If, for whatever reason, you've always wanted Mozilla's Firefox browser on your iPhone or iPad, your wait may at last be coming to an end. Mozilla has said for years that it had no interest it making its browser available for iOS users, but according to TechCrunch, the company apparently now has different ideas.
Rockmelt, the hybrid web browser and social sharing service, has been acquired by Yahoo! after more than four years of existence. Both the iOS app and web service will shut down as of August 31, 2013, and the company and its staff will be folded into its new parent company to work on other endeavors. With the shutdown imminent, Rockmelt has pulled its iOS app from the App Store, and is no longer accepting new users via its website. According to Rockmelt's blog post, users will be able to pull their kept items from the service as bookmarks and save followed feeds via an OPML file.
Rockmelt began life as a Mac browser a few years back, but newly released on the iPad, it aims to deliver an all-in-one web browsing, news reading, and social discovery service for well-connected tablet users. Embarking on a jack-of-all-trades approach is expectedly a challenge, seeing as even nailing one of those pursuits can be difficult, but Rockmelt shows some promise in this early iteration.
If there's anything to be learned from Wired reporter Mat Honan being hacked last weekend, it's that we're never as safe as we think we are. For those of us with a Google account, however, there is still hope.
Spool, a popular DVR-like service for online video content, disappeared off the web without much notice earlier this week. Fortunately, registered users were emailed their bookmarks for safekeeping before the service shutdown, but users were left scrambling to figure out another way to get their videos in a system to watch later.
There is another alternative. Pocket, also formerly known as Read It Later, allows users to import their bookmarks into the service. While Pocket isn’t an identical replacement for Spool, it will allow you to sync your saved content to your iOS device for later viewing. Oh, and did we mention it’s free?
Read on and we'll show you how to get thost beloved Spool features with Pocket.
Well, even though we're all about the Apple here, we have to recognize what the competition is up to and we are as shocked as anyone to say that Microsoft had what looks like a pretty good week. Windows Phone 8 software is out in the wild and the Metro interface is some of the best work Redmond's done in ages and it looks wicked sweet on the Surface. There were a few stumbles in the MS Keynote, so we'll see if the OS works as well as it looks. So what else happened?
When it comes to synchronizing bookmarks and browser data, Safari seems to get all of the love on the Mac. With iCloud, you can sync your bookmarks on Safari between iOS devices, but if you don't use the Mac's native browser then you're out of luck. Fortunately for Firefox users, there's an alternative. We’ll show you how to use the built-in Firefox Sync to synchronize your browser data between all of your devices, including another Mac, iOS, or Android devices.
If you’re an Apple purist, then Firefox and Google Chrome just won’t cut it. Since Safari’s been updated to version 5, more third-party developers have created add-on extensions for Apple’s browser, so you can customize it to your liking. Our favorite Safari add-ons take it from just another browser to an ultimate internet companion.
When it comes to surfing the interwebs with an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, Safari gets things done, albeit with a lack of style and an absence of Flash. While this might be fine for some people, many of us -- demanding more from our mobile browsing experience -- download alternative alternative web browsers from the iTunes App Store in the hopes of finding one that fills the digital hole left in our hearts by Safari's shortcomings. Interested in taking one for a spin? We thought you'd be. To get you started, we've put together a collection of ten of the better mobile browsers available for your iOS device.
If you've ever had your online accounts "hacked" into, you know how imperative it is to protect yourself when you're using a public computer.
The first line of defense can be your browsing habits. When using a public, or friend's computer, you should always use private browsing mode, or at least clear your browsing history before leaving. In fact, there are times when you need to erase, or hide, your browsing history at home. Hey, maybe you're shopping for something special for someone that lives with you. We're not here to judge.