Category Archives: Internet Browsers

News and Information about Internet Browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, Flock, Safari. Extensions, Add-ons, User Scripts, Tips and Tricks for all the Internet Browsers available today.

Transfer/Backup Opera Settings, Profile and Sessions

Quite recently, I got a new laptop and wanted to move data from the old one to the new one. Just like and , does have a Sync service called as "Opera Link" which will allow you to sync your Bookmarks, Personal Bar, Typed History, Speed Dial, Notes and Search Engines to another computer.

Import & Export Opera Settings, Profile and Sessions

However, Opera Link does not sync your current sessions and passwords with the new computer. If you are looking to do that, a software called Stu’s Opera Settings Import & Export Tool which allows you to export your settings, profile and sessions to an archive and then later on import it back to another computer.

Migrate Opera Data and Sessions

Using this tool you can backup and/or migrate your Opera settings and data from one computer to another including your Bookmarks, Saved Sessions, Mail and chat data, Contacts, Notes, Searches, Preferences, Cookies, History, User scripts and more.

Techie Buzz Verdict

Techie Buzz Recommended Software

I started using Opera Link today to sync my data in the cloud (thanks to quite a few people’s suggestion on ) but for the Opera Settings Import & Export software a much more comprehensive way to migrate everything to my new computer.

I found the import and export process to be a piece of cake and I was able to move my Opera settings and session to the new computer in less than 5 minutes. Totally Awesome and a highly recommended download.

Ratings: 4.5/5 (Excellent)

Download Stu’s Opera Import & Export Tool

Firefox 4 Beta for Android and Maemo Now Available

Mozilla has released the mobile version of their browser Beta 1 for mobile. The mobile version of uses the same technology as the desktop version and is optimized for mobile phones.

Firefox 4 Mobile

Firefox 4 beta mobile makes use of two new technologies in their architecture. The first one is called Electrolysis and allows the browser to run in a separate process. The second technology is known as Layers and improves overall performance of the browser in graphics areas such as scrolling, zooming and animations.

Firefox 4 Beta also includes Firefox Sync which allows users to sync between their mobile and desktop making their bookmarks, browsing history, tabs, passwords and form fill data available on multiple devices.

Firefox 4 Beta also makes use of the latest technologies such as and also supports add-ons. If you have a or based device, you can read more about Firefox 4 Beta mobile or download it from the official Mozilla blog.

Firefox Did not Dump Google Search for Bing, Simply Added it to the List of Available Search Options

Just yesterday,  Robert Scoble announced in a tweet that Firefox would default to Bing search instead of Google. Today, the Mozilla blog has posted an update clarifying the situation, saying the default search will remain Google powered. However, Bing will be added to the list of search services along with the pre-existing ones like Wikipedia, Amazon, Yahoo and others.

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The inclusion is announced as,

The current search options fall into three categories: general search, shopping, and reference.

Google remains the most popular general search and it will remain as the default search option, unless you change it. We will also continue to include Yahoo! as the second option for general search.  Yahoo! has a loyal following and continues to provide a differentiated user experience, even as it integrates the Bing engine for its algorithmic search results. Bing itself offers a user experience that we think users will find valuable, and with its significant rise in popularity over the last year, we will be including Bing as a general search option for English language users.

In spite of the presence of faster web browsers like Opera and Google Chrome, Firefox has still held up in the competition pretty much for the same reasons as that of Internet Explorer, that is, a dedicated user’s base and an awesome base of add-ons.

This makes Firefox a hot target for most search engines. Conversely, Firefox gains every time a custom search is made using the search box. However, now that Google is promoting its own Chrome and Microsoft has a promising IE9 ready for us, Firefox will soon be forgotten when it comes to a battleground for search providers.

Google Adds Cloud Printing Support to Chromium

Back in August, Google added a Labs section to Chromium for showcasing the latest crazy projects from Google engineers. The Chromium Labs kicked off with only a couple of new features, but has since been expanded to include a few more features.

The latest feature to grace Chromium Labs is Cloud Printing. Cloud Print is a feature that was announced earlier by Google for the Chrome OS. In Chrome OS all the apps are web apps. This makes leveraging system drivers to enable native printing support in apps more challenging. Google Cloud Print enables these web apps to submit and manage print jobs without relying on the print drivers.

