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Chrome extensions with right-click context menus coming soon! And your chance to win a Chrome hoodie...

In a move that is surely an effort to keep pace with Firefox's helter-skelter development of Jetpack, Chrome Beta now has a context menu API! There's also a bunch of other new APIs, the most exciting being the Omnibox API. Imagine Chrome's built-in search engines (type 'Amazon', then a space, and then a book name -- it searches Amazon!), but with extension access. Type the name of an extension...

Now's the time to make your first Firefox add-on with the Mozilla Add-ons Builder

Released with nary a muted fanfare, you'd be forgiven for having never seen or used the Mozilla Add-ons Builder. The Builder is a Web-based add-on SDK (and yes, you need to use Firefox to get the most out of it!) This new tool, which is obviously aimed at boosting both educational and commercial adoption of Firefox's new add-on architecture, is actually constructed from two technologies that...

Firefox Friday Five: Firefox Home for iPhone available, 'it's like you're really there' with (earth)QuakeyFox, India's first Web browser, the Mozilla app store... and more!

Good afternoon! I have good news and bad news. This will be my last Firefox Friday for July, because I'm going on holiday. Lee and Matthew will pick up the slack while I'm gone. A different point of view is always interesting and I thoroughly look forward to reading the column while on vacation, sprawled across a babe-blanketed balmy beach somewhere in Eastern Europe... Anyway, there's a lot of...

Firefox Friday Five: Mozilla Labs in overdrive and some lovely Firefox wallpapers

A happy, sweaty Friday to you all! This week we were meant to see the final release of 3.6.4, the minor release that 'crash proofs' Firefox. Instead, we have a release candidate -- the final release will probably come later in the month (along with the first beta of Firefox 4.0!) Early testing from Mozilla suggests that 3.6.4's Crash Protection may significantly reduce crashes, so even if you...

Firefox Friday: getting down and dirty with the Firefox Creative Lead, Aza Raskin

Today we have something different for you. You're not getting add-ons, beta releases or titbits from Mozilla Labs this week -- oh no, instead you're going to be treated to an interview with the Creative Lead of Firefox, Aza Raskin. It's not the frankest interview I've ever conducted -- there's definitely a little coyness; a couple of crinkled, twinkled corneas -- but it's still very...

Firefox Friday Five!

I just glanced at the world weather forecast and it seems, somehow, that it is sunny EVERYWHERE. Unless you're reading this in India or China, in which case the sun has already set -- but that's beyond the point! It looks like summer is finally here (unless you're in Australia, but it never gets cold there, so who cares) -- and with the balmy heat, a slew of new releases have been ejected from...

Firefox Friday Four (yes, it's a slow week)

Happy Friday! If you're American: enjoy your crashing market. If you're British: Change! Change! Oh wait... I guess 'change!' is kind of American too. Anyway... I had hoped to have some interview responses from an important bigwig at Mozilla, but it looks like I'll be deferring that until next week. Instead,you get some fitting, slow-going news to peruse as your Friday waxes gently into...

Firefox Friday Five

After last week's positively snooze-worthy releases from Mozilla, this week has been much more exciting. Not only do we have tons of news from Mozilla Labs, but we also have new versions of Firefox to play around with AND some cool new add-ons! Let's start with the hot news that Lee broke earlier today: 1. Firefox 3.7 (or 4) will have a sexy new add-on manager It seems like there's a huge...

Firefox Friday Five

It's Friday AGAIN! Amazing how, like clockwork, Friday continues to occur every seven days. Incidentally, while on the topic of the day/night cycle, what part of the Earth is shown in the Firefox logo to the right? I presume that little lump is meant to be the United Kingdom, but the rest... I don't know! News from Mozilla and Firefox has actually been pretty slow this week, probably because...

Firefox Friday Five

By now you should know what this column is all about: Firefox. Everything Firefox. Some of this will be new, some of it old, but generally all of it will be pretty neat if you're a Firefox user. Let's get stuck in! 1. You can undo closed tabs in Firefox You know what Ctrl-T does, right? It opens a new tab. How about Ctrl-Tab? It cycles through your tabs! Now... what happens if you throw...

Firefox Friday Five... Fireworks... 2010...!

How better to chime in the new year with some neat Firefox news? 2009 was a great year for Firefox, as I covered in my review last week, but now it's time to look towards 2010! You might've spent the last week being lazy and stuffing your face full of left-over turkey, but it seems the Firefox community has hardly taken a break. Let's get stuck in then, with some news of the Firefox...

Mozilla Jetpack contest winner harnesses GPU power to process data

Mozilla Labs has announced a winner of the Jetpack .5 contest. While Jetpack is known primarily as a framework for allowing coders with a web development background to put together add-on type enhancements for Firefox, the winner 's project wasn't your run-of-the-mill sidebar hack. Alex Miltsev's submission was jetpack-to-CUDA, and it provides Jetpack developers with a simple way to offload...

Jetpack 0.4, now with audio recording and page mods

Jetpack is Mozilla's new favorite power tool for customizing the browsing experience. As Lee has explained here on Download Squad, Jetpack makes creating Mozilla add-ons easier, allow developers to build using HTML, CSS and Javascript. The latest Jetpack release, 0.4, includes APIs for audio recording and encoding, as well as a page modification API. Audio can be recorded directly to...

New Jetpack add-on puts any web page in the slidebar

The Mozilla Jetpack "In the Wild" page seems to get a little bigger every day. Mozilla is rightfully proud of the fledgling project, and for good reason. Jetpack brings no-restart add-on installation to Firefox and it opens development to a huge base of coders since they need only know HTML, CSS, and Javascript. Any Webpage Slidebar is a good example of what Jetpack can do in a very limited...

Mozilla takes Jetpack back to the future with v.2 release

While it's still just a few weeks old, Mozilla is already working hard to get Jetpack ready for the future. Version 0.2 has been released, and it comes with several new API additions that make Jetpack development easier and provide access to features that will be baked in to future releases. The most obvious addition is the Slidebar, which you can see in the screenshot above. It's a lightweight...