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Sunday, March 10, 2013

A Look At New Features In Firefox 19

Firefox 19 will be officially released tomorrow, but it’s available for download right away for those eager to try it out ASAP. Most end users will have little or nothing to look forward to with this update, with the only noteworthy change being you no longer need the PDF.js extension developed by Mozilla installed in Firefox to natively open PDFs. The native PDF viewer has been greatly improved, and you can now view PDF files in the browser without having to rely on any add-on for the purpose. Apart from that, Firefox comes with a new about:telemetry page that allows you to see the the performance data collected by the browser. The feature to collect this data was introduced in Firefox 7, and now after twelve versions, Mozilla has given it a dedicated page. An add-on is also available now to replicate this page on older versions. Apart from these, there are the usual bug fixes, security updates and a Browser Debugger tool for add-on and browser developers.


Native PDF Viewer

The PDF viewer is pretty much the same as the one in Firefox 18, with the only difference being you won’t have to install a separate extension to get it. Chrome’s been allowing its users to natively view PDFs for quite a while, and this feature was in the works for a considerably long time before debuting on Firefox. The wait was worth it though.
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About:telemetry Page

Firefox 7 gave users the option to collect performance data. To turn the feature on, head over to Options > Advanced > General and select the Submit performance data option. To view the data that’s been collected, Firefox 19 comes with a brand new page accessible by typing about:telemetry in the URL bar.
Telemetry Data FF 19
The page is divided into sections for the type of data that’s collected. You must have Telemetry enabled in order to see anything here. You can turn it on and return after a while to see the collected information.

Browser Debugger Tool

As always, Mozilla has also added something for developers in Firefox 19. A new tool has been added to aid add-on and browser developers. The feature is experimental at present though, and you will need to enable developer tools to use it.
Apart from this, there are the usual bug fixes and a small improvement to speed up startup. This update can be considered rather disappointing from the perspective of most end users. A lot of great features were expected to arrive in this version like protection against irresponsive plug-ins and search engines hijacking apps, and the Australis UI. We can now hope that some of these features make it to Firefox 20.
Download Firefox 19

Monday, February 11, 2013

Firefox Extension for Mega Cloud Storage Released

Firefox Extension for Mega Cloud Storage Released:
Mega, the new cloud storage from Kim Dotcom was released back in Jan offering more secure storage along with good upload speeds. Initially the service had many issues with large number of users signing up for the service as soon as it was launched. The upload and download faced issues in the initial days, but those issues were sorted out pretty quickly.
In the initial release, Google Chrome was the preferred browser for Mega, now Kim Dotcom has tweeted that a new extension for Firefox has been released which will provide blazing fast uploads on Firefox.
Firefox is now #MEGA. Install our extension and enjoy blazing transfer speeds. On your next visit you will get an option to install it
— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) February 9, 2013
The extension can be installed when you visit Mega from your Firefox.
Mega extension
We couldnt find any specific interface for the extension, but as Kim said it might be just to increase the upload speeds.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Access Downloads, Bookmarks, Add-Ons & More Within Firefox Start Page

Back in Firefox 13, Mozilla introduced a new Start Page that allowed you to access the Downloads, Bookmarks, History, Add-on, Sync, and Settings pages from it. The pages all opened in a new tab. In Firefox 15, it allowed users to access the Options page in the same window. This feature hasn’t been extended to other Firefox pages, and so far, you can only view the Options page in a separate Window. Cockpit Home Page is a Firefox add-on that changes all that; given that you’re on the Firefox Start Page, you can click any one of the page buttons to view them in the same tab. The tab splits itself into two; the top portion allows you to return to the Start Page or visit one of the other pages while the bottom portion displays the contents of whichever page it was you selected.

Once installed, Cockpit Home Page will reposition the Firefox Start Pages’ buttons to the top. It will also make two additions to it – a ‘Home’ at the start and an ‘About Firefox’ button at the end. The Home button will allow you to return to the Firefox Start Page whereas the About Firefox button will show you the version of Firefox you’re using and the release channel you’re on.
Cockpit Home Page
Click any one of the buttons to access its options within the tab. As you can see in the screenshot below, the Bookmarks library opens within the same tab as the Start Page. This will navigate you away from the Start Page , of course. That is, you won’t be able to use it to start a search, until you return to it by hitting the Home button.
Cockpit Home Page bookmarks
Cockpit Home Page is meant to make access to these pages easier and works well for the most part, but it does have its shortcomings. If you were to type any of the keyboard shortcuts that normally open the Downloads, Add-ons page etc, they would open in a new tab, new window or side bar as they usually do.
The add-on is aimed toward making the buttons at the bottom of the Start Page more useful, but if the functionality were extended to account for the keyboard shortcuts as well, it would become much more practical. In its present state, users who incline towards using keyboard shortcuts when browsing will deem it useless. From a regular user’s point, however, the add-on isn’t bad at all; it reduces window clutter and makes use of the native features in Firefox to deliver a better Start Page.
Install Cockpit Home Page For Firefox

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Add Facebook Chat On Firefox Sidebar: Enable Social API In Firefox

Few days back, Mozilla introduced a social API for Firefox which lets users use social sites and services inside Firefox, without having to keep them open in a separate browser tab. Firefox Social API, unlike browser add-ons, is a service which is available by default in Firefox 17.0, so you don’t have to install new software or browser add-ons to use the feature.

Now the good news is that you can enable social api in Firefox and add Facebook chat on Firefox’s sidebar, without having to install bulky addons or Facebook toolbars. This has several advantages. First, you get Facebook notifications in Firefox without having to keep it open in a dedicated browser tab. Second, you can read and reply to Facebook messages in Firefox without having to open the Facebbok website. Third, you get Facebbok notifications in desktop as well as in Firefox, that too, proactively.

