How to enable the hidden Develop menu in Safari on Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 1, 2016

Your Mac’s Safari web browser is loaded with features that aren’t enabled out of the box. One of them is the hidden Develop menu that packs a number of features that even regular Safari users could benefit from.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to enable it, and we’ll discuss some of the useful features that are packed within Safari’s Develop menu. Read More

 

Opinion: Dark Mode? Apple’s been testing dark interfaces on iOS for years now

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 16, 2016

My colleague Andrew first broke news yesterday that Dark Mode resources have been found within iOS 10’s Messages app. Now, Dark Mode was expected to make an official appearance in iOS 10, but the WWDC keynote came and went without any mention of this feature.

Now Mac Aficionados tweeted out screenshots depicting a dark interface in other iOS 10 stock apps, including an automatic dark mode in iBooks, in addition to the Clock app, Safari and the iTunes Store.

As it turns out, dark interfaces in these apps (sans Clock) have been present for years, indicating Apple’s been testing how users might accept a Dark Mode option on iOS. Read More

 

Tip: customize the Safari toolbar on your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 2, 2016

Last week, we showed you how you could customize the toolbar on your Mac’s Finder window to better suit your needs, but there are other apps throughout the OS X operating system that come with toolbar-editing capabilities as well.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can customize the toolbar in the Safari web browser to make your web surfing experience the best it can be for your specific needs. Read More

 

Tip: create empty spaces between apps on the Home screen, no jailbreak needed

By Anthony Bouchard on May 26, 2016

One of the top things that those without jailbreaks wish they could do is put blank spaces between app icons on the Home screen.

Whether it’s to help with your creative organization technique, or to simply add a personal touch or pattern to your Home screen, you may be excited to hear that it’s possible to create blank spaces between your app icons on a completely stock, non-jailbroken iOS device.

In this tutorial, we’ll talk about how you can generate blank spaces between your app icons on the Home screen, as shown above, without having a jailbreak.
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Manually checking for Java updates for your Mac or PC

By Anthony Bouchard on May 18, 2016

Java, just like Adobe Flash, is often a major security flaw waiting to happen for both Mac and PC owners.

Although Apple takes security very seriously and just about forces Mac users with Java to check for Java updates automatically, it’s still never a bad idea to check on your own from time to time.

Since we recently showed you how to check for Flash updates manually, it only made sense to follow up with a similar guide for Java, which is also a commonly-used web plugin.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to see if you have the latest version of Java installed on your computer or not. Read More

 

Tip: this secret Safari shortcut quickly loads your last search results

By Christian Zibreg on May 17, 2016

SnapBack, a long-standing and very easily overlooked Safari for Mac feature, can save you a ton of clicks if you search a lot, and most of us do. With SnapBack, you can go right back to the last full search results page, even after traveling multiple pages in from your search results.

Part of the reason most users aren’t familiar with SnapBack has to do with Apple’s decision to remove the little orange SnapBack icon from Safari’s address bar and bury the feature  in the menus.

Here’s that secret SnapBack shortcut that everyone should start using right now. Read More

 

How to manually check for Flash updates on your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on May 17, 2016

Flash is among one of the most targeted web platforms for injecting computers with malware, including Macs, and that’s why Adobe is always turning around with updates for Flash all the darned time.

If you’re like me, then your security is important to you, and you may not trust automatic updates to deliver updates to you quickly enough.

This tutorial will show you how you can make sure Flash is up to date on your Mac, the manual way. Read More

 

Installing themes on your iPhone without a jailbreak

By Anthony Bouchard on May 16, 2016

Theming your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad has been a long time primary reason of jailbreaking. Unfortunately, as the wait for a new jailbreak becomes ever so longer in between iOS releases, the jailbreak scene is becoming less reliable for getting the features you want on the latest version of iOS.

For those who are tired of waiting, iSkin is a new platform that can be used directly from your Safari web browser to install themes on your iOS device without a jailbreak, and we’ll show you how it’s used in this tutorial. Read More

 

How to disable Safari Suggestions

By Christian Zibreg on May 16, 2016

Apple’s browser on iOS and OS X includes a nifty content recommendation capability, called Safari Suggestions (not to be confused with suggested search words and phrases).

The feature activates when you start typing into Safari’s Smart Search field, popping up nicely designed interactive content previews for iTunes media, news, Wikipedia articles, weather forecasts, apps from the App Store, film showtimes, locations nearby and more.

Sometimes these suggestions are not related to your searches at all, sometimes they slow you down due to background activity and other times you simply might not care about them. You can, thankfully, turn Safari Suggestions off on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Mac with just a few taps/clicks, here’s how. Read More

 

Using your iPhone as a remote for your Mac or PC

By Anthony Bouchard on May 14, 2016

You’re probably familiar with Apple’s Remote app for iOS devices, which allows you to control your iTunes playback on your Mac from your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad so long as you’re on the same network.

On the other hand, when I think of the word “remote,” I think of much more than just controlling music.

It would seem that the makers of the popular Mobile Mouse Remote app for iOS thought the same, and in this piece, we’ll talk about how the app works to make your iOS device a superior remote for your Mac. Read More

 

How to view recent Safari history on your Mac

By Christian Zibreg on May 13, 2016

Not only does Safari give you the fastest way to surf the web on your computer, it’s also the most energy efficient web browser on OS X that maximizes your Mac’s battery life.

As so many Mac owners use Safari on a daily basis, their browsing histories are packed to the gills with records of previously visited websites.

