contributors and creators of the Web.

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First Firefox OS Smartphones Available in the Philippines

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Mozilla, the mission-based organization dedicated to promoting openness, innovation and opportunity on the Web, is happy to announce that Cherry Mobile will launch the first Firefox OS smartphone in the Philippines in the coming days. Cherry Mobile will offer the customizable and affordable Firefox OS smartphone – ACE – to their customers providing unique Web experiences through its open source mobile OS. Moreover, key app providers including Easy Taxi and OLX will partner with Mozilla to enrich Firefox Marketplace and expand the Firefox OS ecosystem in the Philippines. Continue reading …

Celebrating Choice, Control and Independence On the Web

Chris Beard

CHOOSE FIREFOXTen years ago, we made Firefox to keep the Internet in each of our hands — to create choice and put you in control of your life online.

Today, we invite you to stand with us for an Internet that belongs to everyone. And no one.

Birthdays are a time to reflect on past accomplishments. And ours – yours – was huge: we helped save the Internet. We saved the Internet by not accepting the status quo, by not allowing corporate interests to acquire a stranglehold on our online lives. At the time, Microsoft dominated the Web. It was becoming stagnant, locked down and shaped by the vision of one company rather than the creativity of all. Firefox changed that. Continue reading …

Celebrating 10 Years of Firefox

Johnathan Nightingale

10 years ago we built Firefox to give you a choice. The Web was a monoculture and the only way in was through the company that controlled your operating system. We believed then, and so did many of you, that the Web deserved an independent alternative. Today hundreds of millions of people trust Firefox because they understand that we’re different; that our independence lets us put you first.

As part of our anniversary, we’re excited to announce a special release of Firefox with new features that put you in control. Continue reading …

Firefox OS Ecosystem To Expand To Africa With Support From New Partners

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FirefoxOS_for_press_releaseMozilla, the mission-based organization dedicated to promoting openness, innovation and opportunity on the Web, is pleased to announce that Firefox OS will soon expand to Africa. The Firefox OS ecosystem has gained support from three new key partners in the region: Airtel, MTN South Africa and Tigo, operated by Millicom, are the first carriers working with Mozilla to soon bring first Firefox OS smartphones to Africa.

“We are proud to see that with Airtel, MTN South Africa and Tigo, Firefox OS gains additional support to soon extend the Firefox OS footstep into Africa”, says Rick Fant, Mozilla’s VP Planning and Ecosystem. “The continued growth of Firefox OS holds great promise for enabling millions more people to access the mobile Web at an affordable cost, while helping to remove control points in today’s closed mobile ecosystems.”

Firefox OS is the first device platform built entirely to open Web standards, with every feature developed as an HTML5 application. Its flexibility, scalability and powerful customization empowers users, developers and industry partners to create customized mobile experiences.

As of today, Firefox OS has launched with local partners in 25 markets across Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia. With the upcoming move into the African region, Firefox OS will soon be available on five continents.

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Mozilla and GSMA: Enabling locally relevant content for the next 4 billion people

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Globally, 4 billion people have yet to access the Web. To invite these next billions of users online, access must be affordable.  The tumbling price of smartphones, such as the Firefox OS handsets, is a clear step in this direction.

But few have taken the time to ask: What kind of Web do we need to build to unlock social and economic opportunities for people in emerging markets? Even if we solve key issues like access, affordability and efficiency, what will the next wave of users find when they get online? Will the Web be a place where they can access and create content that has a meaningful impact on their lives?
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The First Browser Dedicated to Developers is Coming

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At Mozilla we know that developers are the cornerstone of the Web, that’s why we actively push standards and continue to build great tools to make it easier for you to create awesome Web content and apps.

When building for the Web, developers tend to use a myriad of different tools which often don’t work well together. This means you end up switching between different tools, platforms and browsers which can slow you down and make you less productive.

So we decided to unleash our developer tools team on the entire browser to see how we could make your lives easier.

We’re now ready to give you a sneak peek of the first browser dedicated you as a developer:

We’ve redesigned the browser by looking at it through a completely new filter to put developers’ interests first. It’s built by developers for developers so you can debug the whole Web, allowing you to more easily build awesome Web experiences. It also integrates some powerful new tools like WebIDE and the Firefox Tools Adapter.

Soon, we’re going to bring you more, a lot more, in a package that you deserve as a builder for an independent Web.

Get ready to spread the word (#Fx10) or sign up for our Hacks newsletter here to be emailed as soon as the browser is available.

