Safari iOS 8 Tips And Tricks

The best must-know tricks for Safari in iOS 8

By on October 3, 2014 at 4:08 PM.

The best must-know tricks for Safari in iOS 8

Many of us use Safari for a browser. But there are loads of little tips and tricks that you may not know about. You’ve probably accidentally hit a few buttons and something popped up. Thankfully, MacWorld put together a fantastic list of Safari tricks that could help you navigate your Safari browser like a pro.

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Google Safari Cookie Settlement

Google to pay $17 million for putting its hand in Apple’s cookie jar

By on November 18, 2013 at 4:40 PM.

Google to pay $17 million for putting its hand in Apple’s cookie jar

Remember last year when Google had to pay $22.5 million to the Federal Trade Commission after bypassing security settings on the Safari browser in order to plant cookies? Computerworld reports that Google will be forking over an additional $17 million after settling with 37 states and the District of Columbia. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced on his website that the state of New York will receive $899,580 of the settlement. More →

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Safari Mobile Browser Share

Safari expands mobile browser share lead despite heated competition

By on April 3, 2013 at 8:30 PM.

Safari expands mobile browser share lead despite heated competition

Apple (AAPL) may be under more competitive pressure than it’s faced in a while but that doesn’t mean its iPhones and iPads aren’t still the dominant devices for browsing the mobile web. The latest numbers from NetMarketShare show that Apple’s Safari browser has actually increased its lead among smartphone and tablet users and now accounts for 62% of mobile web browsing, followed by Google’s (GOOG) Android browser at 22% and Opera Mini at 8%. Safari’s share actually marks a significant increase from the previous month when it accounted for 55% of mobile browsing, so it seems that Apple’s dominance of the mobile web isn’t in danger of shrinking anytime soon.

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Google Safari Tracking Scandal

Apple users in the U.K. look to sue Google over Safari tracking scandal

By on January 28, 2013 at 4:47 PM.

Apple users in the U.K. look to sue Google over Safari tracking scandal

A group of Apple (AAPL) users in the United Kingdom are looking to take legal action against Google (GOOG) for its role in last year’s Safari tracking scandal. The group, known as Safari Users Against Google’s Secret Tracking, has instructed a law firm to coordinate the claims against Google and is seeking an undisclosed amount in damages and a public apology from the company.  More →

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Safari Original Name

Steve Jobs originally wanted to call Safari Web browser ‘Freedom’

By on December 20, 2012 at 1:02 PM.

Steve Jobs originally wanted to call Safari Web browser ‘Freedom’

Just as Steve Jobs originally (and dubiously) thought “Bicycle” was a good name for the original Macintosh or “MacMan” for the first iMac, the late Apple (AAPL) CEO almost went with the name “Freedom” for its Web browser. Former retired Apple programmer Don Melton writes on his blog that other names on the table included “Alexander” and “iBrowse,” but in the end Jobs chose “Safari.
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Google to pony up $22.5 million in Safari settlement

By on July 10, 2012 at 7:45 AM.

Google to pony up $22.5 million in Safari settlement

Google Safari Settlement $22.5 Million

Google is about to forfeit some of its allowance after getting caught with its hands in Safari’s cookie jar. The Wall Street Journal reports that Google and the Federal Trade Commission are close to finalizing a settlement where Google will pay $22.5 million for bypassing the security settings on Apple’s Safari browser to plant unwanted third-party tracking cookies. More →

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Google to be fined millions by U.S. over Safari breach

By on May 4, 2012 at 3:45 PM.

Google to be fined millions by U.S. over Safari breach

Google to be fined by US over Safari breach

The United States Federal Trade Commission will fine Google for its breach of Apple’s Safari web browser security, Bloomberg reported on Friday. The Internet giant is currently negotiating with the Commission over an acceptable fine, which could amount to tens of millions of dollars. The fine would be the first time the FTC has ever punished a company for violating Internet privacy safeguards. Google in February was found to be bypassing the privacy settings of millions of unknowing Safari users by using a special code to install cookies on a user’s computer, even when such actions were supposed to be blocked by the browser. More →

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Chrome 18 is world’s most popular browser, Internet Explorer 9 leads in North America

By on April 23, 2012 at 11:45 PM.

Chrome 18 is world’s most popular browser, Internet Explorer 9 leads in North America

Internet monitoring firm Pingdom on Monday released a new report on global Web browser share by browser version. The company found Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 to be the most popular browser in North America with a 21.2% share, and it was closely followed by Google Chrome 18 at 20.2%. Internet Explorer, however, featured a combined total of 40.4% of the North American browser market. Globally, Pingdom found that Chrome 18 is the most popular browser with a 25.6% share, leading Firefox 11 with 15.8% and Internet Explorer 9 and 8 with 15.7% and 14.6%, respectively. Microsoft’s browser has the largest worldwide market share when all versions are combined, followed by Chrome and then Firefox. More →

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Major Google Chrome vulnerability uncovered by hacker at Pwnium contest

By on March 8, 2012 at 5:20 PM.

