Mozilla’s Maker Party Starts Today


It’s here: Maker Party starts today!

From July 15 – July 31, Mozilla community members around the globe will come together to teach the Web through fun, creative and hands-on activities. In past years, we’ve created everything from robots and educational browser games to original artwork and dance moves. We can’t wait to make more cool stuff this July.


Over the course of the next 17 days, we’ll be sharing activities for teaching web literacy. Specifically, we’ll focus on three important digital skills: how to read, write and participate on the Web. This is a team effort: we’re working alongside like-minded organizations and individuals to achieve universal web literacy. So, attend a Maker Party or host one of your own. And make sure to invite your friends, family and community.

  • Our first Maker Party activity? The IP Address Tracer game, which helps you read the Web. With this activity, learn how your device connects to the Internet. Every device — whether a laptop, desktop or smartphone — has a unique IP address. You’ll also learn why an IP address is personal information, and how protecting it protects your privacy. If you don’t have an Internet connection, you can try our lo-fi version using just a pen and paper.
  • Our second activity is all about writing on the Web: meet Webmaker, Mozilla’s new, open-source Android app for creating and sharing original content. Webmaker allows you to create online in minutes — it’s intuitive, simple and built for smartphone users of any skill level. You can create so much: a recipe book, a birthday card, a photo album, a comic strip. And everything you create can easily be shared with and remixed by your friends. No device or Internet access? No problem. Try this lo-fi version of the activity.
  • Our third activity, Hack My Media, is all about participating on the Web. Use Mozilla’s X-Ray Goggles tool to peer at the code behind a website. Then, remix the HTML to create a version of your very own. Swap in photos, headlines and other content to make the site reflect your personal identity and reflections on the media you consume — then share the URL with your friends. If you’re offline, try the lo-fi version.

As you start planning your Maker Party, remember: we’re here to help. In addition to the above three activities, Mozilla has several other interactive ways to teach the Web. Find them on our Teaching Activities page.

Visit our Event Resources page to ensure your Maker Party is impactful: you can download all sorts of art and decorations. We’ll also help you plan your event by sharing tips for finding the perfect venue, inviting media and more. Whether your Maker Party is three friends around a kitchen table or 50 students in a classroom, we can help. Email us anytime at

And don’t forget to share your party with us — and the world. Tweet this message from your event (and send us a photo, too):

I’m taking part in @Mozilla’s #MakerParty this July! Join us to create cool stuff online and help #TeachTheWeb:

Thanks for reading. Now, let’s party!



New Sharing Features in Firefox


Whichever social network you choose, it’s undeniable that being social is a key part of why you enjoy the Web. Firefox is built to put you in control, including making it easier to share anything you like on the Web’s most popular social networks. Today, we’re announcing that Firefox Share has been integrated into Firefox Hello. We introduced Firefox Share to offer a simple way of sharing Web content across popular services such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn and Google+ and other social and email services  (full list here) to help you share anything on the Web with any or all of your friends.

Firefox Hello link sharing

Firefox Hello, which we’ve been developing in beta with our partner, Telefonica, is the only in-browser video chat tool that doesn’t require an account or extra software downloads. We recently added screen sharing to Firefox Hello to make it easier to share anything you’re looking at in your video call. Now you can also invite friends to a Firefox Hello video call by sharing a link via the social network or email account of your choice, all without leaving your browser tab. That includes a newly added Yahoo Mail integration in Firefox Share that lets Yahoo Mail users share Hello conversation links or other Web content directly from Firefox Share.

For more information:
Release Notes for Firefox for Windows, Mac, Linux
Release Notes for Android
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Firefox Puts You in Control of Your Online Life


We created Firefox to give people choice and control of their Web experience and we’re always adding more ways to personalize your Firefox. Firefox is made by a non-profit organization and a global community dedicated to Mozilla’s mission of promoting openness, innovation and opportunity online.

One way we offer more choice and control is Firefox Accounts, which provides a personalized Web experience by connecting users to services like Firefox Sync and Firefox Hello. You can use Firefox Sync to access data including passwords, bookmarks, history and open tabs across your desktop and Android devices as well as Firefox for iOS (coming later this year). Firefox Accounts is also a great way to save your Firefox Hello contacts.

Today, we’re adding a new feature to Firefox Hello and a new integration with Pocket, the popular save-for-later service. Pocket started as a popular Firefox Add-on and is now a service in Firefox Accounts that helps you save all the articles, videos and websites that you want to read or watch later, all in one place. Pocket is available in Firefox Accounts in U.S. English, German, Japanese, Russian and European Spanish while we continue to add support for more languages and features.

Firefox Hello

We’ve been developing Firefox Hello with our long-term partner Telefónica and we’re excited to share that Firefox Hello now offers screen sharing. This new feature allows the host to share a browser tab or application window while in the video conversation. You can share any website or window that you’re viewing while talking to friends, family and co-workers. It’s a great way to shop online together, collaborate on a document or just watch a cat video with a friend.

