In an update on the WebKit blog, we learned that Apple now blocks third-party cookies by default in Safari.
The FIDO Alliance is an industry group to develop authentication standards as an alternative to passwords. Apple recently joined the group.
John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the SE2 rumors coming back (again), and this week’s Security Friday.
The next version of Safari will remove Adobe Flash support. We can see a glimpse of this move in Safari Technology Preview 99.
Google’s Project Zero security team found multiple Intelligent Tracking Prevention flaws in Safari that let users be tracked anyway.
Charlotte Henry and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Charlotte’s move (back) to Google Chrome, and the first Security Friday!
Andrew Orr and Dave Hamilton join host Kelly Guimont to discuss (hidden) long-press options in Safari, and travel with a USB-C machine.
Charlotte had been using Safari, but eventually had to abandon it for Google Chrome after encountering too many problems and inconveniences.
Safari on iOS and iPadOS has a lot of hidden shortcuts. One useful shortcut is the ability to merge all windows.
In a blog post called “Preventing Tracking Prevention Tracking” WebKit’s John Wilander explained a new Safari capability.
A report suggests that Safari users are less valuable to advertisers due to the browser’s Intelligent Tracking Prevention technology.
John has had some very notable, interesting, even spectacular guests on his Background Mode Podcast recently. Here’s a recap.
DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials is a Safari extension that blocks trackers and provides a privacy dashboard for each website you visit.
Don Melton is probably best known as the person who started the Safari and WebKit projects at Apple and his rise to Apple Engineering Director of Internet Technologies. These days he’s an aspiring writer, podcaster and recovering programmer.
Don walks us through his early career starting with his aspiration to become a comic strip or comic book artist. His artistic talent led to a newspaper job which led to information graphics which led to work with Macs. His tinkering with the Mac revealed that he had a special talent for programming, and that ultimately led to his job at Netscape developing the Navigator browser. Later, a relationship with Andy Hertzfeld and Bud Tribble led to his job at Apple in 2001, chartered by Scott Forstall, to write a web browser. Don tells a fascinating story about the development of Safari for Mac OS X and the race to replace Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.
Apple’s Fraudulent Website Feature in Safari for iOS uses Chinese firm Tencent as one of its Safe Browsing Providers.
Over the years, we’ve seen steady improvements to macOS. But it requires a brilliant, in-depth look at Catalina to put the continuous developments into proper perspective.
MacMost has a good video on YouTube where he shares 10 macOS Catalina features. They’re smaller features that don’t get the same attention or shoutout by Apple, but they’re good to know. The first one he mentions is a feature that I noticed but was annoyed about. When you hover or long-click the green fullscreen button in Safari, it now brings up a menu window to enter full screen or tile the window to the left or right. While it makes this capability more obvious it also adds an extra step, when just dragging the window by the green button was faster. In any case the video is pretty helpful and you can watch it here.
You may have noticed in iOS 13 and iPadOS that double tap to zoom in Safari no longer works. Instead you’ll have to do something else.
Although Apple hasn’t released macOS Catalina yet, it did update its browser to Safari 13. It has a new section for downloads permissions.
Lots of new stuff from Apple this week… and lots of technical landmines to navigate. Thankfully, you’ve been sending your questions into John and Dave, and they’ve been doing the research to get you answers. Listen to the answers to your questions – and everyone else’s, too! Press play, and enjoy learning at least five new things… one that might even save your bacon this week!