Add-ons to Web browsers are exceptionally popular, but sometimes can result in features being tacked onto the brower's interface that can be annoying at best if they're not used. Many times these add-ons are simple drag-and-drop plugins that can be removed from the various Internet Plug-Ins folders in either the global or user libraries, but at other times the add-ons may use alternative means of loading, which can make removing them less straightforward.
The new Mac App store offers convenience and new ways to discover applications for OS X, and though Apple has tried to make the store's experience as simple as possible, in its simplicity, a crucial step has been overlooked that may result in inadvertent purchases of applications.
While you can browse through the store, in order to download items (even free software), the store requires you to enter payment information in the store's settings. This information is requested of users immediately when signing in if it is not already linked to your Apple ID.
Doing this immediately turns … Read more
A weakness in copy protection--the antipiracy mechanism at the heart of many a digital distribution system--has reared its head with Apple's brand-new Mac App Store.
The store, launched yesterday, includes digital rights management (DRM) technology designed to ensure that only a program's purchaser is authorized to run the program. But a hack distributed online apparently can be used to get around the system in some situations.
Although several have reported successful use of the hack to circumvent copy protection, it stems from problems in how software developers get their applications to verify permission to run, not from an … Read more
iTunes is a database application that stores, sorts, and plays media, and like any database, the more organized it is, the more powerful it can be. Find out how to get your songs organized for more efficient playback in iTunes and on your iOS devices.
I'm sure we've all been there. We're rifling through our iTunes Library in Cover Flow view looking for the perfect album to jam out to while finally doing the dishes when we see the same album art show up for the same artist as if it's two different records. In other … Read more
In addition to having some downloads pausing and hanging when users attempt to download them, the new Mac App Store is also giving users an "unknown error 100" when they attempt to navigate.
This problem is likely another "break in" issue, and so far has been addressed by users in the following ways:
Restart the Mac Some people have found that simply restarting their computer makes this problem go away. You might try rebooting into Safe Mode and then restart normally again to have the system run a few diagnostics and cleanup routines that may also … Read more
After installing the 10.6.6 update and launching the new Mac App Store, a few people are noticing that the window for signing into the store seems to be missing. If Expose is activated, the window will be shown as being available, but when it is clicked the window will remain hidden.
Some have found that the main App Store window seems to be hiding the log-in window, and though it can be moved to reveal the log-in window, the window seems to be inactive and will not accept user input.
This problem appears to be associated with the … Read more
A number of people who have installed OS X 10.6.6 and have been using the new Mac App Store are finding that when downloading applications the App Store seems to hang, sometimes showing the spinning color wheel and other times just pausing with no indication of progress.
Some people who have experienced this problem have found the issue seems to be caused by the presence of certain hard-drive volumes. These include some external drives, but in particular the problem seems to be caused by the presence of Boot Camp partitions. Unmounting and disconnecting the drives seems to get … Read more
Apple has released OS X 10.6.6, which is the update for OS X that brings the widely anticipated Mac App Store to OS X users. The update primarily adds support for the store, but also includes a number of security and stability fixes for OS X.
Mac App Store support now allows for the following features (See this recent CNET story for more information on the new Mac App Store):
Discover Mac apps: Browse featured apps, top charts, and categories, or search for something specific. Read detailed app descriptions and user reviews, and flip through screenshots.
Buy and … Read more
Apple has released an update to its popular iWork office and productivity suite. The update addresses bugs relating to managing and editing Keynote presentations, and also addresses some compatibility issues with EPUB document exports and Apple's iWork.com document-sharing and collaboration service.
The specific changes to the suite are as follows:
All iWork 9.0.5 applications
Adds public sharing and private upload options for iWork.com public beta.
Allows playback of Keynote presentations on iWork.com, with over 15 animations and effects, when using the latest version of Safari.
Addresses an issue with the … Read more
Apple is making an effort to progressively convert standard technical support into a more simplified and personal experience. The walk-up Genius support in Apple retail stores has been a great success, and the company is looking to bring similar experiences to Web-based support with new tools.
A while ago Apple created some buzz by announcing its popular discussion forums would be converted to a new Apple Support Communities service, but so far we have not seen any changes to the discussion boards. In the meantime, tools like Express Lane have been announced and today Apple expanded these Web-based options with … Read more