Internet giant Yahoo announced on Tuesday that the company has enhanced both its Search results page and Yahoo Messenger as well as optimized its Yahoo Mail webpage for use with the iPhone. According to MacNN, the latest version of Yahoo Mail allows users to manage their email via HTML mobile browsers, including Safari for the iPhone. The new web application additionally features improved photo sharing capabilities, new apps and added social networking and Application Box tools.
Google announced recently that the Google home page will now be location-aware when accessed on an iPhone. Now, whenever you go to Google.com on your iPhone, Google will tap in to the device's GPS capabilities to determine your location and give you location-relevent results. The ability to search with My Location has also been added to the Google Mobile App [$0.00 | App Store].
After the Mac went down in 10 seconds using a Safari exploit at this year's Pwn2Own hacking competition, we figured the iPhone didn't stand a chance. Now we're pleasantly surprised to hear that the iPhone 3G survived the entire contest without being hacked. In fact, not a single one of the five smartphones entered were hacked in the alloted time.
Apple may be looking to remove the need for Adobe Flash support on the iPhone through the use of CSS animations. WebKit, the twin brother of Safari and the core of MobileSafari, was recently updated to include support for CSS animations, something already available in MobileSafari. Effects available include a falling leaves effect and a "pulse" effect similar to a more toned-down version of "blink".
In a sudden twist, Apple has allowed a slew of legitimate third party web browsers into the App Store. It appears that the apps were all queued into a single group awaiting approval from Apple, with original submission dates ranging all the way back to last October.
As we already know, the iPhone (and the iPod Touch even more so) were popular gifts this holiday season, causing a large influx of App Store sales and browsing. Likewise, Christmas day and the days following have seen a significant increase web browser market share for Mobile Safari.
Having the Google search bar at the top of Safari is handy, but browsing the results it returns on the iPhone has been kind of a pain. Thankfully, Google has fixed the issue, and searching in the Safari's search field now returns iPhone-optomized results, which should make searching Google all that much easier. The change adds bigger, more condensed text that fit's the screen's width, and a search bar and button at the top that's a lot easier to use.
Several big websites with complicated pages that are difficult to view on an iPhone's small screen have begun creating mobile-sized web portals to make things easier for iPhone owners, but the compacted sites may be backfiring. A recent report from Keynote, a mobile internet solutions company, found that most iPhone users find most them more difficult to use than the full webpage.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has in the past expressed interest in getting Microsoft Silverlight, their own take on an Adobe Flash developing framework, on the iPhone, but at the time he said he hadn't discussed it with Apple so he didn't have many details to go in to. Now Microsoft is back and while they're making a concerted effort to get it on Google's Android platform, Silverlight on iPhone is becoming less and less likely.