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How to sync Firefox 4 to Android

If any single feature in the new Firefox 4 could be described as "killer," it's Firefox Sync. Originally launched as a buggy add-on called Mozilla Weave several years ago, it now comes baked directly into Firefox and with all its creases ironed out. It will synchronize your bookmarks, passwords, preferences, history, and tabs across not only multiple computers, but your Android and Maemo phones and tablets, too.

Check out the procedure for linking up Firefox on all your digital toys in this How To video, and if you have any questions about Sync, let me know in the comments below.


How to configure IE9 tracking protection

Ads that track your online behavior using cookies aren't the worst problem on the Internet, but they are one of the more annoying ones. Internet Explorer 9 offers a tracking ad blocker similar to Firefox's AdBlock Plus add-on, except this one's built in.

In this video, we show you how to enable the list, how to tweak it to your liking, and how to download extra lists to customize it even further.


Feel free to toss around FirstLook spy bot

iRobot's FirstLook can be thrown from a height of 15 feet before it starts spying.

iRobot is introducing a new pint-size spybot that users can throw or even submerge in water before it starts roving around and doing surveillance.

The 110 FirstLook is a rugged little remote-controlled machine that's 10 inches long and weighs less than 5 pounds. It has four cameras and IR lights for night work, as well as a pair of flippers to overcome obstacles and right itself (see vid below).

With a top speed of 3.5 mph, FirstLook can roll around for six hours per charge or operate for 10 hours while stationary. It's controlled from a wrist-mounted touchscreen remote, seen above.

Rugged like the battle-tested PackBot, FirstLook can survive drops of 15 feet onto a concrete surface, as well as immersion in water, according to IEEE Spectrum.

The robot can network with other FirstLooks to relay information over long distances. It can also carry payloads such as thermal imagers, radiation sensors, and up to a half-pound of explosives.

Now wouldn't that be a tasty little toy to play with? We'll get more info about FirstLook as details are made available.


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