For every app or extension that Facebook blocks from migrating its data to Google+, about ten more seem to pop up. While Facebook is trying its very best to stop people from switching to Google+, people are coming up with more and more ways to use the site from it and with the invites open and working again, these attempts are bound to spike. Yesterday we covered using Facebook’s mobile upload email address to post updates from Google+,
today, it’s Google+Facebook
, an extension for Firefox and Chrome that lets you view your Facebook stream in Google+ and update your status from it.
GitHub is an extremely popular code hosting site, not only does it make it easy to share code but also to connect with a huge community of developers and benefit from their expertise. Among the multiple benefits that come with using GitHub, there is the ease with which you can follow different projects through your feeds. GitHub News Feed Filter is an extension for Firefox that cleans your feeds according to your preferences. It lets you pick what updates you see and hides the ones you wouldn’t necessarily want cluttering the important updates. Read More
Social networking sites aren’t the only things that are banned in most offices, online media players also go to the chopping block. SoundCloud Sounds in Google Mail is an extension, available for both Firefox and Chrome, that helps you listen to music unobtrusively from SoundCloud. The extension detects links from the SoundCloud site in your mail and adds the waveform player allowing you to play the songs within the email. Read More
Firefox users who love to tweak with installed extensions, add-ons, and other browser settings, can’t afford to lose Firefox Profile folder while porting data from one system to another. Firefox Profile folder contains everything from browsing history, add-ons, cache, to bookmarks, etc., and can be backed up and restored easily with previously featured MozBackup
. However, if you don’t want to select the Firefox profile elements prior to creating profile backups, you can use a simple batch script, called Batckup Firefox
. It runs in Windows Command Line Interpreter (CMD), allowing you to create backup at defined location with a single keystroke. You wont have to manually set the way profile backups are to be created. Just specify the location and it will start backing up all Firefox profiles.
A short while ago we reviewed QuickFox Notes
, which is a a multi-tab note taking extension for Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird. While quick note taking can be handy in Firefox, how about synchronizing Firefox notes with Mozilla Thunderbird? Here is a small tip to help you sync QuickFox Notes with your Mozilla Thunderbird client.
How loyal are you to your browser? Does it bother you if you have to use any other browser or an old version of your favorite browser when you’re working on someone else’s system? For the Firefox fan, there is a simple solution; Firefox 5 portable
. Install it in a USB (it can extract to any selected destination) and you will never miss your browser again.
Firefox is a great browser which requires an annoying number of restarts and that means lots of pages reloading at the same time, slowing things down. Unfortunately Firefox doesn’t come with a page load control option so you have to either let all the pages you had open in different tabs load or you have to stop them one by one. Absolute Load Control
was a chrome extension we reviewed a while back that let you access the About pages in Chrome from a single button in addition to other pages like the history, bookmarks downloads and extensions page. With Chrome's minimal design it was somewhat difficult to get to these pages; similarly, there aren’t any shortcuts for accessing the about pages in Firefox. About Pages
is an extension for Firefox that lets you access about:home, about:addons, about:plugins, about:config, about:support and about:about pages from the right-click context menu.
Firefox eats RAM, we all know it and accept it as one of those things we can overlook because the browser and its library of extensions is incredible enough in itself. RAM poaching tolerance is one thing but when it gets to a point where it starts to effect your browsing you have to do something about it. Memory Restart
is a Firefox extension that monitors the memory usage by the browser, it lets you set a limit to the memory usage and tells you when the limit has been exceeded. You can restart the browser using the extension to bring memory usage back to normal.
Mozilla promised a new version of Firefox three months post Firefox 4’s release and rolled out a whole rapid release development cycle to ensure they met the deadline and true to their word Firefox 5
is now available for download. As per Mozilla, the new version has some 1000 changes though the more notable ones are better support for HTML 5, faster start-up and the Do Not Track feature that lets you stop sites from tracking your web history.
Speed dialing and bookmarking may have made it easier to open your favorite sites but can they beat out keyboard shortcuts? To answer that you need to ask yourself if you use icons and toolbars to get around or do you turn to your keyboard whenever you have a choice. If you’re the avid keyboard user, you might like the idea of using keyboard shortcuts for opening your favorite sites. Sailor Shortcuts
is a Firefox extension that lets you create keyboard shortcuts for your ten favorite sites and use the arrow keys to move between tabs.
