Apple patches missing /Users folder bug spawned by iTunes update.

That was fast. After updating their Macs to OS X 10.9.3, many users noticed that their /Users folder was gone. Actually, it was there, but somehow the OS update rendered the folder invisible. There were some 3rd party patches to fix it, but late yesterday Apple updated iTunes to version 11.2.1 and although Apple’s description of the update doesn’t mention the issue, details of the update on Apple’s support pages makes it clear that iTunes was the culprit.

If your /Users folder was invisible (or even if it wasn’t) apply the iTunes update and your folder will return.

The bug occurred on my MacBook Air, but didn’t show up on my Mac Pro. Applying the update fixed it on my laptop, and no reboot was required. The update is recommended for all Macs. You can find it on the Mac App Store or under Software Update in your Apple Menu.

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Netflix on Apple TV throwing up the dreaded ‘An error occurred loading this content’? Here’s how to fix it!

Netflix on Apple TV throwing up the dreaded 'An error occurred loading this content'? Here's how to fix it!

You grab a snack and a tasty beverage, crash down onto your sofa, grab the Apple TV remote, cue up Netflix, hit play, and… get the horrible ‘An error occurred loading this content. Try again later.” message. You do, and… same error. Again, and again. You snack turns soggy, your beverage goes flat, and Netflix still gives you nothing but errors and frustration. That’s me. Tonight. Well, here’s how to fix it!

  1. Press the Menu button until you’re at the top level (the screen with all the channel icons).
  2. Navigate over to Settings on the top left and click the Enter button.
  3. Click on General.
  4. Click on Restart.

Or, if you’re using the actual Apple TV hardware remote (rather than the iOS Remote app), simply hold down the Menu and Play/Pause button until it restarts.

Once your Apple TV reboots to the Home screen, go back into Netflix, choose your show, and you should be good to go. Yes, the solution is sub-optimal. Having to reboot, especially if it happens frequently, is super annoying. It would be better if, after the error occurs, Apple TV would automatically kill and cycle the app/connection. But, this works for now. (If only the lack of Netflix content outside the U.S. were so easily fixed!)

Source:  iMore.

Losing Audio in OS X Mavericks? Here’s what you can do about it!

Losing Audio in OS X Mavericks? Here's what you can do about it!

OS X Mavericks is experiencing a bug where audio goes dead system-wide. For many it seems to occur when trying to play a Flash (like YouTube) video in Chrome. For others, it just seems to occur. So far, it seems limited to new, Haswell-based 2013 MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros. So what’s happening and what can you do about it?

Core Audio has always been quirky – anyone who’s ever plugged in headphones only to get assaulted by the delayed fire of every mail sound in the history of mail sounds knows this – but with Mavericks the bugginess is much more specific, and annoying. When it happens, all sound is just gone. It doesn’t matter if you mute or un-mute, lower or increase volume, change sources, it’s just gone. Rebooting fixes it… until it happens again. There are a couple of other, quicker fixes you can try instead.

  • Plug in and then take out headphones.
  • Kill the Core Audio process in the Activity monitor.
  • Reboot.

Activity Monitor highlighting Core Audio

Is your iTunes Store app crashing after updating to iOS 7? Here’s how to fix it!

Is your iTunes Store app crashing after updating to iOS 7? Here's how to fix it!

We’ve seen a few readers complaining that after upgrading to iOS 7 the iTunes Store app on their iPhone or iPad won’t launch and just crashes immediately after trying to open it. From what we’ve managed to dig up, you aren’t alone in having the issue but fortunately, there are a few solutions that seem to be working for people.

Here they are:

Quit the iTunes Store app and try relaunching it

  1. Double tap the Home button on your iPhone or iPad to bring up the multitasking section.
  2. Find the iTunes Store app and swipe up in order to quit it.
  3. Now relaunch the app and see if it still crashes.

If the app is still crashing, keep reading. If the iTunes Store app now works, that’s it.

Enter iTunes through the Music app instead

  1. Launch the Music app on your iPhone or iPad that’s having the problem.
  2. In the upper left hand corner, tap on Store.

You should be re-routed to the iTunes Store app. This time, it should load just fine. You should only have to do this one time and find that after loading it through the Music app, the iTunes Store app loads fine on its own. If it doesn’t or it’s still crashing, continue on.

Change your Cookie settings

  1. Launch the Settings app from your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Safari.
  3. Under the Privacy & Security section, tap on Block Cookies.
  4. Make sure that From third parties and advertisers is selected.

People that have it set to Always seem to be the ones having trouble connecting to the iTunes Store app for some reason.

Source: iMore.

OS X 10.8.5 breaks MacBook Air FaceTime camera support for some apps, here’s how to fix it | iMore

OS X 10.8.5 breaks FaceTime camera compatibility for some third-party apps on Mid-2013 MacBook Airs

The latest OS X update has caused some problems with the FaceTime camera on the latest MacBook Air model, leaving certain third-party apps like Skype unable to use the camera. The problem apparently concerns 32-bit apps that use the camera, including Skype and iMovie. OS X 10.8.5 updated a particular plugin for the FaceTime camera, but not for 32-bit apps, according to a Skype for Mac engineer:

The 10.8.5 update updated a CoreMediaIO plugin that accesses the MBA camera, but didn’t bundle the 32-bits version of it. Other (older and newer) versions of the OS do include a universal version (32 and 64 bits), but not 10.8.5. This means 32-bits apps such as Skype or iMovie cannot load the plugin, making the built-in facetime camera invisible to these them.

It appears that this issue does not affect external cameras. Until a fix is issued, users will have to rely on this workaround:

  1. You need Time Machine
  2. Go to folder /Library/CoreMediaIO/Plug-Ins/DAL/
  3. Copy AppleCamera.plugin to good place (usb memory stick is the best place).
  4. Go to Time machine in date that skype work fine.
  5. Change AppleCamera.plugin with file from Time Machine
  6. Restart system, Now skype need to work with camera. This solution is only for this time until Apple make update for this problem!!!

A download for the plugin is also provided.

Apple releases iTunes 11.0.4 with fixes for syncing, iTunes Store bugs.

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This morning, Apple has released iTunes 11.0.4 with a focus on bug fixes. Notably, according to the release notes, a bug that would force iTunes to quit when syncing moves between wired and wireless states has been fixed.

Additionally, a bug that forces users to repeatedly sign-in to the iTunes Store has also been squashed. The update is available via the Mac App Store’s Software Update function.

Last month, Apple updated iTunes with a new Mini-Player design and other improved music sorting and playback views. A bug fix release for Aperture for Mac has also been issued.

Source:  9to5Mac.

Apple Releases iOS 6.1.2 With Exchange Fix.

Following various reports from last week, Apple has today released iOS 6.1.2. The software update, available for all devices running iOS 6.1, introduces a fix for Exchange that could have resulted in “increased network activity and reduced battery life”.

The update is now available through iTunes and iOS’ Software Update panel. It’s not mentioned in the release notes, but — based on some first tests I ran on my iPhone 5 — it appears iOS 6.1.2 also fixes the passcode bug that wasdiscovered last week (by following the steps to reproduce the old bug, the iPhone now simply gives a black screen/keypad instead of jumping to Phone/Contacts).

Update: I haven’t been able to reproduce the bug on my iPhone 5, but Ars Technica’s Andrew Cunningham saysthe bug is still unfixed in iOS 6.1.2.

Source: macstories.