New Features In Firefox 30 For Desktop & Android

Firefox 30 is out and you can upgrade now from the help menu. Since it's the first update after the new Customize options were introduced in Firefox 29, you might need to search for the upgrade option. Click the options button at the top right, and you will see a help button next to the large Customize button at the bottom. Click it to reveal a new pane of help options which include the About Firefox option. The new update is mostly fixes and many new developer options. In this new update, plugins are disabled by default except those that have been whitelisted or that are installed when you install an add-on. A new button has also been added for toggling the visibility of the bookmarks and history side bar. With the new desktop version, a new mobile version has also been introduced and it offers more for end users. You can add your favotire share functions to the context menu just by tapping it, and you can subscribe to RSS feeds from any web page and read them on your home page with the aid of a new add-on called Home Feed. Read More

How To Add & Read RSS Feeds In The New Firefox For Android

Firefox 30 for both desktop and Android is out and one of the new features in the Android variant is a way to read RSS feeds from your home page. It's the perfect way to turn Firefox on your Android device into a fairly basic feed reader. The feature is tied to an add-on called Home Feeds which has been developed by a Mozilla developer but does not carry the company name for some odd reason. In addition to allowing you to read a feed from your home page, it also makes it super easy to add that feed to the page. Being basic, it does not have any buttons for marking an item as read or unread. You get the twelve most recent items in the feed. Read More

Show And Hide Passwords In Your Browser With The ISeePass Bookmarklet

Everyone has their secrets. But when we speak of secrets on the web, they are usually tucked away behind a password wall. For decades, passwords have been protecting our digital information from prying eyes; be it our computers, our email accounts, our social-network profiles, or our mobile devices. And it seems passwords are here to stay. Password fields are always concealed behind asterisks or dots, however, and there simply isn’t a way in web browser to tell whether you’ve typed the correct sequence or not. Previously, I covered an add on for Firefox called Show / Hide Passwords that allows you to quickly toggle password visibility with a single click using a button that is automatically created near every password box. Tecdrop’s ISeePass is a bookmarklet that does the same in rather easier way, and being a bookmarklet means you can use it any web browser including Chrome, Safari or Internet Explorer. Read More

Clean Up Google Music Removes All Suggestion Cards From Google Music [Firefox]

Google Music, without a doubt, is one of the more popular services introduced by Google. The music manager alone is excellent though some users may not like the web interface as much. Google Music for web has a nice card like interface that's become a popular design theme across many of its apps and services but the cards that appear aren't just for albums and songs in your personal library. They include suggested playlists, suggested music cards, and the I'm Feeling Lucky Mix button. Clean Up Google Music is a Firefox add-on that can clean up most of the suggested content you see in Google Music and lets you select what cards you see and what you don't. Read More

Get Rid Of Australis & Restore The Classic Theme On Firefox 29

It’s been a week since Mozilla released Firefox 29 to the masses. The Australis redesign, which is the most significant part of the update, has changed an awful lot around; it doesn’t carry the add-on bar anymore, and features curvy tabs that now strongly resemble Google Chrome. if you don’t quite fancy the new UI and would like to restore the classic theme found in previous versions of the browser then a small add-on called Classic Theme Restorer can help you undo these changes in a snap. Although really small in design, the add-on unlocks the ability to customize Firefox’s various visual elements to your heart’s desire and more. Read More

New Features In Firefox 29 For Desktop & Android

Firefox 29 is out and the update is a huge one for the browser and it’s users. The update finally brings the much talked about Australis theme to the stable channel and it was well worth the wait. Austalis isn’t just beautiful it’s also the most minimal that Firefox has ever been. Other new features on desktop and mobile include brand new customization options for the buttons that appear on the Menu Bar, Firefox Sync which is now set up exclusively through the Firefox Account, and new repositioned buttons for bookmarks have been added. Developers get new features too with the implementation of <input type="number"> and <input type="color"> on both desktop and Android. Additionally on Android new share options, and customization options for the home panels have been introduced. Read More

