Some users are experiencing an issue with iTunes 10, generally after restoring from a Time Machine backup or upgrading to Mac OS X 10.6, where their music library is not viewable in the iTunes window. Though the music is not viewable, the files are still located on their drive.… Read more
Games running on Apple's iOS are starting to match prime-time television shows in overall consumption, a new study from Flurry Analytics claims.
According to the research company, 19 million people currently spend an average of 22 minutes each day playing iOS games, or accessing social networks on their iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. That total number of users easily eclipses viewership of Sunday Night Football games, "Undercover Boss," and other top shows. It's also just 4 million viewers shy of top show "American Idol."
That said, Flurry's numbers could be quite low, compared … Read more
Almost a month ago to the day, I reported that hackers had found a way to jailbreak iOS 4.1--and asked if it was worth the hassle anymore. That question generated lots of great discussion, and now is the perfect time to revisit it.
That's because an iOS 4.1 jailbreak, Limera1n, is now in the wild. Unlike the JailbreakMe hack that made jailbreaking iOS 4.0 as simple as loading a URL in your iPhone's browser, Limera1n requires a PC and a download--one that's currently available for Windows only.
To use the hack, start by … Read more
Sometimes installers for small system patches will impose OS version requirements, which means you will need to have at least the required version of OS X installed in order to apply the patch. While this usually is not a problem, some people may find installers claiming they do not have the proper version of OS X installed, when in fact they are fully updated with the proper version requirements.
When this happens there are a couple of things you can try:
Re-download the update
Through the various changes to Apple's online services (iTools, .Mac, and MobileMe), Apple still retained the option to access photos, movies, and other shared files via Web sites created in the older .Mac "home page" feature, but in an e-mail announcement to .Mac subscribers this morning, Apple announced it will be discontinuing this support on November 8.
Dear MobileMe member,
Over a year ago, we retired the .Mac HomePage application for publishing new pages, but allowed previously published pages to remain viewable on the Web. On November 8, 2010, we will discontinue online viewing of photos, movies, … Read more
MacFixIt Answers is a feature in which we answer questions e-mailed from our readers. This week we have questions on SUID file errors when fixing permissions, options for ejecting optical drives, problems with optical drives immediately ejecting, and the lack of a track joining option for audio books in iTunes 10. While we continually answer e-mail questions and present a few here, we certainly welcome alternative approaches and views from readers and encourage you to post your suggestions in the comments.
Question: SUID File errors when fixing permissions
MacFixIt reader "Ian" asks:
When I do a Permissions Repair … Read more
A French fellow who goes by the handle Crazy Nawak e-mailed me some concept photos for a "multi-OS" smartphone from HTC that would allow you to switch between two operating systems. HTC already has the old HTC Touch Dual, but the "dual' in that phone stood for the combination of a slide-out keypad and a touch screen.
This fantasy model has a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor and runs both Windows Mobile 7 and Android 2.2 (see more photos here). Of course, plenty of people out there have already hacked Windows Mobile phones to run … Read more
I grew up with my Sega Genesis, and Sonic was my Mario. I played all the games in high school, and the 2D games still represent the real Sonic to me. Those 3D versions? Not so much.
Sega's newest initiative, Sonic 4, has boldly named itself as the true successor to those old 16-bit gems. Available as a downloadable game for the Xbox 360 and PS3 (check out preGame's coverage here), it has also come to the iPhone, available today on the App Store for $9.99.
Thankfully, Sonic 4 plays pretty wonderfully from the starting gun; right … Read more
A software update is now available for the RIM BlackBerry Torch, and it should bring improvements to the overall performance of the smartphone.
The update (Release bundle v22.214.171.1245, Platform v126.96.36.199/Application v188.8.131.52) will pushed out to users over the next week and a half and includes the following enhancements:
Quicker page loading and panning in the Web browser
Improved responsiveness after unlocking the phone
Faster launching, switching, and exiting of applications
Smoother transitions when switching between home screen panels
Faster rendering of thumbnails in the photo galleryImproved audio quality
Smoother … Read more
Hard drive/storage malfunction is one of the more common computer problems. When it happens, it can be one of the most frustrating experiences, not only because of data loss, but because the whole system can stop working if the boot drive is compromised.
Drives can suffer from a variety of issues such as mechanical breakdowns when firmware and controller boards stop working, as well as filesystem structure corruption if input/ouput problems cause an improper write event to the drive. The system is constantly writing and reading from the drive by moving files around, editing them, and tracking changes … Read more