#112 John Wick Game Coming To Epic Games Store

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#35 Apple Is Deleting Your iTunes Movies

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Apple, Firefox browsers aim to thwart Facebook, Google tracking

Facebook and other companies routinely track your online surfing habits to better target ads at you. Two web browsers now want to help you fight back in what’s becoming an escalating privacy arms race. New protections in Apple’s Safari and Mozilla’s Firefox browsers aim to prevent companies from turning “cookie” data files used to store sign-in details and preferences into broader trackers that take note of what you read, watch and research on other sites.

Apple Is Deleting Purchased Movies from Your iTunes Without Warning

If you think you actually own movies that you’ve purchased on iTunes, think again. The age of physical media is dying a slow, painful death, but the convenience offered by digital is simply far too great to be ignored by consumers. However, there are drawbacks to going digital. For one, as Twitter user Drandersgs recently discovered, Apple can delete movies that you own without warning.

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Maps Tip: Google Street View is back on iOS 6… in a way

It is no secret that certain aspects of Google Maps have been missed in the new Maps in iOS 6. The most notably missed feature is the Google Street View, and of course, the accuracy and sheer functionality of Google Maps.

Sure, the new Maps app in iOS 6 had some great features as well. One of the most notably useful features not found in the previous Google Maps based solution was the turn by turn navigation found in the new Maps app. Apple tried to replace the Google Street View with the Fly Over effect.

While the Fly Over is certainly an eyeful for areas supported, its usefulness is nowhere near Google Street View. After all, the average Joe will need to view the location on the street level where they will be when they visit the location in question. They can’t really tell street level landmarks so high up in the sky. Fly Over is basically just eye candy.

Apple apologized about the lack of pure functionality in their Maps app. It still lacks a lot of data, misplaces a lot of locations, and labels landmarks incorrectly. Their navigation system is still a hit and miss, but at least it is there. For basic mapping solutions, in case you need to look up an address correctly, Apple’s Tim cook directs you to 3rd party solutions, even mentioning Google Maps.

Google Maps is not yet available as an app in the App store. It can only be accessed via Safari by going to maps.google.com. The mobile site works mostly like the desktop version of Google Maps, but it was missing one of the key features that navigators were looking for: Google Street View capabilities.

Thankfully, Google remedied that fairly quickly by launching an update to the mobile Google maps application by introducing Google Street View to the mobile code. Users can now look up many locations and view it on the street level.

The problem is, porting Street View to the mobile site is a monumental task. What Google has placed on the mobile version is what you can call a “lite version” of Google Street View. There were still many locations that were not included in the mobile version but available in the desktop version. It can also run a bit slow and does not have the same zoom level as the desktop version. Apple’s safari browser can only access this much, but it is still a very welcome improvement and a sigh of relief that Google is doing something about it.

Meanwhile, Apple is steadily working to try and figure out all the things wrong with their maps application. Word is that Apple is tasking their staff to locate and report inaccurate map data or map anomalies to the maps division. Since people are avoiding using the Apple maps application, they have to turn to their own resources to be able to gather mapping and location data for the improvement of their maps offering. If all goes well, Apple maps may yet take center stage.

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No more Safari for Windows based PCs

Windows users who are big Safari fans may be disappointed with the recent development made by the browser’s developer Apple, as the latter has decided to pull Safari for Windows out, just in time for the release of Apple’s Safari 6.

However, Windows users can still download Safari version 5.1.7 after tediously scouring for the download link in Apple’s support pages.
The Safari version that can be downloaded by Windows users is the same with the Web browser that came with OS X 10.7.4 a couple of months ago.

People speculate that Apple’s reason for pulling the plug for the Safari for Windows is that Apple is no longer interested in giving Windows a port for its OS X browser.

Safari currently lags behind Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome with a 4.7% share of the browser market.
According to Forbes writer Adrian Kinsely-Hughes, “While I find Safari to be an adequate browser for the Mac OS X platform, when it comes to Windows I’d put it behind Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and even Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. In fact, the only time I even fire it up on Windows is when I’m testing something.”

Would it be a big loss for Microsoft users?

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Chrome for iOS now Apple App Store’s baby

Google Chrome for iOS became an instant sensation, barely a day after Google released the app to Apple fanatics.

Chrome became the app store’s most downloaded free app on the iPad and the iPhone, and it doesn’t look like that trend might change for days.

Google Chrome is considered as one of the popular Internet browsers out there, as of the moment even trumping Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox in some states and countries.

Google Chrome’s biggest draw is the ability to sync tabs, passwords from your PC or notebook Chrome browser to other devices and bookmarks. This makes Internet browsing easier for you if you use multiple devices to access it.

But Apple isn’t ready to jump on the bandwagon yet, as the company doesn’t intend to change their default browser to the Chrome. That distinction is still being held by Apple’s very own Safari.

Although developer Jon Abrams created an iOS Safari bookmarklet to open pages in your Chrome browser.

Create a bookmark in Safari for the following address: javascript.location.href=”googlechrome”+location.href.subsstring(4);

You can name the bookmark “Open in Chrome.” When you select it, it will open your current Safari page in Google’s browser.

Have you tried Chrome for iOS?

