Remember the scene in John Carpenter's sci-fi classic, They Live, where the hero dons a pair of special sunglasses and finally sees how the world around him really is? Using Google's awesome new iOS version of its Chrome browser offers a similar type of reality check, shining an ugly spotlight on how Apple holds back third-party browsers on the platform. If you've used Chrome on the Mac, you pretty much know what to expect from the iOS app: Fast omnibox search or URL entry, unlimited tabs, Incognito mode for private browsing, and the ability to sync open tabs, bookmarks, and passwords to a Google account in the cloud.
With its stellar support for HTML 5, WebKit, and many Google-related features, it’s no wonder that many users are making Google Chrome their go-to browser. If you enjoy the desktop browsing experience that Chrome provides, then you’ll no doubt enjoy the mobile browsing experience that the recently released Chrome for iOS provides. From syncing your browser data to storing your passwords, we’ll give you a full walkthrough of Chrome for iOS, and how to perfectly pair it with its desktop counterpart.
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?
Browsers are hugely important in modern computing. A decade ago, you might have launched one to check the occasional website, twiddling your thumbs as content downloaded painfully slowly over a dial-up modem. Today, most Mac users are on broadband 24 hours a day, and accessing news, entertainment, and even work on the internet is their main function. Modern browsers must be robust, fast and dependable, especially if you've replaced Office with Google Docs, or Mail with Gmail.
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.
The Dock. It's chilling on the side or the bottom of your screen, or maybe tucked away hidden, but it's always there. Some users keep it exactly the same as how it shipped, and some tweak it to heaven and back -- the Dock is super customizable, and it holds more powers than just a place to stash app icons and folders. These 10 tips, from basic to advanced-ninja, will make the Dock work harder for you.
Assuming there are any MacLife.com readers out there today who aren’t skipping work or school to go see The Avengers, the tech world is still churning up news on this fabulous Friday. Exploding iPhones, iPhoto map attribution, FTC fines, Walmart pricing goofs and even a Slippery Seal make up the news for this Friday, May 4, 2012 -- so assemble your own avengers and get to reading, won’t you?
I have a wireless network at home that I always connect to with my iOS devices; however, when I’m on 3G and away from my home network, my device keeps asking me to connect to open Wi-Fi hotspots when I open Safari. Is there a way to disable this feature and have my iOS devices only connect to my home wireless network?
As if Friday wasn’t busy enough for everyone trying to get their hands on a new iPad, developers had an extra treat waiting for them when they returned home: A second beta of the forthcoming OS X Mountain Lion, adding iCloud sync for Safari tabs and requesting permission before accessing contacts.
We all love Safari for iOS, but that doesn’t mean we can’t check out the competition from time to time. There are a fair number of options available in the App Store--many for free and most for less than a buck--all promising performance to rival Apple’s bundled browser.