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The launch a month ago of the Healthcare.gov website, the online portal for President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (AFA), aka Obamacare, went as badly as it possibly could have gone. Millions attempted to use the site, and it simply didn’t work. To fix the problems, the Obama administration is reaching out to the heaviest of hitters in the industry, including employees from Google, Red Hat, and Oracle. This, in addition to the work that Verizon will be doing to help clean up the disaster. Specifically, Google site reliability engineer Michael Dickerson and Presidential Innovation Fellow... Read more...
NetApplications.com's Market Share reports a large spike in the percentage of Windows users using Apples' Safari browser for the months of March and April. They theorize that this signifiant spike is a direct result of Apple's sneaky approach of getting Windows users to unwittingly install Safari 3.1 and have it automatically set as the default browser:"On March 18th, Apple released the Safari 3.1 web browser for Windows and the Mac. With the release, Apple also included Safari 3.1 with Apple's Software Update service on Windows. It was labeled as an update with the option to install pre-selected.... Read more...
Many have written about how Apple was using iTunes Update to push Safari onto PCs. It was listing Safari as an update even if Safari wasn't on the computer originally. Humorously, since then stories have emerged about IT departments having to scramble to remove Safari as the default browser on PCs as it (naturally) wouldn't work with many Intranet sites.That practice got many people riled up, complaining that Apple was essentially deceiving people into installing a new program--Safari 3.1 for Windows XP--through a program meant to update already installed applications, namely iTunes and QuickTime.Among... Read more...
Can't get market share the good old-fashioned way?  How about sneaking your browser onto systems, then?With the release of Safari 3.1 on Tuesday, Apple started giving Windows users the option of downloading Safari via the Apple Software Update pop-up."Safari for Windows is the fastest and easiest-to-use web browser for the PC. It displays web pages faster than any other browser and is filled with innovative features -- all delivered in an efficient and elegant user interface," states Apple's message in the pop-up screen. Tsk, tsk.  The browser that's really starting to take market share... Read more...
PayPal's CIO, Michael Barrett, is advising the Safari users to get another browser to access their accounts if they're worried about online fraud:"Apple, unfortunately, is lagging behind what they need to do, to protect their customers," Barrett said in an interview. "Our recommendation at this point, to our customers, is use Internet Explorer 7 or 8 when it comes out, or Firefox 2 or Firefox 3, or indeed Opera."There are a lot of new technologies coming out, or already here in some browsers, to prevent phishing.  We'll await Apple's official response, but we're wouldn't be surprised if they... Read more...
Despite numerous sites running stories that point out that the beta for the allegedly secure Apple browser has serious security flaws, Apple claims that they've exceeded the 1 million downloads mark: "More than 1 million copies of Apple Inc.'s Safari web browser for Windows were downloaded in its first two days of availability, the company said Thursday.Earlier this week, Apple used its annual developers conference to introduce the Windows browser, a first for the Cupertino-based firm. It touted speed gains in excess of 200 percent when compared to Internet Explorer (IE), the flagship browser... Read more...
The essential difference between Microsoft and Apple as corporate entities with wildly differing worldviews is being highlighted by the release of Apple's Safari browser for use on Windows machines. Some new users report that they have trouble reading the text on a Safari presented page. No, Safari didn't make you go blind; although eventually maybe it might, who knows? The true reason it looks fuzzy to the average Windows user is that it is. Apple has always had blurrier, more indistinct text on the screen --by design. The difference originates from Apple's legacy in desktop publishing... Read more...
HotHardware's own Nick Welles told you earlier this week about Apple's plan to release its Safari web browser for use on Windows machines. The Apple crowd assembled seemed to like the idea. But they're probably already using Safari. Now that the dust has settled a bit, Leander Kahney at Wired asks and answers the question: "Who in their right mind would run Safari on Windows?" But the initiative seems to rely on a domino theory fueled by infatuation. Apple is hoping there are Windows users so in love with their iPods and iTunes that they will also download Safari. Then they'll fall... Read more...
Apple's Safari internet browser used to be an application found exclusively on Macs, but that may not be true for long. Steve Jobs announced at an Apple conference that a version of Safari 3 will be released for Windows in order to increase the browser's already 4.9% share of the internet browser market. It is no secret that Internet Explorer and FireFox dominate the internet browser scene on Windows, but Apple's Steve Jobs seems confident that Safari will succeed. Mr Jobs was speaking at a conference of developers for Apple products in San Francisco, California. He said Safari was "the... Read more...