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- Mozilla Pulls the Plug on Firefox OS for Good
More than seven months after it stopped development of Firefox OS for the smartphone market, the Mozilla Foundation announced today plans to discontinue the project altogether. The Foundation says Firefox OS 2.6 is the last OS version Mozilla engineers will work on and is urging the open source community to fork the project past this point and continue work on it outside of Mozilla's watchful eye. Mozilla cites several reasons for its decision, but says that they have nothing to gain out of developing Firefox OS. Firefox OS was supposed to be an Android killer Also known as Boot2Gecko or B2G, Firefox OS was developed in 2013 and deployed on cheap smartphones. Mozilla had great plans for it, hoping to supersede Android on the mobile OS market. Things didn't turn out as expected, and in December 2015, Mozilla announced it was
- Music Labels Sue Top YouTube-to-MP3 Service
A group of 14 music labels has filed a lawsuit in a California court against the companies and persons behind the YouTube-MP3 service, a music ripping website that allows users to convert YouTube videos into downloadable MP3 files. YouTube-MP3, which is managed by German firm PMD Technologies, represented by Philip Matesanz, is one of today's most popular online websites, ranked #358 at the time of writing based on traffic recorded by Alexa and averaging around 60 million unique visitors per month. The service is extremely easy to use and self-explanatory. Users access the site, enter a YouTube link, and after three-four minutes during which the service processes the video, they are provided with a download link to the video's audio track. YouTube-MP3 is the face of today's stream ripping trend Most users today use it to obtain HD quality music from YouTube, known as "stream ripping," or in this case as "...
- Adjust This Setting Before Firefox Wears Down Your SSD Drive
Firefox browsers are constantly writing large amounts of data to SSD drives, sometimes at higher values than the ones recommended by their vendors for daily writes. According to the tech experts from ServeTheHome, a Firefox browser in its default configuration can write between 10GB and 30GB per day to SSD drives, depending on the number of opened tabs and windows. The main two reasons behind these heavy-duty SSD write operations are the recovery.js and cookie.* files. Firefox uses the first file to store session information used to recover after crashes, and the second files are created on a per-site basis to store cookie-related data. As the user browses the Internet, Firefox will update these files at regular intervals, generating a large amount of constant write operations. Some fixes are available for Firefox Sergei Bobik of ServeTheHome, who disco...
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