How to stop pop ups on a Mac

Given that the online industry makes millions and millions in ad revenue it is no surprise that pop-up ads are so numerous. Although you can block pop-ups those that develop them are finding ingenious ways around the ad blockers and show the ad.

Although ads are not in of themselves harmful to your Mac they do adversely affect your computing experience. They tend to spring up and demand your attention and your action to close them. They tend to be everywhere, such is the need and desire to make money from ads.

In fact, it is probably easier to protect your Mac from malware and viruses than to block a pop-up ad. The only good thing is that they do not hack your system and or steal your information.

So how to stop pop ups on mac and regain your computing experience? Read on to find out.

Sources of Pop-up Ads

Pop-ups come from several sources including:

  • Extensions and plugins
  • Google Display Network
  • Browser hijackers
  • Ad networks
  • In-app notifications

If left unchecked pop-ups can be a real pain and make your computing experience highly unpleasant.

It also helps to protect your ads from malware and adware as it prevents nefarious pop-ups from appearing.

How to Stop Pop-up Ads on Your Browser

Blocking ads from your browser is a good first step. Configuring blockers are browser specific and happily all browsers come with a feature to block ads. To switch it on do the following depending on the browser you use.

Chrome

  • Chrome, Settings.
  • Privacy and security, Site settings.
  • Pop-ups and redirects and switch pop-ups off.

Ensure you have the most up to date version of Chrome as the more up to date ones are better at blocking cyber security threats.

When you have finished checking Chrome, check your extensions.

  • Launch Chrome and type in the address bar: Chrome://extensions. You can also find extensions via Settings.
  • Remove extensions you don’t want or recognise.

Finally, reset Chrome.

  • Chrome, Preferences.
  • Advanced, Reset settings.

That should prevent pop-ups from rearing their ugly head.

Safari

Safari goes one step further than Chrome as pop-up management is site specific. 

  • Safari Preferences, Website tab. You’ll see a list of websites.
  • Choose which sites can and cannot show pop-ups.

When finished go Safari, Extensions.

Like with Chrome, remove any extensions you think are a little suspicious.

Firefox

For Firefox it is important you are using the most up to date version for security reasons.

In the Firefox address bar type:

  • about:preferences. If you prefer you can access via Settings, Privacy & Security.
  • Tick Block pop-up windows.

Again, check extensions by:

  • Launching Firefox and enter about:addons in the address bar.
  • Click Extensions on the left-hand side.
  • For each extension you don’t want, remove it by clicking the three dots next to it.
  • Reset Firefox by accessing Help, Troubleshooting Information, and click Refresh Firefox.

Preventing pop-ups is good practice as it helps protect your Mac as well as making for a better experience. For more information on pop-ups visit Apple Support

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Strong Foxconn earnings helped by iPhone 13, but still working on reducing reliance on Apple

Foxconn earnings comfortably beat expectations during the second quarter of the year, coming in at NT$33.3B ($1.1B) against consensus projections of NT$30.8 ($1.02B).

Strong demand for the iPhone 13 made a direct contribution to the company’s income, of course, but it also indirectly helped with assembly of products for Sony and Dell …

Foxconn earnings indirectly helped by Apple too

Around half of Foxconn’s business comes from Apple, and that gives the company a great deal of power with suppliers. It can use its scale to negotiate better deals across all of its production.

However, Bloomberg notes that the company is still working on diversification in order to reduce its dependence on the Cupertino company.

Apple logged strong quarterly results, particularly from the iPhone, despite lingering effects from the pandemic. While that reassured investors concerned about a slowdown, worrying signs remain, with Apple’s Mac, iPad and its wearables division posting sales declines from a year ago.

Given the potential for a downturn in consumer appetite for gadgets, the Taiwanese company has been expanding its revenue from corporate customers, logging solid sales in its cloud and network computing products in July.

Hon Hai is also making a play to expand in electric vehicles. The world’s largest contract manufacturer has targeted 5% market share in EVs in 2025, helped by its acquisition of Lordstown Motors Corp.’s electric pickup trucks factory in Ohio. The two partners will announce a new vehicle project in the fourth quarter, Lordstown said last week.

Both cloud computing and electric vehicles are huge growth industries, in contrast to the smartphone market, which has largely plateaued.

Foxconn’s results are a testament to the company’s ability to continue work at near-normal pace through city-wide COVID lockdowns, thanks to a closed-loop production process.

Closed-loop production means:

  • Companies provide dormitory accommodation within the overall campus.
  • Workers remain on campus for extended periods, typically one month.
  • No one enters or leaves the plant without an on-the-spot negative test.
  • Anyone testing positive on attempted entry is sent to a quarantine center.

