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

 

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

 

How to play Game Boy games via mobile Safari, no jailbreak required

By Cody Lee on Feb 24, 2014

Following up last week’s run of webNES comes a new mobile Safari-based emulator that allows you to play old school games on your iOS device without jailbreaking. The site is called Ben Midi’s Gameboy, and as the name suggests, it lets you play Game Boy games in-browser.

Unlike webNES, however, there’s no way to add ROMs. This can be both a good and bad thing, depending on your preferences. It’s good in that you can start playing one of 13 pre-loaded Game Boy games in seconds, but bad in that you can’t add any games outside of those 13… Read More

 

How to play Nintendo games via mobile Safari no jailbreak required

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 15, 2014

This is downright amazing. Somebody has put together a website that allows you to play NES ROMs directly from Mobile Safari, no jailbreak required. The website, which is called webNES, allows users to link a Dropbox account to load their favorite NES ROMs and play them right from the browser.

I’ve tested webNES with a handful of ROMs, and most of them play decently, but there is some definite choppiness and slowdown. The emulator features a built in soft-controller, and the games can be played in either portrait or landscape mode.

The great thing about webNES is that it runs totally in your browser. This means that there’s really no way for Apple to shut it down, since it doesn’t require any apps or downloads from a jailbreak source like Cydia. Check out our full video walkthrough inside as I show you how I play a few of my favorite NES games directly in Safari. Read More

 

The Gloss bookmarklet helps you highlight and save text on the web

By Lory Gil on Feb 15, 2014

Sometimes the simple things are what make our lives a little better. Sure there are some very useful productivity tools for saving and sharing websites (Evernote being my preferred option). But sometimes, you just need something a little simpler.

Gloss is a Safari bookmarklet for OS X that lets you highlight and save one sentence at a time from any website. It may sound too simple, but read on to find out why it might be the right fit for you… Read More

 

How to open App Store links without leaving the app you’re currently in

By Joe Rossignol on Feb 5, 2014

When you tap on an app link on your iPhone or iPad using Safari or otherwise, you are automatically redirected to the App Store to make a download or learn more details. The transition is rather cumbersome, however, as it is essentially a two-step process that requires you to return to the app you were originally using via the Home screen or multitasking menu.

QuickStore 2 is a brand new jailbreak tweak that aims to solve this minor inconvenience by allowing users to launch the App Store directly from the app they are using at the time. This is achieved through a pop-up window that loads when you tap on an app link anywhere on iOS, including websites like iDownloadBlog. Details inside…  Read More

 

A better way to quickly close all Safari tabs

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 3, 2014

Last month, Christian posted a handy tip that showed how to quickly close all running tabs in mobile Safari using the private mode button. This is a great way to close all open Safari tabs for non-jailbroken users, but it’s not the best solution if you happen to be jailbroken.

Using the private mode trick has a couple of disadvantages. First, it requires you to either enter or exit private mode whenever you want to close all tabs. Secondly, it requires one more extra button tap in order to close all tabs.

A new jailbreak tweak named CloseAll eliminates the necessity to enter or exit private mode, and it’s faster, because it only requires two button taps instead of three. Have a look at our full video walkthrough inside to see how CloseAll works. 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

 

How to send iMessages from any web browser on any operating system

By Joe Rossignol on Jan 29, 2014

Following in the footsteps of successful cross-platform messaging services like BlackBerry Messenger and WhatsApp, iMessage was released in late 2011 as a way for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users to send unlimited messages between each other. Apple then went on to release Messages for OS X Mountain Lion the following year, allowing Mac users to join the conversation.

But what if you’re a Windows or Linux user, or you’re away on travel without access to the Mac you normally use? Worry not, as Remote Messages has been updated with support for iOS 7 and 64-bit devices. The popular jailbreak tweak developed by Beast Soft is a browser-based front end for the Messages app on iOS devices. Find out what that means ahead…  Read More

 

How to bring back the open tab count in mobile Safari

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 27, 2014

SafariTabCount is a just released jailbreak tweak that displays the current number of open tabs on the new tab button in Safari. This tweak is extremely useful, because without it, you have no idea how many tabs you have open in Safari without opening the list of tabs and counting by hand.

Not too long ago, we had iOS 6, and Safari for iOS 6 included the open tab count right on the new tab button. For some reason, Apple deemed this tab count disposable, and got rid of it in iOS 7.

SafariTabCount is one of those tweaks that I imagine many people will enjoy for its practicality. Check out of video walkthrough past the break for more details. Read More

 

How to relocate the close button for tabs in Safari

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 19, 2014

RightX is a jailbreak tweak for Safari that allows you to reposition the close button for Safari tabs. Once installed, it moves the ‘x’ button used for closing tabs from the upper left-hand corner of the tab to the upper right-hand corner. RightX is handy if you’re left handed and tend to use the iPhone single-handed with your dominant hand.

Of course, there may be other usage benefits to RightX depending on the way you hold your iPhone. Have a look at our full video walkthrough inside for further details on the tweak. Read More

 

How to build on suggested search queries in Safari

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 18, 2014

One of the worst things about Safari’s autocomplete for search is that you can’t build on a query like you can do with Google Chrome. Once you select a suggested query in Safari’s omni-box, it auto submits the search.

