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Firefox Bases Improvement Off of User Feedback

by admin on April 6, 2013

One week ago, Firefox asked its users what they need to do to improve its browser. After taking in the considerations and collaborating with developers, Firefox has come up with solutions that will find their way onto future installments in the Mozilla Firefox web browser.
Firefox Bases Improvement Off of User Feedback
The biggest request was easing the development process for editors. This pertains to making the editing process easier to access with the ability to edit code in the browser. This is an idea that Firefox has worked on in the past, but it was abandoned until now. Another improvement deals with developers being able to use the tools they want without the tools made by Firefox getting in the way. The idea will help make the browser more compatible for different types of developers.

The rest of the improvements the ability to place development tools on the side of the browser, support for more types of programming languages (i.e. CoffeeScript), and several others. These requests are currently seen on the Firefox experimental browser called Nightly.

Other than the user requests, the Firefox team is working on several other improvements. These improvements will not be available immediately, but they should start showing up in the next few months.

AT&T Uverse Live TV is Now Mobile TV

by admin on February 21, 2013

One of the most popular features of telecommunications company AT&T is their offer of “on-the-go” TV service. Now, the telecom giant has decided to give their program a new name.
AT&T Uverse Live TV is Now Mobile TV
AT&T have decided to rename their “on-the-go” TV service, changing the name from AT&T U-Verse Live TY to Mobile TV, as an attempt at re-invention.

Some of the additions and changes to their re-branded product include a cheaper bundle price and better picture quality on their 4G LTE network.

In contrast to their previous packages, which relied on separate charges for any additional charges, AT&T’s relaunch of their mobile TV product uses a direct bulling feature for the customer’s regular account. Further add-on packages are available, such as the “Playground TV Pack”, or the “Urban Zone Pack”, for 4.99 each. The new packages will be available on the majority of cell phones.  If you are interested in the new service, check out an ATT Uverse coupon code.

Rob Hyatt, a high-level employee in AT&T’s marketing division, had this to say last week: “Live pro and college sports? News? Comedies? Reality shows? Cartoons? Watch all that on ESPN Mobile, Disney, FOX News, ABC Mobile and more right from your smartphone with Mobile TV, our streaming and on-demand mobile television app. Previously called AT&T U-verse Live TV, Mobile TV is available now to most AT&T smartphone customers. The name change is one of several we’ve made to provide you with an improved customer experience. Mobile TV is your on-the-go source for entertainment and information whether you’re traveling near or far and is accessible through Wi-Fi and AT&T’s 3G & 4G LTE networks.”

Several questions remain unanswered. For instance, will this re-branding be sufficient to convince the customers of some sort of fundamental difference? Or will the re-packaging of these products be nothing more than an empty gesture?

Using Chrome and Firefox Plugins to Save Money

by admin on July 17, 2012

These days, everyone is looking to save money in any way they can. Coupons have been used for years to save families hundreds of dollars on everything from groceries to hotel rooms. With today’s hectic schedule, people are finding it hard to sit down and search through pages of coupons hoping to find something that might be useful. Luckily, along with today’s hectic schedule comes today’s technological advances. If you are a Mozilla Firefox or a Google Chrome user, there are several easy ways to get extensions for coupons right from your computer.

Firefox users can download a plug-in called Coupon Digger. Once this plug-in is on your computer, all you have to do is type in the name of the store that you hope to find coupons for, and if there are any available, Coupon Digger will dig them up. It is a simple, time-saving way to save some money while shopping.

Coupons Helper is another useful tool for Firefox users. When this extension is downloaded onto your computer, it lets you know if there are coupons available for the site you are looking at. A pink pig will flash, letting you know that a coupon is ready for use. It only flashes when coupons are available, so there are no extra pop-ups to interrupt your browsing. Google Chrome users have something similar available to them called Coupon Extension. It work the same way as Coupons Helper, automatically searching for coupons while you are on a particular online retailer.

Both Google Chrome users and Firefox users will benefit from an extension called Coupons Search. Coupon Search is a search engine that can find you coupons and promotional codes from over two-hundred different sites. It can also find you coupons for over five-thousand different online retailers. Because it works just like a search engine, it is simple and fast to find out if there are coupons available for your needs.

