New Features In Firefox 41 For Desktop And Android

Firefox 41 has hit the stable channel and there are quite a few changes for end users. the update has the usual security fixes and a few new things for developers but it's the features that have rolled out for end users that are the highlight. A few versions ago, Firefox introduced Hello, a built-in tool for voice and video conversations and it lacked an IM option for anyone who might be using a slow connection. With Firefox 41, an IM option has not been integrated in Firefox Hello. Additionally, users can set a profile picture for their Firefox account. It's not going to be visible anywhere inside the browser unless you to the Options page but it is there and will probably help users on other Mozilla platforms and forums. For Android; the login manager has improved somewhat. Users can search for and select login information if it fails to correctly fill automatically, and they can edit the stored login information if it is saved incorrectly. Lastly, when typing a search into the search bar, users can select on the fly which service they want to search with. Read More

Open The Current Firefox Tab In Private Mode With One Click

A good two years back I found a Firefox add-on that I believed was a pure yet simple work of genius. The add-on in question is called Private Tab and it lets you open a private tab within a normal Firefox window. Incognito This Tab is a similar Firefox add-on that lets you send the current tab to a private window. The add-on essentially helps you avoid quite a few clicks because you no longer have to copy the URL for the page open in the current tab, open a window in Private browsing mode, and paste it and hit Enter. Read More

Override Fonts Used By Websites & Set Your Own Text Preferences [Firefox]

Websites, particularly those that feature text-based content instead of videos or images make it a point to be easy to read. Not all websites are that considerate though and some do choose down-right terrible fonts. Fortunately, with typography becoming more and more important, it's rare to see truly terrible fonts used. Where the letters themselves make for easy reading, they may appear too small to some. Whatever the case, if you prefer reading in a particular font or would like to just make the font a bigger size without zooming in the web page, Firefox lets you override the default font used by a website and set your own. Here's how. Read More

New Features In Firefox 39 For Desktop And Android

Firefox 39 rolled out a few days ago and it's exceptionally underwhelming as far as features go. If you're a fan of the recently introduced chat service 'Hello' you might have reason to rejoice. The new update lets you share a link to a conversation over social media. Android users might be a little happier though. The highlight of Firefox 39 for Android is the ability to paste items from Firefox's clipboard into editable web fields like search bars or forms. Apart from that, there's the introduction of 'SafeBrowsing' which checks files for malware before you download them. For developers, the highlight of Firefox 39 for desktop is that the web console now stores input history even after you close the toolbox. Read More

Export Your Firefox Profile From A Non-Rooted Device To Your Desktop [Android]

Android users are divided into two categories; those that root their devices, and those that do not. The debate to root or not to root centers on points like warranty, unlocking the real power of your device, removing bloatware, risking a bricked device, and overclocking it to its death. Regardless of which side you root for (pun intended), the fact is that Android users with a rooted device can do more than those with a non-rooted device. One such limitation is accessing protected files such as your Firefox profile. Fortunately, there is a very simple way of exporting and saving it to your desktop without needing to root your device. Here's how. Read More

New Features In Firefox 38 For Desktop And Android

Firefox 38 is out and the release brings a few noteworthy features for both desktop and mobile. Desktop users get a new Preferences UI. The window is now displayed in a tabbed format. It seems to be far more functional that what Firefox previously offered and allows you to quickly jump to a particular tab. Support for the autocomplete=off attribute has been removed, a copy option has been added to the Console, and then there are the usual security fixes. For Android users there is a lot to look forward to. Firefox 38 now has Material design, allows you to send a tab to any one of your synced devices, and lets you send a URL open in other apps to your Firefox bookmarks or reading list. Here's a quick look at these features. Read More

Automatically Play/Pause A YouTube Video When You Switch Tabs [Firefox]

