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Apple’s Safari Browser Share Tops Five Percent for First Time

With Macs making up a record high percentage of computers accessing the Internet, Apple’s browser is also reaching new heights.

Safari accounted for 5.02 percent of global browser usage for September, according to Net Applications. That marks the first time that its share has topped five percent, the firm said.

The Mac itself now accounts for 6.45 percent of Web access worldwide, rising from just over six percent in August (the first time that Apple’s computers had accounted for that level of Web usage). Apple typically gains in September, Net Applications said, pointing out that September marks the start of the back-to-school season.

In the U.S., Apple’s share of the operating system market hit 13.7 percent, the firm said.

Globally, Windows still accounts for 92 percent of the desktop market, while Linux accounted for just over one percent.

On the browser side, Internet Explorer had 54 percent of the market, followed by Firefox with 22 percent and Google’s Chrome with 16 percent. That marks another in a long run of gains for Chrome, while Internet Explorer lost share for the seventh month in a row. Firefox was down just slightly from August.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik