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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 - 4 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. This is a useful tip if you want to quickly preserve bandwidth for another task, or … Read More

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

Apr 4, 2011 - 33 Comments

If you’re trying to access the Mac App Store and you are getting the “Cannot Connect to App Store” error, there’s a couple simple fixes you should try. First, make sure you’re connected to the internet (duh), then: Relaunch Mac App Store – Try this first, this is usually enough to resolve the connection problem … Read More

How to Redeem an App Store Promo Code (Mac App Store & iOS App Store)

Mar 17, 2011 - 9 Comments

If you’ve been provided with an App Store promo code, here’s how to redeem it from the Mac App Store client and iOS App Store from iTunes: Redeem a Promo Code on the Mac App Store: Launch the Mac App Store From the Featured or Top Charts tab, look at the right side under “Quick … Read More

Check Available Mac App Store Updates from the Dock

Feb 17, 2011 - 2 Comments

If the Mac App Store is open and there are updates available, you’ll notice a red badge appear on the icon in the Mac OS X Dock. You can then right-click on the Dock icon and scroll up to “Available Updates” to quickly check what apps need updating. Selecting one of these apps through the … Read More

Mac App Store Prevents Accidental Purchases with an Order Confirmation

Feb 8, 2011 - 3 Comments

The Mac App Store now has an order and buy confirmation, which should prevent many accidental purchases from occurring. This is a nice addition and undoubtedly helps to eliminate refund requests, and maybe it’ll even make some people think twice before inadvertently buying an app twice. I imagine it’s only a matter of time before … Read More

Apple Stores to Eliminate Retail Box Software in Favor of Mac App Store

Feb 7, 2011 - 6 Comments
apple removing retail software box

Apple is planning to eliminate traditional retail box software in their stores in favor of digital distribution through the Mac App Store, according to a report from MacRumors. Apparently they heard the rumor from someone, and then cite Apple’s new “Personal Setup for Mac” walkthrough service as further evidence of the move. Installing software through … Read More

How to Update Apps from the Mac App Store

Jan 16, 2011 - 6 Comments
mac app store install updates

When an update is available for any apps installed through the Mac App Store, you will see the “Updates” icon light up blue and have a number on it, signifying the number of software updates that are available. Install and Update Apps in the Mac App Store Click on the “Updates” icon if it is … Read More

Enable Mac App Store Hidden Debug Menu

Jan 10, 2011 - 4 Comments
mac app store debug panel

The Mac App Store includes a hidden Debug menu that can be enabled with a simple defaults write command. The menu includes a variety of interesting options and tweaks that are clearly intended for internal development purposes. One of the more interesting parts of the Debug menu is the ‘Debug Panel’ which has various hidden … Read More

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