According to global analytics web site StatCounter, Firefox 3.5 has edged past Internet Explorer 7 as the most popular browser on the market today. Keep in mind that the stats in question are differentiating by version, so it's actually kind of a lucky swing for Firefox at the moment, as Internet Explorer users continue to migrate from IE7 to IE8. (IE8 will most likely surpass Firefox 3.5 shortly.) If we were comparing browser share but ignoring version numbers, we'd be looking at a very different picture (though IE continues its steady decline while Firefox and Chrome usage appears to be steadily growing). Either way, it's a small victory for the non-default browser market. [StatsCounter via Mashable]
Chrome only: The oft-imitated New Tab button on Google's Chrome browser isn't bad, but it's not the most customizable either. Soup it up—and access your favorite bookmarked web sites quickly—with Speed Dial.
Instead of keeping 4,000 tabs or windows open so you can revisit web sites quickly, just drop them into Speed Dial and keep them all accessible in a single click. The next time you open Speed Dial, all your favorite sites will be neatly lined up with a thumbnail preview of each page so you can tell what's what at a glance. That's all pretty similar to how the default New Tab page works, but Speed Dial expands on that in a few ways.
This slick extension lets you choose how many favorite slots you want to have available, anywhere from three to 36. You can also customize the background color, theme, and whether you want the search box displayed on Speed Dial's main screen.
Once installed, the extension places a small icon in the address bar of your browser. When you're visiting a page you want to add to Speed Dial, just click the icon and it will appear in your list. Note: Sometimes it takes a minute or two for changes to show up.