This is obviously tough on workers, who are unable to see their families and friends for weeks at a time, and has previously led to a worker revolt at a Quanta plant in Shanghai. However, it has enabled the company to keep its plants operating at close to normal capacity throughout lockdowns.

Taiwan security officials banned Chinese chipmaker stake

One thing which is not going to plan for Foxconn is its $800M investment in Chinese chipmaker Tsinghua Unigroup. We noted when the deal was announced that it appeared to have been done without the necessary government approval, and this has indeed proven to be the case.

The Financial Times reports that national security officials in Taiwan have asked Foxconn to unwind the deal. Reuters notes that this is prompted by fears that Chinese companies would steal chip designs and other intellectual property obtained through contract manufacturing.

Taiwan, the world’s largest contract electronics maker, has become increasingly cautious about China’s ambition to boost its semiconductor sector. It has proposed new laws to prevent what it says is China stealing its chip technology, amid rising concerns in Taipei that Beijing is stepping up its economic espionage.

The island’s government prohibits companies from building their most advanced foundries in China to ensure they do not offshore their best technology.

Foxconn has not, at this point, been formally barred from proceeding with the deal. At this point, the company has received what amounts to an expression of disapproval, and a request to abandon the investment plan. However, sources cited by the FT suggest that government approval is now extremely unlikely given increased tensions between Taiwan and China.

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Apple hosts premiere event for ‘Five Days’ ahead of August 12 streaming

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Prestigious Apple TV+ drama series “Five Days at Memorial” has been premiered in a special event at the Directors’ Guild in Los Angeles.

The new eight-part drama recounts the true story of how Hurricane Katrina proved to be just the beginning of a horrifying series of days for the staff of Memorial Medical Center. Based on the book by journalist Sheri Fink, and written by Carlton Cuse and John Ridley, it shows the impossible decisions forced on medical staff as floodwaters rose and resources depleted.

Series cast and crew attended the premiere event at the Directors’ Guild of America (DGA) on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.

Stars including Vera Farmiga, Cherry Jones, Cornelius Smith Jr., Robert Pine, Julie Ann Emery, and Adepero Oduye were on the red carpet. Emmy-award winning showrunner Carlton Cuse was also in attendance.

The first three episodes of “Five Days at Memorial” will stream on Apple TV+ from August 12, 2022. The remaining five will be released weekly on Fridays.

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iPhone 14 Is Just a Few Weeks Away: Three Tips to Prepare for the New iPhone

The launch of the new iPhone 14 is just a few weeks away, meaning millions of iPhone customers will soon upgrade their existing ‌iPhone‌ or perhaps get an ‌iPhone‌ for the first time.

iPhone 14 Pro Purple Front and Back MacRumors Exclusive feature

Exclusive MacRumors iPhone 14 Pro renders by graphic designer Ian Zelbo

Whether upgrading from an older model or this is your first ‌iPhone‌, we’ve rounded up a few tips to help you prepare for the next flagship ‌iPhone‌ and whether or not you’ll want to upgrade.

Consider Your Trade-In Options

iphone trade in store


One of the most common ways customers purchase a new ‌iPhone‌ is through trade-in, which lets them receive credit for purchasing a new phone. How much credit you’ll receive depends on several factors, including the model of your current phone and its condition.

Apple itself offers trade-in for older iPhones and even flagship Android devices, like the Samsung Galaxy S21 and the Google Pixel. Apple provides a list of how much it estimates devices may be worth, but it’s crucial to note that those value estimations will drop due to the addition of the iPhone 13 family to the trade-in program after the ‌iPhone 14‌ launches.

It may be a good idea to consider your trade-in options if you are eyeing an ‌iPhone‌ upgrade this fall. You can learn more about Apple’s trade-in program here.

Check Up On Your Carrier Plan

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Beyond a trade-in, many customers receive new phones through their carriers under installment plans that spread the device cost out over up to 36 months. As you consider your buying options, check what your carrier currently offers and how it stacks up to other possibilities such as trade-ins.

Last year following the launch of the ‌iPhone 13‌, Apple partnered with AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile/Sprint to offer specific promotions and deals for the new ‌iPhone‌ lineup.

Consider Whether or Not You’ll Upgrade

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If you currently have an ‌iPhone 13‌, you’re probably not considering jumping to the ‌iPhone 14‌. An upgrade may seem more appealing if you’re rocking an older ‌iPhone‌.

There have been plenty of rumors and leaks about what new features and changes the ‌iPhone 14‌ will include. Using what we know, we’ve compiled a few helpful comparison guides for ‌iPhone‌ X, ‌iPhone‌ XS, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro customers compared to the ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ and what we’re expecting.

For a quick rundown of the ‌iPhone 14‌ series: we’re expecting four models with two 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch sizes, improved cameras, a new design with no notch for the higher-end variants, better cameras, and more.

