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Enable Element Inspector in the Mac App Store

Sep 7, 2011 - 5 Comments
Mac App Store element inspector

The Mac App Store has a hidden element inspector that lets you view the source of any page or element drawn within the App Store, letting you extract text or images, and even enter your own code into the console (which can lead to all sorts of fun things). This is probably most useful for … Read More

Access and Download iOS Apps from the US App Store Outside of the USA

Aug 22, 2011 - 29 Comments
Access and download USA App Store apps from outside the US

A common complaint about free app giveaways is that they’re often constrained to the USA based iOS App Store, in other words if you’re outside of the US you don’t get in on deals like the recent Rage HD giveaway and the ongoing myriad of other free app offers. This is a bummer for anyone … Read More

Fix a Slow Mac App Store

Aug 7, 2011 - 23 Comments
Oh no, not the beachball

It’s unclear why, but the Mac App Store is running a lot slower in OS X Lion for some users, including myself. By slow I mean you’ll encounter nearly constant beachballs as you click from app to app, with the absolute worst offender being the main category sections. I’m assuming there is an underlying bug … Read More

Cancel Downloads from the Mac App Store

Aug 3, 2011 - 36 Comments
Cancel Download from the Mac App Store

If you ever need to cancel an active download from the Mac App Store, you can quickly do so in OS X (on any version) with a really simple trick. There’s not much to the cancel download trick, here’s all you need to do: Hold down the Option key from the “Purchases” menu in the … Read More

Re-Download Mac OS X Lion from the App Store

Aug 2, 2011 - 104 Comments
re-download Mac OS X Lion from the App Store

Need to redownload Mac OS X Lion from the Mac App Store? If you plan on making an install drive but you already upgraded to Lion, you’ll need to redownload the Installer so that you can extract the DMG file. This is the sure fire way to do it, in short, hold the Option key … Read More

Check Download Progress on the Mac App Store

Jul 27, 2011 - 26 Comments
Check download progress of apps in the Mac App Store

Outside of watching the little progress bar on the downloading apps icon in LaunchPad or the Dock, there isn’t much of an outward display of how downloads are progressing from the App Store in OS X. Instead, more specific information about download progress and download speed is contained within the Mac App Store app itself, … Read More

Lion-Ready OS X Apps Appearing on Mac App Store

Jul 14, 2011 - 21 Comments
Lion ready apps on the Mac App Store

Despite the fact that today is (was) the speculative launch day, OS X Lion has yet to appear. Nevermind that though, the good news is that Apple is rapidly accepting Lion-ready apps to the Mac App Store, indicating that a launch will be very soon. If you’ve been following along here, we pointed out earlier … Read More

Redeem an iTunes Gift Card

Jun 15, 2011 - 21 Comments
Redeem iTunes Gift Card

Did you get an iTunes gift card or three? My cousin just did too, but they didn’t want to buy music with the balance, they wanted iPhone apps, so naturally as the family Apple guy I get a text asking what to do. Here’s the thing to remember with iTunes gift cards: they can be … Read More

Mac OS X Lion Release Date is July, Will Cost $29, and Available ONLY from Mac App Store

Jun 6, 2011 - 197 Comments
Mac OS X Lion available only from the Mac App Store

Lion has been released! The wait is over, you can download OS X Lion from the Mac App Store Update: Mac OS X Lion GM has been released, signifying a public release is due in the very near future. Stay tuned! Update 2: The Lion release date is imminent. Update 3: The WSJ’s AllThingsD appears … Read More

Fix the App Store “MZFreeProductCode .ClientCannotRedeemIosApp_explanation” Promo Code Redemption Error

Jun 6, 2011 - Leave a Comment
Mac App Store promo code redemption error

One of our readers sent in this screenshot with a funny looking error code they got when trying to redeem a promo code on the App Store. It’s a sloppy error, spilling over the allocated space and dumping some object name or something onto the user. The error seen is “MZFreeProductCode.ClientCannotRedeemIosApp_explanation” and the assumption is … Read More

Pause Downloads from the Mac App Store

May 20, 2011 - 5 Comments
Pause downloads from the Mac App Store

You can pause any active download from the Mac App Store by right-clicking on the apps icon in the Dock and selecting “Pause” from the menu. Resuming the download is just a matter of right-clicking again and selecting Unpause.

Fix the “Cannot Connect to App Store” Error Message in the Mac App Store

Apr 4, 2011 - 39 Comments

If you’re trying to access the Mac App Store and you are getting the “Cannot Connect to App Store” error, you can typically resolve the issue with a few simple troubleshooting steps. First, make sure the Mac in question is successfully connected to the internet (that may be a duh no brainer, but being disconnected … Read More

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