Install Google Chrome Extensions in Firefox with Google Chrome Extensions Manager

Google Chrome’s add-on API is designed to be lightweight and secure. However, the trade-off is that it is not as powerful as Firefox’s add-on platform. As if just to demonstrate this, a Firefox developer has taken it upon himself to implement the Google Chrome API through a Firefox extension.

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The Google chrome extensions manager for Firefox does just what its name suggests – it allows you to install and manage Google Chrome extensions in Firefox. The extension is currently a work in progress and only supports a limited subset of the Chrome API.

Techie Buzz Verdict

The concept is definitely interesting, but its practical utility is limited at this point of time. As of now, for almost every Chrome add-on there is a Firefox extension. On top of that, installing new Chrome add-ons isn’t absolutely straightforward. Also, none of the extensions I tried worked perfectly. Nevertheless, I will not be too harsh on it, since it is still in experimental stage.

Techie Buzz Verdict: 1.5/5 (Average)

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Browse YouTube Comment-Free With This Chrome Extension

Millions of views on a video is okay but even a few comments can make it annoying for some people. YouTube does have an option to block comments in works but how about if you can do it more easily. If Google Chrome is your browser of choice, there is a great extension that can block all the YouTube comments for you.

Once you have installed the extension from here, browse YouTube like you normally do and you won’t even notice that the comments section has completely disappeared. The extension works seamlessly without making it obvious that the comments have actually been blocked. In addition to keeping out the useless banter between users, blocking the comments also makes the page shorter and hence easier to scroll.

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The extension was introduced very recently so might have a few bugs but overall seems to be a very useful and productive add-on. If you are looking for some more useful Chrome extensions, here are some really good ones that we have covered in the past. On the other hand, if you are a Firefox user and want to manage YouTube comments better, here is a great add-on for that.

Firefox 3.6.2 Released, Fixes Security Vulnerability

Mozilla has upped the ante to fix a severe security vulnerability in Firefox 3.6 which affects several users. The vulnerability in question, was reported by security researcher Evgeny Legerov last month.

Firefox did release a release candidate yesterday, but due to criticality of the bug they have released the final version today.

Mozilla has accelerated its timetable and released Firefox 3.6.2 ahead of schedule. This release contains a number of security fixes, including a fix to Secunia Advisory SA38608 which was previously discussed on this blog when we were first made aware of and were then able to confirm the issue.

If you are a Firefox 3.6 user, go to the help menu and click on "Check for Updates" to update to the current version, if you need any help check our earlier post on how to update Firefox.

Users can also update their Firefox to the latest version by visiting the Firefox Download site and downloading the latest version and installing it.

Display Weather Reports in Your Web Browser with AniWeather

mostly-sunny The other day I went looking for a good weather reporting tool for the Chrome web browser. I remembered using an addon named AniWeather in Firefox and wondered if there was a similar extension for Chrome. I was amazed to find that AniWeather is now available in Google’s Chrome web browser.

Once you have AniWeather set up, you’ll be able to see the current outside temperature in a little icon next to the address bar.

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Clicking on the icon displays a very nice looking animated weather report.

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You’ll discover that there are tons of options for the display of the weather and it even allows you to set multiple locations. The actual weather data is pulled from the famous weather.com website, and you can use links in the AniWeather report to see more information at weather.com.

You can find this cool extension in the Chrome Extensions Gallery or at the author’s website, AniWeather.com. The Firefox addon is available at the author’s website and the Firefox Addons gallery.

For those of you using Internet Explorer, the closest thing to this extension is the Weather Channel Toolbar. It’s good but not nearly as nice as the Firefox and Chrome addons.

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For Opera web browser, there are several widgets that display weather. I haven’t looked closely, but so far I haven’t seen any that display reports inside the browser.

Now you can check the weather while you are surfing the net. The problem you’ll have is pulling yourself away to take advantage of the sunny days.

