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[How To] Enable Incompatible Add-ons In Firefox Beta/Aurora/Nightly Browser

forefox addons image [How To] Enable Incompatible Add ons In Firefox Beta/Aurora/Nightly Browser

Hope you got a quite a good idea about what is Mozilla’s plan for this year. Mozilla’s rapid release cycle is working really well for them. In our previous post we discussed about How to Get Hands on Firefox 5 Beta before the official release.

Well all that was possible because of the latest feature added by Mozilla Team in their Aurora build which is called as “Channel Switcher“. Using this switch user can switch between with release, beta and aurora build anytime they like.

OK now! Have you tested Firefox 5 Beta? Is everything working fine? Yes! Are you sure?

If you ask me, I’ll probably tell I just hate one feature in Firefox which they never fix as soon as new version is available!

Puzzled? You got to be. Because even you would have seen this and left as such.

Have you ever thought about why your Add-on/s is not compatible for latest update? Well Firefox is just lazy about updating it and blames developer should update and test it. But frankly speaking, Mozilla takes long time to release SDK for that latest release!

Because of all this reasons, obviously users won’t get their favorite compatible Add-on for months.

How can I make it compatible?

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As title says, today we are going to show you how you can enable the incompatible add-ons in latest build of the browser (Aurora/Beta/Release).

Following are the steps you should follow to get your add-ons compatible,

  • Step 1: Open you browser and type “about:config” in address bar

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  • Step 2: Click on the button “I’ll careful, I promise!” button icon wink [How To] Enable Incompatible Add ons In Firefox Beta/Aurora/Nightly Browser

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  • Step 3: Right-click and Choose New -> Boolean

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  • Step 4: In the Pop-up type or paste “extensions.checkCompatibility.X.XX“. Here “X.XX” means, version number show in the about dialog. Eg. If your browser is of version 5.0a1 then just type “extensions.checkCompatibility.5.0a“. Similarly you can do for other versions. Press enter.

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  • Step 5: In the next pop-up, select false.

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This disables compatibility checking and reactivates all your add-ons. But be careful, some add-ons may not work and may crash your browser as you are modifying configuration file. Use at your own risk!

Here we got an another tip which can keep them strong enough in browsers war!

Some of them are working really fine for us. Please share your thoughts or feedback if you tested this tip icon smile [How To] Enable Incompatible Add ons In Firefox Beta/Aurora/Nightly Browser

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First Look At Firefox 5 – A Site Specific Browser!

firefox 41 First Look At Firefox 5   A Site Specific Browser!Almost a year back Mozilla started developing the most innovative version of its browser, Firefox 4. Till today they are busy in fixing the bugs found during building beta versions. And yes, it took a long time!

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Upon all this, yesterday we got a latest update which said Mozilla is planning to finish Firefox 4 RC by February 25. Well again a delay. It was previously planned for mid of February and Final version by February end.

Well the Mozilla’s vice president said for Mobile Firefox, Jay Sullivan said on his website yesterday that Mozilla is planning to release Final version of Firefox by end of march.

He continued saying,

This date may, however, move back slightly more, if before that significant errors were found in the browser. More beta versions of the browser are expected until we reach zero bug.

Mozilla is yet to release Firefox 4 and has already planning how Firefox 5 should look like!

Firefox 5 is scheduled to be released by first half of this year to achieve the Mozilla’s 2011 plan. Sources have said that Mozilla has already started developing Firefox 5. Firefox 5′s UI modification will be beyond simple chromification!

This week’s UI weekly meeting pointed out some expected features or changes in Firefox 5,

  • Responsiveness
  • Improved Sharing
  • Location bar cleanup
  • Search box cleanup
  • Home tab
  • App tabs global, chromeless
  • Silent updates, stub installer, Mac install experience
  • tab sliding, plugin focus, add-ons 3 sec warning
  • New Tab
  • Taskbar web apps
  • User control over extensions

Following are some of the early looks of Firefox 5 layout,

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Firefox 5 CNN News Tab

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Firefox 5 IMBD Tab

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Firefox 5 Facebook Tab

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Firefox 5 Twitter Tab

These images clearly says Firefox 5 will be site-specific browser just similar to Internet Explorer 9. The tab will be dedicated to the site opened on it by integrating a navigation menu and site links within a site tab.

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Firefox 5 Search Engine Field

Firefox 5 will with 240px dedicated to search engine field.

Looking at all this screenshots, Mozilla is clearly aiming for web applications by turning websites into apps. The typical Windows shortcut to a website is also changed into an actual application icon.

