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Firefox Friday Five

I'm back! I had to fend off Jay with my rusty saber -- and when that didn't work, I threatened to drop his iPhone on the ground (a very effective tactic if there's a Mac zealot that you're trying to coerce, incidentally). Anyway, British rules of engagement stipulate that I thank Jay for his help, offer him a cup of tea, and move swiftly along.

So: Firefox! It's been another quiet week with no significant releases. Any moment now there'll be a flurry of activity... but until then, you'll have to make do with some tips and tricks and tidbits!

1. Custom save-to locations

If you've ever found yourself navigating your vast array of hard disks and folders to download a file to the correct place, I'm about to blow your mind. I don't know about you, but I don't want ONE directory for every download: I want drivers in one place, installers in another -- and when it comes to images of a lewd nature, I'm very particular about sorting things alphabetically (by cup size). That's why I use Save File To. It simply lets you download files to specific locations through the right-click context menu -- yay!


2. The Firefox Home Tab -- People's Choice Award

I mentioned the Home Tab Design Challenge few weeks ago, but as it had just begun there was nothing to show. Now there's been a ton of entries, and even the first round of votes have been cast. Head on over to the Top 10 to see the results of the first round -- or sign up to vote in the second round.

I can't work out whether the winner of the People's Choice Award will be the actual home tab design, or whether Mozilla will pick their own winner -- but either way, the current top 10 all look fantastic! This is yet another fine example of competition driving innovation: how long do you think it'll be before Google releases a new home tab design for Chrome...?

(The screenshot above is a still image from Alberto Moreno's home tab design video.)

3. Mozilla Lab's Ubiquity dies a quiet death

As reported by our crack Israeli journalistic commando Erez, it seems Ubiquity has... died (or perhaps not). For such a grandiose and omnipresent moniker, you'd have expected Ubiquity to make a bigger splash, but after a year of development its status has been moved to 'indefinite hiatus'.

I'll mirror Erez's thoughts on the matter: it's a shame development has ceased. Ubiquity brought some futuristic-like innovations to Firefox -- if you've not toyed with it, you should give it a go! But obviously don't get too excited... because it's going to be a while before any further updates are released.

4. New Firefox 3.7/4.0 UI begins to appear in nightly builds, looks a lot like Chrome

Yup, I'm reporting on some new-look buttons. But damn, look at them! All rounded... and stuff. I told you it was a slow news week. The new Firefox buttons look REALLY like Chrome in my opinion -- take a look:
It's not just me that can see the similarity, right? Anyway, if you want to give the new buttons a go, grab a nightly 3.7a2 build.

5. And finally, the news you've all been waiting for: THE BROWSER BALLOT SCREEN

Firefox might be losing market share to Chrome... but not for long! In Europe, anyway. But considering the EU has long been a Firefox stronghold I guess this change will merely bolster Firefox's figures rather than upset the entire browser share landscape.

Of course, this is just the tip of the continuing anti-trust/browser war. Microsoft has already fired back by encouraging the EU to open another anti-trust case -- this time with Google as the focus. The 'Microsofting' (or rather, 'old Microsofting', as they've turned a new leaf, y'know?) of Apple and Google is going to come under a lot of scrutiny in the next few years -- but this is about Firefox, which will no doubt flourish in the de-monopolized EU browser market! Long live the Fox.

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