Download PDF Files Directly By Disabling The PDF Viewer In Chrome & Firefox

Both Google Chrome and Firefox have a built-in PDF reader and whenever you click a link to a PDF file, your browser opens it in a new tab. That’s all perfectly fine except that if it’s a large file you have to first wait for it to load and then save it. Once saved, if you click the file in the download bar (in Chrome), it will again open in a Chrome tab. This feature is meant to provide users with an always-available-PDF-reader in the form of their browser but it becomes obtrusive if you really prefer to open PDFs in a desktop reader. Fortunately, there is an easy way around this in both Chrome and Firefox that allows the PDF viewer to easily be disabled and enabled to suit your needs. Read More

Highlight Text And Dim Other Page Elements To Read Better [Extension]

Today’s modern webpages are full of clutter; obtrusive elements such as ads, pop ups, social media plugins, images etc., make it difficult to concentrate on the actual content. This often happens when reading online articles on blogs and browsing social media sites that often carry banner advertisements and the like (Facebook, anyone?). Previously, we’ve highlighted different ways to steer-clear of distracting webpage elements such as InstRead or Print-Friendly, but Fokus is a handy extension and add-on for Chrome and Firefox that makes it simpler that ever. It does this by dimming the whole webpage sans the highlighted portion specified by the user. Read More

50 Best Firefox Addons Of 2013

Firefox might not be the most popular web browser out there right now, but the number of add-ons it has, and the ones it keeps welcoming every other day into its arsenal never cease to amaze me. The browser that became the favorite of the tech savvy crowd before there was Chrome, and still remains a favorite of countless loyal users has been known for its extensive add-on support to extend its functionality beyond the stock offerings. As we take a look back at 2013 to present our readers with the best stuff we've covered the whole year, it’s now time we show you our hand-picked collection of 50 Best Firefox extensions from 2013. Read More

Light Is A Lightweight Variant Of Mozilla Firefox Stripped Down To The Essentials

Firefox is an impressive web browser that carries loads of features, add-ons and settings, coupled with a user-friendly interface that is both functional and intuitive. But the story doesn't end here; Firefox is open-source, which enables other developers to make their own Firefox builds using its source code. Light is one such new third-party variant of Firefox developed by cstkingkey, a forum member at MozillaZine. What makes it different from the full-fledged version of Firefox is its ultra-lightweight design (hence the name Light). The author has simply stripped down all the non-essential components off the default version, creating a build that definitely feels faster than Firefox. Read More

Here’s What’s New In Firefox 25

Mozilla Firefox, one of the most popular browsers out there, has just been pushed to stable version 25 yesterday for all supported platforms including Windows, Linus, OS X and Android. The new version was available on Mozilla’s FTP servers one day in advance, but now that the release has been made official in the Firefox stable channel, anyone should be easily able to upgrade their existing installations and take advantage of the new features that the update has to offer. Speaking of new features, let’s take a look at what Firefox 25 is bringing to the table. Salient highlights include Web Audio API support, unshared find bar between tabs, preservation of browsing cache, and mixed content blocking for Android. We’ll touch all notable ones one by one. Read More

A Look At What’s New In Firefox 23

Firefox’s faster development cycle is serving its userbase well. Instead of waiting years for major new features to come, you get them in smaller doses separated by a few weeks’ time. Earlier today, Mozilla released Firefox 23 for desktops, just six weeks after the previous release. New things in version 23 include an updated logo, new UI for managing mixed content, and a new Network Monitor tool for developers, among other smaller changes. So, let's take a look at all of them after the jump. Read More

Hands-On With The New Features In Firefox 22

Firefox 22 will debut tomorrow, and it’s another major release in terms of features. There’s something for both Windows and OS X users, and like always, something for developers as well. The Firefox Dock icon will now show download progress in OS X. Windows users with large displays will notice text on web pages looks slightly magnified as Mozilla has added a scaling option that makes the text appear larger on large screens. A slightly smaller change for both Windows and OS X users is that Firefox now wraps text when displaying a TXT file. HTML5 video playback speed can be controlled from the right-click context menu. If you are using Facebook messenger or any of the other supported services implemented in Firefox 17 when it integrated its social API, you will now be able to manage these services from a new tab in the Add-on manager called ‘Services’. And last but not the least, developers can enjoy support for additional HTML5 elements, a new font inspection tool, and the option to dock the web console to the right of the page. This update is also accompanied by several performance enhancements that will speed up image rendering, improve security and more. Read More