Be sure to take a look at all of the other Chrome Extensions and Firefox Addons we’ve written about.

Compare Google Pagerank and Alexa Rank Of Webpages From Search Results

When we need to know the Google PageRank or Alexa Rank of a webpage, we have to use tools like Google Toolbar or Alexa toolbar. The toolbars are good but they reveal the Google PageRank or Alexa Rank only after you visit the website or page. What if we can see the ranks from the search engine result pages and then decide which one to visit and which one to skip? What if we can compare the ranks of some pages of a website directly from the SERP’s?

Enter Linkextend – a useful Firefox add-on which makes it dead easy to compare the Google PageRank and Alexa Rank of webpages from SERP’s (Search engine result pages). Currently this add-on works with Google and Yahoo searches, which is quite enough to get started.

During installation you can choose to show the following features:

  1. Enable the Linkextend toolbar
  2. Enable context menu, which shows ratings for every link you click.
  3. Enable “Safety Filter”, which shows whether a site is malicious or not.
  4. Enable “Kidsafe”, which determines whether a site contains adult content which may be not suitable for children.
  5. Enable Google PageRank and Alexa Rank

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After the add-on is installed, go to Google and search for any keyword of your choice. You will see the Google PR, Alexa Rank and the thumbnail of the webpage as shown below

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This is useful, because you can compare the Google PageRank of webpages who are ranked high for a particular term or phrase. Suppose you want to compare the Google PageRank and Alexa Rank of sites which rank high for the term “property deals”. A quick search reveals the following results

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Left click the “SiteTraffic” button and it will show detailed information about that particular page as shown below:

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You can see the incoming links, related links, traffic details, compete rank and much more important stuff. Additionally, the add-on displays whether the site is suitable for kids or serve malicious content.

Techie Buzz Verdict

Linkextend is an all in one solution for bloggers and webmasters who compare the inside stats of websites regularly. The toolbar installation is optional and thus you can use this add-on without cluttering your browser. Nothing earth shaking, but consider it as a better replacement for the Google and Alexa Toolbar.

Techie Buzz rating: 3/5 (Good).

Firefox 3.6.2 Candidate Fixes Critical Security Vulnerability

Mozilla-Firefox-3.6.2-Security-Vulnerability Mozilla is preparing to release Firefox 3.6.2, which will address a critical security vulnerability present in Firefox 3.6. The vulnerability in question, was reported by security researcher Evgeny Legerov last month. However, his initial reluctance to directly communicate with Mozilla prolonged the development time for the patch.

The vulnerability has been rated by Secunia as highly critical and can by exploited by hackers to execute arbitrary code on the user’s system. It is not known if there are any in-the-wild exploits for this vulnerability.

Firefox 3.6.2 is scheduled to be released on March 30. Until then, security conscious users can download a nightly build from Mozilla’s FTP server. Firefox 3.7 Alpha 3 (or newer), as well as older versions of Firefox (pre 3.6 releases) are also not affected.

View Google Images Faster with clickGOOGLEview Chrome Extension

clickGOOGLEview-install-icon I think it’s safe to say that most people use Google Image Search when it’s time to look for images they want. There are many other image search engines, such as Imagery, Yahoo Image Search, Ask Images Search, MSN Live Image Search, AltaVista Image Search, but Google Image Search is the most widely known.

I haven’t seen very many complaints about the way Google Image Search works, but any trick I can use to find images there is always welcome. Now I’ll tell you about the latest trick I’ve learned. There’s a cool Chrome browser extension called clickGOOGLEview which lets you quickly see full size images you’ve found.

Normally while searching, you’ll see rows of image thumbnails for the search results.

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When you click on a thumbnail, you are taken to another thumbnail image and a copy of the web page it is displayed on. You have to click a link labeled See full size imageto see the full size version of the image.

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Once you’ve installed the clickGOOGLEview extension in the Chrome web browser, clicking on the image thumbnail on the results page opens up the full size image in a new tab. This saves an extra click and it also makes it easier to return to your search results.

