Tag Archives: Safari

Firefox Quantum is Out, and You Should Get It

Fair warning, macOS and iOS users, you’re going to be a little mad at Apple for this, but I’ll wait until the end to explain why. Firefox Quantum has been in beta for a few months now, and I finally decided to take it for a spin about a week before release. Currently, I’m putting together a browser comparison, one that will show real world performance, benchmark performance, memory usage, and battery life impact, on both my 2010 MacBook Pro (representing older hardware) and the 2015 MacBook Pro I have from work (new hardware) but that’s going to take some time. Perhaps before you read that, you’ll want to try out Mozilla’s latest and greatest browser for yourself.

Firefox Quantum was designed to be a modern browser, made to meet current expectations of what a browser should be and take us to the future, a complete revamp of Firefox and the web browser itself. After using it for about a week now, I love it, and, as such, I’m once again pissed at Apple.

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Safari 11 Really is the Fastest Mac Browser

The Ares-6 JavaScript Benchmark. Lower is better.

Safari 11 will be released with macOS High Sierra this year. If your primary concern when browsing the web is doing so quickly, you’re going to want to pay attention. While many Mac users have switched to Chrome or Firefox, either for speed or their extensions, the extreme speed of Safari in High Sierra could bring users back to the browser. Apple claimed the new browser would be the fastest Mac browser available, but Macworld wasn’t willing to accept that as fact without testing it first. They ran a number of browser benchmark tests meant to test the speed of the browsers in a number of ways, including JavaScript performance, HTML5 performance, graphics, speed of user interface interactions, and many more web features using a generalized test. Safari crushed the competition in every test they threw at the browser but one, taking second place in an HTML5 test. Head over to Macworld to read their whole writeup and check out the benchmark scores for yourself. 
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iOS Browser Benchmarks

There are many different ways to compare browsers. You could decide based on it’s raw performance, it’s effects on battery life, its third party plugins, its feature set, syncing between desktop and mobile versions, built-in VPN features, ad blocking, or even the cuteness of its mascot (Firefox has them all beaten there, seen below). In this post, I take a look at six popular iOS browsers, Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Opera, iCab, and Dolphin, I used the Jetstream and Motionmark benchmarks from browserbench.org. Each browser was tested on the 9.7″ iPad Pro with no other applications running in the background, with sleep turned off, and with the device plugged in. The Jetstream benchmark checked JavaScript capabilities. JavaScript is the scripting language that powers much of the web. The other benchmark, Motionmark, measures graphical capabilities. Though the best browser isn’t necessarily the fastest, and while these benchmarks cannot offer a perfect measure of performance, they do give us a good idea. Surprisingly, a few browsers made giant leaps in performance, while others are just as slow as ever. 
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Apple’s Safari is Suggesting Porn Websites

When you start typing something into the address bar in Safari, you’ll see page and app suggestions, along with your own search and browsing history. The suggested page and app results have nothing to do with your own browsing habits. If you got a brand new phone and started typing in something that Apple thinks is related to a webpage, they’ll suggest it. Fortunately, these websites are safe… usually. I don’t browse porn on Safari (no, really) and even if I did, it wouldn’t be anything remotely related to the photo that appears when you start typing in “dilli” in iOS. I don’t recommend doing it. This was spotted by a Reddit user. If, on iOS and perhaps even macOS, a user starts typing in “dilli” they will be shocked by the website Apple suggests, a porn site, with a pornographic preview image clearly visible. Hopefully Apple filters this website out soon, though it was good for a laugh. Since it’s clearly bypassing Apple’s automatic censoring, it’ll have to be manually added to a blacklist. Maybe by the time you read this tomorrow morning it’ll be fixed. Maybe it’ll take a few days. Either way, make sure no one’s looking over your shoulder if you ever have to type anything that starts with “dilli” in your browser, and perhaps avoid typing in anything with those letters for a while. 


That was quick! The result is no longer displaying in Safari, without requiring a software update.  

1Blocker Now has a Mac Ad Blocker

If you’re like a majority of people, you probably hate ads. I previously detailed how to install a content blocker on iOS to remove ads from Safari, and for the example, I used the reliable and customizable 1Blocker. The developers have a new ad blocker for OS X, and it’s available in the Mac App Store for $4.99. Many ad blockers on OS X (I can’t want to start calling it macOS) are free, and work for more browsers than just Safari, so why would you want 1Blocker? 

You’ll be happy to pay for 1Blocker for its customization, modern implementation of an ad blocker, iCloud syncing, and because it’s a paid app. Yes, the price tag is actually a feature.
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iOS 9.3 Users Complaining of Crashing After Downloading Certain Apps

iOS 9.3 brought some great new features, like useful shortcuts into native Apple apps, such as Settings, and Night Shift, a toggle that makes iOS 9.3 the first iOS update that might actually help you sleep better by reducing eye strain before bed time. However, it seems a feature in iOS 9 may be causing problems for users, who are complaining of apps such as Safari, Mail, Chrome, and others crashing when trying to click links. iOS 9.3 was originally assumed to be the culprit, and may in fact have exacerbated the issue, however it's now thought to be caused by particular apps, and one in particular that may have been updated for iOS 9.3, Booking.com. The worst part about this particular bug is that it remains persistent after affected apps are deleted from the device, requiring an update from Apple to fix the problem.

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How to Install an Ad Blocker on iOS

It seems strange that a website that makes money from ads would teach readers how to install an ad blocker, doesn't it? Well, despite my own interests, it's often in the best interests of users to install an ad blocker. Ad blockers are in the form of content blockers on iOS, and not only prevent ads from displaying, but also increase website load speeds, and halt privacy invasions that could track your browsing habits to better serve up ads. Besides, if you feel bad about getting this information for free after installing an ad blocking and blocking Leaf and Core's ads, there's a donate button in the sidebar (on the bottom of the page on mobile).

This guide uses 1Blocker, but the basic process is the same for any content blocker you choose to prevent ads from displaying in Safari. 1Blocker is free, with additional features like unlimited blockers available for a $2.99 in app purchase, a buy that would be a good bet for any frequent web user. You should shop around on the App Store for the right content blocker for your browsing habits.

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