YouTube's play/pause keyboard shortcut doesn't work all that great. If you're wondering why you've never heard of said shortcut it's mostly because it doesn't work. You may have hit the shortcut multiple times and never realized it wasn't working. The shortcut is the space bar and nine out of ten times it will just scroll down on the page instead of pausing the video. With the shortcut rarely working, it's inconvenient to pause a video on YouTube before you switch to a different tab. What I normally do is hit the hard mute key on my keyboard to stop all sound if I need to mute it in a hurry. Smart Pause for YouTube is a Firefox extension that will automatically pause a YouTube video when you switch to a different tab, and automatically play it when you return to it. Read More

New Features In Firefox 37 For Desktop And Android

You've probably read this a few hundred thousand times but we're reiterating it; rapid release cycles more often than not make version numbers irrelevant. It's been happening with Firefox for the past few release cycles with the previous versions having little to offer to end users and developers alike. Firefox 37 is out and we can't say we're impressed. There are the usual bug fixes and security fixes that are part of every release. The new version has a brand new way of getting feedback from users; a pop-up widget that will be displayed to select users once a day. Bing users will now enjoy HTTPS while searching, and for users in Turkey, the default search engine has been set to Yandex. For developers, there is a new animations tab in the Inspector panel as well as a new Security tab in the network panel. For the Android version, the new additions include an improvement to how downloads are handled and the URL bar now displays the URL instead of the page title, by default. Read More

New Features In Firefox 36 For Desktop And Android

Firefox 36 is out and this version is easily one of the least exciting versions ever released if you're an end user. It's got bug fixes and the usual security improvements but little else. The one major security improvement is that the HTTP/2 protocol is now fully supported. It has been implemented for both the desktop and Android versions of Firefox. The mobile version has also gotten a new tablet interface. The desktop version will now sync tiles for frequently visited web sites that appear on the new tab page across devices. For mobile users running Android Lollipop, Maithili language is now supported, and for desktop users support for the Uzbek language has been added. Read More

New Features In Firefox 35 For Desktop And Android

Firefox 35 was made available on the release channel yesterday and it's not a very big update. The biggest feature to come out of this update is a chat room-like interface for Firefox Hello that lets you share a link and wait for someone to join the conversation. This is definitely an improvement for the feature. The new version also puts the Firefox Marketplace in easier reach with a brand new button. On Android, the major addition is that downloads can now be tracked through Android's download manager, and a search box has been added to the network error page. There are minor other improvements with bits on offer for developers but nothing major. Read More

How To Start A Conversation With Firefox Hello

Firefox 34 was released just a short while back and where it wasn't big on features in terms of numbers, there was one huge feature that was introduced in the release; Firefox Hello. Think about Google Hangouts; a chat service that is restricted to your Gmail account and the Chrome browser. Remove those restrictions and you have Firefox Hello. You are restricted to needing Firefox to initiate a conversation but neither you nor your recipient need a Firefox account and they also don't need to use Firefox. Here's how you can start either an audio call or a video call with Firefox Hello. Read More

New Features In Firefox 34 For Desktop And Android

Firefox 34 is now available. If the update hasn't already downloaded, go ahead and check for it now. Firefox 34 is leaning more on the end-user side in terms of new features. The Android version isn't big on either developer or end-user features with Chromecast mirroring being the only significant one. The most interesting feature in Fiefox 34 is easily Firefox Hello, a new way to exchange private messages, both audio and video though the feature is still in its Beta phase. Other significant features are the new theme switcher and a way to fix the 'Fire. fox is already running' problem that users encounter at times. Read More

Force Your Browser To Use Google.com And Ignore Your Location

I've had to switch to using a different laptop recently and it took some time to set it up the way I had things set up on my old laptop. Surprisingly, one of the harder things for me to do was to get my browser to play nice. Every time I Googled something, it would default to Google local search. I previously had it set up to always use Google.com but the trick to it was long forgotten and took more time than I cared to invest to figure out again. Why can't they make it simpler? Ponder that if you will but if you're trying to get your browser to ignore Google local search and just stick to using Google.com, here is the trick to getting  it to do that in Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer. Read More

