Go Add-ons…It’s Your Birthday…Go Add-ons

Some useful newbies
So I’m jazzed about some recent mobile add-ons going through the AMO funnel. The first experimental add-on is called Lazy Click. It’s purpose is to fix potential missed clicks by searching the adjacent area and applying the click to the closest object that can accept clicks, for instance, a link or a button. So simple, yet so helpful! This browser extension will potentially help me avoid using my stylus or zooming in just to click a link.  My fat fingers thank you!

Firefound is another mobile,as well as desktop add-on that may help me avoid some unnecessary heart burn. This add-on helps you find your computer or mobile phone if it is lost or stolen. Every time your computer’s location changes, FireFound sends a secure message to a central server with its current location. You can then log into the server and see your computer’s current location. All of the location data is encrypted, so no one can find out where your computer or mobile is without your password. If you lose your computer or mobile, you can tell FireFound to clear your personal data (saved passwords, browsing history, etc.) if anyone starts your browser before you can retrieve it. Very cool.

Pre Add-on-Con Workshop
Add-on-Con takes place at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View on December 11, 2009. This conference is designed specifically for people who build and market browser add-ons. In honor of this, a couple of us are hosting a fun workshop on the eve of this conference to help answer questions, provide ideas and have some fun. Folks from the AMO and the mobile team will be to help walk through developing add-ons for mobile or desktop and show how to port your existing add-on to mobile. Food and drinks will be in abundance, so bring your appetite. All  the workshop details can be found here. Hope to see you there.

Less than two weeks left to take the Mobile Add-on Challenge
Develop or port your existing add-on to mobile on or before December 7, 2009 for your chance to win 1 of 10 shiny, new Nokia N900s.  We’re looking for innovative add-ons that are compatible with mobile. Judging will commence the week of the 7th and winners will be announced on or before December 14. Good luck. Check out the complete contest details.

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10 thoughts on “Go Add-ons…It’s Your Birthday…Go Add-ons

  1. Wow, FireFound sounds awesome and no doubt revolutionary.
    Weave Sync should be recommended as a companion add-on for it for additional peace of mind so that if a user does have to wipe out their data from their lost or stolen device, they’ll still have it all backed up elsewhere.

    Thanks for sharing.

    By the way, since you planted it and it just won’t go away, how do I get ♫-In da Club-♪ out of my head? 🙂

  2. Anonymous

    FireFound seems to completely miss the point, as far as I can tell. First, it assumes that someone who steals your laptop will boot it rather than wiping it. Second, if someone steals your laptop they shouldn’t have the ability to get into your files at all in the first place, which includes your Firefox profile as well as everything else. Encryption gives a whole lot more peace of mind.

  3. hmmm…. nice add ons…

  4. its a good platform about mobiles.i like this one.and we can fined the latest information here.

  5. Aloha! wde

  6. will these add-ons work with the Maemo browser as well, or only fennec?

  7. Jose Xavier

    I just discover that contest today 😦

  8. Jose Xavier

    Where can i download the mobile version of firefox to test some addons?

    • Caitlin Looney

      Hi Jose,

      You can go to Firefox.com/mobile and select the “Download Firefox for mobile to your desktop” link on the right-hand side. A version for PC will appear, then go to https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/mobile to check out experimental and/or mobile add-ons for Firefox. Thank you!

  9. “you can go to Firefox.com/mobile and select the “Download Firefox for mobile to your desktop” link on the right-hand side. A version for PC will appear, then go to https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/mobile to check out experimental and/or mobile add-ons for Firefox. Thank you!”

    I tried this but I was not able to get it from the uk? Is this because of my firewall or security programmes blocking me from getting access.

    I really do like the idea of firefound, and would very much like to give it a try.

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