Google Chrome users can make use of an extension called Coupon Codes Finder. Once it is downloaded, the icon shows up by your search bar and with one simple click you can begin searching. Just type in the name of the store you want coupons for and hit search. The results will show up in a new tab, so the site you are currently looking at will not be interrupted.

There are many coupon extensions to save you money when you use Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. Even with today’s busy schedule, you can save money in a fast and easy way with these extensions.

Why Add-ons are Disabled after Updating Firefox

by admin on May 22, 2012

Do you ever wonder why add-ons are disabled after updating Firefox? This is a common issue that can lead to a lot of wasted time.

Simply put, when Firefox updates it turns off any add-ons that are not compatible with the new version. In turn, you will need to know which steps to take in order to get your add-ons working again without delay.

Check for the Latest Versions of Your Add-ons

Although Firefox checks once per day for new versions of any add-ons you are running, you can also do so manually if you are having an issue. Follow these steps to get started:

1. From the menu bar, click the Tools menu and then Add-ons. This will open the add-ons tab.
2. Click Check for Updates. If any updates are found, they will be automatically downloaded.
3. Click the link that says “Restart now to complete installation.”

You can also search for updates on the website devoted to the particular add-on. Some publishers have different versions of their add-ons for different versions of the Firefox browser.

Tip: if you find that there is no version of the add-on that works for your particular version of Firefox, contact the publisher and ask if there is a solution.

Use the Add-on Compatibility Reporter

With the Add-on Compatibility Reporter, you can force Firefox to turn on any add-ons that have been disabled. Follow these steps to install:

1. Visit the Add-on Compatibility Reporter download page.
2. Click “Add to Firefox.”
3. When the installation window pops up click “install now.”
4. When the download is complete, click the “restart now” button.

Note: for your disabled add-ons to be turned on, you will need to restart Firefox a second time.

Select quit Firefox from the Firefox menu

Start Firefox the same way you always do – at this point your add-ons should be working

While the Add-on Compatibility Reporter can help, it may also cause your browser to crash from time to time. To fix this problem, you need to remove or disable the add-on that is causing the issue.

Find a Better Solution

You may be familiar with a particular add-on, however, it does not mean that it is your only option. There may be another add-on with similar features that work better with your current version of Firefox.

For example, many people who have issues with the Google Toolbar often switch to the popular GBookmarks add-on. If you find yourself asking why add-ons are disabled after updating Firefox, this information should help you find a solution.

How to Use Firefox Sync

by admin on May 18, 2012

In today’s world, the Internet is no longer rooted to your desktop computer. Mobile devices and laptops allow you to use the Internet wherever you are. However, there is one major disadvantage. Your mobile device, laptop or any other computer that you access Firefox on doesn’t have your bookmarks, saved passwords and other information on it. Setting these up on each new device where you access Firefox is time-consuming and difficult.

Fortunately,there is Firefox Sync. With Firefox Sync, you can sync all your devices and computers together, allowing each device or computer you access Firefox on to have your favorites, saved forms or even show the tabs you left open the last time you used Firefox. Using Firefox Sync is easy and requires only a Firefox account. To use Firefox Sync, follow these simple steps.

To enable from your main computer

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Click the “Firefox” button.
  3. Click “Set Up Sync.”
  4. Click “Create a New Account.”
  5. Enter the data requested – an email address and a password.
  6. Under “Server,” select “Firefox Sync Server” if it is not already selected.
  7. If you want to change what information is synced between devices, click “Sync Options” in the lower left corner.
  8. Once you create your account and setup is complete, it’s now time to add other devices.

To use on your Android phone

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Tap “Settings” followed by “Preferences.”
  3. Scroll down until you reach the “Sync” section.
  4. Switch “Enable Sync” to “On” and tap the “Connect” button located directly under it. A 12 digit code appears on your Android; write this code down as we will need to use it later.

To use on your iPhone, iPad or other iOS devices

  1. Launch the Firefox Home app.
  2. Tap “I Have A Sync Account.” Just like the Android phone, a 12 digit number will appear; write this number down for later use.