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Mozilla developing browser for the iPad

Safari has been the lording it over the browser wars for the iPad. Developers who have created browsers to unseat the Safari have had difficulty in doing so.

Now, Mozilla is trying to change the way iPad owners are browsing the Web.

Mozilla developers are working on a Firefox Web browser for the iPad. Called the Junior, Mozilla unveiled their new project in a video presentation delivered by the company’s Product Design Strategy team.

According to the company, Junior is “an iPad browser that makes browsing more fun, more ergonomic and re-thinks browser user experience from the ground up.”

Alex Limi, Firefox’s product designer said, “We wanted to make something entirely new. We wanted to look into how we could reinvent the browser for a new form factor.”

He even added that he had a miserable experience using the Safari browser on the iPad.

During the demo, the team said that their prototype browser cover the iPad’s whole screen and would give users a “magazine feel.”

Other browsers who have wanted to unseat the Safari are Axis by Yahoo!, Atomic, Dolphin, Opera Mini and Skyfire.

Amongst all browsers,  Firefox by Mozilla holds 20.2 percent of the market.

Will you switch to Junior then?

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Twitter upgrades users privacy control

Social networking site Twitter said that they are now going to honor Do Not Track requests so as for users to better improve their privacy control.

Director of growth and international at Twitter Othman Laraki said, “These tailored suggestions are based on accounts followed by other Twitter users and visits to websites in the Twitter ecosystem.”

“We receive visit information when sites have integrated Twitter buttons or widgets, similar to what many other companies – including LinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube – do when they’re integrated into websites.”

By recognizing which accounts are frequently followed by people who visit popular sites, we can recommend those accounts to others who have visited those sites within the last ten days.”

Do Not Track is a privacy setting available in a few browsers; it basically tells websites that you have opted out of tracking by way of an HTTP header.

If you choose not to be tracked at browser level, some websites will be unable to allow third parties to note what websites you visit and when to inform advertising and analytics.

Unfortunately, not all websites agree not to track you and not all browsers have the option.

It is currently available only from Safari, Internet Explorer and Firefox. Google has assured their followers that their own Chrome browser will have the option before the year ends.

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Flickr set to unveil new way to upload photos

Fans of the poplar photo sharing site Flickr will be pleased upon hearing the news that they have added a new uploading interface that promises to be much more convenient and faster than the old way.

The new technology they are using is the HTML 5. This means that members can now select for uploading by dragging the photos you want to your browser. That’s how simple it is.

Supported browsers are Chrome 6, Safari 5, Firefox 8 and above. If you have an outdated browser, you better update to the latest one to enjoy this upgrade.

This makes life easier for Flickr members as they would only need to drag and drop. An aim for this update is to make sorting of images into sets easier.

The photo sharing site also claims that is has managed to pull off a 20-30 percent increase in upload speed. International users on the other hand may enjoy a 50-60 percent increase. They have also increased the uploadable file limit to 50MB for Pro users and 30MB for free users.

These changes will be felt in the upcoming weeks to come.

It was just last February that Flickr revamped its main interface. So expect for a bigger and better photo sharing experience.

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Google beats Safari in browser war

According to a report from Net Applications, an Internet analytics firm, Google Chrome has taken Apple Safari’s position as the world’s third most popular Web browser.

Despite being just over a year old, the Google web browser’s usage grew from 3.93 percent in November 2009 to 4.63 in December of the same year. Safari’s share of browser usage on the other hand, only increased by .10 percent; from 4.36 in November to 4.36 in December.

On the top three however, the names aren’t changing.

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer still holds the top spot with a market share of 62.69 percent in December. Let us take note however, that this number isn’t IE’s highest share. In fact, the numbers are slowly declining from a little less than 70 percent in February of 2009 then 63.62 in November of the same year.

Mozilla’s Firefox however, still can’t beat IE despite the latter’s decreasing share. Firefox holds 24.61 percent share in browser usage, securing its place as the second most popular browser.

Opera completes the top five browsers with a market share of 2.40 in December of 2009.

Source: http://www.crn.com/software/222200092;jsessionid=312YDRFUKI1BJQE1GHRSKH4ATMY32JVN

Google Chrome: fastest web browser

That is, according to the web browser speed test conducted by PC World.

Google Chrome, Firefox 3.5, Explorer 8, Safari 4 and Opera 10 Beta – all latest versions of their kind – were pitted against each other in a battle of the page-loading supremacy. J

Chrome outshone the other four with an average page-loading time of 1.6999 seconds. The next contender, Firefox 3.5 however, wasn’t that far behind with an average page-loading time of 1.762. According to PC World, for the most part, the difference between Chrome and Firefox’s page-loading times is approximately two-tenths of a second.

Winning the third and fourth places are Internet Explorer 8 and Safari 4, which both did a decent job in loading pages. IE 8 had an average page-loading time of 1.833 seconds while Safari 4 has 1.964 seconds of average page-loading time.

Opera 10 Beta was last, which according to PC Word’s results, had come in “roughly a half second behind its nearest competitor.”

Hmmmn, I don’t know about you guys, but I’m not sure if I’d notice two-tenths or whatever-tenths of a second’s difference in page-loading, so I guess let’s trust these guys with numbers.  😉


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