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Bing Powered Firefox?

Firefox and BingWith earthquakes in Oklahoma and the string of tornado watches that were going on yesterday in November, it seems like everything has been a little wacky these days.  To give you one more thing to file under the crazy category, Firefox is now distributing a version of Firefox that uses Bing as the default search engine, rather than Google.  It was only a few short years ago that Firefox and Microsoft (the parent company of Bing) were at each other’s throats – now they are teaming up against Google? I guess the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

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Chrome Up Firefox 4

Firefox 4 really brought a new look and feel to the browser that was refreshing for me.  However, some people still like the overall look and feel of the Google Chrome browser more.  Well, now you can have the best of both worlds with the FXChrome theme for Firefox.

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Google Shortener

Shrink Links with GoogleLooking for an add-on that will let you use the Google link shortener (goo.gl) right from your right-click menu inside of Firefox? Google Shortener will get the job done. This simple little add-on for the Firefox browser simply gives you a browser-based front end to shorten your own links using the goo.gl link shortening service.  Is there more under the hood though to this amazingly simple add-on?

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Apture Highlights

Apture HighlightsUntil now, every Firefox add-on that promises to give me awesome abilities to look things up when I highlight a word have been mediocre at best. The Apture Highlights add-on for Firefox really is a game changer.  It allows you to highlight a phrase and get background information from Wikipedia, YouTube, Twitter and more – on the same page.  It also gives me this ability without looking tacky or sticking out like a sore thumb.

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Unwanted Plugins in Firefox

Do you want these plugins?

Is it fair that other companies can install unrequested plugins to Firefox?  It is happening right now, and there is not a lot we can do about it.  Asa Dotzler brought this topic up in one of his most recent blog posts and I do think it is an interesting debate.  The three big tech giants out there find it ok to add things to Firefox without asking me first.  Google does it.  Microsoft does it.  Even Apple does it. 

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Tweak Google with GoogleMonkeyR

Google Tweaks in Greasemonkey Script

Need to tweak the Google search interface, and make it look the way you want it to look?  Maybe you want a few more columns of results? Maybe you don’t like the related searches? One great tool to use to tweak your Google search interface is GoogleMonkeyR.  This user script written for the Greasemonkey add-on will have you tweaking Google in just a few clicks.

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gTranslate

Better Firefox Translations

What if translating text to a different language was as easy as highlighting text in your browser?  It can be, if you pick up the gTranslate add-on for Firefox. With gTranslate installed, you can quickly translate any text on any webpage just by selecting the text you want to translate and right-clicking on it with your mouse.

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Google URL Shortener for Firefox

goo.gl Shorter Links

Google recently released an excellent web-based front end to the link shortening service they provide, but no Firefox add-on to compliment it.  Have no fear, because goo.gl lite is here.  This simple extension lets you shorten long URLs, using the goo.gl domain with just one click – and instantly copies the resulting URL to your clipboard for you. 

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