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Bring back the grid layout to YouTube's My subscriptions page

YouTube changed the look of its subscriptions page a few years ago, moving from a grid layout to a single-column view that requires a great deal more scrolling to view its wares. If you've been pining for the good ol' days of the My subscriptions grid view, there is an easy fix for Chrome and Firefox.

For Firefox, install the YouTube Subscriptions Grid add-on. After installing it and refreshing your subscriptions page, you'll see a grid layout with a lot less wasted space. On my 13-inch MacBook Pro, which features a 1,280x800-pixel screen resolution, the grid goes … Read more

Firefox OS faces brutal road ahead

Can a browser transform into a phone? Firefox maker Mozilla certainly hopes so, but skepticism among analysts has been the backdrop to Mozilla's claims of growing customer interest in its small, plasticky, and brightly colored Firefox phones.

Those phones have seen rapid expansion of availability in their first month on the market, from initial sales only in Spain, to now include Venezuela, Colombia, Poland, and soon eBay customers in the U.S. and the U.K.

The Firefox OS phones serve two purposes, according to Gartner analyst Carolina Milanesi. She said that the development of Firefox OS is about … Read more

PirateBrowser lets you sail past Internet censors

In the wake of the release of Firefox 23, the infamous torrent site The Pirate Bay, released its own Web browser, dubbed "PirateBrowser." The package browser is a bundling of a custom Portable Firefox Browser with the add-on FoxyProxy and Vidalia (a Tor Client).

All this work is being done with the goal of allowing the user to bypass the censor net of certain countries such as United Kingdom, Ireland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Denmark, Italy, Iran, and North Korea. The browser is portable so you can just put it on a thumb drive and take it with … Read more

ZTE Open Firefox OS handset to hit eBay for $80

Firefox OS will be making a more "global" debut quite soon.

Mozilla and ZTE announced today that the ZTE Open running Firefox OS will be available "soon" on eBay. The companies didn't specify exactly when the handset will hit the e-commerce site, but did say that it'll come in the color orange and will be unlocked, allowing it to run on the carrier network of the customer's choice.

The ZTE Open will cost eBay customers in the U.S. and U.K. $80. The handset's Firefox OS installation relies on the Web … Read more

Firefox updates preach sharing, shielding, and a bit of 'Awesome'

On Tuesday, Mozilla released a new version update for Firefox (Windows, Mac, Linux) that expands its social functionality by integrating a "Share" button into the Firefox toolbar.

The new "Share" button lets users post an interesting article to friends and family via profile, private message, or e-mail, without having to leave the page. This is already complemented by a slew of recent feature add-ons in Firefox that include the ability to view your feeds, check status updates and activity, and chat with friends directly within the sidebar.

Mixed content blocking is now also enabled by default … Read more

Firefox 23 nixes support for outdated blink HTML tag

Watch out, Web site owners: all of that blinking might need to go away soon.

Mozilla announced on Tuesday that Firefox 23, the latest version of its browser, will not support the HTML tag blink. The blink HTML tag allows Web site owners to make text start blinking. It was popular in the 1990s, but thankfully fell out of favor years ago after the world decided it was extremely, extremely annoying.

With Mozilla's decision, blink is all but dead. Google's Chrome, Apple's Safari, and Opera have all abandoned the tag, leaving it with precious few places to … Read more

Review: Firefox 23 brings more awesome to Android

Firefox for Android now introduces the "Awesome screen," a bookmark screen with direct links to saved pages not unlike the "Speed Dial" page or bookmarks page found in Opera and Chrome, respectively. Yes, you read that correctly..."Awesome screen."

A more notable upgrade is what Mozilla has done with the title bar, itself, as well as a new "Switch to Tab" function. The title bar will now attempt to automatically predict and fill in the URL of the site you're trying to reach, similar to the Omnibar functionality found in Chrome. … Read more

Review: Firefox 23 adds a mouth to share and eyes to see

Firefox 23 expands its social functionality by integrating a share button into the Firefox toolbar.

The new share button lets users post an interesting article to friends and family via profile, private message, or e-mail without having to leave the page. This is already complemented by a slew of recent feature add-ons in Firefox that include the ability to view your feeds, check status updates and activity, and chat with friends directly within the sidebar.

Developers are also given a few new toys to play with, notably the Network Monitor. The Network Monitor, a convenient, historical view of network activity … Read more

Firefox OS phones arrive in Latin America

After launching in Europe earlier this year, Firefox OS has now landed in Latin America.

Telefonica's local brands in Colombia and Venezuela started selling two Firefox OS phones on Thursday: the Alcatel OneTouch Fire and ZTE Open.

In Colombia, the devices cost 199,900 pesos ($105) on prepay or 99,900 pesos on a 12-month contract at 39,900 pesos per month. In Venezuela, the Fire is priced at VEF Bs 1,739 ($275) and the ZTE Open at Bs 1,159.

Thursday's launch sees the number of countries where Firefox OS devices are available rising to four, … Read more

Secure or delete saved passwords in Firefox

Managing passwords in Firefox is relatively easy, but doesn't afford you the same flexibility you'll find in Google Chrome. When you mistype a password in Chrome, you can easily open the password manager and adjust the typo. However, in Firefox, you only have the option to delete the saved password, and start anew.

One perk that you will find with Firefox is a master password to protect your sensitive data. Although this is just a small hurdle for someone who is determined to get your information, it's better than the zero security options you'll find for … Read more