Mozilla CEO Chris Beard recently made a surprising statement in an interview. A premium version of Firefox is in preparation. But there is no need to panic, the free version of Firefox does not disappear.
The news struck like a bomb: Firefox, long time the champion of a stable open source third-party browser, will later receive a premium version this year. This step makes sense when you think about it.
Development is not cheap and developing a browser is not easy. Add the target of an easy-to-change browser, through extensions or otherwise, and the cost just goes up. Firefox was always free.
To cover development costs, Mozilla relied on search engine offerings. Currently, 90 percent of Google's revenue comes from Google, and that's realistically a problem. Google (via Chrome) is ultimately a competitor to the Firefox browser. If the company ever decided not to renew its search engine contract, Mozilla would probably find a new customer, but the transition would probably not be pleasant.
A premium subscription version of Firefox provides a new on-going revenue stream. The goal is to reduce dependence on a source and the same things.
And if you are worried, this means the end of free Firefox, which you may know and love, you can stop. The free version will not be removed, and the Foundation does not plan to remove features and move them to the premium version. Instead, the premium version will receive some new features that the free version may not come up with, such as VPN and secure storage. What we do not know is the pricing that Mozilla is considering.
Mozilla claims to start testing the premium version in October. [The Next Web]
In Other News:
- Amazon Ceases its Restaurant Delivery Service: Amazon had a Door Dash-like delivery service to bring you your food. If you think "did it work?", This is probably the problem. The company says the last day of service is June 24th. You have to settle for Doordash, Grubhub, Uber Eats or Postmates. We believe that we have found the other problem that led to this shutdown. [GeekWire]
- Huawei wants developers to make it into the App Store: Huawei can no longer use Google's services, including the Google Play App Store. To keep the company running, it has turned to a few developers for a request: join the AppGallery Store at Huawei. It is a sensible step. Any Windows Phone fugitive will tell you that it's difficult for a mobile operating system without apps to survive. [9to5Google]
- Shazam can now identify songs via headphones: Shazam is a nice app from the beginnings of smartphone apps. If you hear a song on the radio and do not know the name, call Shazam and it may be able to identify it for you. However, you had to play the song through your phone's speakers, or bring your tablet's microphone so close to the radio that you can hear it well. In an update for Android (apparently not an iOS), the app can now listen to music through your headphones, even if the app is in the background. Ordinary stuff. [The Verge]
- You can now select selected gamertags with Xbox Live: Xbox gamertags, like usernames for each service, are facing a growing problem. The perfect name you want to use is already in use. Probably from someone who has not played for ten years. The solution from Microsoft is that you get the gamertag you want, but some numbers (an ID number) will be displayed afterwards. It's kind of like adding your birthday, except that Microsoft gives you a gamertag that works, as somebody did that. [Engadget]
- Microsoft has stopped adding new backward-compatible titles to Xbox: The good news for Project Scarlett, the next Xbox, is that Microsoft wants to make sure that every Xbox One game works with it. The bad news is that you need to relocate and quit the program for Xbox 360 and the original Xbox games to work with Xbox One. The list of backward compatible games is now complete. Here's the hope that your favorite game of 360 is included. [Ars Technica]
- Steven Spielberg's latest show only plays at night: Steven Spielberg is teaming up with a new app called Quibi (short for Quick Bites) to provide a unique interpretation of horror storytelling. The app will only play the show at night. By setting your time zone, the app will display a countdown timer during the day. When night falls, the ad is released for display. [Digital Trends]
- AMD announces new graphics cards, but without raytracing: AMD's latest cards are decidedly mid-sized but affordable (at least cheaper than Nvidia's). Starting at $ 379, the Radeon RX 5700 is available, followed by the Radeon RX 5700 XT for $ 449. AMD also showed software to sharpen images while increasing contrast. Ray tracing is still not offered with AMD cards, a headline for Nvidia. [PCMag]
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In almost the opposite direction to yesterday's Deepfake story, researchers showed a new A.I. Technique for creating faces based on a voice.
The concept is similar to what people already do. If you've ever talked to anyone before you met him in person or listened to someone on the radio without ever seeing him, you probably created a mental image of his face. They use keywords to determine their ethnicity, age, and the like, and it may be completely wrong, but you do it anyway.
The A.I. (called Speech2Face) does pretty much the same thing. The researchers trained it through standard neural network processes. By the A.I. shows some 1
The research restricted his abilities, he did not know what individual faces should look like, so he created "average faces", the faces she produced were realistic and generally of the right ethnicity, gender and gender the right age, although they did not agree with the owner of the voice.
Soon, nothing will be real anymore. [Live Science]