Inbox by Gmail is now available on Tablets and Firefox/Safari browsers

Google has rolled out an update of their Inbox by Gmail apps. The mobile app is now optimized for both Android and iOS tablets.

In addition, Google has also updated the web interface to work in Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari. It only supported Chromium based browsers till now.

Google said:

It’s always hard to know when it’s time to share a new product, because there’s always just a _few_ more things you want to do. Today we’re happy to check off some of these to-dos for Inbox, making it easier to use on more devices and browsers. If you’re a big fan of tablets, you’ll be excited to learn that Inbox has come to iPad and Android tablets. Download the app from the App Store and Google Play. In addition, Inbox now supports Firefox and Safari, as well as Chrome. You can sign in at inbox.google.com.

Official Gmail Blog: Inbox by Gmail: now in more places

Internet Explorer 11 features an Apple Safari Reader style Reading View functionality

If you have been using Internet Explorer 11 on the desktop mode in Windows 8.1 you probably have no idea about this functionality.

This is because Microsoft made it a Metro mode only option though they might bring it to the desktop edition of IE11 in a future update.

The feature looks handy for reading long webpages on complex websites. Though content owners would not appreciate yet another browser integrating such a functionality that basically strip ads and other UI elements from their websites.


Checkout: Introducing Reading View in IE 11 – IEBlog – Site Home – MSDN Blogs

Xmarks for Safari released for OS X Mavericks

LastPass developers have released a brand new edition of Xmarks for Safari users on OS X Mavericks.

Apple’s changes in Mavericks had made the previous versions of Xmarks incompatible with this OS.

LastPass team had to develop the new edition from scratch. The company said:

Today, we’re happy to announce a new version of Xmarks for Safari with support for Mac OS 10.9 “Mavericks”. Since Apple made significant changes to their sync architecture in Safari with their latest release, essentially ending support for the previous functionality we used, we undertook the task of rebuilding Xmarks to support Safari. Despite the challenges, these updates benefit Xmarks users in the long run, now that the product is leaner and faster than ever.

Skype Click to Call not compatible with Apple Safari in OS X Mavericks

Microsoft revealed today that they are no longer offering Skype Click to Call plugin for Safari web browser for the time being.

This plugin is not compatible with Apple Safari on OS X mavericks. They are working on a fix.

The company said:

You can continue using it as before. However, if you upgrade to Mac OS X Mavericks, you may experience compatibility issues. To avoid this, we recommend that you disable Skype Click to Call in your browser settings.

Google Chrome on OS X would no longer show option to import passwords and search engines

Google developers have updated the Chrome browser for OS X to remove options to import passwords and search engines from Apple Safari.

Users would now be shown a message stating:

Passwords saved in the Mac OS X Keychain will be used to help you sign in without typing.

This change is part of a bug fix. Google spoke about the problem:

Thanks to our users, who discovered a bug in Chrome’s import interface, which improperly represents how passwords are handled upon import from other browsers. We developed a fix to better represent how passwords are handled across platforms, which will roll out to all users soon.

It is not clear why the option to remove search engines was removed.

Apple now blocking older Adobe Flash Player plugins in Safari

Apple now blocking older Adobe Flash Player plugins in Safari

Apple continues to take proactive steps to improve user security in Safari on their OS X platform.

They have already blocked access to older versions of Java. Now, it is the turn of Adobe Flash Player.

Users would not be able to load Flash components if they are not on a recent version of the Flash Player.

This is a good update as lots of users do not update plugins manually and hence are susceptible to malware.

Google of course auto-update Chrome for all users and include the latest version of Flash Player along with it.

Evernote add related results and more features to their Web Clipper for Safari

Evernote add related results and more features to their Web Clipper for Safari

Evernote has released a major update of their Web Clipper for Safari browser extension.

The updated version would now show relevant content from your Evernote account when you are performing a Google search in Safari.

The app is also now capable of opening the note in the Evernote desktop app outside the browser.

In addition, Evernote has also added some business features:

If you’re part of an Evernote Business account, then you’ll also see notes from Business Notebooks owned by your colleagues. The same thing happens when you clip a page. Now, not only will you have insight into your own notes, but you’ll also know right away whether someone on your team already has the answer you’re looking for.

Mozilla Firefox should get Retina fixes in Aurora builds soon

Mozilla Firefox should get Retina fixes in Aurora builds soon

Mozilla Firefox is still not compatible with the retina display on the new Apple MacBook Pro laptops.

Apple updated their Safari in time for the launch. Google updated Chrome a few days after the launch.

Firefox users on the other hand are still suffering with a less than spectacular user experience on their newly purchased MacBook Air.

Latest reports say that the support for Retina (HiDPI) display should arrive soon in the Aurora builds.

This means that the stable edition users could have to wait till January next year for the same updates.

Google Chrome on Retina is not perfect as well. Google continues to roll out updates with improvements.

Apple Safari 6 not released for Windows yet

Apple Safari 6 not released for Windows yet

Apple has released Safari 6 for the OS X platform. But the update is not yet out for Windows operating system.

This is unusual because Apple tends to release updates for both the platforms together.

There can be only two reasons why Safari 6 is not out for Windows yet. Either Apple has given up on it on this platform. Or the development work is still ongoing and we would get it in the coming days.

In any case, few people would miss it looking at the market share of Safari browser on Windows!

A friend of mine is disappointed though as he is one of the few who prefer Safari over Chrome and Firefox on Windows OS!