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Getting rid of Apple OS X update annoyance which blocks shutdown and restart of computer

Upgrading to Apple OS X Mountain Lion does introduces it's own set of annoyances, and one of them is auto system updates which does not allow system to power down until finished. With a slow internet speed and GB's of update to download this can be a real annoyance, as shown in the screenshot below the update would take more then a day to finish.

MAC Appstore updates

Luckily, there is a way out as demonstrated below.

Upgrading OS X To v 10.8 Mountain Lion

Apple OS X Mountain Lion is now available for upgrade, there could be three major possible scenarios for an upgrade and here are they :

  1. Your Mac was bought on or after June 11, 2012 - You will get the "Mountain Lion" upgrade for free, simply claim your free download coupon and download from Mac App Store.
  2. You have OS X Snow Leopard/Lion installed and you bought your computer in late 2009 or after - upgrade for $20 through the Mac App Store.
  3. Older computer - Check system requirements and upgrade to Snow Leopard or Lion and then procces to "Mountain Lion" upgrade.

Here are screenshots of OS X Lion to OS X Mountain Lion upgrade process.

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Bypassing the Gatekeeper restrictions in new Apple OS X Mountain Lion

MAC OS X Mountain Lion LOGO

Apple OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion is out now and with it comes the new "Gatekeeper" security feature, as evident from the name what this new security feature does is to prevent installation of unauthorized applications on user computer safeguarding them against malicious software.

The OS X Gatekeeper looks for verified “signature” by Apple in every application and block others, although essential this new security feature has broken installation of many independent software installation on Apple OS X Mountain lion and here is how to bypass this restriction both temporarily and permanently.

MAC Gatekeeper Restriction

Apple Mac AppStore hacked to enable in-app purchases for free

After hacking his way through free Apple iOS in-app purchases and making things public, the Russian hacker Alexey Borodin has now targeted Apple Mac OS allowing users to get paid in-app purchases for free.

This new hack uses similar DNS man-in-middle technique to act as a fake Mac AppStore server letting users get paid stuff for free. The trick involves users to install two certificates and change DNS records to work with an "Grim Receiper" application, this application makes use of crowd-sourced donated receipts from genuine purchases to authenticate anyone's purchase requests (for free).

In app purchases hacked for Apple desktop

HiveDock - iPhone screen and sound magnification without wires, buttons or external power

HiveDock is a new gadget which amplifies the sound and magnifies the screen of iPhone 4 without any additional power source, wire or button. You simply slide-in your phone and enjoy your phone with a bigger screen and louder sound. Do checkout the video demonstration with website links after the jump.


Hack to get Apple iOS in-app purchase items for free

A Russian developer has published a hack which enables iOS users to get in-app purchases for free, the trick makes use of a "man-in-the-middle" type of attack making the target app believe it is communicating with the real Apple Appstore server instead of the fake appstore.

The hack is working on all devices running iOS 3.0 to 6.0, to get this working all a user needs to do is to install a root certificate and change DNS servers on their devices. A video demonstration of this working is posted after the jump.

PasswordPilot - A niftly little Cydia hack which automatically fills-in appstore password when prompted on Apple devices

The beauty of jailbreaking your device is that it allows users to perform hacks on the device, and achieve functionality which are otherwise not possible or allowed. Here is one one such little hack which saves you from those repeated, irritating "password prompts" when you install anything from iTunes Appstore on your Apple iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

Password Pilot Cydia Tweak

How to make Chrome your default web-browser on Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

Yesterday, we shared the news of snappier Google Chrome being available on Apple iOS platform. However, Apple iOS does not let users select there default web-browser of choice and would only launch mobile safari for links from apps. Thanks to the Cydia Tweak "BrowserChooser", a user can now select any web-browser as default including "Chrome for iOS".

Browser Chooser for iOS

Google Chrome finally comes to iOS - features signature fast, synchronized, tabbed browsing

After going mobile with launch of Chrome for Android, the sleek "Google Chrome" web-browser has made it's way to Apple iOS ecosystem with release of Chrome for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

After installing Chrome on your Apple device, you will instantly notice the signature speedier webpage loading - thanks to the smart pre-fetching technique Google Chrome is known for. The other major features you would love enjoying would be - the tabbed browsing, private surfing using incognito mode, synchronized web-browsing tied to your Google account across desktop and mobile browsers to enjoy always in-sync open tabs, bookmarks, passwords and omnibox data with ability to send pages from Chrome on your computer to your phone for offline on-the-go reading.

Google chrome on Apple iPhone

A detailed hands-on review with high-resolution images posted after the jump.

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