Use Foobar to Combine Firefox Address and Search Boxes

Google Chrome has become one of the most widely used web browsers within a short span of time. One of its many user-friendly features is that the address box also doubles as a search box. For those of us who unfailingly type in a search command into the address bar of a browser by mistake, this feature is nothing short of a life-saver!   However, all the Firefox loyalists out there needn’t feel left out. With Foobar safely installed, you can now have the benefit of integrating Firefox’s address and search boxes, combining them into one functional box!

Once you install this add-on, every time you type in anything other than a valid URL, (an address having HTTP, FTP or ABOUT), your address bar functions like a search box and you are also given a list of possible choices to select from. Typing in a recognized address, on the other hand, takes you directly to that page. Very handy, right?

Moreover, when using the address box for searches, you also get to choose the search engine to be used. The featured search engines include Google, Yahoo, Amazon and Wikipedia among others. Thus, you experience great flexibility along with dual functionality!

Foobar has the capacity to easily become one of those extensions that you grow so used to that you take them for granted. It is simple, yet rather appealing in its effectiveness. I would highly recommend it to all Firefox users!

Split Screen Dual View Browsing In Google Chrome

Quite sometime back I had told you about a bookmarklet which will split the screen in Google Chrome and allow you to load multiple websites in a single tab or window in Google Chrome.

The bookmarklet still works perfectly fine, however, I also came across a similar which will allow you to split the screen and load two websites in a single tab. The extension which is called "Split Screen", opens up a new popup window and allows you to open multiple websites in a single tab.

Split Screen Dual View Browsing in Google Chrome

Techie Buzz Verdict

Split Screen is a handy extension when you are working on a single monitor and want to refer to some website or news while composing an article. However, there is a problem with the extension. When you want to re-load the URL in any one pane, it reloads both the pages, this in turn means if you are composing an email or writing an article, the composed content will disappear if you have not saved it.

It would be good if the extension developer allows users to load content in individual panes separately. Nevertheless, the extension is definitely worth downloading and will come in handy when you want to research data from multiple sites, without having to constantly keep flipping tabs.

Ratings: 3/5 (Good)

“Submit This To Google Buzz!” Does Exactly What It Says!

Not every webpage or blog has a “Buzz This!” button. Just like you tweet, you can now send any page to Google Buzz with a google chrome extension.

“Submit this to Google Buzz!” is a Google Chrome extension that helps you to buzz any page to Google Buzz right from the page you are on.

"Submit this to Google Buzz!" does exactly what it says!

This extension sits on the top right corner of your browser. It has the same functionality as a “Buzz This!” button.  It shares the link in Google Reader, which in turn, gets posted to Buzz

Note: Let me inform you here that you should have Google Reader connected to Buzz to post it on Google Buzz

Go ahead and download the extension here.

Reality of Microsoft’s Browser Ballot Screen, Adblock Plus: Best Add-on, Geolocation in Chrome [Browser Saturday]

The reality of Browser Ballot Screen

Windows 7 Browser Ballot Screen went live for European Union, and as expected Microsoft is not ready to lose the game so easily. Microsoft is tracking user clicks and the algorithm to decide random appearance of browsers is also being criticized.

Now, Download Squad has revealed another fact about Browser ballot screen: 5 out of 7 ‘secondary’ browsers featuring in ballot screen use Microsoft’s Trident rendering engine! A comment posted by richquick in a forum has attracted attention towards this fact. Avant, Green Browser, Maxton, Slim and Sleipnir use the Trident engine, and hence 6 (including IE) out of 12 (i.e.; 50%) browsers provided through the Browser ballot screen are powered by Microsoft technology.

Firefox, Flock and K-Melon run on Gecko, the open source browser rendering engine developed by Mozilla. Moreover, Sleipnir provides an option to switch to Gecko, and Maxthon is planning to support WebKit in future.

Adblock Plus is the Best Open Source Firefox add-on

Firefox add-on Adblock Plus is the most essential tool to browse internet safely. Recently , Adblock Plus has been awarded the Linux Media Award for the best open source Firefox extension. Congratulations to Wladimir Palant! :)

Google Chrome gets Geolocation capabilities

Geolocation in Chrome

Google Chrome dev channel has integrated geolocation APIs. It will help “location-aware” websites to track visitor’s geographical information and serve content accordingly.

