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Firefox 44 hits stable channel with support for push notifications

By Shawn Knight
Jan 26, 2016
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  1. Firefox 44, the latest release channel build of Mozilla's web browser, is now available for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android. Notably, Firefox 44 lets users receive push notifications from websites so long as permission is granted (opt-in).

    Mozilla says the push notification feature is similar to web notifications with the exception that you can now receive notifications from websites even when they aren't open. As you can imagine, this could be incredibly useful for things like e-mail, weather, social networking and shopping – you know, sites and services that you'd otherwise manually check for updates. Push notifications can be managed in the Control Center.

    Developers that want to implement push notifications on their website can learn more by checking out this Hacks blog post.

    It's worth noting that Mozilla is simply playing catch-up at this point as it relates to push notifications. Google first introduced push notifications in Chrome nearly three years ago with Apple's Safari following suite a few months later.

    Elsewhere, Firefox 44 enables H.264 video playback (so long as you have a native decoder), improves warning pages for certificate errors and untrusted connections and enables WebM/VP9 video support on systems that don't support MP4/H.264. The full change log can be viewed on Mozilla's website.

    Firefox 44 can be downloaded by clicking here.

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  2. old croc

    old croc TS Rookie

    One problem Firefox has never been able to fix and refuses to acknowledge as a problem is that add-ons that were originally installed from their site, are continually been disabled by Firefox by default, because the developers of the add-on has not had Firefox certify it. It appears with every update another add-on is disabled, because it is not certified by Firefox, and the only reason is Mozilla is fleecing the developers to get more money from them with every update. Firefox is in decline in usage because they are not willing to listen to uses. Extra "functionality" will not increase usage when the basic reason for usage is continually been broken. screw the add-on developers over for money and they stop developing add-on and the user then goes elsewhere as the reason they used the browser becomes useless and alternative browsers are better with more functionality.
     
  3. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 1,915   +537

    they are removing NPAPI addon support this year. they have other things to worry about besides the current addons (like improved stability, multithreading, multiprocess, performance, new type of addons, etc)
     
  4. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,561   +862

    Stability, performance, and efficiency is all they should be working on right now....
     
    SikSlayer likes this.
  5. shipdog7

    shipdog7 TS Rookie

    This worked for me although they don't recommend you do it.
    https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/add-on-signing-in-firefox?as=u&utm_source=inproduct
    Override add-on signing (advanced users)

    You can temporarily override the setting to enforce the add-on signing requirement by changing the preference xpinstall.signatures.required to false in the Firefox Configuration Editor (about:config page). Support is not available for any changes made with the Configuration Editor so please do this at your own risk. Signing will be mandatory with no override, in Firefox 46 beta and release versions. For details, see this Mozilla blog.
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 28, 2016
  6. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,351   +622

    I've always advocated running w/o any or as few as possible add-ons for "Stability, performance, efficiency" and now to avoid political issues such as being non-current.

    Surprising "Stability, performance, and efficiency" is a consequence and I've enjoyed FF since v3.
     

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