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pros and cons of the five biggest browsers that we can use on macOS

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Choosing a good internet browser for our Mac is the most important thing for several reasons. A good browser must be fast and efficient, it must also be safe and protect our privacy while we browse the Internet. Then we have to assess additional features like ad blocking and tracking protection.

Another factor to consider is compatibility with different operating systems and devices. If we want to use the same browser on the Mac, iPhone, iPad and maybe a PC or Android, it is important that we make sure that the browser we choose is compatible. Thus, Let’s break down the pros and cons of the main browsers that we can use on macOS.

Safari: excellent privacy and very good performance


Safari is the web browser developed by Apple and the default on Mac, iPad and iPhone. It is known for its speed and efficiency, and has been optimized to run at peak performance on Apple devices. In addition, Safari offers a number of security and privacy featuressuch as tracker blocking and tracking protection, which combined with the use of iCloud Private Relay ensure the safest browsing possible.

It has fewer extensions than other Chrome-based browsers and is only available on Apple platforms, as the Windows version was discontinued years ago. But we are dealing with a browser with a excellent performance, very low consumption and generally the most recommended option for the Mac.

Mozilla Firefox: thousands of plugins and commitment to privacy

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Mozilla Firefox is a web browser developed by the Mozilla Foundation and is one of the most popular options for users looking for an alternative to larger internet browsers. Some of the features that have contributed to its popularity are the huge amount of themes and plugins that are available to personalize the experience.

Firefox, without having as many options and configurations as Safari or Chrome, is compatible with practically all operating systems and is supported by the commitment of the Mozilla Foundation, the defending privacy and online security. It offers really cool features like ad blocking and tracking protection without making it difficult to browse the internet at any time.

Google Chrome: the best known, but the least private

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Google Chrome is a web browser developed by Google and is one of the most popular browsers and widely used all over the world. Some of the features that have contributed to its popularity are its speed and efficiency in loading web pages, its intuitive and easy-to-use design, and the large number of extensions and applications available to customize the browsing experience.

At the compatibility level, Chrome works on all platforms. The The main point against this browser is the business model behind the company that creates it.. Needing our Google account for the most interesting options, the tracking that is carried out on our browsing is something to take into account. Also, traditionally it is much less efficient in memory management than other alternatives.

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Microsoft Edge: ideal for Windows, but with a peculiar design

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Microsoft Edge is a web browser developed by Microsoft and is the default browser on Windows devices. Some of the features that make it stand out are the use of chrome extensionswhich opens the doors to a large number of them, as well as quick access to Microsoft services.

It even has an integrated PDF document editor, although the Layout can be a bit cluttered when compared to Safari or other alternatives. Let’s keep in mind that, for the most interesting functions, we will need a Microsoft account.

Brave: privacy by flag, perhaps too much

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Brave is a web browser open source that focuses on privacy and browsing speed. Some of its main features include blocking ads and trackers, the use of Secure DNS and HTTPS Everywhere, or support for cryptocurrencies.

Although it is true that it has fewer features than Safari or even Chrome and that it can give too much weight to the subject of cryptocurrencies, it is a browser really fast and that will allow us to navigate without advertising.

The five browsers in eight key points

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  • Page load speed: All of these browsers offer fast performance in loading web pages, but Chrome and Safari often have an advantage in terms of speed.
  • Design and ease of use: Safari and Chrome have user-friendly and intuitive user interfaces, while Firefox and Brave have more minimalist and customizable designs. Edge has a similar interface to Chrome, but with some additional customization options.
  • Privacy: Safari, Brave and Firefox have a special emphasis on privacy and offer options to protect users’ online activity. Meanwhile, Chrome and Edge have fewer options in this regard.
  • Extensions and applications: Chrome, Firefox, and Edge have a wide range of extensions and apps available to customize your browsing experience. Safari has fewer options in this regard, while Brave offers an even more limited selection of extensions.
  • Operating System Compatibility: Safari is only available for Apple devices, while Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Brave are available for devices running different operating systems, including Windows, macOS, and Linux.

