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Google+Facebook: Get Going with Facebook Without Leaving Google Plus

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ight from the launch of the new social network, there has been huge buzz around Google Plus. Now that Google has opened doors to everyone, it would be worth watching the public response. With Google Plus giving Facebook a run for their money, here is something that can make things even worse for the latter. Here is a browser extension that will let you access Facebook from within Google+. So you won’t have to miss out on your already over-burdened social-life (thanks Facebook) while being on Google Plus.

1. Head over to the Google+Facebook download page and get the extension for your browser. Use the Google+Facebook button.

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2. Allow the download to start if your browser (most likely Firefox) blocks it. Install it as you do for other add-ons or extensions.

3. Now log into your Google Plus account and you will notice a Facebook button to the left of the Home button in the top navigation. Click on it.

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4. You will now need to use the fConnect button to connect your Facebook account.

5. Once prompted, allow the request for permission to access your Facebook data.

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Voila! you will now be able to check your Facebook wall feed from right within Google Plus. You can also update Facebook using this added functionality.

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The extension is available for Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer.

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

Users of both the service will naturally love the added usability of Google Plus. However there are limitations to the extension currently. You cannot comment or like any of your friend’s activities or updates the Facebook way unlike any other popular apps. Well that would mean I’m too demanding. Whatsoever, it definitely is a good attempt to bring things together specially when socializing is the word of the day.

NOTE: You can also try and get a Facebook lookalike Google Plus and vice versa with a little help.

Firefox 6 Beta is Available for Downloads

Mozilla has pushed out the 6 beta to the beta channel. The new version contains new security related changes along with several other enhancements to Firefox 5 (Read: Firefox 5 Review).

Firefox 6 Beta

One of the visual changes included in this version is that, Firefox now highlights the domain name of the website you are visiting while graying out the rest of the URL. This can come in handy to users to quickly find a domain name and avoid phishing attacks.

Firefox 6 Highlighted Domain

Firefox 6 Grayed Subdomain

When you visit a site, it will highlight just the domain name and now the subdomain. So if someone is claiming to be Citibank, it will be easy to spot it out by just looking at the highlighted domain name (see screenshots above). In addition to that, they have also streamlined the site identity block.

There are several other new features which have been included in Firefox 6.0 Beta which include:

  • The address bar now highlights the domain of the website you’re visiting
  • Streamlined the look of the site identity block
  • Added support for the latest draft version of WebSockets with a prefixed API
  • Added support for EventSource / server-sent events
  • Added support for window.matchMedia
  • Added Scratchpad, an interactive JavaScript prototyping environment
  • Added a new Web Developer menu item and moved development-related items into it
  • Improved usability of the Web Console
  • Improved the discoverability of Firefox Sync
  • Reduced browser startup time when using Panorama

I will be doing a full review of this new beta in the next few days. In the meantime, you can download the latest Firefox 6 Beta from here.

Firefox 5 Review

Mozilla-Firefox-5After Firefox 4 was plagued by innumerable delays, Mozilla did some course-correction and decided to switch from a traditional release cycle to the quick release cycle used by Google Chrome. As a result, Firefox 5 arrived in record time. However, how good is Firefox 5? Let’s have a look.

At first glance, Firefox 5 looks and feels identical to Firefox 4. In fact, even after using it for a couple of days, I couldn’t tell the difference between Firefox 4 and 5. A quick look at the changelog confirmed that Firefox 5 has barely any new features of note. Yeah, it fixes close to a thousand bugs, and takes care of some serious security issues; however, it has very few new goodies to offer.

The biggest feature in Firefox 5 is that the “Do Not Track” feature, which we have discussed in a fair amount of detail in the past, is now more accessible. It is now available under the Privacytab, instead of being buried under Advancedoptions. Yep, the biggest user-perceivable change in Firefox 5 is a minor interface tweak.

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Other than this, Firefox 5 adds supports for CSS animations, improves canvas, JavaScript, memory, and networking performance, and improves standards support for HTML5, XHR, MathML, SMIL, and canvas. As mentioned earlier, it also fixes some extremely critical security issues. Five of the vulnerabilities patched were rated as critical, and a couple were rated as high risk by Mozilla. Two of these issues dealt with WebGL, which has making headlines of late due to Microsoft’s allegation that it will become an on-going source of hard to fix vulnerabilities.

To be honest, Firefox 5 doesn’t merit being called anything other than Firefox 4.02. However, Google has been doing the same thing for quite some time, and has been getting away with it. Mozilla has announced that it doesn’t plan on maintaining the Firefox 4.x trunk, so users have no choice but to jump aboard Firefox 5 in order to stay secure. Firefox 5 is a great browser, because Firefox was already a great browser. However, Firefox 5 brings very little to the table other than improved security, and the additional headache of incompatible extensions.

IE Team Sends Mozilla a Cake Again for Firefox 5 Launch

The web browser teams at Mozilla, Microsoft, Google and might definitely hate each other secretly, but there are times when all of these come together to set standards or further the future of the web.