Major Google Chrome vulnerability uncovered by hacker at Pwnium contest

Russian university student Sergey Glazunov was able to hack into a secure Windows 7 machine using a remote code execution exploit in Google’s Chrome web browser in five minutes, ZDNet reported Wednesday. The exploit was found during CanSecWest’s Pwnium hacker contest, a competition similar to the popular Pwn2Own contest. Google offered a total of $1 million dollar in prize money to hackers who could exploit the company’s Chrome web browser. Glazunov was rewarded $60,000 for his exploit, which found a way around Chrome’s sandbox using vulnerabilities in the extension system. “It didn’t break out of the sandbox [but] it avoided the sandbox,” said Justin Schuh, a member of the Chrome security team. “It was an impressive exploit. It required a deep understanding of how Chrome works. This is not a trivial thing to do.” At Pwn2Own, the VUPEN team was able to hack all four major browsers — Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Apple Safari and Mozilla Firefox — with Chrome, which was hacked within five minutes, being the first to fall. This is the first time in four years at the competition that Google’s web browser has been hacked. The company is already working on an update that will fix the vulnerabilities uncovered at Pwnium and Pwn2Own. More →

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Google and other advertisers used ‘a special code’ to bypass Safari privacy restrictions

By on February 17, 2012 at 9:05 PM.

Google and other advertisers used ‘a special code’ to bypass Safari privacy restrictions

Google and other leading advertising companies have been bypassing the privacy settings of millions of unknowing Safari users, reports the Wall Street Journal. Using “a special code,” the companies were able to bypass the browser’s privacy restrictions and install cookies on a user’s computer, even when such actions were supposed to be blocked. Companies such as Google use cookies to track browsing habits across websites that it places advertisements on. Apple’s Safari Web browser blocks these third-party cookies by default, only allowing them on a website that a user directly interacts with. Read on for more. More →

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Chrome, Firefox and Safari browsers chewing away at IE market share

By on September 30, 2011 at 8:40 PM.

Chrome, Firefox and Safari browsers chewing away at IE market share

A new research report from Chitika Insights suggests Chrome, Firefox and Safari are eating away at Microsoft’s dominant share of the web browser market. Internet Explorer’s overall share dropped from 56% in July to 54% in August while Firefox’s market share increased from 19% to 20% and Safari’s share grew one point to 9%. Between July 2010 and July 2011, however, Microsoft’s browser share remained steady at 56%. Google’s Chrome web browser saw its share increase from 9% to 16% year-over-year at the expense of Firefox and Safari, which lost 5% and 1% of the market, respectively. Chitika said it expects Firefox’s share to increase as Mozilla continues to release frequent updates to its web browser. In addition, Internet Explorer’s share will “stabilize from its recent losses” when Microsoft releases Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10. More →

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Amazon launches web-based Kindle Cloud Reader

By on August 10, 2011 at 8:00 AM.

Amazon launches web-based Kindle Cloud Reader

Amazon launched its new Kindle Cloud Reader service on Wednesday that provides users with access their Kindle library using Chrome or Safari on Mac, PC, Linux and the Chromebook. Kindle Cloud Reader is also optimized for the iPad and offers a caching feature for offline reading. To get started, simply navigate to http://read.amazon.com and install the small required plug-in. We gave the service a quick run this morning and were impressed by how fast it loaded our eBook library. We definitely still prefer the standalone app on the iPad, but we’re sure Amazon created this option as a loophole to get around Apple’s iTunes App Store rules. Don’t use Safari or Chrome? Amazon still has you covered with its Kindle for PC client. Read on for the full press release. More →

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Chrome's growth slows in July according to new browser share data

By on August 2, 2011 at 1:45 AM.

Chrome's growth slows in July according to new browser share data

Research firm Net Applications released its most recent browser share trend report on Monday. The latest information suggests that adoption of the Chrome web browser slowed slightly, possibly due to an increase in Safari’s popularity. Chrome had a 13.45% market share during the month of July, up .34 percentage points from the 13.11% share it had in June. Between May and June, however, Chrome’s market share increased .59 percentage points. Apple’s Safari web browser had a 8.05% share of the web browser market during July, up .57 percentage points from June. Despite declines in market share, Internet Explorer and Firefox remain the two most popular browser options with a 52.81% and 21.48% share of the market, respectively. Opera has a 1.65% grip on the market and other browser options are responsible for 2.56% collectively. More →

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