Safari has an option to allow users to browse privately.
What this means is that information that would normally be retained in the history, search history, and AutoFill areas of the browser will not be recorded whilst you are traversing the online world.
In order to activate private browsing simply navigate to the Safari > Private Browsing from the Menu Bar.
You will notice that after the words there are three full stops. This indicates that a popup menu will be presented that looks like this:
If you hold down the Option key on your keyboard when pressing Private Browsing you will notice the full stops will be removed. Upon clicking Private Browsing the popup message will not be shown, but your web browser will go straight into private mode.
You will know when you have Private Browsing activated because the word Private will appear in your Address Bar as shown below:
If you click on the private button in the address bar the following message will appear:
As you can see this allows you to turn off Private Browsing. Simply press OK if that is your intention.
You can turn off private browsing by returning to the original drop down Menu Bar command. You will notice that in the menu when Private Browsing is switched to on then a tick will be presented next to the option. Turning it off removes this tick.
Following the release of Google Chrome yesterday, the folks at iMoredecided to put it to the test to determine if it’s really as awesome as many hoped it would be. Even better, they’ve put together a video so you can see for yourself!
Have you tried Google Chrome for iOS? What are your thoughts?
A fascinating post has cropped up over at Chinese tech forum WeiPhone.com, claiming to offer a number of official links for the the first beta of iOS 6, as well as a developer preview of Safari 6, suggesting that Apple may release both previews at tomorrow’s WWDC keynote.
The links are not yet active, and their authenticity cannot be verified, although a similar leak of iOS 5 leaks occurred just before WWDC last year, and those links turned out to be authentic. Further, as MacRumors points out, the links do appear to be unique:
…clicking on the links does take users to an error page stating “Your session has expired.” Altering the URLs to reference a different build number or making other changes yields an “Access denied” error message, suggesting that there is indeed something unique about the leaked URLs.
It’s also particularly interesting that the links appear to offer both consumer and enterprise versions of iOS. It’s not clear what those designations actually mean, but it could suggest that Apple is releasing a business-focused variant of iOS to allow employers to restrict certain activities on company-purchased iPhones and iPads.
Apple is expected to discuss iOS 6 at tomorrow’s keynote, and many (including myself) have speculated that Apple is likely to release the first betas of iOS 6 at the WWDC keynote, or at least within a few days. We’ll all find out tomorrow!
Make sure to stay tuned to MacTrast tomorrow for our full coverage of the WWDC keynote. It should be an exciting affair! The download links can be found at MacRumors, and if authentic, should begin working shortly after the keynote ends tomorrow.
Alongside the release of OS X 10.7.4, Apple has also released an update to Safari, bringing the version up to 5.1.7. One of the more notable aspects of the update is that it automatically disables older versions of Adobe Flash, and directs users to download the latest version from Adobe’s website.
Safari 5.1.7 for OS X Lion and Safari 5.1.7 for OS X Snow Leopard disable out-of-date versions of Adobe Flash Player.
Out-of-date versions of Adobe Flash Player do not include the latest security updates and will be disabled to help keep your Mac secure. If Safari 5.1.7 detects an out-of-date version of Flash Player on your system, you will see a dialog informing you that Flash Player has been disabled. The dialog provides the option to go directly to Adobe’s website, where you can download and install an updated version of Flash Player.
While at first it may seem extreme for Apple to automatically disable previous versions of Flash Player, it’s worth noting that outdated versions of the player can pose significant security risks to users. Apple also provides a way for users to re-enable older versions of Flash Player at their own risk.
The update also includes the following improvements:
Improve the browser’s responsiveness when the system is low on memory
Fix an issue that could prevent webpages from responding after using a pinch to zoom gesture
Fix an issue that could affect websites using forms to authenticate users
Safari 5.1.7 is available immediately through Software Update, and can also be downloaded directly from Apple’s Safari site.