Microsoft and Mozilla have had a love hate relationship for a while now. After all, was the web browser which turned the browser industry on its head and gave the dominant Internet Explorer a run for it’s money.

IE Congratulates Mozilla for Firefox 5 Launch Cake

Lot has changed since then, but one thing continues to remain common including Microsoft sending cakes with the IE logo to Mozilla on a product launch. The last time I remember them sending a cake was for the launch of Firefox 3, and with the launch of Firefox 5 today they have repeated the act.

The cake had a similar message from the earlier one which said:

Congratulations on Shipping! Love, the IE Team

The image was posted by @damons, who is the VP of Engineering at Mozilla. This definitely makes for some good rivalry. Here is wishing the Mozilla team a great launch and look forward to some exciting new features in Firefox 6 and beyond.

Solutions For Firefox 5 Crashes – Firefox 5 Crashes After Install

Firefox 5 was released before schedule with far less fanfare than Firefox 5 is now also available for Ubuntu. If you have already upgraded to 5, you might be able to enjoy all the latest features it has. However, a lot of users are complaining about Firefox 5 crashing after installation among other problems.

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Though there is no specific reason for Firefox 5 crashes, you could try out one of the several solutions listed below to see if it helps to solve your problem.

Bad Installation

One of the main reasons behind Firefox crashing could be a bad installation. This could be caused due to several reasons. One of the solutions would be to backup your Firefox data and then completely uninstall it from your system.

Once you have done that, download Firefox 5 again and do a clean install. This should more likely than not stop FF5 from crashing.

Disable All Extensions and Themes

When Firefox is updated, some outdated extensions could cause problems which might lead to crashes. Firefox add-on manager provides you an easy way to disable out-dated extensions. Make use of the add-on manager to disable those extensions and restart Firefox to see if that solves your problem.

Use Different Profile

If you are not keen on uninstalling and installing Firefox or cannot disable the , you could try creating a fresh new profile in Firefox. You will instructions on creating and managing new Firefox profiles in this Mozilla support article.   

Debug Crashes

Now you might not be a programmer, but you can run some basic crash debugging by going through the points listed in the Mozilla support topic. You can submit your crash reports to Mozilla or contact them to see if there is a solution to your problem.

If none of these work, try downloading an older version of Firefox and installing it to see if it solves those crashes. If not, you could switch to a temporary browser like , or Internet Explorer 9 till an update is available from Firefox.

Firefox 5 Finally Releases Officially after A Long Wait

If you are a regular reader here at Techie Buzz, chances are you have already read how we covered Firefox 5 being availability from the FTP channels. This release was available almost a week ahead of the official release. Once a Firefox release is made  official, it is pushed from the same FTP channel that we pointed out in that post. Therefore, you can be assured that it was indeed the final release.  The good news  today is that Mozilla has officially announced the release of Firefox 5. This means, you can download it at the official Firefox download page. This also marks the graduation of Firefox into a Firefox version 5.
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I am sure you have already heard a lot about Firefox 5 so I will sum it up for you in as short as I can. There is no better place to download Firefox 5  than from the official Firefox homepage at Mozilla. Once you complete that download, here are some Firefox tricks and tweaks to apply.

What’s Next now that Firefox 5 is here?

Firefox 5 has come a long way from an idea to a release and next up is Firefox 6 with more awesomeness. I have serious doubts about any performance improvements (Firefox 5 disappointed me) in Firefox 6 but I am really happy about the way Firefox is allowing its users more control over the browser and the browsing experience. Firefox 6 will be out in August and will bring native progress bars (native to each OS), browser orientation based display of websites and push events from the server to a website.

Firefox 4 was downloaded over a 100 million times after the official release and we expect the same enthusiastic response from Firefox 5 downloads.

Firefox 5.0 Available For Ubuntu In The Mozilla PPA

Note: Users of Ubuntu 11.04 no longer need to do the steps mentioned here. Please refer to this article for details if you are using Ubuntu 11.04.

A couple of days back, we reported that Firefox 5.0 was available ahead of its scheduled release date in Mozilla’s FTP server. Well, today it has landed in the firefox-next PPA that Mozilla maintains for early adopters. The firefox-next PPA was created by Mozilla recently for the beta releases of Firefox.

Those who have been using Firefox 5 Beta from the PPA can simply update their system to get the final version of Firefox 5.0. Unlike the version of Firefox available from Mozilla directly, the one from the PPA does not have auto-update. So, you have to do it manually from the Terminal.

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get upgrade

If you are still using Firefox 4, you need to add the firefox-next PPA first.

Note: With the following steps you will be adding a PPA generally used for unstable builds of Firefox. Remove the PPA after installation or wait for Firefox 5 to arrive at the main PPA if you do want to face any potential problems.

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/firefox-next
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get upgrade

Although, Firefox 5.0 for Linux is also available from the Mozilla FTP server, it is recommended that you install it from the PPA if you are on Ubuntu. The version available in the PPA has been built for Ubuntu and supports Ubuntu specific features such as the application menu.

