Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview

Today, Apple released Safari Technology Preview for Mac OS X El Capitan 10.11.4.  Safari Technology Preview has been released for developers and the public and is available for download from the Apple website.

The Safari Technology Preview is described by Apple this way:

“Safari is the best way to see the sites on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Safari Technology Preview gives you an early look at upcoming web technologies in OS X and iOS including the latest layout technologies, visual effects, and developer tools so you can provide input on how they are implemented and deliver a best-in-class user experience on all Apple devices.”

What’s cool is that Safari Technology Preview is it’s own app and can run in parallel with the “shipping” version of the Safari web browser on your Mac.  Safari Technology Preview is also signed by Apple, giving it the capability of participating in Apple’s web services like iCloud Drive, and bookmarks syncing.  Safari Technology Preview also gives web developers new powerful tools and tech nerds a look at the technologies that will be coming to Safari and WebKit in the future.

For those who are interested in taking Preview out of a test drive, you can download it for free from the Apple Developer Website.  Updates for Safari Technology Preview will be released every few weeks from the Mac App Store.

Using Chrome? Maybe It’s Time To Reconsider Firefox.

Jack Schofield, writing for ZDNet:

“The main reason for switching to Firefox is that, overall, it’s better than Chrome. But there are other reasons.

Other leading browsers may sometimes do that, but their primary function is to serve the needs of giant corporations — Apple, Google and Microsoft — none of which has any interest in preserving your privacy. Usually the reverse, in fact.

Firefox has always respected your privacy, and now, all things considered, it’s also winning on merit.”

I couldn’t agree more.  Google already knows so much about us, I don’t want to make it even easier for the search and advertizing giant to learn more about me.  That’s why I still have FireFox installed on my Macs and Windows 7 PCs.  As far as I’m concerned, FireFox is pretty fast enough for my needs and when I do have to run Chrome, I run it in a VM.

[Via ZDNet.com…]

iWork for iOS Apps and Safari for OS X Get Version Bumps

As is usually the case, Apple can’t just rollout one software update, it has to make it a party!

Alongside the iOS 7.1.1 update that was released shortly after 1:00pm eastern this afternoon, Apple also upgraded Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for iOS and the Safari 7.0.3 maintenance update.

The Safari 7.0.3 update tweaks stored credit card information, address/search bar and other minor fixes.
Use the iOS 7 and Mac OS X Software Update features to download and install the updates.