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Friday, February 3, 2012

What Web Browser Do You Use With iOS? Here Are Some Options...

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 06:00 AM

"I'm a Web browser junkie, and I usually have at least four different browsers up and running on my Mac, each with multiple tabs open and often two or more windows-full on the go, and in its own dedicated Space (OS X 10.6) for easy access and switching."

I like Safari, it works fine for me on my iPad, but I can see the need to try new things. What the author has done is a full rundown on the browsers he has found useful on iOS, as well as why he likes them. Several options, including Diigo and Opera Mini, are some of the same ones I have tried but end up going back to Safari. Not sure why, perhaps because it is comfortable and linked to my OS X bookmarks and it keeps things uncluttered on my screen. What do you use for your web browsing or do you just stick to the tried and true Safari?

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Is Your Favorite Browser the Best Browser?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:38 AM

"When you purchased your Mac, you probably wanted the best web browser offered, whether it be Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari, or some other worthy candidate. After all, quality hardware should also contain quality software. There has been much controversy on what truly is the best browser available for a Mac. Some say that Chrome is, and always will be, the best ever."

For me, I switch between Safari and Chrome. If I want to look at a site that has flash then it's Chrome. Otherwise pretty much going the Safari route due to the functionality it offers with OS X. Regardless, this article gives a pretty good run down on the positives and the negatives of a variety of browsers. Which browser is your browser?

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Safari Web Browser Hits 5% of Global Browser Usage

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 03:00 AM

"With Macs making up a record high percentage of computers accessing the Internet, Apple's browser is also reaching new heights."

5.02% to be exact, according to Net Applications. Also according to them, it's the first time Safari has broken that 5% barrier. The breakdown is Internet Explorer at the top with just under 55%, followed by everyone else. No big surprise there really. Also, in similar news, Mac Web access is at 6.45% worldwide, up from 6% in August, which is also a first. This is pretty small potatoes when compared to Windows, since Windows has 92% of the worldwide market cornered. Also, not a big surprise. But improvement is improvement so kudos to Apple.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Did Apple Borrow from Chrome OS? And Why is This a Good Idea?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 04:00 AM

"MacRumors was digging through the latest developer beta of Mac OS X Lion when it found a rather intriguing new option -- if you choose "Restart to Safari" on the user lock screen, the computer will reboot into a mode which consists entirely of the web browser."

I keep my laptop on lockdown pretty much anytime I'm away from it, so I'm not so sure I like this. It also sounds like kind of a pain to get to a web browser, going through shutdown and restart. Just set up a guest account with no permissions if you want to let others use your computer. Or am I missing some reason this is a good idea? What are your thoughts?

Thursday, April 28, 2011

TenFourFox for Your PPC Mac

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 02:00 AM

"Stuck on an ancient PPC Mac? That's cool: they're still great machines, and I have an old Powerbook I keep around as a guest laptop myself. The problem, unfortunately, is that while these machines are still quite excellent at lighter computing tasks, the thing they have primarily been good for - doing some light browsing and emailing - has become more and more difficult, thanks to the heady advances of HTML5 and CSS3, and the decision of browser makers to leave the PPC architecture behind."

This is exactly what I need to be able to use my PPC iMac G5, glad they came out with this nifty program. What this program does is take Firefox 4 and gets it to run under OS X 10.4 and 10.5, so now you can get more life out of your old desktop. Or laptop too I suppose. You can get more information at the TenFourFox website here.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Opera Mini Browser Coming to the iPad?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 07:39 AM!5757691/operas...-coming-to-ipad

"In its latest press release about how well everything's going and how popular it is, Opera has revealed plans for an iPad version of its popular Opera Mini browser."

I like their mini browser (if you want to see it in action you can go to their emulator here) on the iPhone so I'm hoping it works just as well on the iPad, and why wouldn't it right?

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Multiple User Web Browsing on Your iPad With Switch

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 03:00 PM

"Ever get nervous leaving your iPad around with your email account logged in? With Switch, your browser is protected by one password, automatically enabled when the screen is locked."