A calendar, like the time, is something that you want to be easily accessible and the more accessible, the better. Since it’s something that everyone uses, you can’t really say which is the easiest and most convenient place to put it but for those who prefer to use a calendar (and Google Calendar no less) from their browser, Google Calendar Watcher
is a Firefox extension that lets you view all events and entries from your Google Calendar in your browser.
Cookies, whether the chocolate chip kind or the browser ones, sharing them isn’t something some people take lightly. When you’re visiting popular and well trusted sites, you don’t think twice about the cookies but not all sites are meant to be trusted even if they are useful. CookieFast
is an easy way of managing your cookies in Firefox. The extension tells you what permissions you have set for a particular site, lets you mark sites as safe or unsafe for storing cookies and lets you disable or enable accepting cookies from third parties.
Watching and waiting for huge files to download is frustrating enough but knowing you have to wait for them to finish just so you can shutdown your system makes it worse. You can always let them complete and let your system go to standby but if you prefer to shutdown your system at the end of the day and find yourself babysitting your downloads just to do it, try Auto Shutdown NG
. It’s a Firefox extension that automatically shuts down your system when all downloads have completed.
We use scroll bars easily with mouse, some Chrome users who hate it can shrink it using the previously reviewed Thin Scroll Bar
extension, but what if you are on a touch-based Windows 7 Tablet PC? If you find it difficult to scroll, then Page Flippers
is what you might be looking for. It is an extension for Firefox that will let you scroll a webpage as if you were using Kindle or any other eReader. This is achieved by adding buttons to both sides of the window.
All extensions that you install in Firefox save their settings in your browser but these settings aren’t necessarily deleted when you uninstall them. Assuming that all extensions you installed were created by honest law abiding people who exist for the sole purpose of creating extensions to make your life easier and would never steal or abuse your information, there still remains the fact that someone can use your system and access your data. For all you know, you’re email address has already been sold to email marketing agencies all over the world and your life will forever be plagued by spam. eCleaner
is an extension for Firefox that deletes extension settings from about:config. It detects which extensions (installed or uninstalled) have settings saved and lets you clear the data stored in them.
Mozilla found a great way of hiding the menu bar in Firefox 4 by integrating all functions inside the orange Firefox button but the transition might not have been easy for users who frequently used the options in the Tools
menu. If you still haven’t grown comfortable with the options in the minimized Firefox button and display your menu bar for the sake of using the Tools options then Tools Menu Button
is a Firefox extension that will let you hide the menu bar and finally take advantage of the more minimalist interface. The extension adds a Tools
button similar to the orange App button and gives you all options from the Tools menu that can’t be accessed from the Firefox button.
When Facebook revamped its photo uploader, it made it easier to add photos in bulk as opposed to five at a time with the old uploader. Downloading photos however remains complicated at the best. Fuschipranie
is a Firefox extension that lets you download all photos in any album (your’s or a friend’s) without using a third party application.
Bandwidth doesn’t come cheap and definitely isn’t something you want to waste if you, like most people, have a monthly limit. Bandwidth limit is one of those things that can make you hate Flash; while most flash content is great and justifies the bandwidth it uses (like games or videos on YouTube and of course web apps built in Flash) there are times when you’d rather not have it clogging your lines and eating away at your download cap. flashPause
is an extension for Firefox that lets you stop Flash and Silverlight content from loading. You can stop the content from loading on any part of the page or on the entire page.
If the programs running in your system were people, your memory would be the currency they used. It’s one of those things that are hard to conserve and easily lost. Everything from your browser to the harmless widgets on your desktop are just sucking away at your RAM. Firefox, one of the most loved browsers of all time, is notorious for its memory leaks. If you leave Firefox running for even a few hours, its memory usage can almost double. It may seem like some far fetched urban legend but it’s true; Firefox eats your RAM even when it’s running idle in your system. Firefox Plumber
is a desktop tool that (like any good plumber) claims to plug your memory leak allowing you to leave the browser running until the next predicted rapture while it ensures no memory leak occur.