Firefox is the second most used web browser worldwide. The main feature of this browser is your privacy. Firefox has always been placed as an alternative for those looking for a much more private option than the Google browser. And although it shares many functions and features with the Google browser, it also usually develops new functions so that its users can enjoy them. Mozilla usually releases new versions of your browser periodically. These updates, in addition to correcting bugs and improving browser performance, generally also include new features and features to make the use of the browser as comfortable as possible to users. A few hours ago, Mozilla has launched a latest version of their web browser, Firefox 71. This will be the first feature update of 2020, and it comes with some interesting news.
What’s new in Firefox 71
New PIP mode. Although its rival, Google Chrome, has already had this function for some time, it has not been until now when it has finally reached the Mozilla browser. The PIP mode allows us to deploy any video embedded in a web, like YouTube, to play in a separate floating window. In this way, we can continue watching the video in a mini-player while we continue visiting other websites. This function is activated by default for all users, so we will not have to do anything to start using it.
Another novelty that has come with this new version of the browser is a new kiosk mode. This mode can now be opened with the –kiosk parameter in the shortcut and allows you to open the browser in full screen mode automatically. The advanced configuration menu, about: config, has also been rewritten from scratch. Now this menu is now written entirely in HTML and it is much easier to find entries in this menu and change them. The Firefox certificate viewer has also been redesigned. Now this native section is very similar to the Certainly Something extension, and allows all users to have all browser certificates controlled.
Other important changes that have also reached Firefox
In addition to the previous ones, which will be the changes that most attract the attention of users, this new version of the browser has also brought other important changes designed to improve the user experience: Support for native MP3 encoding on Windows, macOS and Linux. The password manager, Firefox Lockwise, now automatically detects subdomains. Tracking protection now displays warnings when cryptocurrency mining software is blocked. Extensions pop-ups now show the name of the extension. Of course, we have also corrected for security bugs, which we can consult in this link, in addition to including changes in the code to improve browser stability and try to consume less memory.
How to download or update the browser
Those who are already using an earlier version of the browser (as long as it is not ESR) will receive this new version automatically. Of course, we must bear in mind that the OTA update may take a few hours to arrive, so we must wait without haste. If we want to force the Firefox update, what we have to do is open the options menu and move to the Help> About Firefox section. If we do not have this browser installed on your computer, in the following link we explain how to download Firefox for Windows, Linux and macOS. In addition, we remind you that the new versions appear before the others in Mozilla FTP, so if we want, we can download this update from here before anyone else.
What is bloatware?
Therefore, when we refer to this bloatware, in particular it is a term used to refer to the software that is preinstalled on the computer. Of course, it should be clear that here we do not refer to the basic applications that many computers and operating systems provide us as the calculator, the photo viewer or the file explorer. When talking about bloatware we refer to applications that are from the manufacturer of the equipment or from other companies and that are also preinstalled.
As you can imagine, these preinstalled programs do not enjoy much popularity among most users. This is because, in addition to not having requested them, their usefulness is usually scarce and they only take up space and consume resources. In this way, what most people do is uninstall this bloatware as soon as possible so that it stops “annoying”. So, then we will have the opportunity to install the applications that really interest us and we will use on a day-to-day basis.
Therefore, you can already imagine that the raison d’être of these preinstalled programs is none other than the economic one. And in most cases, the developers of these unwanted solutions pay equipment manufacturers in exchange for including them in these. It is also worth knowing that we can find bloatware belonging to the equipment manufacturer, or third parties.
Although most manufacturers usually make sure that bloatware is safe, that is not always the case. There have been cases in which even this included some type of malware. Therefore, as it is easy to imagine, the best we can do is eliminate it as soon as possible. For all this we can use specific applications such as those we will show you below.