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Firefox Gone Mobile Ice Cream Truck Going to London, June 15-17

Since March, the Firefox Gone Mobile ice cream truck has cruised through the US cities of Austin, Los Angeles and New York serving free, community-named gourmet ice cream and talking to folks about Firefox for mobile. It’s been fantastic to interact with each and every visitor, answering questions, demoing Firefox for Android and Firefox Home for the iPhone, helping folks download and eating free sweet treats!

Due to its great reception, we’re taking Firefox Gone Mobile across the pond! Next week, June 15-17, we’ll be driving the Firefox Gone Mobile ice cream truck around London from from 12-6pm each day, clad with great swag and our famous, community-named ice cream creations. (Have you tried the Mozilly Vanilly or The Awesome Bar?)

To find out where we are each day, follow us @mozmobile and be sure to look out for #fficecream on Twitter. We’ll be tweeting our location throughout the  day so bring a friend or co-worker, get a hug from The Firefox himself, (maybe a t-shirt too!) and learn more about Firefox for mobile. See you there.

Home Links Add-on Wins People’s Choice Vote!

Congratulations to Enrico Previdi and his Home Links add-on for Firefox for mobile.

Hundreds of mobile supporters and users voted for Home Links as their favorite add-on submitted in the Mobile Add-ons Cup.

This productivity add-on  gives you the ability to have your home button behave similarly to the home button on desktop browser, but instead, lets you save up to 4 links to open quickly by tapping on your home button. When you’re on a site that you want make a “home base” just tape on the Site Menu and tap on “Set shortcut for home button.” So simple, yet so seamless and helpful!

Home Links is a Recommended add-on in Firefox for mobile and easily discoverable in the mobile Add-ons Manager. Just got to your Browser Tools, tap on the Add-ons Manager to install Home Links in one tap. Try it today!

“Best in Show” Add-on Developer Gives Back!

Our Add-ons Cup “Best in Show” winner, Chris Finke, won his title for developing Tapsure, an add-on that alleviates the pain of typing on a phone by allowing you to input passwords on sites by tapping a rhythm on your touchscreen. Check it out!

We were all thoroughly impressed with the concept, creativity and execution of Tapsure and were happy to award Finke with the “Best in Show” prize that includes a trip to Barcelona and a pass to attend Mobile World Congress. However, due to a personal matter, Finke is unable to attend and has elected to donate proceeds of his prize to Mozilla’s Open Web Fund, dubbed Drumbeat.

“Developing for the Web means that I can reach every connected person in the world with a single point of contact rather than having to develop apps for as many platforms as I can make time; the Web has proven to be the only true cross-platform solution,” says Finke. “Keeping the Web open means continued instant and unfettered access to my audience – no app store approval process, no third party constraints.  I can’t imagine it any other way, and the Open Web Fund is advancing this cause in a very real way.”

Drumbeat is focused on supporting practical projects and local events that gather smart, creative people around big ideas, solving problems and building the open Web. Thanks to Chris, $2500 will go to support Drumbeat’s various efforts and put these valuable dollars to extraordinary use. Take a look at some of our featured projects that will benefit!

“The Mozilla community believes we can, and must, keep the Web open,” says Mark Surman, Mozilla Foundation Executive Director. “That’s why we appreciate the support of those who can participate in practical ways by providing raw material for new kinds of innovation, creativity, wealth and democracy. We encourage others, like Chris, to participate in building a better Internet and keeping the Internet open for the long haul.”

Thanks again to everyone who contributed their time and energy to the Mobile Add-ons Cup and an extra thank you to Chris for his wonderful gift and commitment to keeping the Web open and free for everyone to enjoy!

Congrats to Our Firefox Home iPhone Skin Design Challenge Winner!

Our Firefox Home iPhone Skin Design Challenge winner has emerged from nearly 100 fantastic iPhone skin design submissions, as well as tons of votes from the community. Thanks to all those who participated!

Andrew from Pasadena, California, created our winning design, which is entitled “Make Firefox Your Home.”  “I wanted to create a bold design that could be seen clearly on the iPhone. My design concept was to show how all the functions of Firefox Home are easily accessible through icons and to convey how user-friendly the app is,” says Andrew.

Because we liked Andrew’s design so much, as well as our other top designs, we’ve made them available in the Mozilla Marketplace. Get your new iPhone skin today! Congratulations again to Andrew, our top finalists and everyone who participated!