A Look At What’s New In Firefox 16

Firefox 16 is scheduled for release tomorrow to the Stable channel and the current version on the Beta channel is very likely the one that will graduate to stable version (with a few under the hood changes). There aren’t any major updates to speak of, and most Firefox users are probably waiting for version 18 with the new Australis theme to debut. Still, there are a few minor changes for users and one significant change for Developers. Native support for PDFs (introduced in Firefox 15 Beta) that did not make it to the Stable version and wasn’t working at all when we tested it, appears to be responding now in Firefox 16. You will still have to enable it from about:config configuration page by searching for the pdfjs.disabled option and setting it to False. In hopes that this will at least show up in the final release notes, other features to look forward to include a new developer toolbar, VoiceOver support in OS X, Web App support and Incremental Garbage Collection. Read More

Stop Incoming Emails In Gmail & Set An Auto Response With InBox Pause [Chrome, Firefox]

Email is one of the fastest means of communication there is, and that’s probably why you get so many of them. For all purposes, firing off an email takes considerably less time than it would to perhaps talk to someone. Often, your inbox might get cluttered with single line messages asking for follow-ups, confirmations or just what you might be having for lunch. While email is an effective way to communicate, there is no mistaking the fact that it can get overwhelming. At some point, office email can go from being irrelevant and unimportant to distracting and counterproductive. InBox Pause is a browser extension/add-on, available for Chrome and Firefox, that aims to fix all that. It plays on the same concept as an ‘out of office’ message that you can set when you go on an extended vacation. The extension allows you to stop all incoming messages from reaching your Gmail inbox. Each time you receive a message, the sender is sent an automated reply, informing them that the message is not going to be read immediately. You can pause/unpause your email any time via the extension’s button that is integrated in Gmail interface. Read More

5 New Features & Changes In Firefox 15

Firefox 15 will graduate to the stable version tomorrow but can be downloaded now. The new version definitely has some new features, and like always, promises faster start-up and a few memory fixes. Apart from that, you will notice no cosmetic changes. Developers on the other hand can enjoy the additional support for HTML5 elements; <audio> and <video> support the played attribute, <source> can now be used for media attributes and Opus Audio Coded support (as per Firefox’s release notes). HTML5 isn’t just what’s new though. The previous version of the browser, Firefox 14, brought full screen support for Mac users, allowed you to opt in to enable plug-ins, added encrypted Google search and better support for gaming.  Firefox 15 brings, in addition to the added HTML 5 support, a new layout view in the element inspector and a responsive design tool. Read More

Backup Firefox, Chrome Or Opera Profiles Locally Or On Cloud

Most new browsers, the likes of Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Opera are packed with a number of customization features. They provide you with options to tailor the browsing experience according to your personal requirements. However, in the event of a system wipe or crash, all customizations are lost, and if you don't have the backup of preferences and settings, you need to reconfigure the browser's settings. That’s where browser backup programs and extensions come in. Earlier, we covered browser backup application, such as Hekasoft Backup & Restore that lets you create backup of browser profiles and software. Today, we have another similar application called BrowserBackup that focuses on helping you create backups of Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera and Chromium browsers. You can choose no compression, or a custom compression rate and save the backup, both locally and on the cloud. Moreover, the application allows you to choose the default browser profile, or manually select the data and profile folders containing your saved browser data. Read More

5 Noteworthy New Features In Firefox 14

Firefox 14.0.1 is now available and it isn’t going to make as many headlines as its previous version did. There are changes both at the backend and the user interaction front line, the noteworthy 5 out of which will be detailed below. If you’ve already upgraded to the new version, you might have noticed something strange; you’ve upgraded to version 14.0.1 instead of 14.0. The reason behind this isn’t a patch for a bug detected at the very last minute. Rather, it is because Mozilla wanted to sync versions of its desktop and mobile browser. In summary, the new Firefox features will make your Google Searches more secure, improve your online gaming experience, help you choose which plugins to enable on a website, add full screen support for Mac, and the Awesome bar will autocomplete URLs. Read More

Collusion: A Firefox Add-on Allowing You To Visually Track Your Online Activity

If you’ve enabled cookies on your browser, the online activity undertaken is usually sent from websites to third-party tracking websites. This creates a network of company-tracker linked list, which can be used to construct your long-term usage history. Although this is a major privacy concern by some, Collusion, an experimental Firefox add-on, lets you access this information for better and safer activity. Moreover, understanding the concept of intricate dependencies within websites has been simplified by the user-friendly animated layout coupled with relevant information displayed on the sidebar. Using this add-on, you can easily identify websites using third-party cookies, to track your activity while monitoring a spider-web of data dependencies, which motivates you to further pursue your online interests. Read More

Is Firefox 14 Really Worth Replacing Your Existing Android Browser? [Review]

