Firefox’s AwesomeBar Getting Better Than Chrome’s OmniBox!

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After the release of Firefox 4 which just changed the stats of browser war with its awesome features, Mozilla never stopped working hard on future of Firefox browser! Well we must agree, Firefox 4 got back Mozilla into browsers war and going strong day by day.

During the development phase of Firefox 4, Mozilla labs started new channel for experiments which they named as Mozilla Prospector.

Prospector is a series of experiments from Mozilla Labs focused on analyzing, experimenting and prototyping improvements on how you search and discover content with Firefox. We’re focusing on three main areas: websites you have visited, tabs you are currently viewing, and pages you haven’t visited yet.

As Mozilla says, Prospector mainly focuses on address bar which actually does the above mention areas. And now, here come a question! Is Mozilla actually planning for something like OmniBox in Google Chrome?

Awesomeness Inside AwesomeBar HD:

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Welcome to AwesomeBar HD! AwesomeBar HD is an add-on for Mozilla Firefox which turns the address bar to something more and something awesome. AwesomeBar was first released for testing on October 27, 2010.

Mozilla first started imitating Google by suggestion for the letter typed. Mozilla found it very useful and added this feature to Firefox 4. Recently AwesomeBar HD got an update and user can “Find what you want” at their finger tips!

Following are the points which show AwesomeBar HD can do something more and better than OmniBox on Chrome can do.

AwesomeBar HD project focuses on experiments on a combined location and search bar with a Mozilla twist. Unlike other browsers, the combined input will not send every letter you type to a remote server.

When user starts typing on AwesomeBar, Firefox will only look through its local history without any network activity. And results shown will be dependent on how frequently and how recently the page has been used.

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Following are the top options available in AwesomeBar HD,

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  • Search: users can search through AwesomeBar by typing “search:” and followed by keyword they want to search. AwesomeBar currently allows Google, Bing and Yahoo search engines.
  • Books: if you are a book addict then AwesomeBar provides a shortcut to find them with ease! User can search books from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Google Books.
  • Maps: user can search a restaurant or any address through AwesomeBar HD directly by top three providers like Google Maps, Bing Maps and MapQuest.
  • Pictures: search for any image on Flickr, Google Images and Bing Images by just typing “pictures:” and image keyword.
  • Videos: search for your favourite video from YouTube, Bing Video and Flickr Video.
  • People: This is an awesome feature added by Mozilla. Now user can search someone very easily on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Awesome! Isn’t it?

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These are the not only options, AwesomeBar also has shortcuts for,

  • Food: Yelp, Google Places, Menuism
  • Movies: Internet Movie Database, Rotten Tomatoes, Fandango
  • Music: Pandora, Amazon Music, Songza
  • News: CNN, NY Times, BBC
  • References: Wikipedia, Answer.com, Dictionary.com
  • Shopping: Amazon, eBay, Google
  • Sports: ESPN, Yahoo! Sports, Sports Illustrated
  • Weather: Weather Channel, Weather Underground, AccuWeather.com

Tech Link: First Look At Firefox 5 – A Site Specific Browser!

For those who don’t like to use their mouse for clicking on the options always, Mozilla has also got some useful keyboard shortcuts as well.

  • Ctrl-L focuses the location bar with the URL selected — ready to copy, edit or replace
  • Ctrl-K pre-fills with “search: ” so you can search the web just like from the search bar
  • Ctrl-T + tab opens a new tab and activates search (as if you tabbed to the search bar)
  • Easy to search like “boo: book name” is enough to search for books. No need to type full work “book:” or “picture:” for any search.

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Notice that “boo:” is good enough to activate the books category (it turned green), so if you wanted, you could just type “b:” to get books as well.

What Awesomeness Is Still Missing?

  • One related side effect of defaulting to opening new tabs is that replacing pinned app tabs is a bit more difficult. You actually can’t change the URL of an app tab with AwesomeBar HD installed because the URL will open up in a new tab. So for now, you’ll have to remove the app tab or create a new one.
  • Instant search will be more useful if we stop thinking about server hit every time.

The Prospector team is very interested in hearing back from you, so please install it for a bit, and let Mozilla lab know what you think. The Awesomebar HD is strictly an experiment so there’s no need to worry, or rejoice, just yet, it’s probably going to be a while before changes like this end up in Firefox.