A Look At The New Features In Firefox 21

The next installment of Firefox i.e. version 21 is now available. The new version brings something for both end users and developers alike. For users who are conscious about their privacy or wondering why their browser is running so slow, Firefox 21 will be a welcome update. Mozilla has added three different settings to its Do Not Disturb feature, as well as a ‘Health Report’ that collects information on how your browser is performing. The health report can be checked any time, and a third feature will use the data gathered by the report to tell you if your browser’s startup time is getting effected due to its health or not. Developers will be pleased to learn about the new Remote Target profiling feature that allows them to connect devices running either Firefox Mobile or Firefox OS to the desktop browser and view them in a separate Developer Tools window of their own. Read More

Add Chrome & Firefox Bookmarks To Mac Spotlight Search Index With Brow

Spotlight in OS X indexes a lot of things but when it comes to browser bookmarks, it does index the ones saved in Safari, but not the ones saved by other browsers. If you use more than one browser and often struggle with different bookmarks libraries for each one, you might like Brow. It’s a small free utility that adds your Chrome and Firefox bookmarks to Spotlight’s index. While it runs in the background or the Menu Bar, it continually monitors the profile folders that each browser creates, and keeps the bookmarks up-to-date in Spotlight’s index. This makes your bookmarks saved across three different browser searchable from one central location i.e. Spotlight. Read More

New In Firefox 20: Private Window, Improved Download Manager & More

Firefox 20 is out on the stable channel and it’s packed with good stuff, this time mostly for end-users. The previous few versions have all or mostly focused on something for developers, making the browser more secure, or adding support for new web technologies. We’re not saying any of that isn’t important, but Firefox already commands a huge developer audience in its user base and it needs to up its offering for the ordinary user. This release sees the implementation of side-by-side private and normal browsing sessions, a new download manager, protection against extensions or apps that try to hijack your default search engine, a faster way to stop plugins that are unresponsive, and support for blend mode added for HTML5 canvas. Read More

Disable Firefox Remember Password Popup While Keeping Password Manager Enabled

Like other leading browsers, Firefox has a password manager that offers to remember your password every time you log into any website or web service. If you don’t want it to remember the password for a particular website ever, you can disable the feature for that website by using the dropdown arrow next to the 'Remember Password' button on the popup and asking it to never offer to remember passwords for the current website. This popup appears on every website and the only way to hide it is to disable the password manager altogether from Firefox’s options. The downside of doing this is that Firefox will no longer automatically fill the login and password info for websites that you've asked it to remember passwords for. If you still want to use the feature but are annoyed by the popup appearing on every page where you sign in, give Password Dialog Begone a try. It’s a Firefox add-on that blocks the popup without disabling the password manager entirely. Read More

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. Read More

Firefox Nightly 21 Brings Modern UI App To Windows 8

Mozilla promised a Windows 8 Modern UI Firefox app and it’s now available on the Firefox Nightly channel. The Nightly channel is Firefox’s experimental version for the very latest but potentially unstable releases, which means a stable version of the Firefox Modern UI app will not be available for a while till everything is completely sorted out. Developers and anyone just generally curious on what the app will look like can download the Nightly build now. The Modern UI app is low on features at the moment, thought the desktop version is fully functional. In its present state, it is much like Internet Explorer 10 in Windows 8, which has both desktop and Modern UI versions working independently of each other. Read More

New In Firefox 18: PDF Viewer, Retina Support & More

The next iteration of Firefoxwill be arriving a little later than usual; when it arrived on the Aurora (Firefox Beta) channel, Mozilla announced that Firefox 18 would be available one week later than the normal release schedule. You should be able to upgrade from 17.0.1 to 18 some time this week, but the new Beta variant of Firefox 18 is available for download right now and that's what we’re going to use to detail its new features. This release is fairly modest compared to the older ones with little to offer end users. As always, developers will rejoice with support for additional CSS3 elements, and the improved Java rendering engine IonMonkey that has been implemented in this version. End users will now be able to view PDFs without having to rely on plugins or add-ons and selectively disable insecure content when viewing a website over an HTTPS connection. Read More