Mozilla Firefox, along with Google Chrome, enjoys the distinction of being one of the most widely used desktop browsers. However, when discussing some of the best web browsers for smartphones and tablets, while Chrome for Android and Dolphin Browser HD are deemed as outright winners by most, Mozilla’s offering doesn’t cut the mustard for even hardcore Firefox fans. Despite living under the beta tag and receiving constant upgrades for quite some time now, the Android variant of Firefox has been a far cry as compared to its desktop counterpart. Things, however, started changing drastically with the last few updates, and with Firefox 14.0 now finally hitting the Play Store (after shedding the beta tag), Android users have been introduced to arguably the fastest, most feature-filled and elegant offering - at least by Mozilla’s standards. Read More

Stop Firefox 13 Speed Dial Thumbnails From Showing Secure Content [Tip]

Firefox 13 was released earlier this month, and among the top six features, the new tab page was one. Not only was this new feature well received by Firefox users, it was also one of the major interface changes the browser has implemented since going on a rapid release cycle. Unfortunately, it’s hit a bug all too soon. The speed dial feature that so many users were glad to have incorporated by default in the browser takes snapshots of websites, regardless of whether they are viewed over an HTTP or HTTPS protocol. This puts secure HTTPS content captured on several websites in plain view. Why is this dangerous? Sites that mandate an HTTPS protocol are usually ones where sensitive information, like banking details, credit card numbers etc, are exchanged, and that isn’t information you want out in the open. The issue was first discovered by The Register, and Mozilla have acknowledged this breach. An update has been promised, but in the mean time, here is how you can disable the new tab page, which is the only way of staying safe. Read More

Bookmark Permissions: Enable Or Disable Specific HTML Elements For Individual Bookmarks In Firefox

Bookmarks can be of a great use for not only saving web links to check later, but also to have quick access to frequented websites through the Bookmark Toolbar. Almost all browsers come with some sort of bookmarking facility - some more comprehensive than others. However, what most of these offer by default is bookmarking, sorting and categorizing at best, but that's pretty much it. To gain better control over your bookmarks, you may want to check out Bookmarks Permissions. It is a security add-on for Firefox that allows you to set specific permissions for individual bookmarks, which override global permissions. The add-on gives you the ability to enable or disable certain aspects of a website, like images, pop-up windows etc, to make your browsing experience smooth. Blocking specific items can also help you navigate to your favorites faster. Read More

Open IT Online Integrates Popular Document & Image Viewers & Editors With Your Browser

Have you ever had one of those instances where you really needed to open a Word document, but didn’t want to fire up Microsoft Office and waste precious system resources? Or did you experience events when you wanted to edit an image but had no desire to install Photoshop or any specific software? Open IT Online, an extension/add-on for all major browsers, does it all for you! This utility enables you to open and edit your files in the browser window, as opposed to downloading the file and opening it via an external application. Open IT Online Lite integrates Google Docs Viewer, Zoho, View Docs Online and Vuzit for documents, and Pixlr, Sumo Paint, Picnik and Snipshot for images. You no longer need to have any software installed to view and edit documents, spreadsheets, presentations etc, or to edit any image. Read More

6 New Features In Firefox 13 That You Should Know About

Firefox 13 is out as we announced just two days ago, and is, by far, one of the most feature rich releases that Mozilla has rolled out since it went on a rapid release channel. Many of its previous versions didn’t really enjoy as much love as the old ones, with users adamantly sticking to Firefox 3, 3.5 and 4. The new version, however, is not only faster (seriously, it’s noticeably faster), but also has cosmetic changes that most end users had been looking for. Additionally, developers have been given serious attention, as always. The new release seems to pack something for just about everyone, and here are the top 6 features you should know about. Read More

Firefox 13 Now Available For Download, Brings A New Tab Page & SPDY Support

With Mozilla’s release schedule, most Firefox updates we’ve seen in the past have been quite slow, but this time around, things are a bit different. Firefox 13, which is now available for download, actually introduces some major improvements, including a redesigned Homepage and a New Tab page. When you first start up the browser, the Firefox new Start Page gives you easy access to Settings, along with Downloads, Bookmarks, History, Add-ons, Sync, and Restore Previous Session options. That’s not all; the new version finally offers the long-promised New Tab page, which comes with thumbnails of often-viewed sites. This page automatically loads thumbnails for your pinned tabs/frequently visited websites, but you can always remove unwanted pages and drag bookmarks for your favorite websites on to the page. Additionally, Firefox now supports the SPDY protocol, which will improve performance and load times. Read More

Enjoy Clutter-Free Reading On The Web With InstaRead [Chrome, Firefox]

For someone who regularly reads online, be it articles, blogs, news websites, or even Wikipedia, chances are slim that Instapaper would be an unfamiliar name. The remarkable service goes a great distance to make your online reading experience enjoyable and smooth, removing all the clutter (ads, buttons, sidebars et all) and giving a customizable text and image view that goes easy on the reader's eyes. Instapaper offers a bookmarklet to achieve said purpose with ease, but if you are a user of Chrome or Firefox, InstaRead is perhaps a more convenient option. It's a browser extension/add-on that is built around the Instapaper bookmarklet, and enables its reading mode with just a click, making online reading much easier than it would've been otherwise. Furthermore, you may also customize the background color, font size and other attributes to your liking. Read More