Firefox Developer Edition Adds Performance Tools

We’re also excited to share an update to Firefox Developer Edition, the only browser created for developers. This fresh release has new performance tools to make it easier to build fast, interactive websites and Web apps. You can read the blog post from Dave Camp and the Developer Tools team here and play Power Surge, a little game we created to help developers find slow JavaScript code in the game, and their own websites and Web apps.

For more information:
Release Notes for Firefox for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android
Release Notes for Firefox Developer Edition
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Download Firefox Developer Edition

Open Web Device Compliance Review Board Certifies First Handsets


Announcement Marks Key Point in Development of Open Source Mobile Ecosystem

San Francisco, Calif. – May 18, 2015: – The Open Web Device Compliance Review Board (CRB), in conjunction with its members ALCATEL ONE TOUCH, Deutsche Telekom, Mozilla, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and Telefónica, has announced the first handsets to be certified by the CRB. The CRB is an independently operated organization designed to promote the success of the open Web device ecosystem by encouraging API compliance as well as ensuring competitive performance.

The two devices are the Alcatel ONETOUCH Fire C and the Alcatel ONETOUCH Fire E. ALCATEL ONETOUCH has also authorized a CRB lab.

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First Panasonic Smart TVs powered by Firefox OS Debut Worldwide


The first Panasonic VIERA Smart TVs powered by Firefox OS are now available in Europe and will be available worldwide in the coming months.Firefox OS Smart TV“Through our partnership with Mozilla and the openness and flexibility of Firefox OS, we have been able to create a more user friendly and customizable TV UI. This allows us to provide a better user experience for our consumers providing a differentiator in the Smart TV market,” said Masahiro Shinada, Director of the TV Business Division at Panasonic Corporation. Continue reading …

Update on Digital Rights Management and Firefox

Denelle Dixon-Thayer

A year ago, we announced the start of efforts to implement support for a component in Firefox that would allow content wrapped in Digital Rights Management (DRM) to be played within the HTML5 video tag. This was a hard decision because of our Mission and the closed nature of DRM. As we explained then, we are enabling DRM in order to provide our users with the features they require in a browser and allow them to continue accessing premium video content. We don’t believe DRM is a desirable market solution, but it’s currently the only way to watch a sought-after segment of content.

Today, Firefox includes an integration with the Adobe Content Decryption Module (CDM) to playback DRM-wrapped content. The CDM will be downloaded from Adobe shortly after you upgrade or install Firefox and will be activated when you first interact with a site that uses Adobe CDM. Premium video services, including Netflix, have started testing this solution in Firefox. Continue reading …

Orange Launches First Firefox OS Smartphones in Africa


We are happy to share that the first Firefox OS smartphones went on sale in Senegal and Madagascar this week. This follows an announcement from Mozilla and Orange at Mobile World Congress 2015 that Firefox OS smartphones would be available in markets across Africa and the Middle East later this year.

“We are pleased to partner with Orange to bring the mobile Web to users in a substantial number of new growth markets across Africa and the Middle East said Andreas Gal, CTO of Mozilla. “I’m also thrilled to see how the imminent arrival of Firefox OS has created excitement in the local Mozilla communities.” Continue reading …

Please welcome Jascha Kaykas-Wolff, Chief Marketing Officer and Nick Nguyen, Vice President of Product Strategy

Chris Beard

Today we’re excited to announce two new additions to the leadership team at Mozilla, one joining us for the first time today, and the other returning.

Jascha Kaykas-Wolff joins us this week as Mozilla’s new Chief Marketing Officer with responsibility for leading our global marketing strategy and organization.

Jascha Kaykas-WolffJascha’s background and deep experience in product positioning, marketing strategy, and brand building make him ideally positioned to lead a strategic marketing organization that continues to build Mozilla’s global brands and influence in a highly competitive marketplace. Continue reading …

Firefox for Android Crosses 100 Million Downloads


We’re proud to share that Firefox for Android has now been downloaded more than 100 million times from Google Play, and has always been consistently rated by users with more than 4.0 stars. From customization, easy search settings and adaptive sharing, to privacy coaching and home panel add-ons, we’ve built an experience that goes beyond browsing, to offer users greater flexibility and control over their online lives.

Firefox for Android is the most customizable mobile Web browser available, with plenty of features that help safeguard your privacy online and make it easier to get to and discover your favorite Web content faster. We’ve always been focused on delivering a product that people love and supports the values of our mission to promote openness, innovation and opportunity online. By choosing to search for, download and actively use Firefox as their Android browser, our users are reinforcing Mozilla’s mission and embracing Firefox as part of their daily, mobile lives. Continue reading …

Firefox OS Arrives in South Africa


We are pleased to announce that Firefox OS has expanded to South Africa, in partnership with MTN. Mozilla’s web-based operating system is now available through MTN on the ALCATEL ONETOUCH FIRE E device.

“We built Firefox OS as part of Mozilla’s mission to put the power of the Web in people’s hands”, Li Gong, President of Mozilla, says. “We are excited to see MTN launching the first Firefox OS devices in South Africa, enabling millions more people to access the mobile Web at an affordable cost.” Continue reading …