Firefox Personas Are Coming To AMO Soon

Mozilla has decide to upgrade Personas by migrating the entire gallery to (AMO). Moving to the AMO will integrate Personas with the Firefox ecosystem to a greater extent. Featuring in AMO will enable many existing AMO features with the Personas; like ratings and reviews, usage statistics, designer profiles for developers, support for more languages, tagging and searching etc.

Mozilla is also planning to add more new features to the Personas, like:

  • Theme capability
  • Dynamic Personas
  • Personas for subwindows
  • Self hosted Personas, similar to recently introduced “Self hosted Add-ons”

Chrome Crosses 3000 Extensions, Extension Gallery Is Still Crappy

now has more than 3000 extensions in the  gallery, however, the extension gallery still leaves a lot to be desired.

Google Chrome Extensions Gallery

Quite sometime back I had done a comparison between Google Chrome Extensions and Firefox Add-ons. In that, I had pointed out the the Chrome extension gallery lacks categorization, which makes it really difficult to find extensions with perform a certain set of tasks.

It has been quite a few months now, and the gallery still does not have any categorization in place. So as a user when you browse the gallery, you will come across all sort of extensions which you have no interest in, and which you could have easily avoided if the gallery had categorization.

To top it the gallery also does not segregate themes from extensions, which in turn makes it more difficult to find good themes.

3000 is definitely a big number considering that only few months have passed since the gallery went live, however, the extension gallery is still in a disarray. Agreed that you can search for extensions, but how would I know the name of an extension without browsing the gallery. If I could browse categories such as Themes, Sports and so on, I could quickly and easily find what I want. Search does not work in every place, hope you are listening Google.

Opera’s Co-Founder Believes That P2P Is the Future of the Web – Calls Chrome Just a Skin

Jon von TetzchnerOn the eve of Opera 10.5’s launch, Opera’s co-founder Jon Von Tetzchner sat down to speak with The Register. In a freewheeling conversation, he discussed a wide range of issues including future of the web, evolution of mobile web and of course Opera.

Speaking on the Browser Ballot screen, Opera’s co-founder was hopeful that it would help users across Europe discover faster and safer alternatives to Internet Explorer. While speaking about competitors, Tetzchner was dismissive of Google’s effort, You know what Chrome means? It’s plating, a skin. That’s what Chrome is.

He also indicated that Opera is unlikely to implement the per-process model (each tab is a separate process) employed by Chrome. Unknown to most, Chrome isn’t the first browser to utilize per-process architecture. In fact, it was implemented in Opera for BeOS almost a decade back because, “the BeOS team were very keen on threading”. “We can do that now”, commented Tetzchner, But we find if you do things the Google way, you use a lot more memory.

In spite of minimal presence in the desktop market, Opera has always been a leader in the mobile segment. It championed the philosophy of One Web, even when most of the world was intent on using WAP. Now people can see we were right, said the man who was at Opera’s helm for more than a decade.

Today, Opera believes that P2P is the next stage of Web everywhere. Jon pointed out that Opera is no longer restricted to Computers and Mobile devices. Indeed, Opera is being used in set top boxes, televisions and even cars. Unite – which can convert any system which has Opera installed into a web server, is Opera’s attempt at tackling the demands of the evolving web.

Today a photo you take on your phone [waves E71] stays on your phone. But if each phone had an IP address, and then people could connect to you and see it. That’s why we think you’ll have Unite everywhere. We want to bring home the message that the web will be everywhere, in your mobile, in your GPS, in your set top box.

Opera also sees the browser as the next application development platform. Although, Jon pointed out that what Google calls HTML5 is really an attempt to create a common platform for their services, he agreed that browsers are the best option when it came to running cross-platform applications.

Chrome Gains Market Share in Feb, All Other Browsers See Drops

There is no doubt that is slowly but steadily becoming the first choice browsers for many users, including those use earlier use Firefox as their default browser, this fact was ratified by stats from Net Market Share, whose analysis showed that Chrome was the only browser to gain market share in February 2010.

Internet Browser Market Share Feb 2010

According to Net Market Share, Chrome gained a little above 0.4% to have a market share of 5.61% in February 2010. On the other hand, Internet Explorer dropped almost 0.6%, Firefox 0.2%, Safari 0.1% market share.

Browser Market Share Feb 2010

Other browsers also gained a market share of around 0.5% along with mini which gained a miniscule 0.05% in Feb. As of today Chrome stands 3rd in the browser list, however it definitely has a large road ahead before it could overtake Firefox or IE.

