From a new tab layout to a unified search and address bar, there's a lot to learn when it comes to using Safari on iOS 7. It can be an intimidating experience the first time around, but that's what we're here for. Let's take a look at some things that have changed in Safari on iOS 7.
Smart Search The first thing you'll likely encounter that's different is the address bar. As you can see there are no longer two different text fields, one for entering a URL and one for search. Instead Apple … Read more
Activist investor Carl Icahn seems to have upped the ante in his play to stop Dell from going private.
In a financial filing on Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission it was revealed that Icahn bought 4 million more shares of the PC company on Thursday. This means he now owns 8.9 percent of the company, which is nearly 156.5 million shares.
Before Icahn's most recent purchase he owned 8.7 percent of the company. Now, with 8.9 percent ownership, the investor is the second largest shareholder of the company after founder and CEO Michael … Read more
One of the biggest features missing from Vine since its launch has been the ability to mark an account as private. Twitter's video sharing service, from day one, has been an all public affair, with no way for users to easily share a Vine privately.
Today Vine announced it was updating its iOS and Android apps, finally bringing a level of privacy to the short video social network.
The iOS version also includes a long list of other notable features, which make for a notable answer to Instagram's new video feature rolled out last month. You can read … Read more
Recent disclosures of U.S. government surveillance of our phone and Internet activity have heightened interest in services that promise not to collect or share our personal information.
One such service is DuckDuckGo, a privacy-focused search engine that has seen its traffic jump since news broke earlier this month of the National Security Agency's PRISM electronic surveillance program. The Guardian's Stuart Dredge reports that DuckDuckGo's daily search count reached an all-time high of 3.1 million on June 17, well above its daily average of 1.8 million daily searches prior to the PRISM revelations.
Those numbers … Read more
It's no secret that any information you provide to a Google service is no secret.
When Google changed its terms of service last year, the company granted itself and any other company it chooses complete, unfettered access to anonymized (we hope) versions of all the messages you send and receive via Gmail, all the files you upload to Google Drive, and all the terms you enter in the Google search box.
As CNET's Rafe Needleman reported in April 2012, Google's rights go beyond simply perusing your personal information. Google's terms of service include the following:When … Read more
The reuse-and-recycle mantra can be extended to Firefox windows, in an effort to create less pollution on your desktop. With the Open in Private Window extension, you can reuse an existing private browsing window instead of Firefox's default of opening a new private window.
After installing the extension and restarting Firefox, the browser will no longer open a new private window if such a window is already open. Instead of launching a new one, it merely calls up the private window you already have open. Sure, it would be nice if the extension would open a new tab in … Read more
If left to its own devices, Firefox lets you open a private window for Web browsing on the sly, but the browser does not extend such functionality to new tabs in your current window. If such flexibility sounds appealing, then the Private Tab extension for Firefox is just thing for you.
The extension couldn't be easier to use, though you'll need to be running the latest version (20.0) of Firefox for it to work. Private Tab doesn't require a restart and simply installs a new menu item on Firefox's File menu (on a Mac, anyway).… Read more
The iPhone is not a secure device. Even with the PIN required to open your phone, Apple provides limited additional security features to keep your device free of intruders. If you lose your phone and don't realize it, or if someone gets the phone for a short period of time, they can probably access the majority of your personal data relatively quickly. So an app like Private Pics is a useful tool, allowing you to protect your photos with a PIN that is not tied to the iOS and is therefore harder to bypass.
After installation, you are prompted … Read more
Blackstone is reportedly looking to get its hands on Dell before the Silver Lake and Michael Dell $24.4 billion buyout is complete.
According to Bloomberg, the asset management firm is supposedly considering a bid that could out-do what Silver Lake offered for the Dell acquisition. People familiar with the matter told Bloomberg that Blackstone has not yet made a decision and that it may bid as part of a group of investors. Reportedly, Blackstone has already reviewed Dell's finances after signing a non-disclosure agreement.