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Revamped Safari for Yosemite shown off at WWDC

At today's WWDC keynote Apple took the wraps off a brand new release of its Safari browser. Designed around the new, simpler, translucent OS X 10.10 Yosemite visual style, the new Safari features a single short toolbar, allowing more space for content, among many other features.

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Safari hits version 7.0.4 with security improvements, now available in Mac App Store

Just a quick note here — Safari has been bumped up to version 7.0.4 in the Mac App Store, bringing with it security improvements. This update won't have as many user-facing changes as 7.0.3 did, but any update that improves security is going to be worth the install.

The latest version is available in the Mac App Store, and of course recommended for all Mavericks users.

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WebKit spools up FTL, seeks to make JavaScript even faster

WebKit, the open source rendering engine that powers Apple's Safari and is the basis of most mobile browsers today, is looking to once again escalate its level of JavaScript performance. Dubbed FTL — not "faster than light" but "fourth tier LLVM" — it's now spooled up and ready jump onto OS X and iOS. Filip Pizlo expounds in glorious, deeply nerdy fashion on the Surfing Safari blog:

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Should modern web browsers show the URL or just the site name? [Poll]

Should web browsers stop showing URLs?

A recent Canary build of Google Chrome replaced the uniform resource locator (URL) of websites with the domain name of the website. So, for example, instead of it would only give you This has sparked an interesting debate about the nature of the web, technology, and usability. URLs are inhuman but they're also a foundational part of the web. So, should they be hidden away to make a simpler, cleaner web, or do they need to be preserved because they functionally matter?

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Early iPhone engineer shares stories of Safari's move to mobile

What was it like moving Apple's Safari web browser from the Mac to the original iPhone? More interestingly, what was it like doing it under the attention of Steve Jobs? Former Apple engineer Francisco Tolmasky, one of the team members who helped do just that, spoke with Brian X. Chen about it as part of the publicity for his new iOS game, Bonsai Slice.

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Yahoo really really wants to be the default search engine for iPhones and iPads

Fire up Safari on your iPhone or iPad today and you'll most likely find Google as the default search engine — but if Yahoo has their way that might change. Users have the option to change from Google to other search providers such as Bing or Yahoo, but Google's had the default spot locked down for some time thanks to the handsome sum they've been paying Apple for the privilege. But Microsoft's Bing is the default search used in Siri, so count that as a win for Redmond. Yahoo isn't too happy that Google holds the crown jewel default search in Safari, and they're apparently aiming to convince Apple to change that.

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Safari updated to version 7.0.3 in the Mac App Store

A quick point release update for Safari on the Mac is now available for download from the Mac App Store. Version 7.0.3 brings a number of improvements, including fixes for the search and address fields prematurely hitting return, credit card autofill with numerous websites and websites with generic top-level domains.

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Best web browsers for iPad: Google Chrome, Dolphin, Mercury, and more!

Safari comes built right into the iPad and can sync your bookmarks and open tabs over iCloud so you're always up to date, everywhere. But what if you don't use Safari on your phone or your desktop? What if you want more features than Safari provides? What if you just want something different? Well, you're in luck! The App Store has many great browser alternatives to choose from. Here are the very best!

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New OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 beta, Safari 6.1.2 Seed 2 now available — developers, go get 'em!

Apple has pushed out a new OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 beta, and Safari 6.1.2 Seed 2 to developers. They're available in the usual places, via the usual means. If you're a registered developer, they're ready and waiting for you on the Mac Dev Center.

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Debug 25: Vicki Murley on evanglizing Safari and CSS transforms

Vicki Murley, former Safari Technology Evangelist at Apple, current founder of Sprightly Books, talks to Guy and Rene about web technologies, speaking at conferences, and beating Dan Brown at the book game.

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