Safari on iOS 8 found to support animated PNGs

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 29, 2014

Safari on iOS 8 has been found to support animated PNG images (APNG), a standard conceived as a replacement for animated GIF, as discovered by MacRumors on Monday.

The Animated Portable Network Graphics file format was proposed in 2004, but failed to take off as a replacement for the animated GIF file format widely used to embed short animations online.

Unlike animated GIFs, APNG files support 24-bit images and 8-bit transparency not available for GIFs. Read More

 

Microsoft updates Bing Search app with translation widget in Safari and Notification Center

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 23, 2014

First demoed at WWDC 2014 back in June, Microsoft’s Bing translation widget and custom actions for Safari and the Notification Center in iOS 8 is now available by way of an update to the free Bing Search app for the iPhone and iPod touch devices. Available free of charge in the App Store, the new Bing Search 5.0.1 also contains bug fixes.

As shown on the screenshots top of post, enabling the Bing Search Translation action in Safari requires that you bring up the Share sheet in Safari. Read More

 

Awesome Screenshot now available as Safari extension on iOS 8

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 22, 2014

As our own Jeff told you back in November 2013, Awesome Screenshot, a desktop web app for Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari, is arguably the best way to capture an entire web page as an image on OS X.

Thanks to the various extensibility features introduced in iOS 8, this nifty little utility is now available as a screenshot extension for Safari on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices running iOS 8.

Upon downloading the free app from the App Store, Awesome Screenshot will allow you to capture a screenshot of any webpage simply by choosing it in Safari’s Share menu.

Not only can you capture images of web pages on mobile devices with ease, but also annotate and share them with others using Apple’s stock sharing choices or a number of third-party Share extensions available in the App Store. Read More

 

Safari 7.1 for Mavericks is out with encrypted Yahoo searches, DuckGoGo and more

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 18, 2014

Apple on Thursday released an update to its desktop Safari browser for Macs running OS X Mavericks which contains improvements to compatibility and security while introducing a pair of new options for strengthening your privacy when searching.

The first such feature turns on SSL encryption for all Yahoo searches conducted from Safari’s search field. As a result, no one can eavesdrop on what you’re searching for online.

The other adds DuckGoGo, a search engine that does not track you (Google won’t like this) as a built-in option in the search field. Note that Safari in iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite already includes DuckGoGo as an option.

Safari 7.1 has arrived on the heels of yesterday’s OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 update which contains Safari 7.0.6 and improves the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac. Read More

 

Safari 7.0.6/6.1.6 with Mavericks/Mountain Lion security fixes now available

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 14, 2014

Late yesterday, Apple released Safari 7.0.6 for OS X Mavericks and Safari 6.1.6 for OS X Mountain Lion.

The releases contain improvements to security related to Apple’s desktop browser and are both recommended for all OS X Mavericks and OS X Mountain Lion users.

These updates follow the release of a new version of OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 (build 13F14) that Apple released to developers yesterday… Read More

 

The best jailbreak tweaks for Safari on iOS 7

By Alihassan Mahdi on Aug 10, 2014

Last week, we presented you a list of best jailbreak tweaks to enhance the stock Messages app on your jailbroken iOS 7 device. Today, we’ve decided to list the best jailbreak tweaks that will improve your web browsing experience on Safari.

Safari has been greatly improved on since it was first released along iPhoneOS 1. With iOS 7, it saw the addition of various new features such as iCloud Keychain, unified address and search bar, Private browsing mode and more. However, it still has some restrictions and lacks various features that prevent it from being an all-in-one web browser for iOS.

To enjoy more features and get rid of some of its limitations, read our complete list of best jailbreak tweaks for Safari on  iOS 7Read More

 

How to free up iPhone storage by clearing Safari’s Offline Reading List cache

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 5, 2014

Whenever a new iPhone, iPod touch or iPad comes along, I always go for maximum storage.

Call me insane, but I’m inclined to keeping tons of photos, videos and apps stored directly on the device due to the nature of my work here at iDownloadBlog.

I suppose you don’t need me to tell you that such digital files add up quickly in terms of storage space. Now, there are plenty of strategies out there that can help you get the most out of your iOS device’s storage.

Today, I want to focus on Safari’s Reading List. Having debuted in iOS 5, this useful albeit storage-consuming feature has been around for nearly three years now.

If you save webpages for later to Safari’s Reading List, this tutorial will teach you how to reclaim storage space lost over caching by deleting Safari’s Offline Reading List cache… Read More

 

How to sync bookmarks between Mac and iPhone

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 20, 2014

One of the useful features of iCloud is that it allows you to synchronize your bookmarks between your Mac and iPhone. In fact, the cloud service can be used to sync bookmarks between any iCloud-compatible Apple product without much effort. For our beginners out there, we’ve prepared this guide on how to sync bookmarks between Mac and iPhone using Safari. Read ahead for the step-by-step instructions…  Read More

 

New in iOS 8: Request Desktop Site in Safari

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 19, 2014

Call me nitpicky, but there’s this tiny little feature in Google’s Chrome for iOS that I wish every mobile browser had: the ability to request a desktop version of a mobile site. Often times when you visit a website the server would detect your mobile device and automatically serve a mobile-optimized webpage.

For the most part, this works for the vast majority of normals. However, power users may have their own reasons for wanting to browse full-blown desktop websites on their mobile devices.