To sync to another computer

  1. Launch Firefox on the computer you want to sync.
  2. Just like when we first set up Firefox Sync on the main computer, click the “Firefox” button followed by “Set Up Sync.”
  3. Click the “I Have An Account” button, and you will receive a 12 digit code that you will use to finish setting up Firefox Sync.
  4. On your main computer, navigate to the Firefox home page by clicking the “Home” button.
  5. Click “Pair A Device” at the bottom of the window and enter the 12 digit code you wrote down earlier.
  6. Click “Finish”, and the sync will now take place automatically. Once complete, both devices sync together, and there is nothing further required from you; all information is automatically shared between both devices from this point on.
  7. However, if you do not have access to your main computer after starting the process of Firefox Sync, you can still finish the process. Click “I Am Not Near My Computer,” after receiving the 12 digit code on any device or computer, and you can finish the Firefox Sync process without needing to go back to your main computer.

Firefox Sync is easy to set up, taking at most five minutes. With all your Firefox browsers and information synced together, you’ll wonder how you were ever able to live without Firefox Sync before.

5 Top Firefox Tips

by admin on May 16, 2012

While Firefox browser is great right out of the box, as it were, there are some things you can do to get an even better browsing experience. The following are five of the best tricks you should know about.

 

1. Increasing Speed

Firefox is optimized for dial-up connections by default where it loads things one by one. If you are using a broadband connection, however, this leads to an unnecessary waste of time. You may increase the speed at which pages load through the use of pipelining that allows for simultaneous loading of multiple things.

Please note that the about:config tool you will use is very powerful and must be configured with great care. It can wreak havoc just as much as it can improve performance.

  • Click on the address bar and type “about:config”, and then press “Enter.”
  • In the filter field, type “network.http” and then double-click these settings to change them.
    • “network.http.proxy.pipelining” – true
    • “network.http.pipelining” – true
    • “network.http.pipelining.maxrequests” – Set the number of simultaneous requests you want, say 20.
  • Right-click on any space while you are still in “about:config,” select New-> Integer, and give it the name “nglayout.initialpaint.delay.” Put its value as zero.

2. Limiting the Amount of RAM Used

  • Type “about:config” as before.
  • Filter “browser.cache”.
  • Select “browser.cache.disk.capacity”.
  • Lower the default setting. For example, you may choose 15000 if your RAM is between 512 MB and 1GB.

You may even set Firefox to move to the hard disk whenever you minimize it. Open about:config, and right-click anywhere. Select New->Boolean, and refer to it as “config.trim_on_minimize”, then set the value to true. You must restart your browser to effect the changes.

3. Adding Keywords to Your Bookmarks

Firefox allows you to access your bookmarks faster by adding relevant keywords. Right-click on a bookmark, and select “Properties.” Select the “Keyword” field, type your keyword, and then save the changes. Whenever you type that keyword in the address bar, you will be taken straight to the bookmark.

4. Using Shortcuts

Firefox allows you to use many keyboard shortcuts to help you work faster. Here are some shortcuts and what they do.

  • Ctrl+L – go to the address bar
  • Ctrl+D – bookmark current page
  • Shift-Spacebar – page up
  • Spacebar – page down
  • Ctrl+T – open new tab
  • Ctrl-W – close tab
  • Ctrl+F – find
  • Ctrl+- – decrease text size
  • Ctrl+= – increase text size

You may also use the mouse to access some handy shortcuts.

  • Middle-click on a tab to close it.
  • Middle-click on a link to open it in a new tab.
  • Press Cntrl, and scroll down to increase text size.
  • Press Cntrl, and scroll up to decrease text size.
  • Press shift, and scroll up to go to the next page.
  • Press shift, and scroll down to move to the previous page.

5. Deleting Address Bar Records

Firefox shows previous addresses you’ve visited as you type in the address bar. Although this is a handy feature, you may not want some addresses to show up. When the records show up, scroll to the address you want to delete using the down arrow, and then press the delete button.

These top five tricks will help you stay on top as you use the Firefox browser.

Changing the Mail Program Used by Firefox

by admin on May 12, 2012

If you are interested in changing the mail program used by Firefox you are not alone. Typically, Firefox uses the default mail program for sending email upon clicking on a “send link” or “mail to” link. By taking the right steps, you can change the mail program while also fixing any issues that you may be encountering.

To get started, you need to open the Applications options/preferences window. From there, select the “mailto entry” and use the menu to make any necessary changes.

