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
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
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
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
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
By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 25, 2013
Sometimes it’s hard to get a firm grasp on the naming conventions used for releases on the Cydia store, and this jailbreak tweak — entitled Clota – is the latest such one. I’m definitely not sure what’s behind the name, but the tweak works well enough.
Clota allows users to add two new tap based gestures to the new tab button found in the Safari browser. A double tap on the new tab button will close all open tabs sans the current tab. A triple tap, on the other hand, will close all tabs. Check inside for our video walkthrough showcasing how it works. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 25, 2013
With Tuesday’s free release of OS X Mavericks, Apple users can now opt to have their Safari web passwords securely synchronized across their iOS devices and Macs through the power of iCloud. The useful feature dubbed iCloud Keychain made a brief appearance in iOS 7 betas before being pulled from iOS 7 Gold Master, only to re-surface in iOS 7.0.3. What you probably don’t know is that iCloud Keychain isn’t necessarily supported everywhere so Apple’s published a handy list detailing iCloud Keychain availability by country… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 24, 2013
Yours truly long stopped using the standalone Flash Player so you could imagine I’m fairly puzzled that folks to this date continue to rely on Adobe’s plug-in. I know, if you’re into Flash games/apps and other Flash-authored content, there’s no escaping Adobe’s multimedia run-time.
Among the reasons I keep Flash miles away from my Macs: the instability, resource hoginess and excessive proneness to malware and other types of vulnerabilities and malicious attacks.
With this week’s release of Safari in OS X Mavericks, the Flash Player will now be protected by a new operating system feature called App Sandbox, Adobe announced Thursday… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 22, 2013
In addition to a host of updates to its various iOS apps, Apple following today’s iPad keynote has released the Safari 6.1 update, bringing some of the features that are part of the free OS X Mavericks update to Mountain Lion Macs. These include the Shared Links feature, the new Sidebar and Power Saver which improves battery performance when browsing plug-in heavy web pages on notebook systems… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 22, 2013
In a rare move, Apple last week issued a silent update to OS X Mavericks Gold Master as the company is supposed to share pricing and availability information about the software at today’s iPad event. And conveniently just a few hours ahead of the big reveal, a few high-profile websites have now flipped the switch on Safari push notifications.
For those uninitiated, this is a new feature of OS X Mavericks that allows web applications to send alerts which go straight to the Notification Center, even when Safari isn’t running.
Only a handful of websites have activated the feature, though others are expected to follow suit as soon as Mavericks goes public, which some watchers think might happen during today’s event… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 26, 2013
The Safari browser in iOS 7 has undergone a complete overhaul, and as a result, it’s significantly more usable. As third party browsers continue to gain in popularity on the platform, Apple has responded with a renovated Safari that is leaps and bounds better than its predecessor in many ways.
In this in-depth walkthrough, we guide you through every new facet of Safari in iOS 7. We show you how to get more out of Apple’s revamped default browser. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 24, 2013
Mobile Safari in iOS 7 has undergone some major under-the-hood changes which have vastly contributed to the overall speed increase in web page rendering times. The iOS 7 web browser is now nimbler, faster and greatly simplified, but that’s not saying Safari doesn’t pack in other improvements.
This includes the handy new Mac keyboard shortcuts. That’s good news for people who use a Bluetooth keyboard with their iOS device as you can now open a new tab, close the currently active tab and even move the focus to the unified search/address bar using the familiar keystrokes… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 2, 2013
This past weekend, a set of blurry photographs sourced from China claimed to have showed us the plastic iPhone 5C packaging along with color-matched wallpapers and the Quick Start manual.
As we approach Apple’s September 10 reveal, a suspicious looking video has now surfaced online showing what looks to be Apple’s plastic iPhone running the Safari browser.
Needles to say, the clip is making rounds and has already prompted a pretty heated exchange among the Apple watchers, have a look below… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 26, 2013
Would you like to be able to customize the share text that appears when sharing a link from Safari using Twitter? If so, then there’s a new jailbreak tweak available that allows you to do just that. SafariSharePatcher is a beta tweak that’s not available on the default Cydia repos just yet. It allows you to customize text by means of a handy preference panel located in the settings app. Have a look inside to see what I mean. Read More
By Lory Gil on Jul 26, 2013
Most people want to keep their Internet activities private. It isn’t that we are necessarily doing something illegal or immoral (most of the time), we just don’t think our browsing activities are anyone’s business but our own.
Safari comes with a few options to help you keep your business to yourself and your browser secure from others’ prying eyes.
We were excited to hear that Apple had a record-setting quarter for iPhone sales. CEO Tim Cook pointed out that many of the iPhone 4 buyers are first-time iOS users. Of the 31 million new iPhone buyers out there, some of them don’t know anything about their new gadgets. Some of them will be looking for guidance. That is who these basic tutorials are for. So, if you already know this stuff, feel free to skip it. However, if you didn’t know you could adjust your privacy settings for Safari on your iPhone, this post is for you. Welcome to the iOS ecosystem… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 16, 2013
Safari has received a miniature overhaul in OS X Mavericks, and one of the most outstanding new features is Safari Shared Links. This is a features that takes links shared with from people you follow on Twitter or Linkedin, and makes them easily accessible directly within Safari for your consumption. In a world dominated by social networking, Safari Shared Links makes sense, and I find its implementation to be well done. Take a look inside as I guide you step by step through its usage on video… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 11, 2013
Have you ever opened a web page, and somewhere on the page a Flash video starts blasting sound? I’m sure almost everyone who’s used a computer in the last few years has experienced that unfortunate occurrence. There are browser plugins and extensions to prevent such a thing, but Apple is now waging a direct assault on rogue plugins.
Safari Power Saver is a new feature exclusive to OS X Mavericks, and its job is to prevent plugins from auto starting while surfing the web. While that sounds good on paper, in practice this could potentially cause problems when you want to watch legit content that utilize certain plugins like Flash. The good news is that Safari Power Saver is smart enough to know which content is legit content that you want to use, and which content is stuff that you probably don’t care to use.
I took a few minutes to put together a video demonstration of Safari Power Saver. Check inside for the full video walkthrough and detailed analysis. Read More
By Cody Lee on Jun 20, 2013
Folks who have been around the jailbreak community for a while will likely remember a popular tweak called Safari Upload Enabler. Before Apple added the ability in Safari to upload photos and videos in iOS 6, it was one of the only ways you could natively upload files from within the mobile browser.
Well we have some good news today for all of you jailbreakers, Safari Upload Enabler has finally been updated with support for iOS 6. Developed by H. Samara and N. Bassen, the new version of the tweak is out in Cydia now with a number of improvements, including a new Dropbox API and more… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 11, 2013
When Apple’s SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue during yesterday’s keynote said that Siri in iOS 7 will integrate Bing web search results, everyone went silent. While Google is still the default search engine in Safari, Apple will pre-install the Yandex search engine in Russia and several other countries, a Russian newspaper reported Tuesday. The development could signal Apple’s intention to gradually distance itself from Google search… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jun 10, 2013
Among the many changes in iOS 7 is a completely revamped mobile Safari app. The browser, which has long been the subject of user criticism, has been given a complete UI makeover and a slew of new features.
The first thing you’ll see when you load up the new mobile Safari is a new Home page with all of your favorite and recently visited websites (very similar to OS X version). Then once you select a page, you’ll see… Read More