On Tuesday, 17 July 2012, Mozilla has launched Firefox version 14 for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux with some much-requested features. The update aims on security by encrypting your Google searches and also adding features for Web developers by adding new Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).
Firefox 14 has also brought native Mac OS X Lion full-screen application support to the browser for the first time in a public release.
One noticeable new feature with the browser is that the URL bar has a new icon indication system. This system relays to the user the level of security the Website that they are visiting has. A planet icon will indicate that the website is a regular public site, a lock icon will indicate that the website uses at least Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) security, and a green lock icon with the name of the Web site owner will indicate an Extended Validation (EV) Certificate and shows that the website is trusted.
Other changes include auto-complete for the ‘Awesome’ bar, the ability to only load website plugins upon clicking on them, and more notifications that will alert you to possible security issues. Firefox 14 has also fixed a couple of bugs including stuck GIF animations when image sizes are changed, and some Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and security fixes. Some of the new APIs will include one for preventing your display from going to sleep and one for pointer lock.
Another feature in the latest version of Firefox is the Mac OS X Lion full-screen application support. Now Firefox, includes the native full-screen button at the top right of the application that will put the application into full-screen mode. This was one of the most awaited features in Firefox.
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