After months of testing and three RCs, Firefox 3.5 is now available for download! Strangely, its not yet available via Mozilla’s download pages but it is now downloadable via Filehippo and Softpedia. With Firefox 3.5 being the latest and fastest Firefox yet, its probably time to introduce to you

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Its not just RapidShare download service delays that this wonderful, magical Firefox plugin can bypass, SkipScreen also works for other major file sharing sites like Mediafire, zShare Megaupload, DespoitFiles, Divshare, and LinkBucks, and we believe more are on the way. No, this plugin doesn’t enable your download to be faster, however it does enable you to get access to the file you need and start downloading faster, this sometimes can take a pretty long time. Its always so annoying when you want to download something from any of these sites that once you click on a file’s download link, you get taken through ads, human authentication, etc, that by the time you actually get to the ‘real’ download page, its taken minutes – that’s not right.

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With SkipScreen, click on a file download link and SkipScreen will take care of things on its own, which means you can go back to doing what you were doing elsewhere and all you have to click on is the save file dialog box once it appears. No more waiting 20 seconds then click here and there, to find later on that you’ve missed the download time, skip all that!

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No more debate on what’s best, which type of keyboard suits who, because the Blackberry 7130 has just met the Optimus Keyboard – meet the OLED Blackberry concept…

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Don’t you just hate it when you’re surfing the internet ‘peacefully’ when all of a sudden you click into a webpage and finds out you’ve just opened a .pdf file? Everything, even Firefox finds it difficult to retain the smooth pace that you want, everything just jams up and if you’ve got a slow PC you could wait forever. PDF Download currently in version 2.0 is a free add on for Firefox and Flock that will stop this from happening. This simple little extension gives you complete control over PDF files in a Toolbar button.

Rather than stick you all alone with a browser-jarring PDF file, the PDF Download extension provides you the option to: download the file locally, open it with Firefox using the PDF download options settings, view the PDF as an HTML file in the browser, bypass PDF Download, or cancel the link. The first two options are self-explanatory, while the “view as HTML” feature works a bit like Google’s own version of the feature, speeding load times while largely abandoning formatting. The dialog box also displays the size of the target PDF file, which can help in deciding which option to choose.

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Here’s a neat little trick I just came across over at FiddyP, it’s not really a hack, just a simple code, a line of javascript that anyone can use without needing to know how it works. Without even needing me to explain it, the picture below pretty much describes it…

Reveal Password Trick Firefox Browser

All you got to do is just copy and paste the following code into your browser address bar whenever you see an asterisked form field and press enter…

  1. javascript:var els = document.getElementsByTagName(‘input’); for(var x=0; x<els.length; x++){ if(els[x].type.toLowerCase() == ‘password’ ){ var test = els[x].type = ‘text’;}}

The only downside is, this works only on Firefox and not any other browser!

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If you’re like some users who have just become fed up with the use of Safari on your iPhone / iPod Touch, you might be interested in watching this video. Firefox Mobile, though completely unofficial and just a concept, may interest you.

Some of the features of it as you will see in the video below includes:

  • Addition of shortcuts for social bookmarking function conveniently located at the bottom of the screen
  • Page zoom in and out feature
  • Web controls and URL bar are hidden which gives you more browsing space, but reappear easily under your control
  • Ability to organise your web tabs just the way you want them!


Firefox Mobile Concept Video from Aza Raskin on Vimeo.

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I’m a huge fan of Firefox and have been using it almost since it was first introduced, I like the add-ons, themes, its look and good stability, there’s also a huge community of people using it on the web as well. However, recently we talked about the Acid 2 test, a test which examines how well the browsers out there perform in terms of html and also css, etc… As you will remember, from the results, out of the six browsers that were tested, only Opera and Safari passed. The fact that Firefox didn’t pass didn’t really influence me that much at the time and I just kept using it, however, just yesterday I read that the latest Opera, Opera 9.5 beta2 actually out performs Firefox by a considerable margin.

Why should you switch from Firefox to Opera…

Here’s what Opera does well:

  • “Every page loads faster and this is something measurable even without having to use a stopwatch”
  • Opera uses 30% less RAM when the same number of tabs are opened
  • Visible wise, the scrolling page function in Opera is much more smoother when compared with other web browsers
  • Opera’s built-in e-mail client features improved responsiveness
  • Supports cutting edge Web standards and the upcoming web developer tools
  • Syncs your bookmarks and Speed Dial between your computers and mobile phone
  • A tiny minor feature is that the browser lights up tabs and query buttons, when you pass the mouse over them =)

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