Celebrate Cyber Monday With a Firefox Download-A-Thon
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Today is November 27th. Which means it’s Cyber Monday. Thanksgiving is over, Black Friday has been and gone, and now it’s time for online retailers to drop their prices in order to dump their old stock. You could spend the day shopping online, but Mozilla is offering a tempting alternative.

Experience The Firefox Download-A-Thon!

Mozilla is celebrating Cyber Monday 2017 with what it has labelled The Firefox Download-A-Thon. This fun, tongue-in-cheek event is taking place today (11/27), so if you’re reading this any day after that you’ll be stuck watching the replay. Which won’t be half as much fun.

As outlined on The Official Unofficial Firefox Blog, Mozilla is promising a smorgasbord of “live, interactive content”. And The Firefox Download-A-Thon is set to last for 570 minutes (or nine and a half hours) starting at 12pm PT. You just need to point your browser at Facebook.com/firefox.

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So, why is Mozilla hosting such an event? Well, it’s all about promoting Firefox Quantum, otherwise known as Firefox 57. Quantum is a new version of Firefox built from the ground up, and as we previously stated, it’s “faster, better-looking, more streamlined, and more useful”.

Rather than waste time refreshing websites in order to save a few bucks, you could have some fun online. And while you’re watching the “speed-eating competition,” “improv comedy showdown,” and “interpretive dance-a-thon” Mozilla hopes you’ll fall in love with Firefox Quantum.

Firefox Quantum Deserves Your Attention

We wouldn’t normally write about a promotional event such as this, but a) Firefox Quantum deserves your attention, b) this does look like a fun event, and c) surely watching free content online is better than spending your hard-earned cash on things you don’t need or really want.

Are you using Firefox Quantum? If so, how are you finding it so far? Do you appreciate the increase in speed? Or did you prefer the previous version of Firefox? Have you switched from Google Chrome to Firefox Quantum? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Anne Ominous
    December 8, 2017 at 4:39 am

    This is a really lousy article. You muddle the legalities all up into a single ball. It's not that simple.

    For one thing, the apps and add-ons are NOT illegal to own. While you did kind of say that, you did not make it very clear.

    The way U.S. law works is: it is only how you USE them that can be illegal. And that applies even to those controversial add-ons. Just as cable descrambers in the 1990s were perfectly legal to own, but it was NOT legal to use them to get pay shows for free, the same applies to these apps and devices. No matter how much the content providers would like it to be otherwise, that's the way it works.

    The second thing is: DOWNLOADING IS NOT "PIRACY"!

    "Copyright piracy" is a 150-year-old legal phrase, with a specific meaning. And that meaning is: unauthorized DISTRIBUTION of copyrighted works, for personal gain. Downloading is not distribution, and is therefore not piracy.

    (There is a gray area, where some torrent programs, for example, upload while they download. In those cases, you MIGHT be guilty of piracy. But not all torrent software does that, and some others can be set to not do that.)

    Here is the difference, and it's a big one: PIRACY is a crime. Downloading is not.

    Downloading is a CIVIL infraction, not a crime. It is legally equivalent to making a photocopy of a book, without permission, for personal use. (Again: personal use, no distribution.)

    Piracy can be, in some cases, a rather serious felony. Whereas downloading is a civil matter and the maximum penalty is a monetary fine.

    Content providers, over the last 15 or more years, have tried hard to confuse downloading with "piracy", so that many people will conflate the two and consider them both to be crimes. But they are not at all the same. They are in completely different categories of law.

  2. Matt
    November 28, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    Good article. Regarding the shortcuts, CTRL + L will get you to the Omnibox quickly. This works across all browsers.

  3. Jacob D
    November 28, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    This article is about 4 months late. Kodi is on its way out, and at this point, doesnt work worth the sh*it. Ive moved on to a better, more reliable streaming app. "Firestick that sh*t" has nothing to do with downloading. Its all about streaming. Downloading is illegal, and we all know that.

  4. Jason buckner
    November 28, 2017 at 7:32 am

    So theft by deception of the consumer buying legal products on ALL legal platforms makes us the criminals? Sounds like a gas station selling crack and meth pipes everywhere but blame only the users. Like every gas station having over 50 different types of blunt wraps but smoking weed is illegal in most states. Lol legality isn't equality.

  5. Donald D Wilson
    November 28, 2017 at 6:09 am

    Oh yes, I've gone back to Firefox. The speed of this new version was the clincher and the customizations and addons available were frosting on top. Thanks.

  6. Shyanne Erickson
    November 28, 2017 at 5:11 am

    Google Chrome has always been my favorite. Until the day Firefox Quantum came out. I decided to try switching back to Mozilla Firefox due to increasingly slow loading times for webpages, and I fell in love. Firefox is better than ever before and I don't even have one thing to complain about.

  7. Rick
    November 28, 2017 at 2:40 am

    I was pleasantly surprised Quantum is noticeably faster on my system, but that maybe because only 2 or 3 of my favorite extensions could be installed. That means I can't use it as my primary browser. I will continue using Comodo IceDragon.

  8. dragonmouth
    November 27, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    I upgraded from FF 56 to FF57. The supposed increase in speed is not noticeable but the disabling of half of my security and privacy extensions is. I am seriously thinking of going back to FF56. The supposed increase in speed is not worth the loss of privacy and security protection.