Responding to user feedback, Apple built a new Request Desktop Site feature into Safari on iOS 8. I quite like it and am positive that my Chrome usage will decrease as a result… Read More

 

How to remove credit card info from iCloud Keychain

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 17, 2014

iCloud Keychain is a useful feature for storing and autocompleting private information, such as passwords, credit card numbers and contact info. For that, our own Lory Gil shared how to add credit card information to iCloud Keychain in the past. But perhaps you no longer want to use the feature, or want to keep your private information as secure as possible. If so, read ahead for step-by-step instructions on how to remove credit card info from iCloud KeychainRead More

 

iOS 8 lets native apps tap into Safari’s AutoFill & Passwords for frictionless login experience

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 13, 2014

In addition to using your device’s iSight camera to scan in credit card information, Safari in iOS 8 makes it easy for third-party apps to tap into the browser’s AutoFill & Passwords feature for hassle-free logins.

Provided a user has previously saved their username and password for a specific website using Safari’s AutoFill & Passwords feature, a native iOS app is now permitted to retrieve this information and re-use it to authorize a user quickly and securely, bypassing the login screen altogether… Read More

 

New in iOS 8 Safari: use your device’s camera to scan in credit card info

By Cody Lee on Jun 6, 2014

As folks continue to comb through the recently released iOS 8 beta, a new feature has been discovered in mobile Safari. When the updated browser detects a credit card field within a webpage, it offers to let the user scan their card with their device’s camera.

Scanning your credit card automatically enters its information in the appropriate text fields, saving you from having to enter it manually. It takes just a moment, and it doesn’t appear that websites will have to do anything special to enable the new feature… Read More

 

Safari adds DuckDuckGo support in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 3, 2014

Safari just got a lot more private in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. The web browser on iPhone, iPad and Mac now includes the private search engine DuckDuckGo that users can set as default. For Mac users, this goes alongside an all-new private browsing option that functions like incognito mode on Chrome. DuckDuckGo is a search engine that doesn’t track you, allowing you to browse the web knowing that your privacy is intact…  Read More

 

Safari gains new features in OS X Yosemite

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 2, 2014

Apple executive Craig Federighi today announced several improvements to its Safari web browser that are coming in OS X Yosemite, including an all-new Private Mode, improved tab view, expanded sharing options, faster JavaScript performance and Spotlight suggestion search in the address bar. Read ahead for a full rundown of the new features…  Read More

 

Apple posts Safari 7.0.4/6.1.4 with fixes for WebKit vulnerabilities

By Christian Zibreg on May 21, 2014

Following the release of OS X 10.9.3iTunes 11.2 and the subsequent iTunes 11.2.1 update (which fixed the disappearing Users folder in OS X 10.9.3), Apple on Wednesday issued a pair of Safari updates for OS X Lion, Mountain Lion and Mavericks systems.

Both Safari 7.0.4 for OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 and Safari 6.1.4 for OS X Lion 10.7.5, OS X Lion Server 10.7.5 and OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.5 are now available with fixes for vulnerabilities found in WebKit, the browser’s open-sourced rendering engine… Read More

 

Supercharge Safari with Canopy for iOS 7

By Jeff Benjamin on May 18, 2014

Where do I start? That’s the first thing that you’ll probably think to yourself after installing Canopy for iOS 7. The original Canopy succeeded in supercharging Safari, filling it with tons of practical new features, and this new version of Canopy for iOS 7 does likewise.

How does adding open in Chrome support sound? Or what about a quick paste and go option like Chrome for the desktop? How about adding quick translation features or accessing recently closed pages? You can do all of that with Canopy for iOS 7 and more. Read More

 

Apple to accelerate Safari’s JavaScript engine

By Christian Zibreg on May 12, 2014

Nitro, WebKit’s JavaScript interpreter used in Apple’s Safari, is about to get a lot speedier as Apple is seemingly looking to close a speed gap between its browser and both Google Chrome’s V8 and Mozilla Firefox’s SpiderMonkey engines.

The vast majority of today’s web applications use JavaScript for interactivity and other purposes so any improvements in a browser’s JavaScript performance would normally trickle down to the end-user level, resulting in snappier web browsing… Read More

 

Mobile Safari creator on iPhone development and meeting Steve’s exacting standards

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 25, 2014

Francisco Tolmasky was only twenty years old back in 2006 when Apple hired him straight out of college. The whiz kid was immediately thrown into a big job at the famously secretive company that demands nothing but excellence from its employees.

Specifically, the young engineer was one of the early members of the team that created mobile Safari and Maps on the iPhone. The New York Times sat down with Tolmasky to discuss the challenges of developing desktop-class mobile software and meeting Steve’s exacting standards when it comes to ease of use, here are the juiciest bits… Read More

 

Apple pushes OS X security update with Safari 7.0.3

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 22, 2014

After pushing iOS 7.1.1 with additional Touch ID improvements and a pair of bug fixes for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Apple TV devices, Apple has now released a minor software update containing security fixes for OS X systems and the Mac’s Safari browser.

Officially titled ‘Security Update 2014-002 1.0′, the download comes in at eighty megabytes and includes patches for Safari vulnerabilities and bug fixes for the rest of OS X.

Apple wholeheartedly recommends this OS X update for all OS X Mavericks users because it improves compatibility, stability and security of your computer. A reboot is required after applying the software… Read More

 

How to fix choppy video playback in Safari on OS X

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 18, 2014

Recently I ran into a problem that I found to be quite annoying. Flash video playback in Safari began suffering from major stuttering and choppiness. It was so bad that videos essentially became unwatchable while using Safari.

For someone who’s constantly watching and editing video like me, this proved to be a big problem. I even pondered switching to Chrome for a bit, but quickly dismissed that thought and set out to find a solution to the problem.

Fortunately, the solution to fixing choppy video playback in Safari is an easy one. Have a look inside and we’ll show you how. Read More

 
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