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Thursday, June 28, 2012

New MacBook Air Freezing Up? Try This...

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 01:45 AM

"We've discussed some pretty flattering attributes of the new MacBook Air lately, but here's one that's less than pleasant: a sizable amount of users are reporting the machine will completely freeze up seemingly out of nowhere, requiring a hard reset."

The culprit might be the Chrome browser, as that has been running when the freezing occurs. So the solution, if you want to keep running Chrome, appears to be to load the latest Chrome Canary build, which you can find here. Hopefully an update from Google will be coming soon.

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?

Thursday, February 2, 2012

iPad Crashing? Fresh Install May Fix It

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 04:00 AM

"We've been made aware of some ongoing issues with apps crashing constantly on iPads running iOS 5, both iPad and iPad 2 are impacted with Safari being particularly sensitive and seemingly crashing anytime javascript or a video loads and sometimes with just general web browsing."

I'm going through some of this with my iPad (original not version 2), and if it's happening on more than just Safari then you are probably better off doing a fresh install of iOS 5. This gives you a simple walkthrough on how to do this but if it continues, then it sounds like you will have to wait for the next update (iOS 5.1 is currently in Beta) to see if that solves the problem. For me, it isn't happening all that often. It is mainly when I have too many tabs open so I think that is probably the root cause.

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?

Monday, December 26, 2011

Apple Has Pretty Good Ranking per ComScore

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 05:00 AM

"ComScore has released its monthly analysis of U.S. web activity at the top online properties for November 2011 based on data from the comScore Media Metrix service."

And Apple was right up there when it comes to online retailers, as well as those brick and mortar stores with an online presence. Apple beat out Wal-Mart, Sears, Target and Best Buy to name but a few.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Safari Updated to 5.1.2

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

"Apple has released an update to their desktop Safari browser; the new 5.1.2 software brings a couple of bug fixes with some other improvements within the browser itself."

Done via Software Update on your computer or by going here.

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, August 15, 2011

Flash to HTML5 Extension for Safari

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:13 AM

"As you know, OS X Lion ships without Flash Player to the delight of fans in support of Apple's ongoing argument against Adobe's resource-hungry technology. This leaves us with three choices: Avoid Flash content altogether (possible, but hardly an option for mainstream folks), switch to Google's Chrome browser that comes with the latest version of Flash Player built-in (a forced option for Safari fans) or just install the darn thing and deal with consequences later."

And now there is another option with this extension, available here. Personally though, I prefer using Chrome for anything that requires Flash instead of mucking up my Safari with lots of extensions. What are your thoughts?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Flash? Yea, I Don't Miss It...

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 01:00 AM

"It has been 7 months since I've followed John Gruber's advice and abandoned Adobe Flash. Put simply, the experience has positively affected almost every facet of using my computer. It's faster, cooler, runs longer and most importantly, it's infinitely less prone to infuriating me."

I pretty much have had the same experience, I don't miss Flash at all, and when I need to use it I just open up Chrome. My MacBook Air 11 inch certainly feels like it runs smoother and faster without dealing with Flash, and for the few times I need it, it is pretty simple to just switch to Chrome. Has anyone else out there gone "Flash-less", and if so, how has your experience been?

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?

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

iOS 5 and Browsing, An Improved Experience

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 01:30 PM

"When it's released by Apple this fall, iOS 5 will bring an improved Web browsing experience to iPhone and iPad users, offering new features in Safari like private browsing, Reader, and tabs on the iPad."

I really like the reader option that is added to this version, basically adding a button to the right side of the URL once you add it to the reading list. Then you can just tap the "reader" button and it takes you to a page with just the text of the article.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Google Adds Flight Information to Searches

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

"Been wishing you could find flight information the same way you would for a bus or train?"

Well your wish has been granted as Google has now added a flight schedule search. All you have to do is type in "flights to/from" and then destination location and Google will get you all the info you need. This also supports ten languages. You can find out more about this new feature at the Google "Inside Search" blog located here. To be fair, you can do the same thing with Bing.

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?

