Archive for May, 2012

On the Way to 100%, Revamping Firefox Mobile for Android and more…

about:mozilla is a weekly round-up of news and contribution opportunities. Here’s what’s happening this week.

Firefox support questions: On the Way to 100%
If you ever need help with Firefox, the Firefox Support Forum is the place to go. In the community-powered support forum, everyone can help, including you. And everybody should be helped too. That’s why last year, the SUMO team set a goal for this year to achieve a 100% response rate, which means that every user who asked a question in our forum should get a response. But how close are we to the 100%? Find it out by reading David Tenser’s blog post or help by answering questions on the forums.

Visual Reboot of Firefox Mobile for Android

Firefox has always been a different browser, but with a recent strong wave of competitive browsers, all with similar features; design and product identity has become the differentiator. That’s why the Mozilla User Experience team revamped the design of the Firefox Mobile application for Android, and the results are stunning. Every single detail has carefully been elaborated, that’s why the new design isn’t just fluid, organic and unique to Firefox, but it also speaks strongly to the Firefox brand. Check out Patryk Adamczyk’s blog post to see what it looks like.

Windows on ARM Users Need Browser Choice Too
For the past eight years, Windows offered users a choice of browsers to navigate their digital lives. Prior to the launch of Firefox in 2004, Internet Explorer was really the only browser for Windows. Unfortunately, the upcoming release of Windows for the ARM processor could bring the digital dark ages back where users and developers didn’t have browser choices. But why does this matter to users? Check out Harvey Anderson’s blog post to find the answer.

The Web Will Connect our Future
Gary Kovacs, CEO of Mozilla, had the honor of delivering the opening keynote at a big event with a presentation titled “The Web Will Connect our Future.”. He shared with the audience that not only has the Web changed our lives once, but in mobile, the open Web is about to do it again. Check out his blog post to find out why he thinks that we all need to work together to stress the Web as a platform and to push over a few remaining hurdles like graphics and video and native device API access.

Desktop Apps with HTML5
One of the best things about HTML is that it’s never “done”. It’s been with us longer than most of the development technologies that we consider commonplace. Recently the Mozilla Apps Native Install Experience was introduced to the Firefox Nightly Channel. This functionality lets you install an HTML5 application with a native launching experience on your computer. All you need to do is to go to the Market Store, download an application and it will automatically show up in your Launchpad or in your program list. If you’re a developer, check out Joe Stagner’s blog post to see how it works.

Meet Some Mozillians
Bonjour Mozilla says bonjour to Poland, Ludovic & Zola and Janet Swisher. Read more about how these people are contributing to Mozilla.

Upcoming events
* May 16, Hotel San Marco, Via longena 42, Verona, Italy jsDay 2012
* May 16, London, England Geek Bowling
* May 19, Taipei, Taiwan JSDC.tw 2012
* May 20, Chicago (Rosemont), IL Society for Technical Communication Summit
* May 23, Melbourne, Australia Web Directions Code
* See more on the Mozilla Community Calendar

Get Involved
These are just some of the available contribution opportunities. Learn more about other ways to get involved and find other Mozillians in our community who share your interests.

About about:mozilla
The newsletter is written by Mozilla’s contributor engagement team and is published every Tuesday. For more on what has been happening this week also checkout the Mozilla Project Meeting. If you have anything you would like to include in our next issue,
please contact: about-mozilla[at]mozilla[dot]com or send us a status message on mozilla.status.net or a tweet @aboutmozilla. You can also subscribe to the email version.

Have a good week folks and keep rocking the Web!

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Tracking the trackers, become a Mobile Test Driver and more…

about:mozilla is a weekly round-up of news and contribution opportunities. Here’s what’s happening this week.

Tracking the trackers
Gary Kovacs, the CEO of Mozilla, has given an interesting presentation on a contemporary topic, “Tracking the trackers”, at the TED university. TED is a nonprofit devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading” and they make the best talks and performances available to the world – for free. During that, he has shown the crowd a demo of Collusion, a tool that shows you who’s tracking your bahaviour on the internet. Make sure to check out his talk.

Firefox Flicks at the San Francisco International Film Festival

The big Firefox Flicks contest which allowed people to submit videos that tell our stories has come to an end and the jury is now choosing the best videos. The winner will be announced in nine days and to give a few impressions of the videos, the Firefox Flicks team hosted a part at the San Francisco International Film Festival and showed a teaser reel with some outstanding submissions. You can also watch all of the entries on the Firefox Flicks website and check back for more updates. May the best video win!

Become a Mobile Test Driver
Firefox for Android is extremely important to our mission, because we want to deliver an exceptional mobile web experience for users. That’s why the developers are trying to re-architect Firefox by using a native Android user interface. But we need your help to test daily builds of Firefox and file bugs if you run into them. The Mobile Test Drivers are fighting for a better Web, and you can become one too. If you don’t have an Android smartphone, you can be provided with a loaner phone. Go to the Testdrivers Program page for more information.

How do browser engines work?
Have you ever heard something about browsers’ internals? If not, then Anthony Ricaud can explain it to you! He gave a talk about what’s inside a browser to give web developers a better understanding of the internals of the “black box”. You can find a video of his speech right in his blog post, but if you prefer to read everything for yourself, you can also just take a look at the slides.

MDN Hack Day Tour
It was a whirlwind week for the Mozilla Developers in Latin America, who visited four cities over the course of 10 days in the southern part of South America to meet up with developers and Mozillians. The crew talked about HTML5, Boot To Gecko and the soon-to-be-launched Mozilla Marketplace for HTML 5 apps. Read more about the tour in the blog post by Havi Hoffman, the content curator at Mozilla Labs.

Meet Some Mozillians
Bonjour Mozilla says bonjour to Thierno Ndiaye, the Gaia team, the Firefox Flicks actors and our new flowers. Read more about how these people are contributing to Mozilla.

Upcoming events
* May 11, New Brunswick, NJ Professional IT Community Conference
* May 14, San Francisco, California AnDevCon
* May 16, Hotel San Marco, Via longena 42, Verona, Italy jsDay 2012
* May 19, Taipei, Taiwan JSDC.tw 2012
* May 20, Chicago (Rosemont), IL Society for Technical Communication Summit
* May 20, Buenos Aires MDN Hack Day
* See more on the Mozilla Community Calendar

Upcoming events in London, England
* May 9 Open House
* May 10 Geek Quiz
* May 12 MDN Hackday
* May 14 Monday Mobile Madness
* May 15 Open House 2
* May 16 Geek Bowling

Get Involved
These are just some of the available contribution opportunities. Learn more about other ways to get involved and find other Mozillians in our community who share your interests.

About about:mozilla
The newsletter is written by Mozilla’s contributor engagement team and is published every Tuesday. For more on what has been happening this week also checkout the Mozilla Project Meeting. If you have anything you would like to include in our next issue, please contact: about-mozilla[at]mozilla[dot]com or send us a status message on mozilla.status.net or a tweet @aboutmozilla. You can also subscribe to the email version.

Have a good week folks and keep rocking the Web!

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