Private Relay: what it is and how we can use it "VPN" from Apple to browse more securely and privately

As we have started by saying, choosing the ideal browser for our needs is essential. It is also true that we can use more than one depending on the occasion. In any case, have a clear picture of what each browser excels at It is essential to make the best decision.

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Apple and Google must ban TikTok according to a US senator

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Michael Bennet, a Democratic US Senator from Colorado, is calling on Apple and Google to ban the TikTok app from the App Store and Play Store respectively. He cites national security reasons.

Banned for TikTok?

The TikTok social network is controlled by the Chinese group ByteDance and it has already been accused of collecting user data and then sharing it with the Chinese government. The company has always denied these accusations, but doubts remain among some politicians, especially in the United States.

So here is US Senator Michael Bennet who wrote a letter to Tim Cook (Apple boss) and Sundar Pichai (Google boss) asking them to ban TikTok, saying that no company subject to the “The dictates of the Chinese Communist Party should not have the power to accumulate so much data on the American people or provide content to nearly a third of our population”. He writes :

TikTok’s vast influence and aggressive data collection pose a specific threat to US national security because of its parent company’s obligations under Chinese law. Article 7 of China’s National Intelligence Law decrees that any organization or citizen must support, assist and cooperate with state intelligence work. Article 14 gives Chinese state security agencies the power to demand cooperation from companies like ByteDance, while Articles 16 and 17 allow intelligence officers to access relevant materials and files and use its communication tools and facilities.

He goes on to cite a June 2022 article revealing that TikTok employees had access to US user data between September 2021 and January 2022. “Everything is seen in China”had indicated an employee of the social network.

In view of the situation, the senator concludes his letter by stating: “Given these serious and growing concerns, I urge you to immediately remove TikTok from your respective app stores”.

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South Korea buries Apple’s iPhone clamping case (Battery Gate)

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The case of the voluntary slowing down of iPhone by Apple (battery gate), which, a few years ago, had earned the Cupertino company several strap lifts from international regulators, is bouncing back once again in South Korea. Against all expectations, the South Korean justice has indeed rejected a class action that pointed to the voluntary clamping of the iPhone in order, according to Apple, to save battery power and avoid an unexpected shutdown of the device. The proceedings initiated in court also argued that this restraint was a form of planned obsolescence whose objective was to encourage the purchase of a new iPhone.

Apple therefore escapes a new trial and possible compensation. The plaintiffs claimed no less than 1.64 million dollars in damages, an amount which would have been to be distributed among 9,800 people (owners or ex-owners of iPhone). Admittedly, the battery gate All the same, it dates back to 2017 – the year in which an iOS update reduced the performance of the iPhone’s processor to avoid unexpected shutdowns – but for those concerned, this does not change much.

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comes with the M2 chip, 256 GB and a featherweight for 220 euros less

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The main complaint that is attributed to the MacBook It is that the renewal between generations of this laptop has been rather scarce. A trend that has changed with the arrival of the MacBook Air 2022. Now, it is on Amazon at a minimum price and for 1,299 euros.

Apple 2022 MacBook Air Laptop with M2 Chip 13.6-Inch Liquid Retina Display, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD Storage, Backlit Keyboard, Midnight Black

Apple 2022 MacBook Air Laptop with M2 Chip 13.6-Inch Liquid Retina Display, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD Storage, Backlit Keyboard, Midnight Black

Buy the MacBook Air 2022 at the best price

It is very normal in Apple products that the sales are not very crazy, but it is a discount of 220 euros compared to its recommended price. This laptop has never been cheaper than these 1,299 euros. MediaMarkt also has it for the same price.

A laptop with an ultra-thin design and light weight (1.3 kg). your screen 13.6 inches is IPS LCD with Liquid Retinaoffering a 2K resolution, True Tone technology and 500 nit brightness. It has four speakers with spatial audio and Dolby Atmos compatible.

Inside, the main asset is the processor with the M2 chipwhich is accompanied by 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of SSD storagealthough it can expand up to 2TB. The battery, according to Xataka’s tests, may have a autonomy of 12 hours.

With macOS Monterey as a system, includes a webcam with 1080p resolutiontwo Thunderbolt/USB 4 ports, other for MagSafe 3 and the headphone jack.

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