TapHeartConfirm makes Instagram app users confirm before liking or unliking things

It’s very easy to accidentally like it unlike a post in your Instagram feed, and depending on the circumstances, the experience can be unnerving, or sometimes even esteem-shattering because the person on the other end of the like or unlike is likely to figure out it was you.

A newly released and free jailbreak tweak called TapHeartConfirm by iOS developer CydiaGeek, on the other hand, can help prevent accidental and embarrassing likes or unlikes in your Instagram feed by requiring that you confirm your action before being officially finalized.

In the screenshot example above, you’ll see what the confirmation message looks like. Upon trying to like or unlike something in your Instagram feed via the integrated Heart button, a pop-up appears that asks if you’re sure you want to like or dislike it.

Tapping no cancels the action and keeps the other party in the dark about your accidental tap, while tapping yes finalizes the action.

TapHeartConfirm doesn’t come with any options to configure and is available as a free download from the BigBoss repository via your favorite package manager app.

The tweak supports jailbroken iOS 12, 13, and 14 devices running the latest version of the Instagram app at the time of this writing, which is version 247.0. Please note that future updates to Instagram could break the TapHeartConfirm tweak, necessitating an update by the tweak developer.

Do you plan to safeguard yourself from embarrassing likes or unlikes without the new TapHeartConfirm jailbreak tweak! Let us know why or why not in the comments section down below.

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Four iOS Safari Extensions to Make the Web Less Annoying

Constant pop-ups, annoying forms, and frustrating website behaviors can make browsing and using the web an unpleasant experience. Thankfully on iOS, iPadOS, and macOS, several Safari extensions help turn the experience around.

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We’ve listed some Safari extensions that you may not have known about that can help remove annoyances and make a pleasant Safari experience.

No More Cookies

super agent ios safari extension


Perhaps the most universally dreaded web pop-up is: “This website uses cookies. Accept or Reject?” Virtually every website shows users a form to consent to using cookies as they browse that website. While it may be helpful for some to have granular controller over the use of cookies on each website they visit, there is likely to be a better solution for many.

Super Agent for Safari is an extension that automatically fills out the cookies consent form on each website you visit, meaning you’ll no longer see those annoying pop-ups. The Super Agent for Safari app lets you customize how you would like websites to use cookies.

Users can choose whether they want to accept or reject advertising, functional, performance, and other cookies. The settings are applied universally to all websites.

Super Agent for Safari is free with no in-app subscription and can be found in the App Store.

‘Open in App?’ No Thanks.

banish safari app pop ups


Some websites with accompanying apps on the App Store love to bombard users with pop-ups and banners to push them to use their app rather than the website.

Banish, a relatively new Safari extension on the ‌App Store‌ gets rid of such website notifications. Banish is a one-time purchase of $2 with no in-app subscription and can be found in the App Store.

StopTheMadness, Literally

stopthemadness ios safari extension


StopTheMadness, as the name suggests, is a general-purpose privacy protection extension with several nifty features. Within the extension’s settings page, StopTheMadness includes several toggles that users can enable and disable, including:

  • Bypassing Google’s AMP webpages
  • Protects the ability to copy, cut, and paste on websites
  • Gets rid of link trackers and clickjacking in Google search results, and others
  • Stop autoplaying videos
  • Stop all audio and video on websites

StopTheMadness is a one-time purchase of $7.99 with no in-app subscription and can be found in the App Store.

Dark Mode For All

noir ios safari extension


Spearheaded by the introduction of systemwide dark mode in iOS 13, many websites on the web now have the option of light and dark themes. For those websites that don’t have a dark mode option, however, there is a solution.

Noir is a Safari extension that automatically turns a website into dark mode, even if it doesn’t support it. Noir only kicks in if the website doesn’t have a native dark mode theme built-in. This can be especially helpful when your phone is in dark mode, but a website isn’t and you’re suddenly blinded by a bright white webpage.

Noir is a $2.99 purchase with no in-app subscription and can be found in the App Store.

The Airversa Purelle Smart Air Purifier with Thread

If you’re a smart home enthusiast, chances are you’ve already heard of Thread (the new wireless communication protocol), or even have a few Thread devices in your home. Until now, Thread devices have been limited to a few categories, but that expands now, with the very first smart air purifier that uses Thread Over HomeKit. As HomeKit is generally ahead in terms of Thread devices when compared to Amazon Alexa and Google Home, this means the device is currently limited to HomeKit. Still, when Matter comes out, I’m told this will be updated to work with Matter, and will therefore also work with the other aforementioned platforms.