Finding your way back to a previously visited site by searching the entire browsing history can be quite tedious with months or years of data stored in it.

Like on iOS, Safari for Mac provides a convenient shortcut that lets you quickly jump to any previously visited webpage on a per-tab basis. Read More

 

Pop-ups in Safari on your Mac? Here’s what to do

By Anthony Bouchard on May 10, 2016

I hate pop-ups, and chances are, you probably do too. They’re not only a nuisance, but most of the time they’re also designed to get in your way to purposely try and scam you and get you to click on malicious material.

Safari in OS X comes with anti-pop-up measures, but those with malicious intent are always coming up with ways to get around those measures.

In this post, we’ll talk about what you can do in a scenario when you get these annoying pop-up messages on your Mac and why you might be getting them. Read More

 

Tip: stop YouTube’s annoying video autoplay ‘Up Next’ feature within iOS app

By Christian Zibreg on May 9, 2016

My colleague Anthony recently vented his frustration with YouTube’s default handling of the ‘Up Next’ feature on the web. Autoplay in YouTube is one of the banes of my existence, too, but as Anthony states in his write-up, YouTube for iOS lacks a switch to disable auto-play videos.

Not anymore, though: the latest version of Google’s native YouTube client for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad includes an easily overlooked switch that lets you stop an endless stream of recommended videos from being spoon-fed down your throat with a single tap.

If you watch a lot of YouTube through your iPhone’s cellular connection, you’re wholeheartedly recommended to disable ‘Up Next’ on the iOS app, here’s how. Read More

 

How to view recent Safari history on iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on May 3, 2016

On any given day, I browse the web a lot—be it catching up on the news, doing research on future stories or skimming through my favorites to learn what’s the latest. And more often than not do I find myself struggling to make my way back to an article I stumbled upon a few hours ago.

Locating a specific item in browsing history can feel like finding a needle in the haystack, especially if you’re on the go.

Yes, I could just tap Safari’s back button multiple times or swipe to go back a single webpage at a time until I found the webpage I was looking for, but that’s a time-consuming process which unnecessarily wastes my iPhone’s cellular data.

As you’ll discover in this tutorial, Safari provides a very handy, though not immediately obvious shortcut which allows you to quickly jump to any previously visited webpage. Read More

 

Safari Technology Preview Release 3 is out with a long list of fixes

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 27, 2016

Apple today launched a third update for Safari Technology Preview, an experimental version of the desktop Safari browser for developers to try and test out upcoming web technologies. Safari Technology Preview Release 3 includes a long list of bug fixes and tweaks for various web technologies, including JavaScript, CSS, Web APIs, Web Inspector, Accessibility, Rendering, Media and Networking. Read More

 

Safari to gain support for audio/video chats via WebRTC standard without needing a plugin

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 14, 2016

Apple is hard at work on adding support to its Safari browser for cross-platform audio/video communications capability that won’t require any special plug-in, enterprise computing blog No Jitter learned yesterday.

The Cupertino firm’s reportedly decided to incorporate support for the open-source WebRTC project, a real-time video and audio standard originally created by Google.

Microsoft’s Edge and Mozilla’s Firefox browsers have adopted this technology recently, which lets web developers create messaging applications that run in a browser and offer two-way audio/video communications capability without a plug-in. Read More

 

First Safari Technology Preview update drops

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 13, 2016

Safari Technology Preview, a special version of Apple’s desktop browser designed to give developers their first look at upcoming new features and future enhancements, today received the first official update since its release two weeks ago.

The new build packs in a host of fixes and improvements for Safari’s layout and rendering engine, CSS, JavaScript, Web APIs, Accessibility, Web Inspector and other facets of the app. Read More

 

You can now translate webpages within Safari with Microsoft’s updated Translator app

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 8, 2016

Following yesterday’s release of Microsoft’s new Hub Keyboard for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad with Office 365 integration, the Windows maker today issued a refresh to its Translator app in the App Store.

Bumped to version 2.13, the software has gained support for a total of 34 new languages alongside a pair of crucial feature additions: offline mode and a brand new extensions for Safari which lets you translate webpages with a tap. Read More

 

Apple releases Safari Technology Preview browser for developers to test latest web technologies

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 30, 2016

Wednesday, Apple announced immediate availability of a brand new browser created specifically for web developers. Safari Technology Preview, as it’s called, resembles an ordinary Safari browser with a distinctively purple app icon in the dock. With Safari Technology Preview, web developers can get their hands on improvements to WebKit and other web technologies and optimize their web code before these technologies trickle down in future releases of iOS and OS X.

“Get a sneak peek at upcoming Safari web technologies in OS X and iOS, and easily experiment with these technologies in your websites and extensions,” writes Apple. Read More

 

Some people complain that iOS 9.3 crashes after tapping on web links

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 28, 2016

It seems that iOS 9.3 is causing unexpected behavior when tapping web links, as evidenced by Twitter and a growing thread on the Apple Support Communities forums. Hundreds of affected users are reporting that the latest iPhones, and some older devices, become unresponsive or crash after tapping or tapping-and-holding web links in both first and third-party apps such as Safari, Messages, Mail, Notes, Google Chrome and more. For others, tapping on links does nothing.

Other people claim they were plagued with the same issue on iOS 9.2 devices, with some users claiming they heard from an Apple Support representative that the company is aware of the issue and is working on a fix, which should be released soon. Read More

 
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