OpinionCloud Creates A Word Cloud To Summarize YouTube & Flickr Comments [Chrome, Firefox]

Comments on popular services like Flickr and YouTube can be quite useful when you want to find out what the crowd thinks about a particular video or photo, but at the same time, too many comments can make things complicated, especially if they span multiple pages. OpinionCloud, a Chrome extension and Firefox Add-on, changes the way you read user comments on YouTube and Flickr. It does this by summarizing comments into a negative and positive word cloud of sorts, providing an overview of the overall public opinion. The bigger the word, the more common its occurrence is, and the colors denote positive or negative points of view. Moreover, clicking one of the words pulls up a list of related comments. All of this appears underneath the video, and you can easily toggle the keywords on and off by clicking the OpinionCloud button. With it, you can simply  and look at decent videos and photos that actually interest you. Read More

CloudMagic: Unified Real-Time Search For Twitter, Gmail, Contacts, Google Docs & More [Extension]

CloudMagic is a Chrome and Firefox extension that lets you search across multiple services, such as Gmail, Contacts, Calendar, Docs, Twitter and more. The extension lets you speedily search all your registered services and presents unified results. It also offers instant email message previews, as well as drag-and-drop feature for search results. CloudMagic lists relevant tweets, emails, docs, calendar events and contacts instantly as you type, and works across multiple services. Moreover, the Quick Preview feature allows you to quickly view and copy data from existing emails while composing new ones. The extension is easy-to-use and integrates seamlessly with your Gmail and Twitter interface. Read More

FVD Speed Dial: Customizable New Tab Page With Powerful Options [Firefox/ Chrome]

FVD Speed Dial gives your new tab page a gorgeous layout consisting of bookmarks, custom background, custom dials, groups, most visited links and much more. The extension is highly customizable and allows you create your own speed dials, along with a Most Visited category that automatically populates the sites you visit most often. Each dial contains a group with the full list of URLs visited by you, related to that domain. Additionally, you can add any dial from the Most Visited category. Another great feature of the extension is that if you’ve closed a page or multiple pages earlier, you can always reopen them by clicking the Recently Closed category. You can block URLs from the speed dial, change the background color and more. Also, you can group speed dials in to different groups, such as default, work, home etc. Read More

Briteclick: Search, Reference & Shopping Through A Customizable Sidebar [Extension]

Wouldn’t it be great if we never had to leave our email or current webpage to access relevant information from various sources? Briteclick is an innovative search tool that makes finding information and completing tasks on the internet much easier and faster. After installing the extension, all you have to do is highlight keywords and get intelligent search results, neatly organized in a slick sidebar. This Chrome and Firefox extension lets you instantly view results from popular sources, like Google, YouTube, Wikipedia, eBay and much more. Briteclick tailors results based on the keywords you search and presents them in a convenient sidebar, so you never have to leave the current page to open multiple tabs. Read More

Tab Badge: View Count Of Unread Items For Pinned Tabs In Firefox

Recently, we covered a Chrome extension called Icon Badger that displays a count of unread messages or items on the favicons of various popular websites for pinned tabs. Tab Badge is a similar add-on for Firefox that adds a small badge to your tabs to alert you, for instance, when you have new messages and notifications on websites like Facebook, Gmail, Twitter and others. The add-on makes the badge visible even when the tab is pinned, so you can always see when something new comes up. Moreover, you can access the Options to change the background and foreground color for the badge. Read More

Switch: Transfer All Tabs In Current Window To Another Browser [Mac]

We’ve covered quite a few extensions that allow you to send your currently open tabs from one browser to another. These extensions, although not for the general web surfer, are nonetheless useful for developers and designers who need to check how their developments are rendered across different browsers. The slight drawback with these extensions is that not all browsers have one such extension available, not all extensions work the same, and you might have compatibility issues if any one of the browsers is updated. Switch is a free Mac app that goes above and beyond all this, (literally - it sits in the Menu bar) and allows you to send all open tabs in the current window to anyone of the browsers that you have installed. Read More

Cinetonic: Watch YouTube Videos With Theater Effects [Firefox/ Chrome]

If you're bored of watching YouTube videos in the same old interface and want to experience the infamous video service in a different way, then Cinetonic is a Chrome and Firefox extension that you need. This handy tool lets you search YouTube videos right from your toolbar and displays them in a slick, cinema-like interface. Moreover, you can apply different color schemes to the interface and auto-replay videos. Additionally, you can increase or decrease the player's volume by rolling the mouse wheel over the video. Video search results can also be sorted by Relevance, Upload date, View Count, Rating, HD and 3D. Read More