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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!

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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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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!

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Firefox Seek Twitter Tweep's Help!

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Are you a Firefox user and crazy about Firefox? Ready to help them by replying to your fellow users questions? Here is a chance to join Firefox-Twitter team.

Every day, thousands of people tweet their Firefox questions. And may be Firefox twitter team couldn’t find time to answer all their queries. So Firefox started a lightweight way for them to get answers right away from fellow Firefox users.

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Firefox started a new community care program called Army of Awesome! By joining this team tweep’s can take up fellow tweep’s tweet and reply them with answer. Anyone with a Twitter account can join the Army of Awesome and reply to a tweet about Firefox. Many times it’s as simple as showing someone where to find the info they need.

Mozilla community members are known for being helpful and that spirit has been a key to Firefox’s success. You don’t have to be a Firefox expert to join the Army of Awesome – though of course experts are welcome! Simply choose a tweet, sign in with your Twitter account, and select the signpost message that will point the user in the right direction. Or, even better, create a personal response in your own words.

Well joining a Army of Awesome is very easy. Just a three steps and you helped Firefox!

Step 1: Choose a Tweet shown in the list

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When you enter Army of Awesome list of tweets about Firefox will be displayed. You can choose any post which you feel like answering.

Step 2: Sign in to Twitter

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Step 3: Reply to Tweet

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Choose any post you like and reply as we did icon smile Firefox Seek Twitter Tweep's Help!

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That’s it! You replied to one of the tweet and helped Firefox through #fxhelp.

Happy tweeting! And remember…good things come to those who tweet!

Hope all you Firefox users already in Army of Awesome by this time icon smile Firefox Seek Twitter Tweep's Help! Are you tweeps ready to help Firefox? icon smile Firefox Seek Twitter Tweep's Help!