Well these are the latest buzz by Mozilla team to all of us. Hope you guys are excited to see the next generation of Firefox browser which will be totally different to Firefox 4! Browser war is on! Yes! Firefox is back into Browser war!

Do you have anything to share? Please hit comment box now and lets discuss about it icon smile First Look At Firefox 5   A Site Specific Browser!

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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!

personal blocklist google chrome extension Block Domains In Google Search Using Chrome Extension!

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!

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Browser Stats: Chrome, Safari Gets More Users!

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We have been updating you guys about the latest buzz happening in browsers war. Mozilla continues to release its continuous beta versions of Firefox 4. Google Chrome has stuck to its base plan and getting updated every six weeks.

On the other side, Microsoft is all set to release first RC of Internet Explorer 9 on February 10. Mozilla also planning for first RC of Firefox 4 somewhere in mid of February.

Well lot of news coming out everyday in browsers war. In between all this we have got some more update on browsers market share for first month of 2011.

Google Chrome and its increasing market share

Google is all set to release its next version of browser Chrome 9. It may expected to get released in couple of days. Dev version of Chrome is already in version 10.

Upon all this, Google Chrome has kept leading this strong browsers war. Google kept its graph increasing and reaches new milestones this time.

According to Net Application, Google Chrome’s market share has now crossed 10%. For a first time Google Chrome has crossed 10% and stand at 10.7% overall market share.

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Chrome 8 also gained considerably in terms of market share in the past month, growing from 7.32% at the end of 2010 to 9.33% in January.

But StatCounter has got some other update. According to StatCounter, Google Chrome now crosses 15% market share and stood at 15.68%.

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Safari Joins in!

After a long time Apple has got some good news about its browser. Safari browser has got some good amount to new users which made to increase its overall market share.

According to Net Application, Safari’s market is up from 5.89% of December 2010 to 6.3% by the end of January 2011. That’s a quite a good increase in browser market.

Internet Explorer and Firefox Loses Share!

After the entry of Google to browser market with its beautiful Chrome, shares of strong Internet Explorer and Firefox has gradually went down. Story continues and this time also IE and FF shares went down to Chrome and Safari.

According to Net Application, Internet explorer’s has now got 56% of market share as compared to 57.08% by the end of last year. Reason is all clear. Internet explorer 6 and 7 have kept loosing its market share and IE 8 is sole player in market for Microsoft.

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Mozilla’s Firefox browser also lost little bit of share. It has now got 22.75% of market share. Hope it will get back its users once Firefox 4 is out.

Well this is the latest browser stats. Google and Safari has got some fair amount of new users from Internet Explorer and Firefox.

We are excited about this browsers war. Are you? Share your thought through comment and let other know what you feel! icon smile Browser Stats: Chrome, Safari Gets More Users!

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Change Facebook Login Background Using Chrome Extension!

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Tired of boring and same old Facebook background image? Yes? Even we! At least they should change login page. But its been a long time that we have seen only features being added and there is no graphics update on Facebook.

Well here we found a good Google Chrome extension which gives all authority to user. It’s time to Refresh your Facebook with your own custom homepage design! Something like Twitter background image change.

Facebook Refresh!

Facebook Refresh is a Google Chrome extension which allows you to set a custom image URL as your Facebook homepage wallpaper. Well the great advantage is, you can customize your Facebook login page at anytime and endlessly! Yes, you can change the background how much ever time you like icon smile Change Facebook Login Background Using Chrome Extension!

Follow the steps given to enjoy Facebooking,

Step 1:

Download Facebook Refresh extension here.

Step 2:

Installed? Now type chrome://extensions/ on URL bar.

Step 3:

Click on the Options below to Facebook Refresh extension. It will open a new tab asking for Image URL.
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Step 4:

Now goto any website and get the image URL like, http://tech18.com/images/abcd.jpg and click on Save.
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Tech Tip: Search for a image of your screen resolution for better usage icon smile Change Facebook Login Background Using Chrome Extension!

Step 5:

You are done! Now goto www.facebook.com and see the change.

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Liked it? Hope so.

This extension uses CSS with minimal JavaScript. This means that it is very fast loading. The current default background image is loaded externally from a domain. It may take longer for it to load the first few times.

But the only disadvantage is you can’t use images in your desktop icon sad Change Facebook Login Background Using Chrome Extension! “file://” (image on your hard-drive) is not currently supported by Chrome. However, you can use some free image hosting sites. So as of now please make sure your URL begins with “http://”.

Hope you liked the extension. Please provide your feedback and share your experience with us icon smile Change Facebook Login Background Using Chrome Extension!