Firefox 51 Released Support for WebGL 2.0, FLAC and More

Mozilla will publish later today Firefox 51, the new version of its popular browser, which will introduce a range of small upgrades, but which will make a difference in the long run.

Firefox 51 is currently only accessible for download via Mozilla’s FTP servers, but the new version will be pushed to the browser’s built-in update tool, later on, today. If you can’t wait a few hours, you can go on and grab it yourself from here: Link

WebGL 2.0 

Mozilla is the first browser vendor that adds WebGL 2 support in its browser or the Web Graphics Library, is a JavaScript API for rendering interactive 3D computer graphics and 2D graphics.  Firefox 51 was updated to combine the latest version of this API, which has been in the works since 2015 and adds more 3D rendering capability to native browsers.

FLAC support 

This release adds a new feature for FLAC playback in Firefox. Free Lossless Audio Codec is a lossless audio format, meaning that audio files won’t suffer from a loss in quality when compressed to FLAC. which provide more quality for audio files, albeit at a larger file size.  Similarly to Mozilla, Google will officially add FLAC support to Chrome with version 56, set for release on January 30, next week.

Firefox Highlights Insecure Login Forms

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As we detailed over the weekend, Firefox 51 will now show a gray icon with a bright red line whenever users are attempting to enter login details via an HTTP page.  This update will be expanded in Firefox 52, when Firefox will show a warning inside a drop-down panel, right under the login form.

New Firefox Comes with a Tweaked Password Manager

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Firefox’s built-in password manager includes a “show password” option to the save the dialog. Additionally, users will get the option to save password on forms without “submit” events.

Zoom level indicator

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Not that important, but slightly of a helpful feature, Firefox now shows a percentage number in the URL bar if the user has zoomed in and out of the page using CTRL + +, CTRL + – , CTRL + scroll up, or CTRL + scroll down. Clicking this indicator will also reset the page to a 100% (default) zoom level.  Other browsers that show zoom level indicators include Google Chrome, Opera Neon, and Vivaldi. Edge, Internet Explorer, and Opera don’t show a page’s zoom level.

The latest version is available for download, and existing users should be able to upgrade to the new version automatically. If you are using Firefox on Android, the new release is already available on Google Play.

 

 

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