With the “use other” option, you can select a mail program that is not listed in the menu. Follow these steps to get started:

1. Click “use other” as a means of opening the “select helper application” screen.

2. Click on the “browse” button.

3. Within the file picker you should navigate to the installation directory. This is where you will find a list of mail programs, allowing you to select the one you want to use.

With Windows computers, for instance, you may find that Mozilla Thunderbird is not listed. You can click on the “use other” folder to find where Thunderbird is installed. From there, you can select “thunderbird.exe” which will allow Mozilla Thunderbird to be listed in the drop-down selection menu.

To go along with mail programs, you are also able to use webmail services including Gmail and Yahoo Mail among others. If you want to use a service that is not listed, there are extensions available.

Mail Not Working

There is nothing worse than your email application not working. If you click on the send link or mailto link and nothing happens, it is safe to say that you have an issue. But don’t worry, there is a good chance that you simply need to adjust a preference setting.

Mailto actions will not work if the network.protocol-handler.external.mailto preference is set to false. This may not be something you do on purpose, but instead a result of installing an extension that changes the value.

You can reset the preference by following these steps:

1. Type about:config into your Firefox address bar

2. If you see a warning message, click continue.

3. Type mailto in the filter.

4. Browse the list of preferences until you find network.protocol-handler.external.mailto.

5. If you find that the value has been changed to false, right click as a means of resetting it. This
changes the default to true. In turn, your problem should be solved.

Problems with Extensions

With the Google Toolbar for Firefox, the mail program is automatically changed to Gmail. This is the case regardless of your Firefox settings. For this reason, you do not want to use the “send with Gmail” option that is offered via the Google Toolbar.

Instead, you can use the “use Gmail” option that is available in the Firefox applications listing.

If you uninstall the Google Toolbar, it could lead to Firefox opening nothing for mailto links. At this point, you will need to reset the user preference to the true value.

This advice should help you when changing the mail program used by Firefox and/or troubleshooting related issues.

Firefox Browser for Beginners

by admin on May 10, 2012

Modern computers all come with a web browser, typically Microsoft Internet Explorer from Microsoft or Safari from Apple. However, the browser that comes with your system is not the only choice. A new browser, like the Mozilla Foundation’s “FireFox”, can substantially improve the way you use the Internet. Here are just some of the innovations that FireFox brings to the table.

TABBED BROWSING

Do you like to browse multiple web pages at the same time, but tire of all the windows cluttering your screen? Is it annoying to have your taskbar filled with icons for web pages you have open? FireFox fixes this problem with “tabs.” Much like sections of a folder separated with paper tabs visible outside the perimeter of the pages within, tabs allow you to keep numerous web pages open in one window. All the pages you have open are organized at the top of the browser window, and can be re-arranged, opened and closed at will. Each browser window can have its own tabs, and hundreds can be open at once. If you’d like to have two windows open, each with their own functions, such as “work” and “play”, that is quick and easy to accomplish. If you run into any problems, FireFox will even try to restore the tabs you had open the next time you launch it.

ADD-ONS AND PLUG-INS

FireFox comes with a solid suite of features. However, there are many more available that you can add. To keep your browser fast and avoid making it overly bloated, you can select just the features you need. These are called “add-ons” or “plug-ins”, and are published by fellow FireFox users all over the globe. Installing them takes only a few clicks. Some of the features you can add to FireFox are the ability to block ads from loading or displaying, greater flexibility in how tabs are handled, integration of other applications such as music players, weather forecasts, and FTP software, mass downloading of multimedia files and links, and enhanced search capabilities.

Be careful when selecting your plugins, because although it is not especially common, malicious code can dwell inside this software. Always make sure that you can trust the author of the program by checking reviews and investigating the author’s home page. Even if the code is not intentionally malicious, you might run into glitches that cause the browser to malfunction. Also, too many plugins can make FireFox run slower than it should. If you encounter crashes, slowdown, or other strange behavior, the first thing you should do is disable your plugins and systematically determine which one is causing the issues. Don’t let this scare you off, however. Plugins and add-ons are a tremendous asset that makes FireFox one of the most flexible browsers on the market.

THEMES

You aren’t limited to the typical gray browser. With the literally thousands of themes available for Firefox, you can customize your browser’s appearance to suit your style, mood or to match the way you have decorated the rest of your system. Picking out a new theme can be done in just one click.

