In May 2015, word surfaced that a specific text message could cause an iPhone to crash, leading no doubt to endless annoying pranks between friends. Now there’s something similar floating around, and it comes in the form of a link — visit the URL with Safari, and it will eventually make the browser crash. It works on Macs and mobile devices.
Deep-linking in apps may not sound exciting, but it could change the way you use apps on your iPhone and iPad with iOS 9, not to mention give developers more control. The changes will allow users to jump from app to app more naturally, as well as blurring the division between local apps and web-based content, not to mention reduce the amount of time you spend punching in login credentials. Meanwhile, content within apps can show up within iOS 9’s newly-supercharged search.
As developers at Apple's WWDC even this week have had a few days now to play around with the new iOS 9 beta, Settings options and documentation have been discovered that suggest Apple will allow developers to build app focused on ad blocking and privacy. These features aren't being widely promoted, but were found deep in the iOS Developer Library. Called "Content Blocking," the feature relies on an API that will remove elements like images and cookies from web views.
AgileBits’ 1Password is, far and away, the best password tool around. It can help create secure passwords, lock them away in a vault, and is typically a few clicks or long-presses away. Available for Android, Windows, OS X and iOS, the team recently updated their iOS app to take advantage of Safari extensions in a big way. Rather than hopping between apps on your phone to enter the correct log-in credentials for a site, 1Password has made their offering a bit more like the desktop offering.
Safari users in the UK have won the right to sue Google. The judgement, which potentially paves the way for a series of lawsuits, comes about as the result of the Court of Appeals, where Google was fighting the case being heard at all. a group of users claim Google was bypassing Apple’s privacy settings for Safari and installing ‘cookies’ meant to track their Internet activity. While plaintiffs applaud the ruling, Google is “disappointed with the court's decision.”
When you’re searching via Safari on your iPhone or iPad, Google is your default choice. You can change it to another search engine, obviously, but Google is the de facto option — and who’s complaining about that? Google’s results are top-notch. Starting next year, Google may be riding the search pine on the biggest platform around. A new report says Google may be out as top search dog in Safari, as their deal with Apple ends soon. In its place could sit Bing, or Yahoo.
The hits keep coming for iOS today, don’t they? A new report suggest in-app browsers for iOS can log you keystrokes, right down to your username and/or password. Via a video, which you can see below, Developer Craig Hockenberry shows just how vulnerable you are outside of Chrome or Safari.
Have you ever wondered why a politician may be saying something? The term “follow the money” is sometimes useful advice, and if that’s your train of thought — you should check out this browser extension. Greenhouse gives you the campaign contributions of any politician just by hovering over their name.
A lot has been learned about iOS 8 since Developers have had their chance to toy with it. This newest item might be the coolest we’ve seen. In opening up their platform a bit, Apple is also encouraging more third-party extensions for Safari on mobile. The famed 1Password might have the coolest one yet.
Have you even been on a tablet or smartphone, following links to websites when you came across one that looked terrible? Moreover, was it just not very responsive on your mobile device as it was the desktop? Google knows that frustration, and has released the Web Starter Kit for Developers.
You might be waiting on a larger iPhone, but why? The larger screen is likely going to attract many users, but will it provide a better experience? At WWDC last week, we go our first look at iOS 8. The changes being made are significant, but depending on how you use your smartphone, it might not be necessary to wait for the bigger iPhone.