While suggested queries are definitely a helpful service, the way that Safari goes about the implementation isn’t very efficient. A recently revamped jailbreak tweak called Platinum seeks to improve Safari’s search capabilities. Have a look at our full video walkthrough inside to see what I mean. Read More

 

How to use a Safari bookmarklet to send websites to 1Password for iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 16, 2014

Despite Apple’s pretty handy password-saving and syncing feature in iOS Safari, I myself continue to prefer AgileBits’ 1Password for iOS and OS X (our own Jeff is a recent convert, too). The reason is simple: 1Password allows me to save and sync just about any piece of information rather than just passwords and credit cards.

There’s just one slight annoyance: to take advantage of 1Password’s auto-fill feature for usernames and passwords, I must open a website in its built-in browser.

I generally tend to avoid the embedded web view in third-party apps and instead spend most of my mobile web browsing time in Safari. From now on, whenever you want to visit a website that requires a login, you can use this handy Safari bookmarklet to send the current tab to 1Password.

Though far from perfect, this removes some of the friction when visiting websites that require logins and auto-fill information kept in 1Password… Read More

 

How to close all the tabs in Safari on iPhone and iPad in one fell swoop

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 13, 2014

As you go about your day, chances are you will be opening a lot of URLs in Safari on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad as the day wears on, be it directly in the mobile browser itself or by tapping on URLs in third-party apps such as your favorite news reader applications.

And because every new URL gets created in its own new tab, you’ll soon end up with a bunch of open tabs, which can lead to performance issues and the annoying reloading issue, especially on iOS 7.

While you can always get rid of the individual tabs by swiping them away, this gets old fast in the case of a dozen or more open tabs. Turns out there’s a nice little trick to close all tabs in iOS Safari at once… Read More

 

You can now get iDownloadBlog push notifications on your Mac

By Sébastien Page on Dec 20, 2013

With the release of OS X Mavericks, Apple has introduced a way for readers to be alerted via push notification every time a new article is published on one of their favorite sites. Today, I am happy to announce that iDownloadBlog is able to deliver these push notifications to your Mac.

Showing as a banner in the upper-right corner of your Mac, these push notifications will allow you to instantly know when a new article is published on iDB, even if Safari isn’t currently running.

Here is how you can subscribe: Read More

 

How to force Safari to save passwords to iCloud Keychain even when sites opt out

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 5, 2013

iCloud Keychain is a nice new addition to iOS 7, because it allows you to save username and password combinations to the cloud. This means that it’s possible to save login information for sites you frequent and auto login to those sites using the saved username and password info.

iCloud Keychain has been criticized by the tech press for being half baked. While that is certainly true—it has many opportunities for improvement and refinement—it’s better than nothing if you ask me.

Some have lamented about the fact that certain sites force passwords to go unsaved. Web sites have the option of requesting passwords not to be saved, and many sites—especially financial services like banks—have opted in to this. This feature, among other issues, is a thorn in the side of many iCloud Keychain users. Fortunately, it’s an issue that can solved with relative ease. Read More

 

Google agrees to pay $17 million to 37 U.S. states in Safari tracking settlement

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 19, 2013

Google’s nefarious overriding of both desktop and iOS Safari users’ privacy settings in order to better track their web browsing activity backfired after the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in April 2012 took a long, hard look at the practice and decided to fine the search giant.

Google has previously agreed to pay $22.5 million fine to the government, with a judge approving the record-setting penalty. And now, the Internet giant will pay 37 U.S. states a cool $17 million to settle the Safari probe case… Read More

 

How to enable Private browsing mode in Safari using a keyboard shortcut

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 12, 2013

Believe it or not, private browsing mode has many uses. My favorite reason for using the mode is when troubleshooting page issues with cookies. It’s a great way to have a “control” when comparing against a non-private browsing session.

In browsers like Chrome, private browsing mode is a cinch to enable using a simple keyboard shortcut. In Safari, there is no such built-in shortcut. Instead, you have to click on the Safari menu bar and click the Private Browsing option.

Inside, we’ll show you how easy it is to create a keyboard shortcut for quickly enabling and disabling private browsing mode in Safari. Read More

 

The best way to capture an entire web page as an image in OS X

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 8, 2013

I don’t always find it necessary to capture entire web pages as images, but when I do, there’s one surefire go-to tool that I use — Awesome Screenshot. A browser extension available for Safari, Chrome, and Firefox, Awesome Screenshot is the best way to quickly capture, annotate, and save a full image of a web page.

I find this extension extra handy when comparing Geekbench scores side by side. In fact, I used it in our latest Geekbench comparison of the Nexus 5 and iPhone 5s.

Of course, it has many other uses; people like to use it for archiving web pages, cropping, sharing annotated images, blurring out sensitive data, etc. The best thing about Awesome Screenshot is that it runs right in your browser, so it reduces the amount time that you need for a dedicated image editor. Read More

 

Apple working on fixes for Mavericks Mail, iBooks, Safari and Remote Desktop Client issues

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 4, 2013

Apple’s free Mavericks update contains a set of compelling headline features and nice-to-haves, like tapping the ambient light sensor to detect motion in order to prevent system sleep.

But as any Mac owner could tell you, each major OS X release brings with it inevitable early adopter issues in the form of bugs and various software-related issues and hiccups. Mavericks is no exception.

Though definitely more stable and less susceptible to teething issues than perhaps any OS X release thus far, Mavericks affects your productivity by introducing unreliable performance with Gmail accounts in Mail. Other stock apps suffer from typical 1.0 release issues, but rest assured that Apple is hard at work squashing these pesky bugs as we speak… Read More

 
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