Apple releases Safari 5.1.2 fixes memory issues and general stability

Earlier today Apple released version 5.1.2 of Safari. The new version, according to the notes, increases stability, fixes a few issues that could cause hangs and memory leaks, and fixes an issue that would allow web page to flash to white. No more more freaky strobes when loading up a new URL. The patch also allows web pages to show PDF content right inline with the rest of their web material, which is a nice option for programmers who need to show content that way.

Safari 5.1.2 is a 40.2 MB update, and can be downloaded either through the Software Update or directly from Apple.

This update contains various improvements, including fixes that:

– Improve stability
– Address issues that could cause hangs and excessive memory usage
– Address issues that could cause webpages to flash white
– Allow PDFs to be displayed within web content


NYPost blocked on iPad Safari!

The News Corp.-owned New York Post started blocking iPad readers who use Safari today.  Instead of showing content on the iPad, it gives a link to the NYPost App with the following statement:

Thanks for coming! editorial content is now only accessible on the iPad through the New York Post App. If you are a current New York Post App subscriber, please visit the App Store and download the latest version to access through the INDEX. If you are not a current New York Post App user and would like to subscribe, please download from theApp Store. Thank you.

Subscriptions run $6.99 per month, $39.99 for six months or $79.99 for the year, with no option for single-issue digital purchases.  News Corp also launched The Daily magazine earlier this year, the first Tablet-only daily magazine.

If the NYPost wasn’t total garbage anyway, I’d be upset.  Hopefully the backlash from this move discourages others from copying this game plan.

The Post also works on Android Honeycomb tablets as well.  Clearly, Apple isn’t going to be happy about this.  David Winer writes as much:

Okay this is bad. This is breaking the web. If no one used the iPad it wouldn’t matter. But lots of people use it. 

I wonder how Apple feels about this? I can’t imagine they like it. I can see the ads now. “Get an Android tablet to read the web.”

Perhaps just being able to hide the fact that I am using an iPad running Safari in the Prefs would be enough.

Lion allows Macs to act as web kiosk with Restart to Safari feature

One of the more than 200 unadvertised features that the next Mac OS X Lion will include is the fact that it enables a Mac to be used as an internet kiosk and nothing else.

The new feature is called “Restart to Safari” and can be found on the user lock screen and allows unauthorized users to use the Mac only to browse the Web. When in “Restart to Safari” mode, the only window that will appear is a Safari window.

There are several benefits to the “Restart to Safari” feature. First, it will allow unauthorized users (those without logins) of the Mac the use the computer as a web kiosk.

Another use for “Restart to Safari” is to allow the Mac to access the internet so that Find My Mac can locate the computer if it’s missing. If the laptop is stolen, the thief won’t be able to access your personal files, but may continue to use the Mac in “Restart to Safari” mode, thus enabling time for Find My Mac to locate the missing computer.

Safari 5.1 beta gets refreshed download manager

In previous versions of Safari, running downloads popped up in a disembodied Downloads window that tends to get lost behind your open browser windows.

In Safari 5.1, though, the second a download starts, a little icon pops up next to the search bar. Clicking on this icon reveals a very iOS-like drop down window of past and current downloads. Clicking on a download opens it, while clicking the magnifying class locates it in Finder.

While we are unsure if this is really a novelty we still think it is pretty cool!

Where to follow the WWDC LIVE!!!!!


This is it – the big day we have all been waiting for, the keynote today will be jam packed with awesome new products and features.

Steve Jobs himself will take the stage to unveil all the goodies, even though we already know a lot more about the content of this year’s WWDC keynote than in years past, it will still be interesting to see how Steve will present the different products.

The WWDC 2011 event starts at 10am on June 6th San Fransisco time. These sites have been known to live blog in the past.

If you know any other just leave a comment!

Of course we will be presenting all the greatest news throughout the day!!!!

1. Gizmodo Live Link
2. MacRumors Live Live Link
3. Engadget Live Link
4. ArsTechnica Live Link
5. The Apple Blog Live Link
6. CNET Live Live Link

These are the Times around the globe:

07:00AM – Hawaii
10:00AM – Pacific
11:00AM – Mountain
12:00PM – Central
01:00PM – Eastern
06:00PM – London
07:00PM – Paris
09:00PM – Moscow
02:00AM – Tokyo (June 7th)

Apple to introduce new downloads window in Safari for Lion

A few days ago it was discovered that Apple is building in a new feature to Safari called Reading List. The feature works like Instapaper and allows users to save web pages for later viewing. Now Italian Mac site has discovered another tweak set for Safari v. 5.1 in Lion — a revision of the downloads window.

As you can see in the image above, Safari now sports a downloads button next to the Google search field (this button’s location is presumably changeable, as are all Safari toolbar buttons). When you have an active download in progress, the button will show a blue progress bar, ala the progress bar found on app icons when you are downloading and installing them on an iOS device.

Clicking on the downloads button will bring up a new pop-up menu that displays all current and past downloads. This isn’t an earth shattering feature, but it will make it easier for novice users who aren’t familiar with calling up the downloads window to find it.

Safari 5.0.5 and Security Update 2011-002 now in Software Update

Today has been a busy day for Apple updates,  Mac OS X users can now download Safari 5.0.5 and Security Update 2011-002.

Details on these updates are not yet on Apple’s security page, but they should be showing up shortly. Please note that both the security update and Safari update require a reboot.

Apple updates Safari to 5.0.4

In the past few days as we have reported previously, Apple has been very busy releasing updates, it seems as if they have released more updates in three days than in the past few months. Earlier today Apple released an update to its Safari web browser.

The 5.0.4 update contains improvements to stability, compatibility, accessibility and security, including the following:

  • Improved stability for web pages with multiple instances of plug-in content
  • Improved compatibility with web pages with image reflections and transition effects
  • A fix for an issue that could cause some web pages to print with incorrect layouts
  • A fix for an issue that could cause content to display incorrectly on web pages with plug-ins
  • A fix for an issue that could cause a Screen Saver to appear while video is playing in Safari
  • Improved compatibility with VoiceOver on web pages with text input areas and lists with selectable items
  • Improved stability when using VoiceOver

The Safari 5.0.4 update weighs in at 37.65 MB for Snow Leopard, 33.97 MB for Windows and 46.83 MB for Leopard. Mac OS X 10.5.8 or Windows XP, Vista, or 7 or higher required. The update is currently live in Software update and should be live on Apple’s Safari page soon.