Interesting concept, but according to some of the comments it is a little buggy. But the iTunes page [link] has some info that they are waiting for Apple to approve the bug fix. If it works as it says, and some of the comments lead me to believe it does for the most part, then I think this would be a great way to use your iPad and not worry about things changing on it the next time you use it. At $4.99 USD it is a bit on the pricey side. Have any of you used this? If so, how has it worked for you?

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Safari Browser Extensions Gallery Coming Soon ...

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 09:30 AM

"Apple has opened up the Safari extensions gallery for third-party submissions in preparation of opening the gallery to the public. While you can install extensions now, you need to first know where to download them."

I love Safari, but have often wondered why there aren't more extensions (add-ins) to the basic browser. I use SafariCookies to manage "regular" and Flash cookies, but I haven't found much else. And, where are the extensions to sort bookmarks? I use SafariSort (Sortosaurus), but this function should be part of Safari, or at least an extension.

All this is about to change. Apple has announced that extensions to Safari will be officially permitted. Details are rather sparse right now, but it appears that developers will have their code reviewed by Apple, and the extension(s) will then be available to end users for download (we assume directly from Apple). I can't wait for FoxClocks for Safari!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Google Chrome for OS X now a "Stable Release"

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:01 PM

"Company announced Tuesday that its Chrome browser for the OS X is now available as a stable release."

Let the downloads begin!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Google Chrome is on the Move

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 07:00 AM

"As Microsoft's Internet Explorer falls to just under 60 percent of the browser market, Google's Chrome has jumped ahead of Apple's Safari, indicates a new survey released Tuesday. Although Mozilla's Firefox took the largest percentage of the market lost by Microsoft, Google's Chrome took 6.7 percent, versus 2.5 percent for Apple's Safari."

In two years, dropping 20% is not a good sign. Now Chrome has pushed aside Safari and heading upwards towards Internet Explorer. They have a long way to go to catch up to the roughly 60% market share that IE has but they have fired a warning shot over the bow it appears based on the new data. Personally, I pretty much stick with Safari, mainly because of the MobileMe syncing of bookmarks over several machines.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Opera on iPhone, Shows Why Safari Is Better

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 09:30 AM

"Let's back up here a minute. Apple has earned its reputation as the evil gatekeeper of the App Store. You know, rejects apps for no reason, keeps competition at bay, and more or less acts like a total jerk to developers. And I was fine with that-it gave us something to whine about."

He's not at all happy with Opera for the iPhone, and I think our own Vincent has a thing or two to say about this browser on the iPhone too, and it isn't good. I suspect we will find a lot more with the same opinion since it was one of the top downloaded apps shortly after it was released (over a million per Ars Technica today) in the App Store.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Opera 10.50 Beta for OS X

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 11:00 AM

"The folks at Opera might have had to spend some time working around restrictions to port their browser to the iPhone, but when it comes to the desktop there are no such issues to contend with. Hence the release of Opera 10.50 beta, a sneak peek at the latest version of the company's venerable browser."

You can download this new version here, and I must say it certainly is quick. This is a free download and I've been using it for about a day and really like it. I'm almost sold on having it as my main browser in place of Safari. As of late, I've really had a bad problem with the spinning rainbow beach ball when I use Safari and haven't been able to track down the cause, so that just adds to my enjoyment of Opera. We shall see. Anyone else trying this one out?

Friday, February 26, 2010

YouTube Dropping Support for Older Browsers

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

"YouTube is dropping support for certain older browsers, most notably Internet Explorer 6 for Windows. But reader Mike Lemon discovered and alerted us that the last release of Firefox for Mac OS X 10.3.9 Panther - version - will also be dropped from supported browsers."

You can find out more on the YouTube FAQ page, but basically they are not supporting browsers that are older than Firefox 3+, Chrome 4+, IE 7+ and Safari 3+. This doesn't mean you can go to YouTube if you have one of those older browsers, it just means that some of the improvements they are making won't be engineered to work in the older stuff. Support officially stops on March 13th, 2010.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

iTunes in Your Web Browser

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

"Well, that's certainly nice: in the span of a couple of months, Apple has been making a lot of progress bringing iTunes to the web browser, including letting users see item information and even preview tracks without launching iTunes."

