Passbook “Cannot connect to iTunes Store” workaround

The App Store button at the bottom of the window is supposed to take you to Passbook compatible apps, but it’s been having trouble connecting all day. So, to actually see Passbook in action, you’re going to need to do one of two things: wait for Apple’s servers to quit getting hammered with iOS 6 downloads, or try this…

Prepare yourself (and your iDevice) for iOS 6

If you were among the millions of iPhone owners who immediately pre-ordered the new iPhone 5 on the day it was available, you don’t have to worry at all about upgrading your new Apple device; iOS 6 comes already installed. However, if you have an older iOS device like an iPhone 4S or the new iPad, you will have to upgrade your device.

How to dictate to your Mac

Talking to your computer used to be a dream, the kind of thing reserved for actors in sci-fi movies. Well, let’s be honest; we’ve all been talking to our computers for a very long time, but most of the time it just sits there staring back at us with a blank screen. The real trick is to get the system to do something when you talk to it, and OS X Mountain Lion looks to do just that.

How to turn off Notification Center in Mountain Lion

The notifications feature in Mountain Lion is great, provided you want them. If you want to be left alone for a while, or if you just don’t care about how often your friends post to Facebook, then you can turn the notifications off quiet easily. It’s really easy to take notifications away; whether you decide to keep it that way is up to you.

Express yourself: How to use Emoji on iOS and Mac

Does the boring old :~/ seem so 1997? Have you ever found yourself wishing you could express complex emotions/ideas without resorting to tacky abbreviations like LOL or OMG? While LMFAO may make a good name for a band, it can be unwieldy to use in conversation. Enter Emoji: Japanese pictographs that can convey a wide range of emotions, situations, and feelings.


How to access and change your Gatekeeper settings in Mountain Lion

For those of you who are not in the know, Gatekeeper is a new tool in OS X v10.8 (Mountain Lion) that is designed to help keep your Mac safe from malicious software. It recognizes whether an application was download from the App Store, a trusted source, or otherwise, and can prevent the app from launching. Today, we are going to look at how to get to it and choose your settings.

How to spot malware on your iPhone

As you no doubt already know, the first bit of App Store malware was discovered recently, and you may be wondering how you can spot a bit of malicious software on your iPhone. Here is a look at some common signs that you’ve got a bad app.

How to check your computer for DNSChanger Malware

As you’ve probably heard, DNSChanger Malware is malicious code used by a criminal gang in Estonia that was recently apprehended as part of the FBI Operation GhostClick. On Monday, the FBI will shut down a network of DNS servers on which it’s estimated hundreds of thousands of Internet users worldwide have been depending for Internet access. There’s an easy to check if you’ll be affected.

How to change the name of your iOS devices

Have you ever felt the need to change the name of your iPad, iPhone or the iPod Touch but don’t want to be bothered with using iTunes? Previously, iOS owners had to plug their devices into a PC/Mac to use Apple’s iTunes to simply rename any Apple device. When iOS 5 was introduced, Apple cut the need for a computer to perform such basic changes. iOS 5’s PC-free setup has been praised by many iDevice users, and this new ability to rename the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch right from the device is one of the reasons.


Apple’s iOS 5.1: How to back up and update your iDevice

iOS 5.1 is now available, and here’s you can perform the update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch in five easy steps. We also show how to back up your iDevice using iCloud, how to restore from a backup using iCloud, how to back up using iTunes, and how to restore from an iTunes backup,

How to extend the battery life of your iDevice

When you get an iPad, an iPhone or an iTouch, you have made a sizable monetary investment in your technology. You’re also relying heavily on the device’s battery to keep running and connected. With the help of a few common sense tips, you can make sure your iDevice of choice gets the most out of its battery. That will prevent you not only from having to swear at your phone in the middle of a road trip, but also from having to pay Apple to replace it for you.


How to fix the OS X empty trash permissions error

Are you suddenly finding yourself prompted to enter your password in OS X each time you drag an item to the trash? It’s a somewhat common problem with a relatively easy fix, provided you’re comfortable working in Terminal. Head inside to see how to make your trash yours again in five quick steps.