What I really like about Facebbok sidebar for Firefox is that you can see the live preview of news feed right from Firefox and you can like and comment on posts really quickly.

But before you get to enjoy these features, you will have to activate Facebook’s social sidebar in Firefox. This is easily achieved with the following about:config hacks

1. First, update Firefox to its latest version (Firefox 17.0). To update Firefox, click “Firefox” and then choose “About” where Firefox will check whether an update is available or not. If an update is available, it will download the latest version and automatically install it.

2. When Firefox has been updated to its latest version, restart it, enter “about:config” in the address bar and hit “enter”. You will see the following warning message

3. Choose “I will be careful, I promise”.

4. In the next page, enter “social” in the search box and hit “Enter”. You will see a value namely, social.enabled, as seen in the following screenshot:

5. Double click it and change the value to “True” from “False”.

That’s it, you have just enabled social api integration in Firefox and immediatelty you should see Facebbok sidebar popping in from the right. Here is how it will look, when you have not signed into your Facebook account:

The rest of it is pretty easy, click Login and sign in to your Facebook account. Your Facebook notifications, messages, news feed , friend requests and other updates will be fetched right into Firefox and you can start using it right away. The best part – you can chat with Facebook friends without having to open Facebook at all. All the Facebook services will continue to work in the background, irrespetive of which website you are currently on.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

This Week’s Best Chrome and Firefox Extensions

A lot of web extensions for Google Chrome and Firefox are added daily, it’s hard to determine which one is really worth a try. With this roundup, we aim to make your life easier by giving you only the best new web tools that pass the MTE standards. Here are this week’s picks:

Google Chrome


safegmailSafeGmail encrypts your email messages for privacy. The extension works with any email provider recepient, and requires that Gmail be free of any other extensions. Emails are sent with a question which the recipient must answer correctly before he can read the encrypted message.

Color my Facebook

color-my-facebookThis extension lets you change your Facebook pages into any color of your choice. The new color replaces parts that are normally blue such as the page header, bold text, and notification icons.

Facebook Nanny

facebook-nannyDo you always find yourself browsing through Facebook when you should be working? This extension might work for you. Facebook Nanny restricts access to Facebook unless you have notifications.

Docs in Google Drive

docs-in-google-driveAs the name suggests, this extension from Google provides quick access to your Google Drive documents from within the browser. This is great for several people working on a single documents to view any changes being made in real time. Documents can also be accessed offline.

Click-free browsing

click-free-browsingIf you want to navigate through links and web pages without clicking on your mouse, this extension does the job. Hovering over a scrollbar automatically moves the page up or down. Place your mouse pointer over a hyperlink and it opens it right then. This extension works on standard HTTP web addresses, but not on HTTPS.


Fastest Facebook

fastest-facebookThis add-on creates a sidebar within the browser for easy access to Facebook. The sidebar stays visible even when opening other websites, enabling you to stay connected with Facebook while browsing through different websites. Scroll through your entire Facebook timeline, post a status update or reply to comments – all from one central place.

AOL One Click

aol-one-clickThis add-on provides one-click access to AOL.com including email, news, videos and more.


momentIf you want a minimalist clock on your browser to track the time, try this add-on. When installed, a clock with the time, date and weather is visible in your New tab page. You can customize both background and text colors.

Priveazy Lockdown

priveazy-lockdownThis add-on helps you choose which privacy settings to set for social networking accounts. Social networks include Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, as well as email providers like Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail.

Cockpit Home Page

cockpit-home-pageA quick way to access all bookmarks and other settings from the Firefox default home page. Bookmarks are shown as tiled thumbnails below the Google search bar.
Add-ons and extensions are great for adding features to browsers and can even change the way you work online. Just remember to learn as much as you can about the extension by reading its information page before you install them. Do you have a great new extension/add-on to add to the list? Share them on the comments below!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Firefox 16 Will Support ARMV6 Based Low End Android Devices

As we have reported earlier, Mozilla has finally decided to release its browser Firefox for ARMv6-based Android devices. Starting with Firefox 16, which is now in Aurora builds, Samsung Galaxy Mini, Galaxy Ace and similar low-end phone users can browse the internet with all the desktopfeatures of their favorite browser Firefox on their phone. Firefox 16 for Android is scheduled to release in October.


Until now, Firefox is available for ARMv7 based devices only. Mozilla’s Brad Lassey explains why they mainly target ARMv7 based devices in his blog post. According to him, the main reason to choose ARMv7 based devices is to take the advantage of the Thumb-2 instruction set of the ARMv7 architecture.

The main benefit of Thumb-2 instruction set is it produces smaller binaries. In his words “in fact the ARMv7 (using Thumb-2) version of libxul.so is 40% smaller than the ARMv6 version of libxul.so (23.8MB vs. 17MB). In addition, the smaller binary size results in a performance benefit since more of the library’s binary will be cached at any given time. It should be noted though that due to compression, the resulting ARMv6 apk is only 2MB bigger than the ARMv7 apk”.

Mozilla’s decision to release its browser Firefox for ARMv6 based low-end Android phone is good as they can take the advantage of large availability of these devices, though little late now.

Mozilla will send different apk for ARMv6 and ARMv7 devices to Google Play Store. Google play now supports multiple apks.

Version 14 (Firefox 14.0.1) is the current version of Firefox for Android. It has several new featuresand changes, for example, Android’s native support, Flash, SPDY, WebGL and WebAPI. However,it does not support the ARMv6 devices.