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Cloud Print can be enabled in the latest build of Chromium (7.0.547.0) by typing about:labs in the address bar to bring up the Labs section. Cloud Print compatible printers are under development. However, a proxy (a small piece of software that sits on a PC where the printer is installed) enables legacy printers to work with this new feature.

Generate Barcode for Any Link and Scan It with Your Phone, All in Firefox

Firefox has amazed us with its awesome add-ons on more than one instance. To add to the awesome list of add-ons, we now have a new add-on called Mobile barcoder that does pretty much what it sounds like.

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With this add-on, we can convert any webpage into a link that we can access on our phone. The form of the generated link however, is a 2D barcode that needs to be scanned with any 2D barcode scanning phone app.

The Mobile barcoder  add-on can generate a 2D barcode as well as a data matrix, both with equal ease. Once a barcode reader reads this generated code, it can be translated into any market apps or any webpage with a link. The content of QR code can also be a text and this app has been tried and tested to hold fifty to sixty works in a single data matrix.

The concept of generating Q R Code is awesome in itself. Moreover, the QR code thus generated can have multiple forms like 2D barcode with links, QR code ets. This gives us a  considerable  some choice over the amount of data we can push into your phones.

You can install the add-on from  this page.  I could not test the Mobile barcoder add-on  as I already have the Firefox beta build installed on my computer and it is  incompatible  with this. Feel free to share your experiences with me.

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Download IE9 Beta

As I had posted earlier, Internet Explorer 9 is now available for downloads at BeautyOfTheWeb.com. The latest Microsoft browser which has already received rave reviews is ready for downloads.

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IE9 Beta downloads are available in both 32-bit and 64-bit editions. To download it just head over to http://www.beautyoftheweb.com/ and click on the Download Now button.

IE9 has full integration and also supports . I will do a full review of IE9 as soon once I spend some time with so stay tuned for that.

IE9 Will Launch On BeautyOfTheWeb.com

Internet Explorer 9 LogoMicrosoft has been hiding IE9 from users and enthusiasts alike, shrouding it in secrecy like Apple does before a product is launched. This definitely puts Microsoft in a very tight situation since it cannot fail like it has done with IE7 and IE8.

The motto of IE9 is Beauty of The Web, and we definitely want to see it to believe it, considering that IE has always been a pain in the posterior for developers and designers alike.

IE9 Beauty of The Web

To be really truthful, I do not care about IE9 unless it does something better than , or . The time IE8 takes to open a tab would allow me to open and browse between 4-8 tabs on any of these browsers. Yes I have timed it, IE is that slow.

Unless IE9 does things that are drastically different, don’t keep your hopes high on it. I would definitely want to see a better browser, though I am not sure if I would see something better than I have already seen that will compel me to switch.

Microsoft has been losing browser market share consistently for past few years, and it does not help Microsoft that they are not doing enough or doing it quickly in the market they once ruled. It does not matter how many new feature IE9 adds, it has to be compelling enough for people to switch.

If you are waiting for IE9, mark your dates at September 15, 2010 and bookmark http://www.beautyoftheweb.com.

Google Continues Blocking Opera For No Apparent Reason

Google is a company that takes pride in its “Do no Evil” mantra and champions “openness”. Whether it is the Android operating system or the Chrome web browser, “open” is one word you have probably heard Google promoting. However, its actions suggest otherwise.

Recently, Google unveiled Instant Search, a potentially revolutionary feature that displays results as you type. This killer feature is supposed to work in all modern browsers. But, guess what? It doesn’t work in Opera, and it’s not quite Opera Software’s fault.

Google appears to be using browser sniffing (i.e. scripts that detect the browser being used to render the webpage) to block Opera users. Opera users accessing google.com/instant are greeted with the following message:

Google Instant is not available for your web browser.
Please upgrade to the latest version of a modern browser to use Google Instant.

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Curiously enough, clicking on the “modern browser” hyperlink will take you to a webpage that (among others) recommends Opera. Of course, this isn’t exactly a new phenomenon to Opera users. Way back in 2004, Opera Software had filed a class-action lawsuit against Microsoft for providing Opera users an inferior MSN user experience. Google also has a history of purposefully and unnecessarily blocking Opera. One of the most recent examples is Google’s fancy doodles.

