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.
There's all sorts of information being processed by your car's sensors and computers to which the average driver simply isn't privy. Griffin wants to give you a peek behind the scenes with its CarTrip OBD monitoring system and CleanDrive app.
The hardware consists of a small CarTrip module that plugs into your vehicle's onboard diagnostics (OBD-II) port and collects data from the car's computer, storing to its internal memory or an optional SD card expansion. The unit is able to then connect wirelessly to an iOS or Android device via Bluetooth and transmit that data … Read more
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
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
LAS VEGAS--When Contour announced its ContourGPS location-aware HD sports camera last year, it held back a bit of information: there's a Bluetooth chip inside the device that has been sitting unused. However, a pair of new smartphone apps for Android and iPhone devices aims to put that wireless connection to good use.
After downloading a software patch (not yet available) and updating the ContourGPS' firmware to unlock the Bluetooth connection, users will be able to grab the Contour Mobile app from the Android Market or the iTunes App Store, and connect their smartphone to the camera. Users will then … Read more