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How to track down and block rogue ads on Android

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

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.

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How to track down and block rogue ads on Android was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Firefox 60 now available, finally brings Quantum CSS engine to Android

Friday, May 4th, 2018

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.

One of the Quantum improvements, the CSS engine (also called 'Servo') allowed Firefox 57 on the desktop to render pages extremely quickly, but as we covered previously, it was delayed for Android.

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Firefox 60 now available, finally brings Quantum CSS engine to Android was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Our browser extension, ‘Toolbox for Google Play Store,’ now works with the new Play Store site

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

We released our browser extension, 'Toolbox for Google Play Store,' near the end of 2016. It was designed to make the Play Store website much better, with direct links to APKMirror/AP/AppBrain for each app and the ability to sign up for beta programs with one click. The first major update was released in October of last year, adding Firefox for Android support and improved APKMirror integration.

We're happy to announce that Toolbox v2.2 is now rolling out to Chrome and Firefox users (Opera should approve it soon).

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Our browser extension, 'Toolbox for Google Play Store,' now works with the new Play Store site was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Firefox 60 Beta for Android includes faster Quantum CSS engine [APK Download]

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

The release of Firefox 57 'Quantum' last year included several major changes to the browser's structure, including a new CSS engine known as Quantum CSS (formerly called 'Stylo'). Simply put, Quantum CSS is the browser component that figures out what styles should be applied to what elements. Because modern sites often use thousands of lines of CSS with many overriding styles, the feature was designed to take advantage of multiple CPU cores, giving Firefox 57 a performance boost over previous versions.

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Firefox 60 Beta for Android includes faster Quantum CSS engine [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Firefox 59 adds home button assist functionality, HLS playback, and more [APK Download]

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

The last overhaul of Firefox was just a few months ago, with the release of Firefox 57 'Quantum.' Mozilla today released version 59 of the beloved web browser, across all platforms. While the desktop version speeds up page load times, improves the built-in screenshot tool, and tweaks the Top Sites page, the mobile changelog isn't quite as exciting.

Starting with v59, Firefox for Android is now an Assist App. This means you can start a web search by holding down the home button on your device, if you set Firefox as your default assistant.

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Firefox 59 adds home button assist functionality, HLS playback, and more [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Mozilla working on in-page popup blocker for Firefox

Monday, March 12th, 2018

The days of native popups in browsers are long gone, but sites still frequently use in-page alerts like the one above. They are completely useless most of the time, and usually violate the Better Ads Standards (potentially causing the site to lose revenue from Chrome users). While Firefox isn't outright blocking ads on some sites like Chrome is, the browser's developers are working on a blocker for these popups.

The feature is still in the planning stages, but Mozilla is asking users for any examples of sites with annoying pop-ups.

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Mozilla working on in-page popup blocker for Firefox was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

WebVR is now ‘WebXR Device API’, supports augmented reality

Sunday, February 4th, 2018

The first version of WebVR was announced in early 2016, with both Firefox and Chrome being early supporters. The idea was to bring virtual reality content to the web, with support for all headsets, from Google Cardboard to the high-end Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. The standard continued to evolve for about a year, and Google loved to show if off. But in September of last year in an AMA, the Chrome team said the WebVR API was being reworked to, "support a wider variety of devices."

W3C, the organization that sets standards for the web, announced in December that the in-development WebVR 2.0 API was being renamed to 'WebXR.' The key change with WebXR is support for both augmented and virtual reality technology.

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WebVR is now 'WebXR Device API', supports augmented reality was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Firefox 59 beta adds home button assist functionality, better live streaming, and more

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

Mozilla pulled the trigger on a substantial redesign of Firefox a few months ago, but the devs haven't taken any time off the celebrate. the updates are still coming fast with v59 hitting the beta channel. This version adds quick access to Firefox search via the home button, revamped HLS video support, and a few more goodies.

Mozilla, in its infinite wisdom, has provided a full changelog for this release.

New

  • Added Firefox as an Assist App so users can start a search by long-pressing the home button
  • Improved user experience for HLS (HTTP Live Streaming) playback

Changed

  • Changed the location of Firefox Health Report from about:healthreport to about:telemetry
  • The "about:" page was removed.
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Firefox 59 beta adds home button assist functionality, better live streaming, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Firefox 58 hits the stable channel, includes support for Progressive Web Apps and FLAC playback [APK Download]

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

We've been hearing about Firefox version 58 for a while now, first with news back in October last year that it would offer Progressive Web Apps – letting you add web pages to your home screen that work like native apps. That functionality arrived in the beta channel in November, along with FLAC support plus Bengali and Nepali locales. All of this is now coming to the stable release, which is beginning to roll out to users.

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Firefox 58 hits the stable channel, includes support for Progressive Web Apps and FLAC playback [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Firefox 57.0.4 rolling out to all platforms with initial fixes for ‘Meltdown’ and ‘Spectre’ CPU vulnerabilities

Friday, January 5th, 2018

Yesterday, Google released information about a series of CPU vulnerabilities it discovered. The first was 'Meltdown,' which allows malicious programs to read protected memory - but only affected Intel-made x86 processors. The second issue, named 'Spectre,' applied to just about every modern processor, and gives malicious programs the ability to steal data from the memory of other applications.

Since the above vulnerabilities can be used through JavaScript, web browsers also need to be updated to avoid exploitation. Mozilla released Firefox 57.0.4 today, which disables the JavaScript features required for the attack.

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Firefox 57.0.4 rolling out to all platforms with initial fixes for 'Meltdown' and 'Spectre' CPU vulnerabilities was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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