We may expect to get these features in Firefox 5, Firefox 6 or Firefox 7 which are expected to b available by this year end!

Are you able to easily browse to websites that you normally go to? Do you care that you can return to your history without someone else knowing? Does the category list of text and clicking behaviour work for you? Share your experience with us icon smile Firefoxs AwesomeBar Getting Better Than Chromes OmniBox!


Block Domains In Google Search Using Chrome Extension!

google chrome extension1 Block Domains In Google Search Using Chrome Extension!Google is one of the strong search engine in the world and it is ruling the search engine market from long time. Hope you all know how Google search engine works and have an idea about SEO.

Search Engine Optimization is one of most important and powerful feature we need to keep in mind while creating any website to get indexed in Google. If you have a search engine optimized site, then you may appear in Google before your competitors!

Well there are hundreds of websites speaks about same topic in different manner. So Google displays each of them in top-down order through its algorithm!

Many of the times we too get irritated by Google search as it displays a link which is no where related to the title we are searching! It just shows how strongly that website is search engine optimized for Google.

Have you come across this kind of irritation? icon biggrin Block Domains In Google Search Using Chrome Extension!

Well here we got a beautiful Google Chrome extension by Google itself to block the sites which you don’t want to appear on Google Search!

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The personal blocklist extension will transmit to Google the patterns that you choose to block. When you choose to block or unblock a pattern, the extension will also transmit to Google the URL of the web page on which the blocked or unblocked search results are displayed.

Download this extension

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This extension also stores the list of blocked websites in your local computer. User can unblock it anytime. But this feature is avilable only to local system and can not sync it through your google account.

Blocking unwanted domain from Google search is most useful and interesting if it gets added in Google.com as an feature. But on other side, it too affects website being popular in other keywords as well and loose their customers!

Is this an advantage for you or disadvantage?? Share your thoughts icon smile Block Domains In Google Search Using Chrome Extension!


Find Related Contents With AOL Offsite Chrome Extension!

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Google Chrome is getting better day by day and becoming strong contender for Internet Explorer and Firefox. We have been updating you with all the latest buzz happening around Google and Chrome browser.

Google’s strategy of releasing new version of Chrome browser once in every six weeks is working well. Few of the Google Chrome updates are,

Well Google Chrome is really running on safe side when compared to other browsers. Have you guys noticed one of the biggest problem by Firefox? When ever we get a new version of Firefox, something will be missing for sure.

One of the biggest problem for Firefox users is, they have to wait for their favorite add-on for latest version. This has been one of the irritating thing when ever we update Firefox.

While on other side, extensions for Google Chrome works fine with all the versions.!

Download Offsite Extension

We have been updating you guys with the latest and best extensions for Chrome. Here we got one more best extension like tab candy for Chrome and Facebook Login Background changer!

AOL  released a new Chrome extension named Offsite. Now you can see what’s happening around the web related to the page you are currently viewing. It pulls in related and similar information from news and social sources.

Offsite developer team continued saying,

Ever wonder what the rest of the web has to say about the page you are viewing?  With Offsite, you can see headlines and social buzz from other sites that are related or similar to the page you are viewing.

Unlike AOL Lifestream for Chrome, Offsite loads in a flash.

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Working of offsite is just similar to other extensions. But it has got some new and unique advantages.

1. little peel in the upper-left of the web page to slide the page down and see related stuff from around the web

2. see tons of information that relates the your current page

3. see public posts and tweets related to the page or topic you are viewing

4. related headlines from various sites across the web

5. a page heat index that shows how a page’s popularity

6. streaming trending topics on the web – because the latest trends are always cool to see

7. social media share buttons(Facebook, Twitter and Digg), print page shortcut and email this page button.

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As a blogger I liked this extension as it helps in finding many things in same page. Few advantages for bloggers from this extension are,

  1. See who tweeted the article you are viewing
  2. Share the article on Twitter, Facebook and Digg
  3. Get some headlines from AOL which may help you writing new post.

These are some of the advantages of Offsite extension. This extension is still under beta tag and promises to focus on giving consumers interesting content.

Hope you guys downloaded this extension. Please share your thoughts with us and fellow readers. Your feedback may help someone to try this extension icon smile Find Related Contents With AOL Offsite Chrome Extension! Cheers!