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Mozilla Firefox 25 introduces web audio API, guest web browsing

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Mozilla has unveiled a range of new features in the latest version of its Firefox web browser, Firefox 25, including a new API for web audio and private ‘guest’ browsing mode on Android.

The new audio API is based on HTML5 audio standards, with Mozilla claiming potential benefits for web developers looking to include audio and online game developers.

In a post on its official developer blog, Mozilla has posted a demo called Legend of Diridum, aimed at demonstrating what the new API can do.

“From a game designer perspective we can use the functionality of the Web Audio API to tune the soundscape of our game. We can run a whole lot of separate sounds simultaneously while also adjusting their character to fit an environment or a game mechanic,” Mozilla said.

“From an audio engineering perspective we view the Web Audio API as a big patch bay with a slew of outboard gear tape stations and mixers. On a low level we feel reasonably comfortable with the fundamental aspects of the system.”

Another significant new feature is the addition of guest browsing for Android devices.

“Firefox for Android offers Guest Browsing to let you share your mobile device with friends and family without having to worry about them viewing your personal information like browsing history, bookmarks, passwords, form data or open tabs,” Mozilla says in a statement.

“To enable Guest Browsing, just tap on the Firefox Menu button, tap on ‘Tools’ and tap ‘New Guest Session’. Friends can exit the guest browsing session by tapping on the Menu button and then selecting ‘Exit Guest Session.’”

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Andrew Sadauskas

Andrew Sadauskas is a former journalist at SmartCompany and a former editor of TechCompany.

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