My car’s on-board computer system sometimes gives unexplained, rather random, error messages. Up until now, I went to the dealer garage to have my car’s on-board computer system be analyzed and reset. Recently I heard that I could buy an OBD2-dongle myself and read and erase error messages myself. That would be a real time (and money) saver.
Is there any budget-friendly OBD2-dongle that I can use with my iPhone ?
Yes there are several OBD2-dongles available that can do the job for you. Just make sure that you keep these things in mind when choosing one :
make sure the OBD2-dongle is compatible with iOS (as some are only compatible with PCs or Android-devices)
make sure the OBD2-dongle’s connection is over Bluetooth LowEnergy a.k.a. BLE (since that’s the only way to be able to connect your iPhone to your regular WiFi-network (internet) and to the OBD2-dongle at the same time)
make sure the OBD2-dongle is based on the original ELM327 chip (most cheap Chinese knock-offs are based on problematic, unreliable clone chips)
make sure the OBD2-dongle is compatible with the software you are planning to use with it (not every OBD2-app connects equally good to every OBD2-dongle & if you need to erase the error messages, most FREE versions won’t do so you will usually need the Pro version)
One of the cheapest reliable OBD2-dongles I’ve found is the TONWON OBDII Pro Bluetooth BLE4.0 for about €26,- ;
My children have an iPad with a managed account ; they can’t buy any apps from the iTunes App Store nor can they do any In-App Purchases without my approval ; every time they want to buy something from their iPad, I get a message on my iPhone that I need to approve the purchase.
This normally works without a flaw, but today when my children asked for a new app, I got the approval question message on my iPhone, but when I opened it, the iTunes App store wouldn’t load ; the page stays blank and the wheel keeps on spinning… no matter how many times I try… same thing every time… even restarting my iPhone didn’t help…
What is wrong ?
Since the introduction of iOS 11, there’s also a new version of the iTunes App Store as you might have noticed… now this new App Store was made more consumer-friendly as it does no longer show you apps that can’t run on your device.
This ‘consumer-friendliness’ has introduced a flaw (or rather a bug) : on your iPhone you can no longer see iPad-only apps in the App Store… that turns out to be problematic for the approval process : as your iPhone can’t show the app your children want to purchase for their iPad, you can’t approve it…
Until Apple fixes this, the only option is to approve the purchase from your own iPad… (so I sure hope you have one…) or temporarily switch of limitations on your children’s iPad…
NOTE : even approval from iTunes on your Mac isn’t an option, as Apple has stripped the iOS Apps section from the iTunes app recently…
I have installed the iCloud application on my PC running Windows 10, and added my iCloud email-address to Windows Mail.app (or Outlook) without a problem, but now I keep getting an error message saying my iCloud settings are out-of-date… when I click on it, I get an option to have this fixed by Windows 10 itself, but then nothing happens… the problem remains, and I am not receiving any eMails in my iCloud mailbox…
I have checked on iCloud.com and my PC is listed as a registered device, and there is no error showing in the iCloud application on Windows either…
What can I do to fix this ?
Somewhere during 2017 Apple has changed the security settings of the iCould services : it is now obligatory to enable two-factor-authentication on your iCloud account if you want to connect from any non-Apple device : from now on you will need to generate an application-specific password for Windows Mail.app (or Outlook)…
Here’s how to do that :
setup two-factor-authentication on your iCloud account as outlined here
then, make sure you have the iCloud for Windows application installed on your PC ; if you need to reinstalled it, you can download it here
then, make sure you have the iCloud for Windows application setup properly ; open the iCloud for Windows application and make sure there is a checkmark at “Mail” (and at “Contacts”, “Calendars” and “Tasks” if you want to sync those also)
then, make sure you have added your iCloud mailbox to Windows Mail.app (or Outlook) ; if it’s not listed, add it (again)
then, generate an application specific password as outlined here
then, make sure that you input the application specific password you have just generated as the password for your iCloud mailbox in the Windows Mail.app (or Outlook) Settings
That’s it !
NOTE : do NOT use your regular iCloud-password for Windows Mail.app (or Outlook) any longer, it won’t work.
