Good news for Firefox users – the next version of Firefox (Firefox 22) will block third-party cookies by default – just as Safari does today.
Firefox readies tougher stance on cookies, Seth Rosenblatt, CNet (Apr 10)
Other Firefox improvements include better memory management and faster load times on sites heavy with images; automatically word-wrapping plain-text files displayed in the browser; changes to make otherwise broken sites more compatible; and support for the HTML5 < time > and < time > elements.
Decisions, decisions. This PC Mag review of the five main browsers gives Chrome a very slight edge over Firefox, the new Internet Explorer 10, something called Maxathon (all tied in second place), and Opera in last place.
Browser Wars: Chrome vs. IE10 vs. Firefox by Michael Muchmore, PC Magazine (March 8)
Maxathon is dubbed a “cloud browser” because if syncs everything, and you “download” the web pages to the cloud rather than your computer.
If the idea of being able to take a screen capture of a webpage, download video, or switch to a dark view for night viewing appeals to you, give Maxthon a download.
The surprising news was how well IE10 scored. Windows 7 and 8 users may want to enjoy its speed (much better than IE9), its very fast start up time, and its reasonable compliance with html5 (whereas IE9 was poor).
Points in the article:
- speed for display
- speed for startup – but differences won’t be noticeable
- standard’s compliance - Maxathon soars.
- the appearance – depends on how minimalist you like it.
- security and privacy - IE did best on download protection
- syncing – they all do it – across computers and mobile devices.
- extensions – Firefox is still in the lead.
Firefox excels in providing searchers tools for search. These articles show how to set up the tools.
Firefox Search Bar
Speed up searches at individual sites or at a selected search engine directly from your browser. Chrome and Firefox are especially well suited for creating custom searches.
Five Custom Searches You Should Enable In Your Browser Right Now by Whitson Gordon, LifeHacker (Dec 28)
“These custom searches are very easy to set up. In Chrome, just right-click on the address bar and choose “Edit Search Engines.” You can edit existing ones or add your own, giving them a name, URL, and a keyword that you’ll type to initiate the search (like the example of
lh above. Firefox users just need to create a bookmark with the necessary name, URL, and keyword, and it’ll work like a custom search engine when you type that keyword into your browser.”
Armed with that knowledge, follow the examples given in the posting of setting up custom searches on date ranges, particular topics, dictionaries, favourite sites.