Friday, October 1, 2010

MapQuest is Back, This Time With an Atlas

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

"MapQuest, in its drive to get on people's radars again, is launching an interactive atlas that combines MapQuest maps with an array of geographic, cultural and climate data."

I guess they never really left, but just got left behind in the Google Maps dust. They are back now though, and have come out with an Atlas. The interface is pretty simple, and gives you basic facts about any country you click on (or touch on if you are using your iPad), all gleaned from the CIA's World Factbook [link]. It's a nice, albeit simple, addition to the MapQuest line.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Help For Those Safari Hangs

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

"Sometimes-especially when you have a lot of tabs open and a lot of pages running Flash-Safari can hang to the point where it needs a restart. Unfortunately, restarting Safari can be inconvenient."

This is, of course, only if you are comfortable with using Terminal. It involves manually stopping the WebKitPluginHost process, so once Safari notices that the process has ended, it restarts it and refreshes the page that was using the Flash plug-n. This process will stop all plug-ins though, not just the Flash so they will also start back up once the page refreshes. I've been dealing with this issue recently so I may have to try this quick fix. To do it, open up Terminal (located in your Utilities folder in Applications, and type killall -9 WebKitPluginHost.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Mobile Apps Take up 50% of Mobile Data Volume

Posted by Joe Johaneman in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 07:30 AM

"What Zokem found was that while a smartphone's mobile browser - Safari, in the case of the iPhone - is still the biggest bandwidth hog on most smartphones, apps are now taking up 50% of mobile data volume. Predictably, the most popular apps across all smartphones are Facebook and Twitter."

I spend little time in Safari on my iPhone. I'm almost always using one of the news apps I have, or Instapaper. About the only time I pull up the browser is when I want to share an article, and the app I'm currently using doesn't have that option (which is pretty rare now), or when I'm doing a Google search. If I'm using a site that requires a login, I use the browser in the Lastpass app. How often do you use Mobile Safari?

Tags: iphone, safari

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

How About Some Updates?

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

"A 40MB Safari 5.0.2 Software Update just hit. From Apple:This update contains improvements to compatibility and security, including fixing an issue that could prevent users from submitting web forms, fixes an issue that could cause web content to display incorrectly when viewing a Google Image result with Flash 10.1 installed and establishes an encrypted, authenticated connection to the Safari Extensions Gallery."

You can find out more about it at the Apple support site, but it wasn't the only update. iWeb 3.0.2 was released, as well as updates to the apps Find my iPhone and iDisk.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Yahoo Mail Supports HTML5

Posted by Joe Johaneman in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 06:30 AM

"Great news for iDevice-owning Yahoo! Mail users: the popular email service has now added support for HTML5. This means users can now fully interact with the site on their iPhones and iPads."

It's great to see HTML5 being supported more and more. The future looks bright for those of us using any variant of mobile safari or any other browser that works with HTML5. I still have a Yahoo Mail account, though I use it almost entirely as an IM account. Still, it's nice to know that if I have to check my Yahoo mail, I can do it with ease on my iPad or iPhone.

Tags: iphone, safari, ipad, html5

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Apple Working on Fix For iOS Safari Exploit

Posted by Joe Johaneman in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 06:00 AM;editorPicks

"Apple says that it has a fix for the browser security flaw discovered earlier this week on its iOS-powered devices."

According to CNET, Apple has a fix for the exploit in mobile Safari. The exploit hinges on how PDFs are rendered by the browser, and allows devices running mobile Safari to be jailbroken. Of course, it also allows an attacker access to your phone, since it can grant root privileges. Apple has not said when the update fixing the flaw will be pushed.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

More on Safari 5.0.1 and Extensions

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

"Extensions are a great way for you to add new features to Safari 5.0.1. Built by developers, Safari Extensions use the latest HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript web technologies. And they're digitally signed and sandboxed for improved security. You can install extensions with one click - no need to restart Safari."

It certainly couldn't be any easier to get to the extensions gallery. And to see what extensions you have installed just take a look under "View" and it will show you what is and isn't active. This is also where you turn them on and off once you have them installed. Pretty easy. PC World has a list of "8 Killer Extensions" for Safari that might interest you as well, since there are over 100 of them to choose from.

Tags: software, safari, os x

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