This Firefox extension kills the pesky problem of noisy web pages hiding in your tabs

I end up talking a lot about Chrome extensions and apps partly because it’s the browser I use every day, and partly because so much active development is happening on Chrome. But today I’ve got a great tool for all the Firefox users out there who open a lot of tabs at once or are tired of videos auto-playing in tabs that aren’t the main focus.

The Firefox add-on Open Link in Silent Tab gives you the option to open a tab without loading the corresponding webpage. Once you switch to that tab the page automatically loads. The downside to this is it will slow down your browsing a bit since you’ll have to wait for the page to load. But it also makes it easier to have multiple tabs open without slowing down the whole program and also means you don’t have a bunch of auto-playing videos going off at once.

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The Open Link in Silent Tab add-on places a new option in your context menu.

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AVG's Crumble extension simplifies online privacy

We’ve talked about anti-tracking extensions before. These are the tools that prevent online advertisers from tracking you online, allowing you to retain your privacy. There are many to choose from—including Disconnect, DNT+, and Ghostery—but recently AVG came out with a new extension for Chrome called Crumble that’s worth trying out.

AVG already offered an anti-tracking extension for Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. The difference with Crumble is that it doesn’t rely on blacklists. Instead, Crumble is designed to identify and block tracking cookies on its own without the need to rely on a central database of domain names.

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AVG’s Crumble for Chrome.

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How to blast through your daily email with InboxVudu

Have you ever noticed a direct relationship between the amount of email you get and your level of hatred for the service? I have, and that’s why I’m always trying to find different ways to tweak email and streamline it as much as possible through filters, labels/folders, and so on.

I’ve been trying out a service called InboxVudu that helps pare down your email to only the essential stuff. There are other service that do this such as Gmail Inbox, but I find Google’s solution messy and overwhelming.

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The Gmail permissions required by InboxVudu.

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How to use Google's Search Tools filters to find exactly what you're looking for

Google’s search results are pretty darn good in general. Most of the time I find what I’m looking for on the first page. But there are times when a simple keyword or plain language search just won’t do.

When that happens, it’s good to know about Google’s search tools that let you refine your results with a few simple filters.

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How to view recent webpages when you're offline

I hate those moments when you’re without Internet, yet you still need to see a webpage that you were looking at just moments earlier. It’s frustrating, but if you’re running Chrome or Firefox then getting to a recently viewed webpage while offline is easy.

Both browsers have the ability to display content in their respective caches—temporarily saved webpage data—instead of the live version of the site.

This can be imperfect since the page can change while you’re offline, rendering the saved version inaccurate, and the browser cache only contains a limited amount of your recent browsing history. It also doesn’t work on sites that provide live feeds of content, such as Facebook or Netflix.

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Create personalized, universal keyboard shortcuts for 50+ music sites with this awesome Chrome extension

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love keyboard shortcuts. They take a little time to learn, but shortcuts make you far more efficient in front of the PC.

But shortcuts don’t have to be all about work. They can help you have fun too.

Streamkeys is a fantastic Chrome extension that lets you control the music players for more than 50 media sites such as Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Soundcloud, Spotify, and YouTube. If you can think of a mainstream music site, Streamkeys can help you control it.

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How to turn your smartphone into a remote control for YouTube on your PC

It’s Friday! What better time to kick back with a relaxing YouTube session after a tough week? Whether you’re watching on a PC at the office or at home, you can make it even better by turning your smartphone into a remote control.

No, you don’t need a Chromecast or a TV. Just your PC and a smartphone will do.

Here’s how it works using an Android smartphone, but it works pretty much the same way on iPhones, too.

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