Apple Planning Fix for Broken Twitter Links in Safari on OS X

For the past couple of months, Twitter users who click shortened „t.co“ links with an HTTPS URL have noticed a frequent, irritating bug that prevents content from loading. Oftentimes, when a „t.co“ link is clicked, it opens up a blank web page and hangs at a loading screen for several minutes before giving an error message.

There are threads about this issue on the MacRumors forums and the Apple Support Communities, with most people complaining that the problem started around the beginning of November.

Aside from reloading the t.co URL several times, removing the „https“ from the URL, or switching to a different browser, there’s no way to fix the link loading issue. Clearing Safari’s cached files also helps, but only temporarily. Chrome and Firefox aren’t affected, nor are links that do not use HTTPS.

In a recent post on the issue, The Verge uncovered a January 14 tweet from Timothy Hatcher, a WebKit Developer Experience Manager at Apple. Hatcher says the problem is lower level than WebKit (Safari is built on WebKit) and that Apple has a fix identified.

Hatcher did not specify when the fix might be implemented, and it is unclear if it could come in a standalone Safari update or if a full OS X update will be required.

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Mysterious Gmail bug puts skull and crossbones in your inbox

A mysterious Gmail bug is putting a skull and crossbones emoji inside users’ inboxes. Hovering over the icon displays creepy messages like “Component Spy,” “Chat Spy,” and “Data Spy” — but it’s actually totally harmless, and Google is already working to fix it. The bug affects a specific set of user accounts, and can be […]

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This Amazon Hack Will Make Online Shopping So Much Easier

Let’s face it: Online shopping is amazing. Given the choice of shopping from home while relaxing in their PJs or fighting crowds and dodging overbearing salespeople, we bet most people will choose to shop online. But shopping online has some drawbacks as well. Mainly, those drawbacks come in the form of having to sift through […]

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Firefox for iOS, YouTube Music, and other awesome apps of the week

The weekend may be halfway over, but you know what isn’t? The imagination of app developers. This week’s collection of awesome apps encompasses everything from new web browsers for your iOS device, to a great new music app, to two spectacular games. Check below for our picks of the most noteworthy downloadables of the past seven […]

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Firefox for iPhone and iPad Launches on App Store

Following a soft launch and months of testing, Mozilla has released Firefox for iOS on the App Store for free. The WebKit-based web browser for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch features a Firefox-like design, Intelligent Search, Firefox Accounts, Visual Tabs, Private Browsing mode on iOS 9 or later and more.

The web browser’s features are best suited for users that also use Firefox on Mac or PC:

Intelligent Search: Suggested search results and list of search options, including Google, Bing, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo, Twitter, Amazon and WordPress

Firefox Accounts: Firefox browser history, passwords and open tabs synced between Firefox on the desktop and your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

Visual Tabs: A card-based grid of intuitive visual and numbered tabs easily let you find content for future reference

Private Browsing: Firefox won’t remember any of your history or cookies, but new bookmarks will be saved

Mozilla Firefox was once a leading desktop web browser for PCs and Macs, but it has lost significant market share since Google launched its own Chrome web browser in late 2008. Firefox is now the fourth most popular desktop browser in many countries, trailing behind Chrome, Internet Explorer and Safari.

Mozilla was initially opposed to releasing Firefox on iOS because of Apple’s policy that requires third-party browsers to use its own WebKit framework and JavaScript engine, but the company eventually reversed course and announced plans to release an iOS app in December 2014.

Firefox for iOS is free on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and requires iOS 8.2 or later. The app is written in Swift 2.0 and open source on GitHub.

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How to change Twitter hearts back to stars (or any other emoji)

Twitter decided to take a step toward Facebook today by changing its star icon for favorites into a heart icon and calling them Likes. The changes have not gone over well, with many Twitter fans questioning the decision while others are just down right angry that Twitter took away the best way to say, ‘I […]

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