And now you can preview from the comfort of your web browser. Just go to Apple and click on iTunes (or go directly there via and start browsing. It also provides direct links to iTunes if you want to go there instead. Pretty nice interface.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Firefox Patches 3.5x, Extends Support

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

"Mozilla on Wednesday patched five vulnerabilities, three of them critical, in older editions of Firefox and in the process extended the support life of Firefox 3.0 by at least one more month."

The latest browser, Firefox 3.6 already has the patches so you don't have to worry about this update if that is the version you have. This update fixes "critical flaws in the Gecko rendering engines, the HTML parsers and their implementations of Web Worker." Basically it allowed hackers to inject their own malware onto the machines. This update also covered a couple more moderate vulnerabilities and also extended the support for this version of Firefox until August of 2010. You can download version 3.5x here, or go ahead and get 3.6 here

Jobs Tells WSJ How Much he Loves Flash. Not.

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 09:00 AM

"Steve Jobs unloaded on Flash during a meeting with Wall Street Journal executives last week, according to Gawker.Jobs met with editors of the Journal to show them the new iPad. The Journal make widespread use of Flash on its website for video, infographics, etc., and editors raised concerns about the absence of Adobe's plug-in."

No surprise here I guess, we all know how much Steve Jobs hates Flash, and I'm not such a big fan myself. It does make me curious though as to how many sites currently using Flash will adapt in order to work effectively with the iPad. I'm hoping for as many as possible, what are your thoughts on Flash?

Monday, February 15, 2010

Google Chrome Update

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 09:00 AM

"Google released a new version of Chrome for Mac OS X on Thursday that restores a key feature, extensions, that had been missing for weeks."

According to Chrome programmer Mark Mentoval, "With this new version, you'll be able to install any of over 2,200 extensions (and counting!) currently available in Chrome's extensions gallery." This version also fixes some Adobe stability issues as well as including some new multitouch support. The new beta version should get some Firefox users to switch now that it has extensions I would imagine. You can download the latest beta version here, and if you currently are using Chrome, they expect an automatic update within the next few days. Still not sure? Check out the Macworld run through of the latest beta here.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Natural Progression or Dirty Trick? You Be The Judge

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:00 PM

"Google Jan. 29 said it would cease fully supporting Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 for its Google Docs and Google Sites applications March 1. This pledge extends to other older Web browser versions, including Mozilla Firefox 2.0, Apple Safari 2.0, as well as Google's own Chrome 3.0. The move is Google's push to rid the messaging and collaboration world of the dated, insecure IE6 and put Google Chrome in its place. Chrome has 4.63 percent of the browser market and would love to chomp away at IE's 63 percent share."

Doesn't seem on the surface to be anything as sinister as forcing their way into marketshare, appears to me like its natural progression of things as software advances. But I suppose since IE 6 has over 60% of the market for browsers that it would be natural to assume Google was up to some skullduggery wouldn't it? What are your thoughts? 

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Firefox 3.6

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:00 PM

"Head on over to, Firefox fans. Version 3.6 of your favorite browser is now ready."

Mac beta was available last October, but now you can get the full-fledged version here. I am stuck in a Safari rut, I still like it and haven't really played around with other browsers but in the past I always used Firefox. I may have to just get this and give it a trial run. 

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Chrome Edges Safari in Browser Wars

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:00 PM

"Apple's Safari Web browser lost its third place market share slot to Google Chrome in December 2009, ending a multi-year run as the third most popular Web browser according to data from Net Applications. Chrome's lead over Safari isn't by much with 4.63 percent of the market compared to Safari's 4.46 percent. If, however, Chrome can continue to outpace Safari's growth, it won't take long for that gap to widen."

The info was from Net Applications, and December 2009 is also the first month that Google has been available for Mac OS X. According to the survey this is only a rough estimate of the actual number of surfers, but even so, Chrome is on the fast track to really give Explorer a run for their money. What browser do you use? I'm still using Safari and am happy with it once I fixed the annoying Adobe Flash problem that was causing me to lock up frequently.

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