Firefox 5.0 looks pretty much the same as Firefox 4. Most of the changes are under the hood and performance related improvements. One important addition to Firefox 5.0 is the Do-Not-Track feature. In the Ubuntu build, you can activate it from Edit > Preferences > Privacy.

Here is a screenshot of Firefox 5 in Ubuntu:

Firefox 5 is Here Before Schedule and We Are Impressed!

Firefox 5 was scheduled for a release on June 21st and Mozilla has put it on a very strict roadmap this year. However, what makes Firefox awesome recently, is how it is following these deadlines and the way it has released Firefox 5 ahead of a schedule. Yes, Firefox 5 is available ahead of the scheduled 21st June and you can grab it for a download.

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We brought you the download of the RC version for Firefox 5 a few days ago and it is full of new features and improvements. The download for Firefox 5 is available at the FTP channel (again) ahead of official announcement and it is available for all platforms. You can get it here at the Firefox 5 FTP directory.

If you are not following things, Firefox 5 is the next stable release of Firefox and you might want to learn some cool Firefox tweaks that go seamlessly with this version. The final build of Firefox 5 is missing a channel switcher and the most appreciated feature in Firefox 5 is the DNT header.

These are links for downloads of English versions.

Download English version of Firefox 5.0 for Windows

Download English version of Firefox 5.0 for Mac

Download English version of Firefox 5.0 for Linux

What follows next is Firefox 6, which is already in alpha and will be seen as a beta release in exactly two weeks from now. Do not uphold that scheduled date too seriously now, Mozilla might surprise us again! I am waiting for download visualizations of Firefox 5, which will follow only from an official release due sometime soon.

Mozilla’s Prospector Extension for Firefox Guesses Which Website You Want to Browse Next

Speed dials, in one form or the other, has become the norm in modern browsers. Opera invented the feature, and it has since then been adopted by Chrome, Safari, and Internet Explorer. One browser that has been missing this feature is Firefox. However, that might be about to change.

Mozilla has announced a new Labs initiative called Prospector. Mozilla is attempting to take speed dials to the next level by making it context aware. The Prospector extension adds predictive speed dials, which lists bookmarks and previously visited webpages that it feels are relevant to the webpage you are currently browsing. In short, it tries to guess which website you are most likely to browse next.

Firefox searches both your bookmarks and history for similar websites that you may be interested in based on what you were recently browsing. This is currently displayed along with some experimental statistics such as score (which is how similar the tags are), frequency (which is a measure of frequency and recency) and others.

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All the computation required for the predictive speed dial is done locally, and no data is sent out by your browser. Mozilla says that a well maintained and tagged set of bookmarks will help Firefox is throwing up more relevant results; however, it is not essential.

While the idea behind Predictive Newtab is undoubtedly interesting, it’s impossible to say how well it works without testing it for a few days. Opera’s speed dial concept works as well as it does because it is simple. Most people have a dozen websites that they visit really frequently, and Opera allows users to set those websites as speed dials. Chrome tries to do this automatically by relying on frequency count to cull a list of most visited websites. Firefox is trying to rank websites based on frequency and relevance. However, without a well maintained set of tagged bookmarks (or crowdsourcing), determining relevance can be a hard thing. Additional indicators like meta-tags can be considered; however, Firefox doesn’t appear to be doing that. Moreover, relevance often doesn’t have anything to do with the next website that I am likely to browse. The fact that I currently have a Gmail tab open doesn’t necessarily imply that I am going to browse Yahoo Mail or Hotmail next.

You can go ahead and download the Prospector extension from here. Don’t forget to share your experience with the Prospector extension. If Mozilla’s experiment succeeds, then Predictive Newtab could very well show up in future versions of Firefox.

Firefox 5 Final Beta is Out, Brings new Features and Confirmation of a Release Next Week

The Firefox 4 release event was a huge success and the visualization of downloads added fun to the otherwise monotonous event. This time, Firefox 5 is just around the corner and they have announced it today with the release of the final beta version. Firefox 5 beta is available from the beta channel and this is the final testing beta version. You can download it here.

Firefox 5 final build is out ahead of the scheduled 21st June date. Head over to this post for download links and other information.

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Firefox is moving at lightning speed. It has moved to version 5 from the  earlier version 4 in just around three months. The first beta of Firefox 5 showed up  on the 23rd of May.

The most notable change in the beta release is the removal of the channel switcher. The feature was welcome but it is a surprise to see it gone suddenly. Apparently, the channel switcher was causing users to run multiple instances of Firefox releases. Apart from that, the new version brings stability enhancements and some CSS animation improvements.

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Mozilla is also pushing Firefox for mobile parallel to this and it has graduated to version 5. You can get it  at this page. Both the desktop and mobile version include user tracking opt-outs using the legendary  DNT header and location tracking opt-outs. This gives the user a lot of control over what information he shares with websites.

You might want to brush up your Firefox  tweaking skills with this tutorial. The final version is coming exactly five days from now.