Fortunately, there is a way out for Opera users. The solution is to simply change Opera’s user agent to mimic Firefox. Here’s a quick guide to access Google Instant Search in Opera:

  • Open www.google.com in Opera.
  • Right click on an empty spot in the page and select “Edit Site Preferences…” from the context menu.
  • Navigate to the “Network” tab and change the “Browser Identification” option to “Identify as Firefox”. Now you will be able to enable Google Instant Search.


via @brucel

Unfairly blocking competitors is anything but fair and open. It’s time that Google put its money where its mouth is. Even more importantly, it’s time that the talented engineers and coders at Google realized that browser sniffing is a really really bad idea.

Opera 10.62 for Desktop Released

Opera-Logo Opera Software has just released a minor update to Opera 10.62 for Windows, UNIX and Mac. The newest release fixes a high severity vulnerability that could have been exploited to load malicious DLL files and execute arbitrary code.

Other minor feature improvements include the addition of Fastmail and Hotmail.co.uk to the email auto-configuration list, and support for more MIME file types and suffixes for compressed tar files. Additionally, nearly a dozen bugs, many of which could have crashed Opera, have been squished.

Opera Software has also been working on the upcoming Opera 10.70 release. If you love to stay on the cutting edge you can download the latest builds from here.

[ Download Opera 10.62 ]

Firefox 4 Beta 5 Adds Hardware Graphics Acceleration, Audio Capabilities and HSTS

Mozilla has just released Beta 5 with faster graphics and audio capabilities for the web. The new features taps into features to allow developers to work better with the browser, adds hardware graphics acceleration and also implements a new security protocol called HTTP Strict Transport Security  (HSTS).

Mozilla has been working pretty hard on 4, with the introduction of the first beta (read FF 4 beta review) in early July adding a new interface and add-ons manager among other things. Firefox has also released more updates for Firefox 4 in the form of Beta 3 which introduced touch-screen support and Beta 4 which added Sync and Firefox Tab Panorama.

With Firefox 4 Beta 5 Mozilla has added a new audio API to expose raw audio embedded between <video> and <audio> elements provided by HTML5 to read and write raw audio data within the browser, think like visualization of the audio with Windows Media player. You can read more about this feature at a Mozilla developers blog post here or watch the video embedded below.

In addition to that, Firefox 4 Beta 5 also takes advantage of the built-in graphics hardware in Windows computers with DirectX 10 to improve graphics performance. Firefox will use Direct2D by default on supported hardware.

Firefox 4 Beta 5 also adds a new protocol called HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) which allows websites to insist that Firefox always use secured connections. Firefox 4 will now remember which sites use the HSTS protocol and will always use SSL to pass data through those websites.

Visit the official Mozilla announcement for more information on Firefox 4 Beta 5 and download links.

Internet Explorer 9 Beta Video Leaked

The elusive Internet Explorer 9 seems to have popped its head out, this time through a leaked video which is supposedly an actual IE9 beta installation showing off the features of IE9.

The creator of the video claims that they have access to the Internet Explorer 9 Beta installer and the video in question was made using it. IE9 will officially be unveiled in the next few days and considering the features it has or claims to have, it is highly anticipated.

Quite recently, there was another leak where an Internet Explorer 9 marketing campaign was posted on the internet by Microsoft Russia. It was quickly taken down, but not until some alert Microsoft watchers had spotted it.

Curious about the new Internet Explorer 9? Take a look at the video below to see it in action.

P.S. We cannot say whether this is 100% real.

(Source: Softpedia)

Instant Weather Reports with ForecastFox

weather A few months ago, I told you about the fresh looking Google Chrome extension called Aniweather. It gives you a quick weather report and five day forecast, simply by clicking an icon in your web browser.

After reading a post from the Madras Geek, I decided to try out another instant weather tool called ForecastFox. It gives me the same types of weather info, but it offers just a little bit more. You can use ForecastFox in both the Firefox and Chrome web browsers.

In Firefox, you’ll get a new toolbar in the status section at the bottom of the browser. When you hover over each icon, you’ll get different reports.

