Mozilla has announced that a Firefox browser update released on Tuesday (version 71.0) will enable users on Windows OS to access the picture-in-picture mode, which will allow videos to be played in a small window even when switching between tabs or leaving Firefox window.
The feature will be available on all video sites. When users hover over a video on a website that’s supported by PiP function of Firefox, they’ll see a blue label that reads ‘Picture-in-Picture”. Click on it will pop-out the video into a small floating window, which will stay on top of other tabs or windows you access.
While currently the picture-in-picture feature is only being rolled out to Windows OS, it’ll also be available to macOS and Linux users in the next release in January 2020. After users have updated their browser with the latest version, they’ll also be notified whenever Firefox’s Enhanced Tracking Protection blocks cryptominers. Besides, a running tally of blocked trackers will also be displayed in the protection panel, which can be accessed by clicking on the shield icon in the address bar.
Alongwith the update to the browser, Mozilla also announced that their Enhanced Tracking Protection had blocked an estimated of 1 trillion tracking requests since July 2019.
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The company is also accepting additional beta testers for their Firefox Private Network, which was released in beta earlier this year in September. As they’re moving to make a more stable product, Mozilla is offering a limited-time free service to users in USA for the Firefox desktop browser that will let them encrypt their Firefox connections for up to 12 hours in a month. Users will need a Firefox account to try the service and can sign up from the extension here.
Mozilla has also announced their full-device VPN for Windows 10 in USA, which is currently invitation-only at an introductory price of US$4.99 per month. Users can join the waitlist, and the eligible ones will receive a link to access the VPN from the company.
“We’ve got something for everyone, for tech-savvy folks who want to test-drive privacy-first features and products or those who love to multitask while on their desktop. We have a lot in store for the next year, and will continue to uphold our promise to create privacy-focused products and features,” the company announced in a blog post.
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