We can’t wait to share it with you on November 10th.

The Web as a Commercial Platform for Games Gathers Momentum

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Mozilla has helped pioneer technology that has set the Web up as a serious platform for distributing and developing games. Recently, we have seen considerable momentum from the games industry exploring the potential of Mozilla-pioneered technologies like WebGL and asm.js, that enable high quality games to run inside your browser without the need for plugins.

We want to give you an update on some of these developments.

1. WebGL Now On All Modern Browsers

WebGL is now available on all modern browsers with iOS 8 and desktop Safari being the most recent to have it on by default. Developers can confidently rely on the availability of WebGL regardless of the user’s choice of browser, across all major desktop and modern mobile platforms. WebGL’s ubiquity means that billions of users now have the ability to see rich 3D content on the Web. Here’s an idea of what WebGL everywhere can mean for game developers:

2. More Opportunities for Developers to Make Money

Humble Bundle, one of the real innovators in game distribution, recently brought eight hugely popular Indie games including the award-winning FTL directly to Web users. Over two weeks, 90,000 Bundles were purchased, generating half a million dollars. These results are evidence that the Web is a major opportunity for developers to expand their reach and stand out in today’s highly competitive market. One of the games in the Bundle was Aaaaa!. Its developer, Owlchemy Labs, was able to port its games to the Web using Unity 5 with its WebGL and asm.js exporter, which is free and included in the recently released pre-order Beta.

Epic Games also recently announced a new pricing structure for Unreal Engine 4 which includes WebGL and asm.js export at no additional charge, and more recently announced that it was free for students. Check out the Strategy Game below, one of UE4’s recent demos which runs in the browser without plugins at near native speed. Click on the image to play the game – we think you’ll enjoy it.

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Another sign that the Web is taking off as a platform for gaming is that Marmalade, the game development tool behind the popular ‘Plants versus Zombies’ is pushing the boundaries of the mobile Web by adding support for Firefox OS in their Marmalade Web product. Marmalade is also investigating support for Emscripten with Mozilla, which will enable developers to take their C++ games and target Firefox OS-powered phones and Firefox on desktop.

3. Advances in Web Gaming Technologies and Tools

In the run up to the 10th anniversary of Firefox, we have released a preview of our upcoming browser dedicated solely to developers. It’s molded to how you work and allows you to debug the whole Web whether targeting mobile or desktop across many different platforms. It’s great for game developers, because it includes new tools like: Canvas Debugger, Shader Editor and Audio Editor to make game creation easier.

asm.js is showing promising signs of being accelerated across the Web. Microsoft recently announced it was considering optimizing Internet Explorer for the JavaScript subset. Arewefastyet.com has been tracking the performance of asm.js code across browsers and advancements are being made across the board. These show that asm.js code is efficient across all browsers but remains fastest in Firefox.

For a further speed boost in computationally intensive code, a prototype of our upcoming SIMD.js support has been added to Firefox Nightly, which is being worked on as part of a proposed standard.

4. New Benchmarks: ensuring top performance

To help browser makers and game developers offer the best plugin-free gaming experience possible, Mozilla has developed its Massive benchmark suite which measures important aspects of asm.js performance on large, real-world code bases. Massive can help browser vendors track their performance over time and point to areas where improvements are needed, and for developers it provides a simple way to get an idea of how fast asm.js execution is on a particular device and browser.

Leading game engine provider Unity has also recognized the need for real-world benchmarks, creating their own asm.js and WebGL benchmark. Along with Massive, these two benchmarks will offer browser makers powerful tools to help optimize their browsers for asm.js and WebGL content.

All of these efforts are laying the foundation for high performance games and applications to run in the Web without the considerable adoption friction associated with plugins. This work is providing the opportunity for game developers to deploy much richer experiences to the 2.8 billion people surfing the Web. The Web is becoming a far more vibrant platform and we are starting to see the first signs of industry exploring the potential that has now been unlocked.


Editor’s Note:

We’ll be demonstrating a lot of the technologies mentioned in this post at GDC Next this week, so why not come and see us at booth #317 and we will be happy to help guide you in getting your game on the Web.

MozFest 2014 begins today

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Today marks the beginning of the fifth annual Mozilla Festival, one of the world’s biggest celebrations of the open web.

More than 1,600 participants from countries around the globe will gather at Ravensbourne in East London for a weekend of collaborating, building prototypes, designing innovative web literacy curricula and discussing how the ethos of the open web can contribute to the fields of science, journalism, advocacy and more.

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