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Open Source Mozilla Firefox 14 Gets Pointer Lock API

Firefox 14 is now available, a mere six weeks after Firefox 13 debuted.

Among the key areas of improvement in Firefox 14 is security by way of a number of new features. At the top of the list for Firefox 14 security features is secured Google search. Now by default, Firefox will access Google search by way of an SSL encrypted HTTPS connection.

On the developer front, Firefox 14 introduces a new Pointer Lock API. The Pointer Lock API is a W3C specification in HTML5 that is led by Google.

"The Pointer Lock API provides for input methods of applications based on the movement of the mouse, not just the absolute position of a cursor," the W3C abstract on Pointer Lock states. "A popular example is that of first person movement controls in three dimensional graphics applications such as games. Movement of the mouse is interpreted for rotation of the view-port, there is no limit to how far movement can go, and no mouse cursor is displayed."

Read the full story at Datamation:
Mozilla Firefox 14 Secures Google Searches

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.