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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.

Find When People Unfriend You On Facebook

and are both great social networks to find friends and communicate with them. However, both these networks do not notify users when someone unfollows or unfriends them.

Facebook Unfriend Alert Notifications

Twitter does have several options to know when users unfollow you, however, what about Facebook? How do you figure out when someone unfriends you on Facebook? Turns out there is a way to do that too.

Unfriend Finder for Facebook is a script which tracks your Facebook friends and then notifies you whenever someone decides to unfriend you on Facebook.

Facebook Unfriend Menu Notification

The script tightly integrates within Facebook and sends you notifications whenever someone removes you from your list. It also alerts you when someone ignores your friend request.

The only problem of the script is that it is browser specific and only works on , , Safari and right now. There is no support for Internet Explorer yet, but you can read up some tips on running Greasemonkey scripts in IE.

You can download the script or add-on for your browser from here.

This post answered a question our reader asked us, if you want to get your questions answered use the contact us form or post it on our forums.

Find When People Unfriend You On Facebook

and are both great social networks to find friends and communicate with them. However, both these networks do not notify users when someone unfollows or unfriends them.

Facebook Unfriend Alert Notifications

Twitter does have several options to know when users unfollow you, however, what about Facebook? How do you figure out when someone unfriends you on Facebook? Turns out there is a way to do that too.

Unfriend Finder for Facebook is a script which tracks your Facebook friends and then notifies you whenever someone decides to unfriend you on Facebook.

Facebook Unfriend Menu Notification

The script tightly integrates within Facebook and sends you notifications whenever someone removes you from your list. It also alerts you when someone ignores your friend request.

The only problem of the script is that it is browser specific and only works on , , Safari and right now. There is no support for Internet Explorer yet, but you can read up some tips on running Greasemonkey scripts in IE.

This post answered a question our reader asked us, if you want to get your questions answered use the contact us form or post it on our forums.

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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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No Firefox on iPhone, iPad Version of Firefox Home Likely

Mozilla has confirmed that they will not be working on a Mobile version of for and will instead continue to work on Firefox Home for iPhone with a future version for iPad under consideration.

Firefox Home

According to a blog post on the Mozilla blog, Mozilla will not spend time or efforts on building an Firefox and will instead continue to build Firefox Home as a rich cloud-based application.

We are working to bring as much of your Firefox experience as possible to Firefox Home. People have asked about adding more browser-like features to Firefox Home, but there are technical and logistical restrictions that make it difficult, if not impossible, to build the full Firefox browser for the iPhone. We are focused on building Firefox Home as a rich, cloud-based application and making it a valuable product that people will continue to love and use.

Mozilla will continue to add more features to Firefox Home while adding new platforms like and to the list. They have also said that they might end up creating a Firefox Home app for in future.

Firefox Home will get more features such as password synchronization, better integration, search engine preferences, and integration, social sharing and more.

Earlier, Mozilla had also stopped development of Firefox Mobile for Windows Mobile when Windows Phone 7 was announced. Now, with indication that Mozilla will continue to offer Firefox Home as an app on different platforms rather than the whole browser itself, Mozilla might be bailing out of the heavily competitive mobile browser market which is currently lead by Opera Mini and Opera Mobile.

Currently Firefox Mobile or Fennec as it was earlier known is available for the / platform (Firefox Mobile for Maemo) and platform (Firefox Mobile for Android).

Also with the help of Firefox Home as a sync platform for mobile devices, Mozilla might start attracting more users towards their desktop platform.

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.

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)

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.

Firefox-4-Beta

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.

Hardware Accelerated Browsing Experience: Chrome 7 vs. Firefox 4 vs. Internet Explorer 9

GPU accelerated browsing experience is the big new feature that all the major browsers are gunning for. The latest builds of Firefox, Chrome, Safari as well as Internet Explorer have this feature enabled. In fact, Opera is the only major browser without hardware acceleration support. Nevertheless, even Opera has hinted that this is something they definitely intend on doing. I won’t be surprised if we soon see a weekly build with hardware accelerated Vega (Opera’s graphics rendering engine).

In the meantime, Sebastian Anthony from DownloadSquad has recreated his earlier Aquarium test to compare the rendering performance of all the three hardware accelerated browsers. Here is the video:

Not surprisingly, Chrome came out on top. Internet Explorer also performed quite well. However, Firefox turned out to be 30% slower. Nevertheless, the bleeding edge speed offered by Chrome came at a cost. It was the most system resource intensive browser. In fact, system resources consumed turned out to have a direct correlation with the rendering speed. The question is, what is more important? Are you willing to opt for a heavier browser, if it provides more speed? Don’t forget to share your opinion with us.

How To Disable Firefox 4 Tab Previews In Windows 7

Mozilla has been doing some really good work with , however, some of the features might not be liked by users, specially the tab preview feature in .

Firefox Tab Previews in Windows 7

If you are using 4 on Windows 7, you can easily disable the tab previews by using a simple trick. The trick involves change some Firefox configuration using about:config.

To disable Tab Preview in Windows 7 for Firefox 4 or other Firefox versions, just type in about:config in your address bar and hit enter. On doing that, you might see some warning message saying that "You may void your warranty!", you need to press the button "I’ll be careful, I promise" to move to the configuration for Firefox.

Disable Firefox Tab Previews in Windows 7

In the Filter textbox, type "taskbar.preview" without the quotes and hit enter. You will see 3 configuration options in the search results. In that right click on the text which says "browser.taskbar.previews.enable" and select the "Toggle" option.

That’s it, once you toggle the value close the about:config page. The settings will be applied without having to restart the browser.