Mozilla has released version 14 of its Firefox browser for PC, Mac and Linux systems, adding support for secure searches when using Google and a new API for mouse control of visual applications such as games.
Available to download now, Firefox 14 makes browsing more secure for users and web applications by using an encrypted HTTPS (secure HTTP) connection wherever possible.
The feature, which is currently only supported by Google search, is intended to keep data private when operating over an unsecured Wi-Fi connection, which could leave users at risk from snoopers.
Firefox also now displays a padlock icon as a visual verification that a site is using HTTPS for secure communication, a feature that has been implemented on other browsers such as Microsoft's Internet Explorer for some time.
Mozilla also announced that Firefox 14 adds developer support for the Pointer Lock API, which is aimed at visual applications such as 3D games using first-person perspective, where movement of the mouse is used to control the user viewpoint.
Earlier this month, the Mozilla project announced plans to bring to market its own smartphone platform, Firefox OS. That platform will be aimed at low-cost handsets for the developing world.
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