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

Get A Video-Focused YouTube Layout That Resizes The Player With Window Size

YouTube's new design overhaul looks pretty neat, but its left-alignment is going to overshadow most of its positive changes. If you want to fix the orientation of the design, try this user script to realign YouTube to the center. If you've given up trying to like it altogether, try Unique Youtube Skin. It’s a script that completely changes YouTube’s layout. The change only effects individual video pages and not the front page or channel pages. It replaces the player with a larger one that takes up the entire left side of the page and resizes itself when according to the size of the window. The comments appear on the right with suggested videos below them. The search bar is repositioned to the top right above the comments. Read More

10 Firefox Shortcuts For Faster Navigation & Feature Access

Browser shortcuts are pretty standardized. Unless you’re working on different operating systems, it isn’t likely that you will have to learn new keyboard shortcuts when you decide to use a different browser for a while. Chrome and Firefox - two of the most popular web browsers - have very similar keyboard shortcuts, but if you were to compare the two, Firefox has quite a few extra ones, some of which you might just like in Chrome and a few other browsers. Apart from the normal keyboard shortcuts for navigating web pages, or just using the basic Firefox features, here is a list of ten other shortcuts that work in the latest version of Firefox (and probably will in all future versions to come). Read More

6 New Features & Changes In Firefox 17

Another Firefox version is all set for release; tomorrow, you should be able to upgrade to Firefox 17 if you’re on the stable release channel. If you’re the slightly adventurous kind who likes to remove a USB without ejecting it first, and you’re on the Beta version, you can upgrade right now to what will inevitably be the final Firefox 17 stable release. Like always, the new version comes with new features, improvements in security and developer tools. This version also has a few cosmetic changes and one major functional change that will effect end users. The most notable features in this new version include a visually enhanced Awesome Bar, the return of tab animations, the addition of a Social API, more robust click-to-play restrictions for plug-ins, the addition of a Markup Panel for developers and last but not least, support for Notification Center in OS X Mountain Lion. Read More

Get Rid Of Unwanted Toolbars From Chrome, Firefox & Internet Explorer

Recently, I have noticed that a large number of freeware applications are being bundled with toolbars and miscellaneous spam. Toolbars tend to allow the developers to make money out of something they are giving for free. Some toolbars, for instance, Google Toolbar (or StumbleUpon, for that matter) are quite handy. In fact, StumbleUpon is one of the best ways to come by some fresh and unseen internet content. But other toolbars that are usually installed with the software package without your consent, do nothing other than kicking down a browser’s performance. And to make matters worse, some even push useless extensions into the browser. Not to mention, I really dread it when my browser’s homepage is automatically altered without me even knowing. Read More

Handy Firefox 16 Developer Toolbar Commands For Advanced Users

Released last week, Firefox 16 featured something significant for developers - the new Developer Toolbar. What the new toolbar does is allow you to control all other developer tools i.e. Debugger, Web console and the Inspector. It also has a few additional commands for controlling add-ons or Firebug. Where the toolbar is meant for developers, it does sport a few options that might make an advanced user's life much easier. This post details the usage and scope of the Developer Toolbar, along with commands that a power user could find useful. Read More

Firefox 16 For Android Brings Reader Mode & Sharing Of Individual Tabs Across Devices

Mozilla Firefox, one of the crowd-favorite  desktop web browsers, has progressed to version 16, bringing along with it a plethora of new features for both platforms. While the desktop variant of the popular browser seems to have benefited the most from the latest update, the Android equivalent has brought a couple of noteworthy features along with it, too. To begin with, the latest iteration of Firefox for Android now supports a Safari-like Reader Mode, which undoubtedly is a great step ahead in enhancing your reading experience. Not only the reader mode strip away ads and bloat content, it is actually laced with several neat tools, such as day/night reading modes, font and margin adjustment options, easier bookmarking and sharing, and more. Read More

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