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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Apple Holds Fairly Steady in Internet Usage

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:00 AM

Net Applications has released its compiled browser use data for the month of April, and the news is pretty good for Apple. Despite an arguable small downtick in market share for the quarter as measured by unit sales, Net Applications shows the share of users using Safari or Mac OS X to surf the Web holding steady for the first month of this quarter. The iPhone OS platform continues to gain share online, while Windows and IE continue a slow but steady decline."

It dropped just a bit from the 8.23% in March to 8.21%, but it still stayed above the February mark of 8.02%. Internet Explorer on the other hand has been steadily declining. Didn't they recently release IE 8?

When it comes to operating systems used to access the Internet, Apple is still below 10%, recording 9.73% share, just down from the March figure of 9.77%. What does all this mean? I guess as far as operating systems, Apple is holding it's own in spite of the economy. Microsoft? Not so much since they are declining in this category as well. The biggest winner? The iPhone OS (including the iPod Touch), which has increased by about 268% over the last year.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Safari Falls First Again at Pwn2Own

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:00 AM

"In a repeat performance of last year, security researcher Charlie Miller arrived at the CanSecWest conference this week with a prepared exploit to use in cracking Safari running on Mac OS X. Unsurprisingly, Miller was able to use his exploit to immediately win the event's "Pwn2Own" contest, generating headlines that suggested that Macs are inherently less secure, despite the fact that every browser involved in the contest failed on the first day."

Ouch. Safari falls first again, although this doesn't say how long he worked on his "exploit" of Safari before the competition began. I'd call for an umpires ruling since that seems like cheating, but how can you really call it cheating when it is a hacking competition?

Monday, March 2, 2009

Prove Your Hacking Skills at Pwn2Own 2009

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:00 AM

"The Pwn2Own hacking contest, held during the CanSecWest Security Conference in March, will pit hackers against browsers from Microsoft, Apple, Mozilla and Google. The hackers will also have a chance to "pwn" an iPhone as well as other mobile devices."

TippingPoint's Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) team is sponsoring the contest for the 3rd consecutive year. They are going to officer $5,000 USD for each browser hack and $10,000 USD for each mobile hack. The contest will be held during the CanSecWest Security Conference from March 16th through March 20th in Vancouver, BC.

Last year it was a Macbook Air that was hacked on day two by exploiting a Safari Browser security flaw, the winner took home $10,000 USD. Guess that isn't such a big deal anymore so they dropped the bounty!

Tags: hack, safari, os x, pwn2own

Friday, February 27, 2009

1Password Updated for Safari 4 Beta

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:00 AM

"Apple's release of a public beta version of Safari 4, a new version of their Web browser, has spurred Agile Web Solutions to offer 1Password 2.9.9, an update to their password management software. A free upgrade for all paid 1Password customers, 1Password 2.9.9 costs $40."

Well this didn't take long did it? I use this program and it is very handy, especially since they have the iPhone app that ties in with the desktop version.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

If A Mac User Wrote It Episode 1

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 01:00 PM

"I was wondering how Thurrott was going to counter the incredible speed of the browser engine. Apple's own marketing aside, others have tested it and confirmed it to be the fastest web browser available. I assumed he'd blast the test methodology, or claim that IE 8 would be better (though IE 8 was in the tests), etc. But no, he took a different tack altogether. He simply acknowledged the browser engine is good, and then blasted the UI because he's apparently a manly man who doesn't need no steenking graphics."

Reading through Thurrott's hyper-screed against Safari 4 is like seeking sanity inside an insane asylum. Thurrott is one of those people who, if you read him long enough, you start to realize is one of the dumbest and most hypocritical "journalists" out there. He writes the most vicious anti-Apple garbage you'll ever find on the web and then counters it with "I don't know why the Apple people hate me so much. I have like two Macs and an iPhone!" as if that's supposed to eradicate all his shoddy journalism, logical fallacies, and overall idiocy.

Tom Reestman at The Apple Blog gives him a major butt-whipping across the universe for his rant against Safari. In fact, Reestman so embarasses Thurrott that I fully expect Thurrott to turn on the whinging switch and start crying because some Apple guy attacked him.

It's amazing what passes for journalism these days, and all I can say is I've been accused numerous times of being a "fanboy," the favorite nasty name given to Mac fans by the intellectually devoid. As far as I'm concerned, Thurrott is one hundred times worse than any of the mythical "Mac fanboys" that supposedly pounce on him for his stupidity and had any Mac writer written this load about Internet Explorer or any of the other garbage Thurrott likes so much (he also liked Windows ME at the time; no I'm not kidding) they would immediately be dismissed as fanboys. Go read the article now. It won't take you long to realize how many logical leaps he had to make to get to his conclusions.

CNET Says Safari 4.0 Really Is Mad Fast

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 11:00 AM,...49301219,00.htm

"We determined on a PC that Safari was a whopping 42 times faster than Internet Explorer 7, just over six times faster than Internet Explorer 8, 3.5 times faster than Firefox 3, and 1.2 times faster than Google Chrome... On Mac OS X, Safari was four times faster than Firefox 3 and a depressing (for Opera) 7.5 times faster than Opera 9."

