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Your Guide to Private Browsing

InPrivate, Incognito, Private Browsing -- whatever they want to brand it -- all modern browsers offer a special mode designed to keep what you do online a secret from prying eyes. Despite different names and origins at different companies, they all work in basically similar ways: A new browser session is created that operates separately from your existing one, with its own history and cookies...

Clear Your Browser's Cache and Cookies to Protect Your Privacy

You probably already know this (we know you're very smart!), but it bears repeating: your browser saves a whole lot of data about what you do. Beyond just your browser history, the most visible trail of what you do on your PC, there is also your browser cache and cookies. Cookies are used by websites to keep you logged in and to track your browsing habits to provide targeted advertisements, while...

0Boxer Makes Gmail a Game

Everything is a game these days. Foursquare hands you rewards for eating out, Xbox Live turns playing games into a game, and Epic Win turned to-do lists into experiential point-earning quests. 0Boxer extends the same idea, in a somewhat more basic form, to your e-mail inbox. Using it is simple; sign up at 0Boxer.com, install the add-on, then start using Gmail as usual. You'll then be awarded...

Safari Update Adds Extensions Gallery, Twitter and Bing Support

This morning, Apple unveiled the latest version of its Safari 5 browser, replete with revamped extensions support and a sparkling new extensions gallery. The new browser allows users to download extensions directly from a third-party developer's site, or from the new gallery, which Engadget describes as "the App Store for browser add-ons." So far, the gallery includes extensions from heavy...

Apple Confirms Safari Auto-fill Flaw that Reveals Personal Information

If you're using Apple's Safari browser, your personal information may be at risk. According to security researcher Jeremiah Grossman, Safari users could be unknowingly revealing personal data to third party sites, thanks to a flaw in the browser's security framework. As the New York Times reports, the bug exploits Safari's auto-fill function, and can allow sites to access a user's name, address,...

Chrome Supplants Safari in Browser Rankings, Jobs Replies to 'Blood Gadgets'

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... Google Chrome forcefully and successfully entered the browser battle in 2008, but its overall market share subsequently took a significant dip as the initial excitement waned. Chrome's popularity has certainly rebounded, though, and it has now surpassed Apple's Safari as the third most popular browser in the U.S. Internet Explorer...

Apple's New Safari 5 Adds Extensions, Safari Reader and More Speed

Much of the attention at yesterday's WWDC 2010 keynote may have focused on the new iPhone 4, but Apple also quietly unveiled another less glamorous update yesterday: the new Safari 5. As many predicted, the latest version of the Web browser will feature Safari Reader, and, as Engadget reports, claims to run JavaScript 30-percent faster than Safari 4, twice as fast as Firefox 3.6 and 3-percent...

Steve Jobs to Debut New iPhone, MobileMe and Safari 5 at WWDC 2010?

Update: Jobs just announced the iPhone 4. Everyone's expecting Steve Jobs to unveil a next-generation iPhone at today's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) but what other goodies might the sly Apple CEO reveal? Here's a brief look at some of the buzz surrounding the event. Although Gizmodo gave us a sneak peek of the new iPhone a few months ago, today we'll find out which features made the...

Internet Explorer Loses Ground to Chrome, Firefox and Safari

Each month, the news gets worse for Microsoft's Internet Explorer. The BBC reports that the latest numbers from several measurement firms show the Web browser continuing to lose market share to competitors like Mozilla, Apple and Google. Depending on who you ask, as of April, the various versions of Internet Explorer comprises anywhere from 51.42-percent (according to StatCounter) to 70-percent...

SLR Robot Buggy Safely Snaps Close-Ups of African Wildlife

Two brothers have discovered a way to get close-up photos of African wildlife without risking life or limb. According to Wired, Will and Matthew Burrard-Lucas rigged a Canon EOS 400D camera to a remote-control buggy, and cruised it around Tanzania. The boys have even chronicled the adventure, which saw its share of excitement, on their blog. Will and Matthew took a basic four-wheeled robotic...

Lady Gaga Tops YouTube Charts, Twitter Coming to Android

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... Our favorite avant-garde entrepreneur/pop star just got a little more famous. Lady Gaga's 'Bad Romance' music video just took the number one spot for most viewed on YouTube -- which is kind of surprising. Considering the bated breath with which the world waited for 'Telephone,' you'd think her Tarantino/'Thelma and Louise' homage...

Google Dropping Support for Internet Explorer 6

The German government, Web developers, and even Microsoft itself have all pushed the Internet browsing public to ditch Internet Explorer 6. Now Google is getting in on the action and taking drastic (but long overdue) action -- ending support for the browser across its line of productivity tools. Now, to be fair, Google is ceasing official support for several older browsers, including past...

Chrome Knocks Out Safari, Internet Explorer Still Losing Users

While Internet Explorer continues its rapid descent into obscurity, Chrome inched forward, passing Safari as the third most-used Web browser this past December. According to Net Applications, more users now use Chrome for everyday browsing than Safari -- 4.63 to 4.46 percent, to be exact -- an impressive development given Google launched its infant browser just 16 months ago. Chalk it up to...

Macs: Drag Widgets to the Desktop

For many Mac users, widgets trapped in the Dashboard are all but useless since you can't use them without flipping the Dashboard on and off. Follow these instructions to festoon your desktop with your favorite widgets -- including those you create yourself with Safari's Web Clip feature! Open Terminal (in Utilities) and type in the following: defaults write com.apple.dashboard...

Turn Off Pesky Tool Tips

Put an end to those nagging yellow Tool Tip boxes that pop up whenever you hover over a hyperlink in your browser. Mac OS X Tips revealed this godsend for Mac users: Close Safari, then open Terminal (in Utilities) and type: defaults write com.apple.Safari WebKitShowsURLsInToolTips 0 Restart your computer. To restore Tool Tips, go back to Terminal and substitute a 1 for the...