Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of Front-End News, the show that brings you information on the latest events in the industry.
Here are the highlights of what I have prepared for you today:
- Mozilla unveils a new and improved mobile Firefox
- NodeJS receives a new update
- New tracking prevention features are being released for Microsoft Edge Chromium
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Once more I’m leading with a Mozilla story. That’s like, what… the 4th time since I started this news show. And I can only be happy about it, as diversity is an essential part of the web, in my opinion. Anyway, back to the topic at hand.
Mozilla announced the release of a new mobile experience, called Firefox Preview and it is a step further down the path open with Firefox Focus, back in 2016. The new app will feature the same fast and secure experience provided by GeckoView, the company’s own mobile engine, with extra features enhancing privacy and security.
The early-release version is now available in the Google Play store. If you are a developer and/or an early-adopter, Mozilla has a message for you: download it, try it and provide feedback to help them make it better.
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NodeJS has been bumped up to version 12.5.0 and there are a number of notable changes to mention. The most important ones arethe updates for the V8 and OpenSSL dependencies, while startup time has also been improved due to V8 snapshots being enabled by default. You can check the full list on the NodeJS blog announcement.
Microsoft is definitely out to make the new Chromium Edge an appealing browser. The latest preview build is including a new tracking prevention mechanism.
You need to activate a flag to enable these features. Once done, a new section appears in the privacy settings area. There are three levels of tracking prevention, from basic to strict, with the middle-of-the-road option being the default one.
This is still an experimental feature and it’s bound to change before it reaches final form. Further updates will continue to roll out as the development process continues.
What browser are you using on mobile? Are you using the default one that comes with your device or another one you downloaded? Please let us know in the comment section down below. Bonus brownie points go to Opera Mobile users.
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