This shows that more and more users are adopting Google Chrome over other browsers, and this number is bound to grow with new features being added to the browser almost every week. The dev version of Google Chrome 5 has several interesting features which make managing extension easier, so once this version is released as stable it will definitely gain more users.

Have you already switched to Google Chrome? How would you compare it to other browsers you have used in the past? Do let me know through your comments.

[Net Market Share via Electronista]

Firefox Private Browsing Mode Is Broken

Firefox’s Private Browsing Mode enables users to browse the web privately. It empowers users to surf websites without storing browsing data (URLs, cookies, page content etc.). But, now Mozilla has discovered that Private Browsing Mode (PBM) in Firefox is partially broken, and browsing data get stored even if a user has enabled PBM.

According to a blog post on official Mozilla Add-ons blog, this flaw generates because of Firefox Add-ons:

Add-ons have the ability to obtain and store browsing data, and some of these add-ons may not be taking PBM into account. This is a breach of the user’s privacy expectations when using PBM, so we will be updating our policies shortly, requiring add-ons to respect PBM.

Private Browsing Mode In Firefox

Mozilla has announced to update user privacy policies soon. To overcome this problem, Mozilla has planned two different levelsof privacy support:

  • If an add-on stores browsing data in any way, it must support PBM. This support cannot be disabled in any way.
  • If an add-on stores some other type of personal data, support for PBM is optional.

In the referred blog post, Mozilla has suggested add-on developers to ensure PBM support for their add-ons. This is another issue discovered with Firefox add-ons recently. Few weeks ago, two experimental add-ons were found to be infected with trojans. Although, later Mozilla informed that these reports were false.

Moreover, Google Chrome disables all extensions in PBM (incognito mode).

Browser Saturday: Firefox In Technology of the Decade, Arora is Alive, Chrome Flash Extension and MS Browser Ballot

Welcome to the first post of our new weekly column Browser Saturday, where the Techie Buzz team will try to aggregate latest innovations and updates around the browser world.

Firefox is one of the 25 Technologies that changed the decade

The has listed Firefox among the 25 technologies that changed the decade. Firefox is at 9th place. eWeek says:

Just a few years ago, the future of the Web and the browser looked bleak. Internet Explorer dominated the market, and Microsoft wasn’t interested in browser innovation. But when Mozilla released Firefox, we finally got real browser choice and innovation.

Firefox is the only software product in Top 10., Gmail, Ajax and iPhone are the other names in the list.

Arora is not DEAD!!

Arora is a light-weight cross-platform WebKit based browser, which comes with a unique feature: built-in Ad blocker. I personally appreciate Arora (& it is my alternate browser!). Unfortunately, the development process is too slow and users were suspecting if the project has been abandoned. But Benjamin Meyer, the main developer behind Arora, recently responded to a mail thread and explained his future plans. Meyer told:

I did suspend my own development for several months while I determined if I could actually work on Arora and related libraries at my new place of employment (My old company TorchMobile was bought by RIM).   At the end of the summer there was a ton of development mostly by me trying to get the adblock stuff in.   Going from that to nothing doesn’t look good in retrospect.     More recently I have been reviewing various patches and some have gone in.   I will be making another release in the near future.

Another Chrome Extension To Download Flash Videos in official gallery. Will Google remove it too?

Flash Video Download is a new extension for Google Chrome. It enables users to download flash videos from the sites like dailymotion and YouTube. The extension is hosted in the official Chrome extension gallery (owned by Google). In past, Google had removed such extensions from gallery because such extensions violate gallery policies to not create extensions that enable the unauthorized download of streaming content or media.

Interestingly, now there are many similar extensions featuring in gallery (another here). Will Google remove these extensions again?

Microsoft reveals browser ballot screen

Microsoft has revealed the browser ballot screen, which will be available to Windows users in EU soon. Download Squad reports that the rollout begins from the next week.

Techie Buzz has already told users about EU’s anti-trust complaint against Microsoft.

Chrome for Mac Beta Adds Extensions and Bookmark Sync Support

Mac users of , here is a good news for you. You can now use extensions on Google Chrome beta without having to use a hack. The extension and bookmark sync from the dev channel of Mac, has now been ported to the beta channel.

This would suggest that support for extensions and bookmark syncing will be available in the stable version of Chrome for Mac in the next few weeks.

Using bookmark sync you can synchronize your bookmarks across platforms including on Windows, Linux and Mac. So if you are not afraid of using beta software, go ahead and download Google Chrome Beta for Mac. You can also watch a video of the new beta in action on a Mac in the meantime.