While Chrome is fast and stable, I like using Firefox because of some of the specific extensions and plugins that work with it. If you still love Firefox, then you’ll love the fact that Mozilla has just announced a Developer Preview Phone that will come with the lightweight Firefox OS, which is still being developed.
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While some software giants are trying to make the URL bar disappear, we’ve found that over the years, it’s still very useful, especially if you know how to use it right. We use the URL bar in all of our browsers, in Windows and OS X, as well as iOS, making it an essential way of navigating the web. Here’s how you can develop your own one-key shortcuts.
Like a few users, I got Firefox 4 a day early and started using it immediately on my computers. It’s my main browser on Windows and I use it also on my mac. I tend to use Safari a lot for short queries.
- Speed. It’s darn fast. They say between 3× to 6× faster than the previous version. I have to agree.
- Streamlined minimal interface: really nice to have something with a low footprint, that doesn’t get in the way of browsing.
- Back button history list: you can access this by right-clicking the back button. I use it often enough and I had to Google how to find it again.
- Not compatible with some of my add ons and extensions, including Skype (which they’ll probably fix), Delicious (which they won’t, ie sunsetting!), DevonThinkPro, and Kaspersky URL Advisor (which I don’t really use).
- When I type in an address and it recognizes it from the history, I only have to hit enter to go to it. In Firefox, I have to select it with the arrow key first.
- The most visited gallery reminds me of Chrome, but it’s pretty good to have it open by default.
- Safari doesn’t remember the zoom level for webpages, as Firefox does. It’s a pain to have to do this manually every single time.
One of the main reasons why I’ve resisted using Google Chrome is because of all of the great extensions and add-ons available for Firefox. Currently, I’ve got only about 7 installed and activated, but I used to have a lot more. I decided to slim down Firefox so that it wouldn’t eat up to much memory while I was running it, since Firefox is my main browser across two computers. Here are some of the best ones I’ve used.
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My Halloween dress up duties have thankfully already passed, but for some people, the big night out is coming up this Saturday. This Halloween, I’ve seen some really interesting costumes, including this Mozilla Firefox costume. It actually looks cute, which is a bonus.
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After Better Gmail, Better Google Reader, now comes Better Twitter, offering one-click solutions for retweets and more! Better Twitter is a Greasemonkey script. Greasemonkey is a Firefox extension.