ScrollAnywhere is a browser add-on for the Firefox web browser that adds several new scrolling options such as grab and drag scrolling or scrolling without using the scrollbar to the browser.
Firefox users who use the desktop version of the web browser have a handful of options when it comes to scrolling: from using the scroll bar to middle-mouse scrolling or using the keyboard to scroll a page.
Extensions are available to improve scrolling behavior or even add new scrolling options. We reviewed Grab and Drag back in 2008 which added mobile-like scrolling to Firefox and a Smooth Scrolling extension to make scrolling really soft.
Mozilla improved scrolling in Firefox over the years as well. Mozilla introduced APZ in 2015 and introduced scroll anchoring in 2019.
ScrollAnywhere adds powerful new scrolling options to the Firefox web browser and improves others. One of its core features adds another scroll option to one of the mouse buttons. Mapped to the middle button by default, it allows Firefox users to use just the middle button to scroll on a page.
Those that prefer right or left button may enable it to use those buttons. The default scroll style emulates the scroll bar but this too can be changed to grab and drag scrolling or dynamic speed scrolling. Grab and drag works similarly to the touch-based scrolling on smartphones and tablets.
A look in the options reveals plenty of settings to tweak. You can change the default scroll button and style there but also a significant number of other options including modifier keys to only scroll when a key is held down.
Other scrolling related options include modifying the scroll speed and multiplier, and momentum. You can disable momentum entirely if you don’t like the idea that the scroll speed changes the faster you flick the page up or down.
Users who do like the idea may customize the experience by changing the default formula and tweaking individual parameters such as page weight, maximum speed, or additional speed or duration.
The extension does not change the cursor by default for performance purposes but you may change it to one of several dozen cursors if you like that.
You may disable the extension from running on entire domains or pages, and the same option exists when you activate the icon that it places in the Firefox toolbar. There you find an option to disable the extension on the site; useful if a site does not work well or at all when the extension is enabled.
ScrollAnywhere users may export the configuration and import it at any time, e.g. using another profile or a Firefox installation on another system.
The author of the extension notes that it does not work on all pages and that is certainly contradicting the “anywhere” part of the name. Most of these limits are technical in nature: Mozilla prohibits extensions from working on internal pages (including PDF viewer and Reader view), the add-ons website, or other extension pages. Nothing can be done about these limitations unless Mozilla changes them or provides an option to turn them off.
ScrollAnywhere is a useful extension for the Firefox web browser that introduces new scrolling controls and options. The add-on is well designed and updated regularly by its developer.
Now you: how do you scroll? Do you use a scrolling extension?
Qualcomm Steps Up to the 5G Plate with New Snapdragon Chips — ADTmag
Qualcomm Steps Up to the 5G Plate with New Snapdragon Chips
Qualcomm Technologies unveiled two new 5G mobile phone processors this week: the Snapdragon 865 for high-end Android phones, such as Samsung’s Galaxy and Google’s Pixel, and the slightly slower and less expensive Snapdragon 765. The company made the announcements at its annual Snapdragon Tech Summit, promising to make the chips generally available for mobile devices in Q1 of 2020.
The Snapdragon 865 comes bundled with Qualcomm’s X55 modem/antenna system, which the company claims will deliver peak modem speeds of up to 7.5 Gbps. What the company is calling the Snapdragon Mobile Platform also includes the 5th generation Qualcomm AI Engine, the new Qualcomm Sensing Hub, and the Qualcomm Spectra 480 Image Signal Processor (ISP).
Alex Katouzian, senior vice president and general manager of Qualcomm’s mobile group, called the 865 “the culmination of Qualcomm’s more than 30 years of wireless leadership and innovation.”
The Snapdragon 865 is aimed at high-end phones, but the Snapdragon 765 comes with an integrated 5G modem, which reduces its cost and may provide a kind of 5G onramp for budget conscious end users.
At the conference, Qualcomm predicted that 1.4 billion smartphones will include 5G tech by 2022. There are currently more than 2 million 5G subscribers in South Korea, and Qualcomm mobile phone maker Samsung expects to see 4 million of their 5G mobile phones in that country by year’s end. Qualcomm expects all high-end Android phones using its chips to support 5G next year.
Apple, which builds its own processors, recently signed a multi-year deal with Qualcomm to buy its 5G modems. The company has said that the iPhone will get 5G in September of next year.
The San Diego, CA-based mobile chipmaker is promoting the lower-cost chipsets (765G) for the next generation of 5G gamers with a set features called Snapdragon Elite Gaming, which the company says will deliver “desktop-quality gaming and ultra-realistic graphics.” The next-gen Kryo 585 CPU is designed to deliver up to a 25% performance improvement, the company says, and the new Qualcomm Adreno 650 GPU offers up to a 25% overall performance boost, compared to the previous generations.
“We expect Snapdragon 865 and 765/765G to power the most advanced Android-based smartphones in 2020—regardless of whether users are 5G or 4G coverage,” Qualcomm said in a press release.
John has been covering the high-tech beat from Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area for nearly two decades. He serves as Editor-at-Large for Application Development Trends (www.ADTMag.com) and contributes regularly to Redmond Magazine, The Technology Horizons in Education Journal, and Campus Technology. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Everything Guide to Social Media; The Everything Computer Book; Blobitecture: Waveform Architecture and Digital Design; John Chambers and the Cisco Way; and Diablo: The Official Strategy Guide.