Mozilla introduced support for AVIF and the development of an anonymous email service

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Mozilla developers continue their work despite having to do it from their homes due to the current problem of the Coronavirus (Covid-19). And is that recently released the news that they are in the development of the Firefox Relay service, which allows the generation of temporary email addresses to register on sites and with which it is intended to avoid having to enter the user's real email address.

This new service aims to be extremely simple since from a single click the user can obtain a unique anonymous alias (an email) with which they will have the possibility of being able to redirect to the user's real address.

To use the service, it is proposed to install a plugin which, in the case of an email request on a web form, will offer a button to generate a new email alias.

The generated email can be used to enter websites or applications, as well as for subscriptions. A separate alias can be generated for each site.

The purpose of using this service from Mozilla, is that the user can have full control over their subscriptions on websites (forums, memberships, accesses, etc.) and in the event that the user receives any spam content or any other content that has nothing to do with the site from which it was received, it will be clear what that website is the source of a data leak or selling information to advertising campaigns.

Furthermore, in the event of a service hack or a leak of the user's database, attackers will not be able to associate the email address specified during registration with the user's real email address.

Regarding the use of the service, in addition to providing what was already mentioned, It is also mentioned that it is intended to offer the ability to that the user at any time, can deactivate the received email and no longer receive messages through it.

To use the product, an invitation must be requested (Can be done from the following link). Since the extension is still in the testing stage, users can only enjoy it by accepting the invitation.

Upon receipt of the invitation approval, Firefox Private Relay will be accessible as a Firefox add-on. All the user has to do is go to the plugin and generate an alias in place of the email address.

Once the process is done, the user can enter the email alias with just one click. Now it's easier to fill out online forms, new account registrations, newsletter subscription, and contact request submission.

AVIF image support

Experimental support for the AVIF image format (Image format AV1) has been added to the code base used to prepare for launch by Firefox 77, which uses the intraframe compression technology of the AV1 video encoding format (supported by Firefox 55).

The AV1 image file format defines multiple profiles, that restrict the allowed syntax and semantics of the AV1 bitstream. The profiles defined in this specification follow the conventions of the MIAF specification.

The AV1 image file format supports high dynamic range images (HDR) and wide color gamut (WCG), as well as standard dynamic range (SDR). Supports monochrome images and multi-channel images with all bit depths and color spaces specified in AV1.

The AV1 image file format also supports multi-layer images as specified in [AV1] to be stored in both picture elements and picture sequences.

An AVIF file is designed to be a HEIF compliant file for picture elements and sequences. of pictures. Specifically, this specification follows the recommendations contained in HEIF's "Annex I: Guidelines on the definition of new image formats and marks".

To enable AVIF in Firefox, just go to about: config and look for the image.avif.enabled option.


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