HackStore – Cydia For Mac

Since a long time we have been hearing rumors about Cydia for Mac and now finally it has been released calling itself the HackStore.

Before I continue enlightening you about the HackStore, there is something I like about it and that is its motto, “No Piracy Apps Here Forever And Ever”. The piracy issue has been driving everyone crazy, Cydia has many pirate  re which provide all the paid tweaks/themes for free and just pour water on all the hard work done by the dev. If the HackStore can prevent this then it will surely be a good place for Mac OS developers to upload their apps.

Here’s what the developers behind HackStore have to say about their new application:

This program for us is the epitome of Cydia for iOS, but on a Mac OS. This means that in our app will be applications and tweaks for Mac OS, which is not in the Mac AppStore, or for any reason they have not posted there.

The biggest Mac Appstore problem is that they limit their users in everything, without giving an opportunity to expand these limits. This is not correct, because  ONLY users should decide which applications they should install and which one do not.

We think, HackStore, it is a break through the narrow confines of Mac Appstore. A lot of good applications should be created and promoted but if they will never come to AppStore they will be not popular at all, so we have created HackStore!

The motto of our application - «No piracy apps here, forever and ever», so the cracked and piracy apps I am the HackStore application developer. This program for me is the epitome of Cydia for iOS, but on a Mac OS. This means that in our app will be applications and tweaks for Mac OS, which is not in the Mac AppStore, or for any reason they have not posted there.

HackStore seems to have copied the user interface of the Mac App Store, so you won’t take much trouble using the app.

Now you must be wondering “Was Saurik the one who created the HackStore?”

Well here is what he has to say about it:

NO: if I were to release something, it would definitely be called “Cydia”. ;P To me, there is no reason to build something that Bodega easily services (you can even find jailbreaking tools, such as Seas0nPass in Bodega): the only thing that makes Cydia interesting is Substrate, so until and unless Substrate works on Mac you won’t see me spending time building a simple installer tool.

It is still early days for the HackStore as there are currently only 50+ apps in the Mac App Store. But it seems like a nice place for jailbreakers to download the latest jailbreak tools such as TinyUmbrella, ipswDownloader, iExplorer etc.

It looks like it has already generated quite a bit of interest as the HackStore was down at the time of publishing this post, so don’t be surprised if you see a grey screen after you launch the app. The developers are trying to fix the issue.

You can download the HackStore using this link.

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iCloud Email Sees Disruption Of Service

Day before yesterday, April 17 , an Apple Support Community page was created  discussing the disruption of service and now has over 100 replies from affected users from various parts of the World.

My Dad frequently uses iCloud as his mail client and when he told me that mails weren’t being sent or received, I tried to troubleshoot the problem with some usual techniques but all of them failed. So I headed to Apple’s Support Forum and searched for the topic, to my surprise there was already a thread with over 100 replies, indicating it to be a Worldwide issue.

According to those who have had a conversation with Apple support representatives, the issue is sporadic and has not affected a large number of users but this is being proved wrong with every passing minute.

The company’s iCloud status page reports that less than 1% of all users are having problems with the mail service, and a fix is expected soon.

Users affected by this issue have no access to their iCloud mail accounts, whether it be from the web or from their iDevice, which points out that the issue lies with Apple’s servers.

Amidst all this you can still heave a sigh of relief as all other features of the iCloud are functioning fine.

The source f this issue is yet unknown and Apple has no released any information regarding the matter.

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Apple Giving Away Free Snow Leopard to Push MobileMe Users to Migrate to iCloud

Back in October 2011, Apple launched iCloud – its new cloud based services, that allows users to store music, photos, apps, calendars, and documents and pushes them wirelessly to all your devices.

Apple had rewritten the core services provided by MobileMe to work seamlessly with iCloud and had informed MobileMe customers that they had until June 30th, 2012 to migrate their MobileMe account to iCloud.

It looks like Apple is offering another incentive for MobileMe users to migrate to iCloud, according to a report on Macgasm. Since users need to upgrade to OS X Lion to use Apple’s iCloud service, Macgasm is reporting that Apple is offering MobileMe users a free copy of Snow Leopard to reduce the cost to ultimately upgrade to OS X Lion for just $29.99.

As OS X Lion is available only via the Mac App Store, users with older version of OS X, first need to upgrade to Snow Leopard (10.6) via installation DVD, which is available for $29, to get access to the Mac App Store.

Macgasm reports that Apple has informed MobileMe users that they can get their free DVD of Snow Leopard, but have until June 15th to avail of the offer. Apple has apparently also setup a page (this link), where MobileMe users can request for their free DVD of Snow Leopard.

This should give MobileMe users enough time to upgrade to OS X Lion and migrate their account to iCloud before the June 30th deadline.

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Apple Invents New Method To Add Signatures To E-Documents

There are various devices that can be used to enter data in documents displayed by the device. For example, a device can display a document provided by an electronic document file, such as a PDF file document or a word processing one that may include one or more text fields in which text could be entered. What I’m trying to say is that a person can fill up the whole form from his device. However, some legal documents require a signature of the user to authenticate the document. This can not be done by means of an electronic device as of now but with this new invention by Apple, this might be possible in the near future.

Now coming to Apple’s invention for signing E-Documents, they state that an electronic device could display a document having several fields, including a field in which a user could provide a signature. Because a signature can’t be provided using the keyboard, a user can write a signature on a piece of paper or any other object and place it in front of a camera for capturing an image of the signature. This image can then be placed in the signature criteria in an E-Document.

Furthermore, Apple says that the image can be taken by any iDevice or Mac with a camera and it will then process the image to create a digital representation of the captured signature.

This all sounds very cool but what about the security of the signatures?

For this matter, Apple states that the representation of the signature could be encrypted and stored in such a way that only an authorized user, using an authorized application could access it.

According to me if this is implemented perfectly, the life of various business men would be simplified to a great extent. Though after this one will think several times before giving someone else any access to their computers/phones.

What do yo u guys make of this patent?

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