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In the Chrome browser, the ForecastFox icon is at top right of the browser.

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Here’s what the weather reports look like in Chrome:

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When you click on the map, you will be directed to the AccuWeather website to see the maps there.

To see the details of each day’s forecast, you can click on the day in the left sidebar.

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ForecastFox offers the forecast for more days than Aniweather (shown below), however the Aniweather pop-up is much nicer looking, and it’s information comes from weather.com.

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arrow-down-double-3Internet Explorer? Here’s an Accuweather Toolbar.

Techie Buzz Verdict:

The ForecastFox addon/extension is excellent for keeping me up to date on weather. It stays out of the way and does it’s job with no visible hit to my system performance. It deserves a thumbs up.

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Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

Google Chrome Celebrates Second Birthday, Releases Chrome 6

Two years ago, I was introduced to , one of the fastest browsers I had ever used for a while and it still continues to be one of the fastest. You can read my first impressions of Google Chrome.

Google Chrome Browser Experience

Google Chrome also has one of the fastest development cycles, and has quickly reached version 6.0 for their stable version and version 7 for their development cycle. Chrome 7 is exciting in several ways with the introduction of hardware acceleration and voice translation along with Chrome Labs which should be part of dev channel shortly.

Today, Chrome has celebrated its 2nd birthday with the introduction of the stable version of Chrome 6 for the masses. Chrome 6 is 3 times faster than the first version of Chrome, which shows leaps and bounds of improvement.

Chrome Version 1 Chrome Version 6

The thing I have liked about Chrome is the simplicity and speed. Over the past two years, Chrome has definitely made simple more simpler with subtle changes that have made using the browser a delight. Since it’s initial release, Google Chrome has added Chrome Extensions, auto-correction and several other features which make the browser one of the best available today.

If you haven’t used Chrome yet, I would definitely suggest you give it a go by downloading it at http://www.google.com/chrome. Don’t forget to read about all the we have talked about in the past too.

Happy 2nd Birthday Google Chrome.

Labs – Crazy Experimental Stuff Now in Google Chrome Canary

canary I enjoy using Google’s Chrome Canary build so that I can try out the latest features of Google Chrome. Today, Canary’s update included the Chrome Labs page. This feature has been available for a few days, but only in the Chromium code base. To bring up the Labs page, you have to open a new tab and type: about:labs(without the quotes).

Google may say that it’s Some crazy experimental stuff, but so far, it’s not that crazy. The only experiment available right now is Side Tabs. Once enabled, you can right click on any tab to enable or disable it. Here are two screenshots below to show you what it looks like.

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As you can see, the Side Tabs really change the look of the browser. I miss the rounded tabs and I’m guessing that I won’t use this new feature often. The reduction in screen width isn’t worth the ease of navigation unless you have lots and lots of tabs open.

While I’m not excited about the Side Tabs lab experiment, I am happy to see the Labs page in Chrome Canary. At least I can hope they’ll stop using those stupid command line switches now.

Labs Extension: If you don’t like having to type about:labsin a new tab, there’s a Labs Chrome Extension that let’s   you click on a Labs icon to bring up the Labs page.

More New Features: Be sure to check out three other new features in Chrome 7, Chrome Web Apps, Voice Recognition and Hardware Video Acceleration.


If you have tips on using Chrome or need help fixing Chrome headaches, be sure to comment below or email me.


Mozilla Drops Features From Firefox 4 To Meet Release Deadline

In order to meet the October/November release deadline for Firefox 4, Mozilla has decided to axe some of the new features. The first casualty is the Account Manager feature.

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In Mozilla’s Dan Mills’ words, The Account Manager makes it incredibly easy for users to create new accounts with optional randomly generated passwords, and log into and out of them with just a click”. We had previewed an early prototype back in March and had found it to be capable of dramatically simplifying how users connect to websites.

Mozilla is aiming for a feature freeze by September 10. If Firefox 4 continues to fall behind schedule, then more features might be stripped. The prime candidates for removal are silent updates on Windows, Inspector and Web Console. However, even without some of these features, Firefox 4 will have enough to excite fans. The new version will introduce a brand new skin, tab candy, revamped add-ons manager and more.