Safari 4.0 is pretty darned fast. I've been very impressed with it since I started using it. In fact, it's my default browser both on Mac OS and in Windows. I know some people have reported stability issues, but I haven't had anything of the sort. What made me make it my default browser was the speed, and frankly once you get past the really long startup time (it does take longer than Firefox or IE to startup) it's just blazing fast.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Safari 4.0 Beta is Out and Awesome

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 09:36 AM

"It's a browser. It's a platform. It's an open invitation to innovate. Whether on a Mac, PC, iPhone, or iPod touch, Safari continuously redefines the browser, providing the most enjoyable way to experience the Internet."

It's hard to describe something as visceral as a web browser to someone, but Safari 4.0 is a great browser. In many ways it reminds me of chrome. Take a look at the screenshot above. If that doesn't remind you of Chrome's home screen, nothing will. Immediately noticeable is the overall speed and snappiness of Safari. For a beta it's pretty stable (except for us Thoughts Media writers; it doesn't really like our publishing system) and I haven't come across any major hiccups so far. If you want to go over the "150 new features" Apple added, you can check them out here.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Safari Add-On for Twitter

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:00 AM

"Contributing for the Smoking Apples twitter feed there have been so many times where I find a link I want to tweet about, shorten it, and then go to the page (Eventbox doesn't support multiple accounts yet) to post it. Now I know there are special bookmarklets that will allow me to cut down on all of this running around, but I was looking for a more elegant solution."

Sounds like he found it with this add-on for Safari. I installed it on my system and it works perfect for posting links to Twitter. You can either use the file drop-down to "Post to Twitter" or use keyboard combination of Ctrl+T. David Watanabe of XTorrent and NewsFire fame created this plugin, appropriately called "Safari140"

Tags: safari, twitter, os x

Monday, February 16, 2009

Security Update 2009-001

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 06:00 AM

"Apple on Thursday released the first security update of 2009, the aptly named Security Update 2009-001. The update, which is available in versions for Leopard, Leopard Server, Tiger for Intel Macs, Tiger for PowerPC-based Macs, Tiger Server for PowerPC-based Macs, and Server Universal addresses a number of flaws in OS X. Security Update 2009-001 is recommended for all users and is available via Apple's site or Software Update."

This update, the first one of 2009, addresses among other things the Safari RSS vulnerability reported by Brian Mastenbrook in January of this year. There is a detailed list available at the Apple site.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Foxmarks for Safari

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:00 AM

"The free Foxmarks bookmark backup and synchronization service is now available for Safari. It allows users to maintain a single set of bookmarks on multiple computers, which is good news for anyone who juggles multiple devices."

I already sync my bookmarks between computers using MobileMe, but I have to use one of those computers to get access to the bookmarks. This is handy since I can be on ANY computer and get access to my bookmarks since they are synced between your computers AND saved on the Foxmarks website. Free is a very good price, especially when they add convenience.

Monday, February 9, 2009

CSS Animations: A Flash Substitute?

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 01:00 PM

"For some time, programmers have used CSS Animation for the mobile version of Safari. The routines allow Web developers to present animated graphics and 3D effects, removing the need for complex JavaScript, according to MacRumors. If Apple succeeds in getting animation included in the CSS standard used by developers, the move could threaten Adobe Flash, which currently is the dominate method for Web animation."

Not much to say on this one, but one comment on Cult of Mac really summed it up rather nicely:

"Cute animations are no substitute for being able to watch the vast majority of video on the web."

I couldn't agree more.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Safari RSS Vulnerability Revealed

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 07:00 AM

"In this case, the issue is that a hole in Safari's handling of RSS feeds could allow an attacker (via a malicious web page) to capture a user's personal information, cookies or even passwords. While Brian has not posted more details of the vulnerability publicly, he has acknowledgment from Apple that the issue exists; hopefully we will see an update soon that closes this hole. In the meantime, although Windows Safari users are advised to use a different browser to avoid the vulnerability, Mac users can simply set an alternative RSS feed handler to work around the issue."

If you use Safari for its RSS goodness, this one is pretty darned important, so beware for now. You may even consider switching to something else for your RSS needs until this is ironed out and patched.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Safari Updated to 3.2.1

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 04:00 PM

"This update includes stability improvements and is recommended for all Safari users."

That one line of text is all that Software Update told me when I hit it this morning. Go figure. Anyway, go grab the update. It can never hurt to have a little more stability in your life or your web browser.

Tags: update, safari, 3.2.1

Monday, November 17, 2008

Safari Updated to 3.2

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:00 PM

"This update is recommended for all Safari users and features protection from fraudulent phishing websites and better identification of online businesses. This update also includes the latest security updates."

The folks on the Safari team must've been working their collective butts off the last few weeks. This update contains eleven fixes for Appel's home-made browser. It's available now on Software Update, and the full explanation of everything that's fixed is available here.

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