Podcast App Crashing in iOS 9 – Updating Library…

If you’re one of the recent ones who has upgraded to iOS 9 and also happens to listen to podcasts using the native Podcasts app, you are now out of luck. Podcasts now crashes on most devices while booting.

Upon opening Podcasts, most users see the notification “Updating Library…” which is subsequently followed by the app crashing.

Deleting all podcasts and restarting the device does not seem to work.

Apparently Podcasts and iOS 9 do not get along. This has been a known issue since iOS 9 Beta 1, but apparently Apple decided to proceed with development and release of iOS 9. Podcasts app crashing is apparently an issue on the following devices:

  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 5S (personally tested)
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPad

For a solution to the Podcasts app crashing, let’s all make sure that we let Apple know about the problem with Podcasts in iOS 9. Report podcast crash bug to Apple.

iOS 6/6.1 Jailbreak Release Date – evad3rs – evasi0n

The evasi0n team claims to have finally made a working jailbreak for iOS 6/6.1. This comes months after the release of iOS 6.

The team has outlined many of the requirements that will be attached to the tool once its released. First and foremost, the jailbreak will be compatible “with all iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and iPad mini models running iOS 6.0 through 6.1.” Yes, this means the first iPhone 5 jailbreak tool is on the way after more than three months of waiting.

It appears that the jailbreak tool will only take five minutes to install and get running on a device and that it will indeed be available to those running OS X, Windows and Linux. Windows XP will be the minimum for Windows users, Mac users will need at least OS X 10.5 and Linux users will need to be running or x86 / x86_64 or higher.

They also make it clear that a USB cable will be needed for the process as well.

Check the evad3rs site frequently for the release:

iPhoto ’11 Large Triangle with Exclamation Point

I recently updgraded my Hackintosh due to a hard drive failure and decided I’d start using Apple software to manage and maintain all of my digital files (pictures/music/videos). My main reason for this was the ease of use, simplicity yet powerful features that iMovie offered. So naturally, iMovie was the first program that I began to use frequently. Next was iTunes. I had always stayed away from managing my music in iTunes, but now that I’ve owned every iPhone, I figure, I may as well convert and start using iTunes. Plus, with the addition of the Remote app, I have become a huge fan of iTunes and the ability to control the music played in my house from any room. Now, onto the last bit of personal media that I needed to maintain. Pictures.

I had always been a fan of just organizing my photos using good folder structure and naming a heirarchy (which I still adhere to), but I figure that takes a lot of time, and I don’t necessarily need full control. Apple develops software to take the work and worry out of tedious tasks like that, so I decided… I’m going to start managing my pictures in iPhoto. Whoops!

First of all, I didn’t setup my iPhoto database in the “traditional” sense. By default, iPhoto wants to copy all photos to the iPhoto database. I did not enable this option. I instead, left all of my pictures on my secondary hard drive (around 75,000 images) and let iPhoto run its scan. It took nearly 2 hours to complete on my absolute beast of a machine – more to come on that – but once it completed, there were problems. Upon trying to browse the pictures, nearly every picture i tried to enlarge, I was presented with a large gray triangle with an exclamation point in it. All the thumbnail images were displayed in iPhoto, but upon trying to view the large version of any thumbnail, iPhoto gave me the gray exclamation point.

I am currently in the process of rebuilding/repairing my iPhoto database as per some user suggestions in various forums, but it has been stuck at 99% for the last 30 minutes. I’m losing confidence and starting to consider switching to Aperture, or maybe back to Picasa3. Picasa has always done a good job and never had a problem with the amount of images that I’ve thrown at it. The fact that iPhoto creates and maintains an entire database seems a little stupid to me – especially considering the fact that I didn’t import any photos and the iPhoto database is currently at 6.4 gigabytes. Seems like too much. I’m going to let this thing run, but I’m curious to hear if anyone out there prefers Aperture over iPhoto, or if there is another strong photo management application.

Building a Hackintosh (PC-based Macintosh) in May 2011

After being a PC owner and user for most of my life, I recently purchased a Mac laptop which I love. Mac makes some amazing software for picture/video editing and management. So due to the fact that I don’t store all my media on my laptop, I have decided to build a Hackintosh – CustoMac Pro. I’ve started doing some research and have found some great resources which I will list in a future post. For the time being, here is a brief overview of the hardware that I am looking to puchase for my new Hackintosh CustoMac Pro buildout.

  • Intel i7 Quad-Core 3.2Ghz
  • 6-12GB of DDR3 RAM (haven’t decided the amount yet)
  • 120GB OCZ SSD – would do 60GB, but decided I want 60GB for each OS, will dual boot OSX and Windows 7
  • Gigabyte Motherboard – these seem to be the most compatible

For those that have already build a Hackintosh, I’d love to hear your experiences below in the comments. Let me know how it went & what you might do differently if you were to re-build one now.