Firefox Keeps Crashing

by admin on May 3, 2012

Firefox Crash

If Firefox keeps crashing, you will soon become annoyed with your browser. However, there are reasons why this is happening. Once you know the potential cause of this issue, you can find a solution.

Above all else, if Firefox is crashing you should make sure you are running the most recent
version. This will ensure that all the most recent fixes are in place. You can download and install
the latest version of Firefox at anytime by using the software update feature or heading straight
to Mozilla.com. Either way, make sure you are current with the latest version – this is one of the
most common ways to resolve unexpected crashes.

Extensions

In many cases, an extension may be causing Firefox to crash. If you feel that this is the problem,
start the program in safe mode and then click “continue in safe mode.” This will give you a
better idea of whether or not the extension is causing the issue, since running in safe mode
disables all extensions.

If Firefox is no longer crashing when running in safe mode, head immediately for the add-on
manager extensions list. From there, disable all the extensions and start the program as you
usually would. If the crash does not occur, you know that there is a problem with one of your
extensions.

At this point, you need to re-enable the extensions one at a time. This will help you pinpoint
which one is causing the issue.

Installed Software

In some cases, another type of software on your computer could be causing the problem. Some
of the most common culprits include: McAfee Site Advisor, NVIDIA Network Access Manager,
Roboform, Spector Pro for Windows, ThreatFire, Trusteer Rapport, and ZoneAlarm ForceField.

Crash During Startup

A crash that happens during startup is one of the most difficult to pinpoint. This is particularly
true if you are unable to start in safe mode. To ensure that you get the best advice possible, make
sure you allow the crash reporter to submit a report.

Below are some of the main reasons why Firefox may be crashing during startup:

• Problematic extensions
• Driver or video device issue
• Firefox program folder contains mismatched versions
• The use of a corporate login system
• Malicious software

Plugins

Plugins are often times the reason for a Firefox crash. These programs work within Firefox,
allowing you to better enjoy sound, animation, or video. While working, these plugins can
enhance your browsing experience. However, plugins often times “go bad” and cause more harm
than good.

If you are having an issue with a plugin, you can detect it by disabling all installed plugins.

Some of the most commonly used plugins that can lead to crashing include:

• Java (Mac OS X)
• RealPlayer
• VLC Media Player
• Hulu Desktop (Mac OS X)
• WebEx (Mac OS X)
• Plugins that have been installed by malware

Crash when Downloading

If your program is crashing during download, you can attempt to solve this problem by clearing
the download history under the Tools menu. Along with this, delete the file “downloads.sqlite”
from the profile folder.

Damaged plist file – MAC OS X

On MAC OS X, a regular crash pattern could be the result of a damaged preference file. To fix
this issue, quit Firefox and then find the file “org.mozilla.firefox.plist.” Move this file to your
desktop (don’t put it in the trash). Upon restarting, a new.plist file will be generated. If the new
file is working, you can trash the old one.

JIT Compiler

When running in safe mode, Firefox will disable the JavaScript JIT compiler. If the crash does
not occur in safe mode, set the javascript.options.methodjit.* preferences to false in about:config.

Video Driver

Display drivers and video devices can lead to regular crashes. The first thing you should do is
make sure your drivers are current. Starting in Firefox 4, you can find details regarding these
drivers and devices on the Firefox website. Along with this, you can turn off the option to use
hardware acceleration – this may also solve your problem. This can be turned off through the
following steps: Tools -> Options -> Advanced / General -> Use hardware acceleration when
available.

Hardware Issues

There may be a hardware issue with your computer that causes Firefox to crash. For example,
bad RAM chips can lead to this issue. To test for this problem, you can download Memtest86 for
Windows and Linux or Rember for Mac.

Crash Reports

With the help of Mozilla Crash Reporter, you will have an easier time locating the cause of
your crash. Once you have your report ID, you can post on the Firefox support forum for more
assistance. Those who read your report can give you more information on your crash, as well as
a possible fix.

Note: if your crash is common among other users, it may be listed in the “Top Crasher” section.

Additionally, your operating system may keep a log of crash reports. This information will likely
include the name of the module that led to the crash.

If Firefox keeps crashing, you will soon become frustrated. That being said, there are solutions to
this problem. All you have to do is pinpoint the issue and search for the appropriate fix.