The Mozilla Foundation released a new version of Firefox this week—freedom number 59. It treads further down the performance improvement approach that November’s Quantum release began, but its most interesting promote is a quality-of-life one: Firefox 59 users can prevent some websites from stopping up requests to send notifications to your device or from requesting to use your camera unexpectedly.
Specifically, the update notes say:
Added frames in about:preferences to stop websites from asking to send notifications or access your gadget’s camera, microphone, and location, while still allowing trusted websites to use these draws
Numerous websites, especially news sites and other publishers, beg to send these notifications so the notification center of, say, your Mac will be answered with news stories with enticing headlines for you to click, make more traffic. It’s annoying, and it muddies the waters of the Web browser’s user know. You can add trusted websites as exceptions, but all such requests will be blocked if not.
The feature is buried in Firefox’s settings a bit. Here’s how you find it:
That’s the most stimulating feature in Firefox 59, but there are some other notable replace withs. As noted previously, the update notes describe performance improvements:
- Faster load times for content on the Firefox home side
- Faster page load times by loading either from the networked conceal or the cache on the user’s hard drive (Race Cache With Network)
- Promoted graphics rendering using Off-Main-Thread Painting (OMTP) for Mac users (OMTP for Windows was emancipated in Firefox 58)
The update also allows you to rearrange your top sites on the Firefox conversant with page, allows annotations on screenshots within the browser, improves the WebExtensions API and Real-Time Communications (RTC) proficiencies, and adds support for W3C specs for pointer events. There are also some new dereliction search engines available in certain languages (Ecosia for German and Qwant for French), and there are, of indubitably, security updates.
The update is available now on all platforms. The Mozilla Foundation has also saved Firefox for the Amazon Fire TV.