Apple seeded the latest version on its developer preview of Mountain Lion on Friday, and the newest additions to the OS have been detailed. There have been three new notable features added to Beta 2: Twitter integration in the Notification Center, iCloud support for tabbed browsing, and a permission request when apps access contact information.
Google has run afoul of privacy regulations again, this time involving its breach of Apple's Safari Internet browser to track user activity. The news first broke when the WSJ reported that Google, along with a few other advertisers, had written a code to bypass Safari's default privacy controls, depositing cookies to track users' browsing habits in order to deliver targeted ads.
Data from the latest Net Applications market share report was highlighted for the metric change that negatively affected Google's Chrome desktop browser ratings, but something also interesting to note was the widening gap between iOS and Android when it comes to the mobile space. Safari may be behind Chrome on desktops, but in mobile it is by far the most used browser.
And so it begins. An Apple user has filed suit against Google over the alleged bypassing of privacy settings on the Safari web browser. The story broke late last week when Google and several other web companies were accused of bypassing the privacy settings on Apple's Safari browser on the iPhone and other Apple devices. Google had previously said that it would follow privacy settings that Safari uses.
Microsoft has wasted no time in sniping at Google over claims the search company deliberately circumvented Apple's privacy systems in Safari so as to track users, pimping Internet Explorer in the process. "If you find this type of behavior alarming and want to protect your confidential information and privacy while you’re online" Ryan Gavin, IE business and marketing manager writes on the official Windows Team blog, "there are alternatives for you."
Apple has released Safari 5.1, bringing Mac users still running OS X Snow Leopard - as well as Windows users - up to date with the version of the browser bundled in OS X Lion. The updated version includes Reading List, allowing links and pages to be saved for later review, together with Resume, which can automatically reopen all previous tabs when you restart the browser.
The Mac OS X Lion developer beta released last week has turned up what appears to be a new "honeypot" element of Find My Mac, promising basic access to a browser while, in the background, a lost or stolen MacBook can check in its location online. Spotted by MacRumors, the new "Restart to Safari" feature on the lock screen allows users without the password to access the browser only, rather than any files or local apps.
If you regularly use Google Docs, Google Calendar, or Gmail then you had better keep your browsers up to date. Google today announced that its Google Apps will no longer support older browsers starting August 1. A big reason for this is Google Apps' need for HTML 5 support.
Google Safe Browsing offers a service to just about everyone on the internet. They offer a blacklist that will help to keep you from stumbling onto malware unaware. Most of us have seen this screen pop up a time or two. Whenever there are rubes to phish, crackers will continue producing new sites to grab whatever information people are willing to provide. Google is working on a new feature that checks downloaded files against this same blacklist. It should offer slightly more protection for those users who need it.