THE MOZILLA FOUNDATION has released Firefox 66, the latest iteration of its open-source web browser.
The update headlines Mozilla's desire to "reduce your online annoyances" including autoplay videos embedded in web pages.
We've all been there - opening a page on a website like, say, plucking a name out of the air, CNET, and getting bombarded with autoplaying video of another story or worse still an advert that shatters the silence with loud music or sub-par reporting.
As promised, the new Firefox will put an end to that, by automatically pausing content, even if the site owner has set it to be annoying. If you want to view it, simply click on it.
It also works with streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime by disabling the autoplay function, meaning that you won't get sucked into an endless cycle of "just one more episode". Again, just click on the content to reenable it.
You can also add exceptions to whitelist in the Firefox Control Centre if there are certain pages that need to feel the noise.
Other features include smoother scrolling, so the page won't jump if a picture suddenly renders further up the page and better searching with an option to search in all your tabs, not just the current one.
Better still, if you have Firefox Sync set up, you'll be able to search all your tabs from all your devices. If you use InPrivate browsing then you'll also be able to search in those tabs without your searches being recorded.
Also added is support for Windows Hello, meaning you can use your FIDO key, fingerprint or face to authenticate yourself within the browser.
There are new plain-English (or whatever) security warnings on unsafe sites, and extensions get a boost from a dedicated database, meaning that there are no look-ups of a JSON file, so they should render targets faster.
The whole shebang is available for download now. Next month we'll see Firefox 67, complete with 'Letterboxing'. μ
Tabs to more Ctrl and less Win. Such Fn.
Either that or it's a really intense holiday
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