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Bring Firefox Home to the iPhone

Firefox Home

Well, we all know we are not going to see Firefox on the iPhone.  Then again, we might get the next best thing with Firefox Home.  Using the technology behind Firefox Sync, this iPhone app with give an Firefox user access to their browser history, bookmarks and tabs from their recent browser session. In other words, you are kind of getting Firefox – but exactly the way you use it in your day to day life now.

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Bring iGoogle to the Firefox Sidebar (iPhone Version)

I start every one of my Firefox browsing adventures with iGoogle loaded up as my home page.  However, I would like to check up on my iGoogle page without going to the homepage over and over again through the day.  Can I just load it up into the sidebar?  Yes, we can!

 iGoogle in Firefox Sidebar

How do you make it happen?  Drag this link to your bookmarks bar:

Now, right-click the bookmark, and select Properties.  Click the check mark box for loading this bookmark in the sidebar, and then click on the Save Changes button.  Now when you click the bookmark, it should open up the iPhone version of the iGoogle Homepage.

If you have RSS items on your iGoogle page, they show up very nicely (you can see them in the screenshot above) and some items, like weather will be click-able to show you more information on whatever they are about.  The search box is about useless (due to it being so small) but other than that, another fine iPhone/Google/Firefox hack-around bookmark.

Bonus Tip – drag this link (iGoogle mini) to your bookmarks bar to make it a popup version instead.  If you like that, you can read more about the Top 5 Google Popup Bookmarklets on Mitchelaneous.

iPhone’s Google Reader on Your Desktop

Like the iPhone version of Google Reader, but want to bring it to your desktop?  With this quick tip, you can load it up as a sidebar in Firefox – like this:

google-reader-sidebar

How do you make it happen?  Drag this link to your bookmarks bar:

Now, right-click the bookmark, and select Properties.  Click the check mark box for loading this bookmark in the sidebar, and then click on the Save Changes button.  Now when you click the bookmark, it should open up the iPhone version of the Google Reader.  The buttons are a little funny, but everything should pretty much work like it does on the iPhone. 

If you want to read more about any story, click on the title, and then to go to the web page for the story or post, click on See original.  This will load up a lightweight version of the site where the story came from.  Not perfect, but still fun to play with and semi-functional to use.

Bonus Tip – drag this link (mini reader) to your bookmarks bar to make it a popup instead.  If you like that, you can read more about the Top 5 Google Popup Bookmarklets on Mitchelaneous.

Scroll the Google News Headlines in Your Firefox Sidebar

You can load up Google News in your Firefox sidebar.  This quick tip and tweak will give you the ability to check out the iPhone optimized Google News in your Firefox sidebar.  This makes scrolling through the day’s news an even quicker and easier experience.

  Google News Sidebar

How do you make it happen?  Drag this link to your bookmarks bar:

Now, right-click the bookmark, and select Properties.  Click the check mark box for loading this bookmark in the sidebar, and then click on the Save Changes button.  Now when you click the bookmark, it should open up the iPhone version of the Google News. 

To use it, click on Front Page to get all the big news stories of the day, and then click on Sections to find specific news about a certain topic, such as World News, Sci/Tech, and more.  The search is also usable, to find news about anything you might be thinking about at the time. 

Bonus Tip – drag this link (mini news) to your bookmarks bar to make it a popup version instead.  If you like that, you can read more about the Top 5 Google Popup Bookmarklets on Mitchelaneous.

No iPhone Firefox, Apple makes it too hard

No iPhone-fox?

The team over at Wired have posted a very interesting article with Mozilla’s CEO, John Lilly about a number of topics.  One of the topics that came up was iPhone and the easy somebody like Mozilla would have developing for it:

Wired: Are you going to develop a version of Firefox for the iPhone?

Lilly: No. Apple makes it too hard. They say it’s because of technical issues — they don’t want outsiders to disrupt the user experience. That’s a business argument masquerading as a technological argument. We’re focusing on more important stuff. The iPhone has been influential, but there’s not that many of them. We’re part of the LiMo Foundation — Linux on Mobile. The Razr V2 is a LiMo phone, and you’ll see more in the next year or so.

I do understand Apple’s need to “control the experience” with the iPhone, and hey… who knows, this could really open some doors for other phones and mobile devices.  Also Apple isn’t going to want to take away from Safari which for me as a Windows user has not been much than bundle-ware with iTunes. 

Check out the full interview with Lilly:  The Mozilla CEO on His Firefox Strategy, His Google Gambit, and Working With Apple

Use iPhone Web Apps in Firefox’s Sidebar

iPhone Apps for FirefoxCome on, there has to be something useful the rest of the world (who doesn’t have an iPhone) can do with all these neat slim web apps that are coming out for the device, right? Looks like “the great themer” TwisterMC had the same idea:

Firefox’s sidebar is and odd place to load a web page, however if you manage your bookmarks, there will be an option to load any bookmark in your sidebar. The good news is that some iPhone applications can load and work in Firefox’s sidebar!

I have to admit some of them look pretty cool.

Check out the iPhone Application List for more suggestions to try too.

Found another iPhone application that looks good in the Firefox sidebar?