Stop Animated GIFs From Auto-playing In Your Browser

Auto-playing content, whether it's an ad, a video (I'm looking at you Facebook), or a GIF can a drag down your bandwidth and it can also be exceptionally annoying since it slows down the page load. The only time it's acceptable for content to auto-play is if you're browsing Imgur, or perhaps Twitter where there are plenty og GIFs and Vines being shared but at all other times auto-playing content is just another thing you wish websites would stop doing. We detailed how to disable auto-playing content in Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safrai, and Opera but our post didn't address GIFs that will continue to auto-play despite 'click to play' being enabled in your browser. Here's how you can stop GIFs from playing in Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. Read More

Resume A Failed Chrome Download From Where It Left Off [Tutorial]

I'm overly cautious about download managers, especially the ones that try to get me to install a hundred other things during installation. Add to that the number of horror stories you read about malware, compromised data, security leaks, and whatnot, and I prefer to use my Chrome's download manager. This comes with a serious disadvantage though; if a download fails, I can't resume it. If it was something small, I won't mind downloading it fresh but for a sizeable download, this can be a problem. A very frustrating one at that. Naturally, anyone in my position will want a work around so here is a simple way to resume a failed download. You will need Firefox installed as the resumed download will be completed in Firefox. Read More

New Features In Firefox 33 For Desktop And Android

Firefox 33 is out for both Desktop and Android. You should be prompted to upgrade the next time you launch it and if you're a developer, you might want to upgrade right now. This latest instalment is a treat for developers with two new noteworthy features; a media sidebar in the Style editor and a paint flashing tool. End users will want to upgrade for the improved search functions and the more reliable session restore feature. Firefox for Android is also supporting the new Paint Flash tool for developers. For End users the new option to delete data when you quit the app is very promising as is the ability to stream video content to Chromecast and Roku.

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New Features In Firefox 32 For Desktop & Android

Firefox 32 for Windows, Mac, and Linux is out and with it comes a new version for Android as well. Both versions come with new features for end users and developers. One major change for end users using the desktop version is a new context menu that does away with the text based options and adds buttons for going back, forward, refreshing, and bookmarking a page. There have been the usual bug fixes and new CSS properties have been implemented. Android users once again get some UI changes. The new launch page has received a facelift and quick controls for clearing your browsing history have been added along with a nice auto-complete feature for the URL bar. Read More

New Features In Firefox 31 For Desktop & Android

Has it been six weeks already? Yes it has and that means it's time to get a new version of Firefox for both desktop and Android. Firefox 31 is now available for direct download or you can upgrade the current version by clicking the help button in the options panel. Firefox 31 for desktop brings new features for both end users and developers. Noteworthy among them is the Prefer:Safe feature which tells websites the current user is accessing the web behind parental controls. A new search field has been added to the new tab page, and a nice color picker tool has been added for developers, among other things. Firefox for Android is expanding on the home panels feature and you can now install more add-ons to add a larger variety of feeds to the home page. The API for adding content to the home page has also been introduced for developers. Users can now force sync open tabs from their Android device and reorder the home panels. Read More

Add New Words Or Edit Current Ones In Your Browser’s Dictionary

The world would be a terrible dark, and exceptionally misunderstood place if there were no spell check to help us sound articulate. Internet  Explorer, Chrome and Firefox all have a built-in spell check feature that underlines misspelled words. If you right-click on a word, you will be given options for what the correct spelling of the word browser thinks you were trying to type. This is super handy but what do you do if you want to add a new word to the browser's dictionary or remove a word from it? Read More

Stop Auto-play In Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari, And IE

Perhaps it's just me but I have been seeing more and more websites, really popular ones at that,  hosting auto-play content. It's times like this that I'm thankful Chrome indicates which tab is playing the media so I can turn it off but some ads are tricky. They mute volume and play video and it's up to you to find them. So, what's a user to do? The answer is stop the auto-play and you stop the madness. Auto-playing content is something that your browser 'allows' by default and if you think a little about the sentence you just read, you realize that the browser is controlling this and you can tell it to stop auto-playing content. Read More