I have installed Steam on my Mac, and have played several games on it. It’s great, but now I’ve found that some of the games I want to play are Windows-only, even on Steam. I get a “not supported on this platform” error.
Is there any way to play Windows-only Steam games on my Mac ?
Yes there is.
Probably the easiest way to be able to play Windows-only Steam games on your Mac is to download and install NVIDIA GeForce NOW Cloud Gaming for Mac. At this moment of writing the service is in (FREE) Beta and only available in Europe and North America, but that will change in due time.
first you need to login by creating an NVIDIA account (or using your Google or Facebook account, which will also share your personal user data with those parties and their associates)
then you will need to test the speed and reliability of your internet connection, to do so, click on your username in the upper right corner and select “Test my network” from the pulldown menu
only if your internet connection is reliable and fast enough you will be able to proceed (sorry… this is one of the few disadvantages of cloud-computing…)
if you need to optimize your internet connection, you can use a direct Ethernet/UTP-cable from your internet modem to your Mac, and adjust or shut down your Firewall (that’s about the only thing you can optimize, full instructions can be found here)
now, inside the NVDIA GeForce NOW app, you will be able to log into your Steam account and browse for games as usual
you will now see that even the Windows-only games are available for you to run on your Mac
I would like to know which version of Java I have installed on my Mac, since the software I want to use will only run on Java 7 or higher.
How can I check (and update) ?
Java is a free software platform which is operation system independent (so Mac & PC) created and maintained by Oracle. Despite it always having been a very reliable way of making cross platform games & applications, Apple has restricted the use of Java to ‘only when needed’ by default in the latest versions of OSX and macOS, because of the security risks involved in using Java and similar software that can run autonomously on your Mac next to macOS.
To find out which version of Java you have installed, do the online check that’s on this official website :
Just follow the instructions given and the result of the check will be shown : you will either have the latest version installed, or you won’t… in that case update instructions will guide you to getting the latest version available for your Mac.
I installed the iOS-app called “FaceApp” on my iPhone a few days ago, and now suddenly it’s on a screen-page I don’t want it on. The way I normally use to move it to another screen-page doesn’t work however : if I hold the icon for a long time, the icon’s doesn’t start shaking and no X-label does appear either.
I managed to get the shaking icons and the X-labels in the end by just holding my finger on another app a little longer… but now, the “FaceApp” doesn’t want to move either when I put my finger on it…
I finally managed to move it by moving another app in front of it, but I still can’t get it to another screen-page…
So, I tried to delete the app by clicking on it’s X-badge, that seemed to work at first, but the “FaceApp”-icon immediately reappeared, only the name has now changed to “Home”, and there is no X-badge on it… so I still can’t delete it…
What is wrong ? What can I do ?
First, exit the ‘shaky mode’ by clicking on the (physical) MENU-button (the front one, just below the screen
Then, open the AppStore.app
Click on “Updates”
Then click on “Purchases”
There, you’ll see that the “FaceApp” is listed, but with the “cloud&arrow”-icon next to it (so the “redownload from the AppStore-cloud”)
Then, click on the “cloud&arrow”-icon to reinstall the app
Exit the AppStore.app
On the main screen-pages you’ll now see that the name of the app has changed back from “Home” to “FaceApp”
Now, click&hold the FaceApp-icon until all icons start shaking and you’ll see that the X-badge will also appear on the FaceApp-icon
Then, click on the X-badge and the FaceApp.app will be deleted from your iPhone, or move the FaceApp.app to the place you want to have it on your screen-pages
Someone just sent me a file over WeTransfer. After downloading it turns out to be a .zip-file, but when I double-click on it to unzip as usual, the Archive Utility does start the unzipping but ends in an error each time, claiming the .zip-file is broken.
I’m pretty sure the .zip-file isn’t broken… what can I do ?
Even though OSX/macOS’s built-in Archive Utility is your default choice for zipping and unzipping files and folders, it turn out not to be the best choice for unzipping. (Especially .zip-files created on Windows PCs seem to be problematic every now and then…)
The solution is simple : just use an other app to unzip.