You’ve probably been annoyed at one time or another when visiting a website that requires a specific browser. Luckily, you can fool a website into thinking you’re using a different browser and you can do this with most, including Safari. User agent “spoofing” is not a new thing. It was sometimes necessary when there was a so-called browser war. Website designers would often design pages to render and deliver different content depending on the user’s browser. The solution to this was often to send a false “user agent string,” which would fool the web server into delivering you the preferred content. Today, users are less likely to have a problem since websites and browsers are better at adhering to web standards. That’s not to say you won’t still encounter one every now and then. If you use Apple OS X’s Safari, here’s how you change the user agent, and even create custom ones as well. What is a User Agent Anyway? When Safari visits a website, it will send a string of text such … [Read more...] about How to Change Safari’s User Agent on OS X
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If you’ve ever tried to shoot good-looking portraits with your camera and a basic kit lens , you might have been disappointed that the results didn’t match the images you see on social media or in magazines. Part of this is down to the lenses most often used to shoot professional portraits. Let’s look at what makes them special, and whether you need one to get great portraits. What Is a Portrait Lens? Portrait lenses (or rather, lenses-that-are-often-used-for-portraits-but-can-be-used-for-lots-of-other-stuff-too) have two key features: They have a normal or short telephoto focal length. They have a wide maximum aperture . This means that most portrait lenses designed for full-frame cameras have a focal length of between about 50mm and 105mm, with a maximum aperture of somewhere between f/1.2 and f/2.8, or so. ( The equivalent focal range for crop-sensor cameras is between around 35mm and 70mm , so there’s a lot of overlap.). Some typical portrait lenses … [Read more...] about Do You Need a Special Lens to Take Portrait Photos?
Google Assistant can add a lot of convenience to your life, but that comes with some privacy sacrifices. Everything you say to Google is being recorded, but there are several ways to delete these recordings. Having recordings made by the Google Assistant sounds scarier than it really is . For starters, it’s important to understand that Google only records you when the process is initiated with the “Hey/OK Google” command (or manually). The recordings are then used to improve voice-matching . RELATED: Is My Smart Speaker Always Listening to Me? Google offers several different methods for dealing with these recordings, and there’s something for every type of privacy-conscious person out there. Manually Delete Google Assistant Recordings First, let’s go the manual route and delete recordings after they’ve already been stored. Open your web browser and navigate to myaccount.google.com . Make sure you’re signed in to the same Google account as your … [Read more...] about How to Delete Google Assistant Recordings