Apple releases Safari 7.0.3 update for Mavericks

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 1, 2014

Apple has released a plethora updates on Tuesday. Earlier in the day, the company has revamped its web-based iWork for iCloud suite and then followed up by half a dozen matching updates to Pages, Keynote and Numbers for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices and Mac computers.

Available now through your Mac’s Software Update mechanism, the new Safari 7.0.3 update brings a bunch of bug fixes and a few noteworthy security-related enhancements like the strengthened Safari sandboxing, improved credit card autofill compatibility with websites and more… Read More

 

iCab Mobile 8.0: rewritten for iOS 7, QR codes, multi-user support and more

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 28, 2014

Remember iCab Mobile, an excellent browser by German developer Alexander Clauss? It was one of the first third-party web browsers to grace the App Store back in 2010 and continues to be packed with advanced features you won’t find in other iPhone browsers.

I’m talking about stuff like Dropbox integration, the ability to upload and download files, sync settings via iCloud, great implementation of tabbed browsing, full screen mode and configurable multi-touch gestures, to name a few.

Alexander has just announced eighth major iteration of iCab Mobile, now available for $1.99 in the App Store for the iPhone and iPad. Here’s what’s new and why you should care… Read More

 

This free Mac util lets you open iCloud Tabs in any web browser

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 5, 2014

Apple’s iCloud is a great way to keep your content synchronized across any number of Macs, iPhones, iPads and iPod touches.

It keeps your photos, calendar items, contacts, passwords and more up to date across devices, including Safari items like bookmarks and open tabs.

This useful feature, called iCloud Tabs, unfortunately is limited to the Apple ecosystem and only works with the company’s own Safari browser for the Mac and iOS. As a result, people who rely on a non-Apple browser such as Mozilla’s Firefox or Google’s Chrome are unable to access the tabs they have open on their other devices.

That is, unless they consider CloudyTabs, a nifty little utility by Josh Parnham that puts iCloud Tabs right in the Mac’s menu bar… Read More

 

How to make Chrome your default browser on iOS

By Sébastien Page on Feb 2, 2014

It took several years for Apple to allow third party web browsers in the App Store, and when it finally did, many users rushed to download Chrome, Google’s own browser based on Apple’s WebKit, and basically a sophisticated wrapper for mobile Safari.

While users can now use various web browsers on iOS, Safari still is the default one. It means that if you open links sent to you via email or text message, the links will automatically open in Safari.

What if you want Chrome to be the default browser on iOS? Read More

 

Google launches Chrome apps for iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 28, 2014

Just when you thought web apps were officially dead on mobile, the Internet giant Google has expanded the reach of its ecosystem by announcing Tuesday that it’s bringing Chrome web applications to iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. Previously, Chrome apps were accessible via desktop computers only.

Conventional wisdom has it that the main advantage of web apps is that they’re written using standard web technologies – HTML5, CSS and Javascript.

In turn, web apps run without major issues on any computing platform with a standards-compliant web browser. I know what you must be thinking, ‘Apple offered web app development for the iPhone and it didn’t work out for them’, right?

Google thought of that, too: an early developer preview of its tool allows developers to actually compile their Chrome web apps as native applications which can be easily distributed through Apple’s App Store and Google’s own Play store… Read More

 

Google posts Chrome iOS update with translation feature, data compression and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 27, 2014

Two weeks ago, Google announced it would be releasing a new Chrome version with a built-in translation feature and data compression engine capable of reducing cellular data usage by up to fifty percent. Today, a free Chrome update has just gone live in the App Store.

It brings the aforementioned Translate and Reduce Data Usage features, along with an improved New Tab Page to make searching faster and easier and the usual assortment of stability fixes and security improvements… Read More

 

Check out Google Now integration on your Mac in latest Chrome Canary release

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 16, 2014

CNET reported last summer that Google Now cards were heading to Google’s Chrome browser for the Mac. Six months later, Google releases a brand new Google Canary build with Google Now cards functionality nested right inside the browser’s notification center which sits in your Mac’s status bar.

Although not all Google Now cards are available in this alpha release of Chrome, the search company has integrated a few of the most popular ones like sports scores, real-time weather updates, and travel information… Read More

 

How to easily download any image on the Mac using Chrome

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 4, 2013

Have you ever tried to right-click on an image in order to save it, only to find that the option to save the image is no where to be found? From time to time you’ll likely run into such an issue, and in many cases it has to do with how a particular web page is designed (css, etc.).

There’s a particular Chrome extension that I use for the Google Chrome browser called Image Downloader. This extension makes it easy to quickly identify all images on a particular web page. You can then download those images in batch form or individually.

Image Downloader probably isn’t an extension that you’ll use on a day-to-day basis, but it’s been instrumental to me in those instances where I needed to quickly download a stubborn image. Have a look at our video walkthrough as I step through the entire image downloading process using this great extension. Read More

 

Hands-free ‘OK Google’ search comes to your Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 27, 2013

Yours truly is a huge fan of Google Now so it goes without saying I’ve long been yearning for that kind of hands-free voice searching on my Mac desktops and notebooks. Available via Google’s free Search app for the iPhone and iPad since November 5, the cool feature dutifully listens to the ‘OK Google’ keyword which initiates a voice search. It’s severely crippled, too, as ‘OK Google’ only works if the Search app is running, as opposed to the always-on implementation on the Nexus 5 and Moto X.

Blame it on Apple’s strict policy that prohibits third-parties from listening to the microphone input in the background. Well, there are no such restrictions on Macs (yet) and Google has taken advantage of the fact and released a nice little extension for its browser allowing you to talk to Google (when you’re using Chrome) hands-free, no typing required… Read More

 

Google criticized over password security in its Chrome browser

By Cody Lee on Aug 8, 2013

Google has come under fire this week for the way that its Chrome browser handles password storage. The criticism comes in light of some new findings posted by software developer Elliott Kember, who says he’s discovered a flaw in the way Chrome handles passwords.

Apparently, in the browser’s settings panel there’s a section that lists all of the websites in which a user has a stored password for, and their corresponding passwords. The data is hidden initially, but the passwords can be exposed with a simple click of the mouse… Read More

 

Chrome 27 for iOS is out with conversational voice search, faster reloading

By Cody Lee on Jun 3, 2013

Boy, today must be the day to update your iOS apps. Hot on the heels of major updates for both WordPress and Google Drive comes a new version of Chrome. The update, which brings the app to version 27, includes conversational voice search and other improvements.

We knew Google was planning on bringing its Siri-like conversational voice search feature to iOS—it said so shortly after it added the option to its desktop browser. Now you can perform voice searches in the mobile browser, and get both visual and audible results… Read More

 

Chrome rises as Android loses ground in mobile web usage

By Ed Sutherland on Jun 3, 2013

Next to email, a mobile browser is often the most-used app on a smartphone or tablet. Although Safari still rules the iPhone and iPad crowd, there is a bit of internecine warfare within the Android camp. Google’s Chrome is increasingly the default browser on Android mobile devices as usage declines for the stock Android browser.

The gains in May by Chrome against the stock Android mobile browser coincide with Google’s decision last year to replace the stock Android browser with Chrome on all Android devices… Read More

 

Firefox is not coming to iOS until Apple changes its ways, company exec says

By Oliver Haslam on Mar 10, 2013

Fans of Mozilla’s Firefox web browser may be hoping to use their browser of choice on iOS, but according to Mozilla, that may not be possible anytime soon.

Mozilla has lifted the lid on the reason that it has yet to port the popular Firefox to Apple’s mobile platform and, unsurprisingly, it’s all down to Apple’s tight control over how things are done on its devices according to Jay Sullivan, the company’s Vice President.

Currently, all third-party web browsers that run on the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch have to use Apple’s UIWebView component which is inherently slower than the Nitro used by the company’s own Safari browser. Mozilla says that it will only bring Firefox to iOS when that limitation is removed, and Apple seems in no rush to do that… Read More

 

Firefox 19 lands with built-in PDF viewer

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 19, 2013

The Firefox browser by Mozilla, the non-profit organization, was once hailed as the biggest threat to Internet Explorer’s dominance, but boy do times change fast.

In just a few short years following its release, Google’s Chrome has become the most popular browser out there. And while Firefox certainly doesn’t lack a punch, it does fall behind Google’s baby in several aspects.

I’ve always loved Chrome’s built-in Adobe Flash player (because it doesn’t pollute the entire system with Adobe’s buggy plug-in). Another Chrome feature I love: a nice PDF viewer, also built-in. Starting today, a new major release of Firefox for Mac, Windows and Linux is available for download and it comes with a built-in HTML5-based PDF viewer, just like Chrome… Read More

 

Opera buys Skyfire browser that brought Flash video to iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 15, 2013

Back in March 2011, when Adobe’s proprietary Flash plug-in was still predominantly used for web video, a new paid-for iPhone browser, Skyfire, made headlines. It helped alleviate the situation by detecting Flash-encoded clips on web pages and then tapping a cloud computing platform to translate Flash video into an iPad-friendly format, on the fly.

Since then, Skyfire has seen over 20 million downloads across iOS and Android devices and developers claim it now converts over 200,000 web sites with Flash video into an iOS-friendly format. While most of web video is delivered via HTML5 these days, the Skyfire iOS app has seen several major updates that over time brought social features, even built-in extensions, to the table.

In a surprising move, Norway-based Opera Software, which makes the multi-platform Opera browser, Friday said it acquired the Skyfire team, hoping to broaden its solutions “beyond the browser”Read More

 

Dolphin gets browser sync, easier sharing, Evernote integration

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 17, 2013

Dolphin, the popular third-party browser for iOS and Android, received a major update today. In addition to the obligatory stability and performance improvements, developers added a few new features you’ll be excited about. For starters, Dolphin now has browser sync that keeps your environment and settings flawlessly consistent across desktop and your mobile devices powered by iOS or Android.

You can also send tabs, images, phone numbers and directions from a mobile device to your computer, share to social networks and email articles. And if you live in Evernote, Dolphin now lets you grab any web content and save it directly to your Evernote (or Box) account, useful for saving a particular article or document for later, especially if you are not a huge fan of Instapaper or a similar read-later service… Read More