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Safari 5: What’s New?

On Monday, Apple brought Christmas to geeks early this year by announcing the iPhone 4. However, we got a small present a few hours after the WWDC 2010 Keynote when Apple officially announced the 5th version of their Safari browser. Now, if you are an avid Safari user, you should definitely upgrade to the latest version. If you have drifted away from Safari, this update is definitely worth the time to try out.

One of the first things I noticed about Safari 5 is that is much more snappy than the previous version. Another thumbs up for a lot of people is that it brings back the loading bar rather than having that grey load progress indicator in the corner of the address bar. On top of that, Bookmarks and Top Sites work so much more smoothly than they did in Safari 4. For those of you that are developers out there, you will probably enjoy that HTML5 and CSS3 support has dramatically gotten better since Safari 4 with new features such as Geolocation and AJAX History. Another big leap is finally allowing extensions! Developers can join now the new Safari Developer Program for absolutely free and start making some awesome extensions.

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What Is A Web Browser?

Which web browser do you use?  And more importantly, what is a web browser?  Believe it or not, most people do not know which web browser they are using (or even what it is) on a daily basis.  A web browser is a free (typically) piece of software that you install on your computer to browse (also known as surfing) the web.  The web browser allows you to view and interact with websites.  There are currently five (5) major players in the web browser market, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, and Opera.

You have no idea how many times I have asked someone what web browser they use and they respond with “Windows”.  It is time to fix that.  If you are on the web, you should know what you are using to access it.  It should be known.  Well, praise a few folks over at Google for creating this website (WhatBrowser.org) which will tell the user what browser they are using in a matter of moments and will even recommend other browsers to try.  The website will also provide some useful diagnostics and tips on how to change basic settings such as the home page and search engine.

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