You can buy the Airversa Purelle Smart Air Purifier from Amazon stores in the UK and Germany (affiliate links – no additional costs to you, but supports the channel);

NOTE: All prices in the video were correct at the time of production. Any difference in the prices shown in the are listed in good faith, and no responsibility can be accepted for any changes in price that occur since then. ***Correction***: Sleep mode is exposed to HomeKit, but you would need a third-party HomeKit app like ‘Controller for HomeKit’ or ‘Home+ 5’ in order to access these hidden features within the HomeKit framework.

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Google Launches ‘Get the Message’ Campaign to Push Apple Into Adopting RCS

Google has launched a new ‘Get the Message’ campaign in an effort to push Apple into adopting RCS over SMS. This follows Google SVP Hiroshi Lockheimer accusing Apple of holding back the industry and using iMessage to bully users into buying iPhones.

It’s not about the color of the bubbles. It’s the blurry videos, broken group chats, missing read receipts and typing indicators, no texting over Wi-Fi, and more. These problems exist because Apple refuses to adopt modern texting standards when people with iPhones and Android phones text each other.

Apple turns texts between iPhones and Android phones into SMS and MMS, out-of-date technologies from the 90s and 00s. But Apple can adopt RCS—the modern industry standard—for these threads instead. Solving the problem without changing your iPhone to iPhone conversations and making messaging better for everyone.

Google Launches 'Get the Message' Campaign to Push Apple Into Adopting RCS

Google has created a ‘Get the Message‘ website which details why it wants Apple to support RCS and urges users to tweet @Apple to #GetTheMessage. The company has also produced a video that you can watch below…

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Google Launches ‘Get the Message’ Campaign to Push Apple Into Adopting RCS

Google has launched a new ‘Get the Message’ campaign in an effort to push Apple into adopting RCS over SMS. This follows Google SVP Hiroshi Lockheimer accusing Apple of holding back the industry and using iMessage to bully users into buying iPhones.

It’s not about the color of the bubbles. It’s the blurry videos, broken group chats, missing read receipts and typing indicators, no texting over Wi-Fi, and more. These problems exist because Apple refuses to adopt modern texting standards when people with iPhones and Android phones text each other.

Apple turns texts between iPhones and Android phones into SMS and MMS, out-of-date technologies from the 90s and 00s. But Apple can adopt RCS—the modern industry standard—for these threads instead. Solving the problem without changing your iPhone to iPhone conversations and making messaging better for everyone.

Google Launches 'Get the Message' Campaign to Push Apple Into Adopting RCS

Google has created a ‘Get the Message‘ website which details why it wants Apple to support RCS and urges users to tweet @Apple to #GetTheMessage. The company has also produced a video that you can watch below…

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Poll: Do you like the way Apple brought battery percentage back to iPhone with iOS 16?

iOS 16 was announced in June with multiple new features, including a new lock screen with widgets, revamped notifications, improved Focus mode, options to edit and unsend messages in iMessage, and more. This week the company released iOS 16 beta 5 to developers, and it came with a surprise: the battery percentage for modern iPhones. However, the once beloved feature now seems quite controversial.

The battery percentage is back

iPhone 3GS was the first iPhone to show the exact battery percentage in the status bar for users. Since then, every iPhone had the option to show the battery percentage, until 2017. Due to the new design of the iPhone X, which was the first to feature an edge-to-edge display with a notch at the top, some interface elements had to be removed from the status bar.

The battery percentage was one of these elements. Starting with the iPhone X, users had to open the Control Center to see the full battery indicator. Apple has never commented on this decision, but many users argue that seeing the battery percentage all the time made them anxious.

In the meantime, developers have created multiple solutions to bring the battery percentage back to modern iPhones using jailbreak tools. Apple never seemed to care about this, until now. The latest beta version of iOS 16 brings battery percentage back to modern iPhones. But there are a few catches.

Not everyone seems to like it

The thing is, not everyone seems to like the new implementation of the battery percentage in iOS 16. That’s because it is indeed a bit confusing. As detailed by 9to5Mac’s José Adorno, the battery icon doesn’t match the battery percentage as it drains. This can easily make users believe that the battery is still full while it’s not.

The icon only changes when the battery level drops to 20%, then it becomes red and empty. For now, Apple is making the feature optional, so you can disable it if you don’t like it. However, turning on Low Power Mode will make the system show the battery percentage. Another thing to keep in mind is that battery percentage is not available for iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 mini, and iPhone 13 mini.

new battery percentage icon on iOS 16

Personally, the new implementation seems lazy to me. Apple could have done much better than this, especially for a feature that took five years to be introduced. Of course, we’re talking about beta software, so things might change until the official release of iOS 16 next month.

What are your thoughts on the battery percentage in iOS 16?

Now we would like to know your thoughts on this. Do you think that Apple’s implementation of battery percentage in modern iPhones is good enough? Or do you think the company could have done better? Let us know in the poll and comments section below.

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