Safari

Using the Apple system font in your web content

Coming with iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan is the new Apple system font, San Francisco (technically the SF branch). If you make web apps or use web views and want to make sure they match, there's some good news coming your way.

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Safari isn't the new IE: it's the user-centric web

There's an op-ed that's making the rounds with a fairly provocative and sensational tile: Safari is the new Internet Explorer. What Safari actually is, however, is the new user-centric web.

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Apple seeds first developer build of Safari 9.0

Apple has released the first developer preview of Safari 9.0. This update is available to developers via the Mac App Store on OS X Yosemite, in the Updates section.

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Microsoft expands Skype for Web beta worldwide with 30 languages supported

Microsoft has announced that the beta test of its Skype for Web client is now available worldwide, rather than just in the UK and UK. It also now supports 30 different languages.

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An introduction to WebKit content blockers

I'm not sure what to think of content blockers in Apple's Safari for iPhone and iPad browser, and the technology that powers it, the open source WebKit.

As someone who makes content, I never block it. That's because I want more content and blocking it will lead to less. That said, I'm trying to understand content blocking and what it means not just for my work on the web, but my life on it.

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'Safari view controller' will bring persistent logins to web view in iPhone and iPad apps

Safari View Controller will be coming to iOS, bringing persistent logins to web view within apps.

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Safari in OS X El Capitan will allow for sites to be pinned to the tab bar

Apple will update the Safari web browser for OS X El Capitan that will allow its users to pin sites to the tab bar, and those sites will load instantly when Safari is opened.

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How to open links in the background with Safari for iPhone and iPad

Opening Safari links in the background lets you open links without losing your place.

You're reading a lengthy article on Safari for iPhone or iPad and you've found a link that you want to check out later. If you tap it, you'll load it and navigate away from the current page, even if you aren't finished reading. To get around this, you can open a new tab by pressing and holding on the link. You can even set this as a default behavior in Safari's preferences to make it easy for next time. Here's how!

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Apple issues WebKit security update for Safari for Mac

Apple has issued an update to Safari for Mac today that addresses a couple of security issues with WebKit whereby malicious websites could run arbitrary code or access contents on the filesystem.

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Safari Reader view and instant accessibility

Like many people, I get most of my news nowadays via Twitter. Whenever I find a story that interests me, I usually read it right away using the in-app browser.

My Twitter client of choice is Tweetbot. I do this at the expense of a read-it-later service like Instapaper, because I find more often than not that I want the information right now and I'll take the time to get it. Unfortunately, my desire for instant gratification has relegated my use of Instapaper virtually non-existent in practice, despite the fact that I continue to hold the service (and others like it) in theoretical high esteem.

Although I will read a story within Tweetbot's in-app browser, the reading experience isn't ideal, especially on iPhone. In those cases, I will use the Action button to send a page to Safari to read there. Unfortunately, there are times when the trusty pinch-to-zoom gesture won't work with a website, so I switch to Reader View. I've found Reader View to be great: it's not perfect, but it's a handy tool and, most importantly to me, visually accessible.

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