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That may not sound like a big time saver, but if you use it often, you will save big chunks of time. This is true, especially when you consider that you normally have to hit the back button in your browser to return to your search results.

If you use Google’s Chrome browser and Google Image Search, the clickGOOGLEview extension is something you’ll learn to love. If this extension isn’t something you need, be sure to check out our list of the Best Google Chrome Extensions and our reviews of other popular Chrome Extensions.

Post To Tumblr From Google Chrome [Chrome Extensions]

We have talked about the various ways through which you can post to Tumblr; through the desktop, mobiles or browsers. Putting stuff on tumblr is so easy, that you can also do it through email and a phone. However, all that aside, right now I have two Google Chrome extensions to tell you about.

Tumblr Dashboard Tumblr Dashboard: the Tumblr Dashboard extension for Google Chrome brings together the Tumblr interface for iPhone and the Tumblr bookmarklet for the web. If you need to see your dashboard quickly, see it through the iPhone interface. If you need to post content, you get the bookmarklet interface. In the dashboard mode, clicking on a post shows you details such as number of notes and options like the ability to like and reblog a post. If you click on a picture thumbnail, the extension will enlarge it for you.

Share on Tumblr: If you just want a quick and easy way to post content, the Share on Tumblr extension might be what you are looking for. It gives you the same features of the Tumblr bookmarklet, in fact, all the extension does is load the bookmarklet in a frame. You can choose this option if you like a fixed placement for the frame and want an interface the feels native to the browser, as compared the bookmarklet.

Firefox 3.7: Mozilla Developer Preview 1.9.3 Alpha

The Mozilla Firefox Alpha 3 developer preview was released on the 17th of March. The developer preview 1.9.3 Alpha which is available for testing has the latest Gecko layout engine. It is an early release in the development cycle. The changes seen in the developer preview are:

  • A Direct2D rendering on Windows is available and turned off by default.
  • Significant API improvements have been made.
  • Stability has been improved by using a mechanism to abort memory allocation if it does not get fulfilled in time.

To turn on Direct2D rendering, got to type in about:config in the address bar. Now, look for the key gfx.font_rendering.directwrite.enabled and set it’s value to true. Next, set the value of the mozilla.widget.render-mode key to 6.

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Additionally crashes and bugs have been fixed and improved upon.

A complete list of changes and information related to download on different platforms is available at the Release notes.

Firefox 3.7 will boast significant improvements in terms of an overall browsing experience and these developer previews are there to prove just that.

Google Launches New 3D Graphics Layer Engine For Chrome

WebGL-OpenGL-Google-Angle While, Microsoft is busy playing catch-up, Google is determined to stay on the cutting-edge. It has launched a new open source project dubbed ANGLE (Almost Native Graphics Layer Engine), which will enhance Chrome’s graphics rendering capabilities.

In very simple terms, the goal of ANGLE is to permit execution of WebGL content in Windows systems by utilising DirectX 9.0. WebGL is a cross platform API which can be leveraged by web applications to serve hardware accelerated 3D graphics within the browser.

The trouble with WebGL is that it relies on the OpenGL ES 2.0 API. Once upon a time OpenGL was considered a serious competitor to DirectX. However, in the recent years it has been decimated by Microsoft’s DirectX. So much so, most Windows systems do not even have the requisite OpenGL drivers installed. ANGLE project aims to work around this problem by implementing most of the OpenGL ES 2.0 API.

WebGL is still a young technology with limited support. Microsoft isn’t even a member of the working group and hasn’t showed any inclination to support WebGL in the future. In fact, given its long conflict with OpenGL, it is doubtful if Microsoft will ever warm up to WebGL. Nevertheless, Google obviously believes that technologies like WebGL, which are important for next-gen web applications, deserve a chance. It will be interesting to see if Google really succeeds in making a difference.