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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17-Inch MacBook Pro To Be Discontinued?

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has been accurate about Apple’s Mac products in the past this time again comes up with another speculation.He has published a new report indicating that Apple may be “preparing” to discontinue the 17-inch MacBook Pro due to weak sales.

Apple has been working on new notbooks htat will serve as a hybrid between the current MacBooks Air and MackBook Pro models, offering more power to the Air and greater portability to the Pro.

This year as said by Apple’s CEO Tim Cook, will be a big one in many ways, one of which is for the Macs.

There is two main updates (as far as I know) that are going to provide a boost to the Macs in 2012:

  1. Mountain Lion: Which integrates iOS features into the MAc OS and Apple TV’s interaction function
  2. Upgrading to Ivy Bridge

While these new products and features will be added, the 17″ MacBook Pro may be discontinued mainly due to falling shipments.

What do you make of Mr. Kuo’s prediction?

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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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Common iTunes Errors That You Might Come Across and Simple Fixes To Them!

I have been working on this post for quite sometime now and finally it is complete. This post will tell you about all the errors that you might receive in iTunes and also simple fixes to them. Note: these are not all the errors that you might across but these are a few more common ones and are very easy to fix, if you come across any other error do let me know I will help you out regarding it.

So here you go:

  • ERROR 2:
What is it?
Your firewall or the third party security software on your PC/Mac may be preventing iTunes from completing its task.
The Fix:
Add an exception in the security software or temporarily disable it
  • ERROR 6
What is it?
This error usually appears when you are trying to restore your iDevice and iTunes warns you with this error, it happens if some other program changes the default packet size of iTunes. This issue is experienced more commonly with Windows PC.
The Fix:
Run the troubleshoot for iTunes, this usually fixes the issue but if it does not then you should delete the recent software that you have installed or contact the manufacturer of the software
  • ERROR -4
What is it?
This error occurs if, access to ports 80 and/or 443 are blocked. Communication to albert.apple.com and/or  phobos.apple.com is blocked by a firewall, third-party security software, or other Internet security settings.
Or perhaps the iTunes Store is experiencing extremely high traffic.

The Fix:
Check your firewall settings or try again later.

  • ERROR 9
What is it?
This error is fairly common among people, this appears when you unplug your iDevice during a restore. If you didn’t do it, Windows [Well the OS X wouldn't do it] may have randomly disabled the USB port [this could happen if the driver malfunctions put of nowhere]. 

The Fix:
Try to restore again, try changing the USB ports or try restarting your computer.

  • ERROR 13-14
What is it?
There may be third-party software installed that modifies your default packet size in Windows by inserting one or more TcpWindowSize entries into your Registry. If your default packet size is set incorrectly it can cause this error.

The Fix:
  1. Perform USB isolation troubleshooting, including a different USB port directly on the computer.
  2. Put a USB 2.0 hub between the device and the computer.
  3. Try a different USB 30-pin dock connector cable.
  4. Connect your computer directly to your internet source, bypassing any routers, hubs or switches. You may need to restart your computer and modem to get online.
  5. Try to restore from another good computer.
  6. If you find an ASR error 1000 in the iPhone, iPad or iPod updater log file, that is an error decompressing and transferring the IPSW file that is downloaded during the restore. This error is frequently caused by third-party security software interference, a poor quality Internet connection resulting in bad IPSW download, or a conflict on the USB bus.
  • ERROR 18 (-18)
What is it?
This occurs when the media library on the device is corrupt and cannot be modified or updated.

The Fix:
Updating to the latest version of iTunes and then restoring should resolve this issue.
If not uninstall iTunes and remove your iTunes Librar.itdb file, then Reinstall iTunes.

  • ERROR -19
What is it?
The full text of this error is: “iTunes could not sync to the iPhone ‘[iPhone name]‘ because an unknown error occurred (-19)”. This error can occur when you attempt to update an iPhone 3G to a later version of the software and iTunes attempts to back up iPhone while it is syncing.

The Fix:
  1. Uncheck “Automatically sync when this iPhone is connected” from the iTunes Summary tab.
  2. Eject iphone.
  3. Reconnect iphone.
  4. Select Update.
  • ERROR 1603
What is it?
This happens when iTunes is unable to detect a phone in the recovery mode.

The Fix:
Unplug your device if plugged in then, turn it off and while holding the Home Button plug your device into the computer. [You will lose all unsaved data]

  • ERROR 1604
What is it?
This error is often related to USB timing. 

The Fix:
Try changing USB ports, uninstalling and reinstalling USB ports and other available USB troubleshooting steps (troubleshooting USB connections, device not recognized properly, computer won’t recognize a FireWire or USB device). If you use a dock bypass it and connect directly to the USB 30-pin dock-connector cable. If the issue persists on a known-good computer then the device might be needing service.

If the issue is not resolved by USB isolation troubleshooting, and another computer is not available, try these steps:
  1. Connect the device to iTunes, confirm that the device is in Recovery Mode. If it’s not in Recovery Mode, put it into it.
  2. Restore and wait for error 1604
  3. When prompted, click OK
  4. Close and re-open iTunes while iPhone remains connected
  5. iPhone should now be recognized in Recovery Mode again
  6. Try to restore again
If these steps also do no good then try restoring using a different good USB cable, computer and network connection.

So that’s it folks these were the most common errors which you might come across in iTunes. I hope this was useful and helpful to you.

If you have any difficulties do not hesitate to write them down in the comments section below.

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