How to Force Refresh iOS App Store

If you wish to refresh iOS App Store, you can either force close and re-open it, or you could force refresh content right from the App Store itself.

To force refresh App Store, tap 10 times on one of the options at the bottom – Featured, Top Charts, Explore, Search or Updates. Make sure you pick one option and tap on it 10 times (e.g. tap 10 times on Updates), rather than tap on different options.

Once you’ve tapped 10 times, App Store content will reload, along with any updates as well.


App Store


How to disable lower case letters on keyboard in iOS 9

One of the features of iOS 9 is that keyboard now shows lower case letters when shift key is not pressed. This makes the keyboard display match how letters are being typed on the screen. Some people may prefer keyboard which works the same way it did in previous versions of iOS – always showing capital letters.

Luckily, you can change this behaviour. Go to Settings -> Accessibility -> Keyboard and turn off Show Lower Case Keys option.

Keyboard on your device will now only show upper case letters.

Windows 3.11 on iOS

Here is a quick tutorial on how to emulate Windows 3.11 on iOS. This should also work with any other DOS-based version of windows. To get emulation up and running, you will need jailbroken device.

First, you’ll need to install DOSPAD, MS-DOS emulator based on DOSBox. You won’t find it in main Cydia repository, so you’ll need to add custom repository. Open Cydia, then go to Sources. Select Edit and then Add, and enter Once repository source has been added, tap on it, select All Packages and then select DOSPAD to install it.

Once DOSPAD is installed, you’ll have a working MS-DOS environment in which to install Windows 3.11. DOSPAD mounts Documents folder as C:\ drive, so to get new files to access from emulator just copy them via SSH/FTP to Documents folder.

Now you’ll need installation files for Windows 3.11. Create install directory and copy all installation files in there. If you don’t have original Windows 3.11 floppies, Google is your friend. Copy install folder to Document folder on iPhone/iPad. Open DOSPAD an run setup from install directory. Go through Windows installation process (shouldn’t take long) and once it’s finished you’ll have working Windows 3.11 installation.


How to manually install deb package on jailbroken iPhone or iPad

If you have jailbroken iDevice, apart from using Cydia and various package repositories, you can also download and install .deb packages manually.

First, go to Cydia and download Filza file browser app (its free).

Then download deb package (if downloading in Safari, after tapping download link, select Open in “Filza”).

You should see downloaded package in Filza. Tap on it to open information screen, and select Install.

Once installation is done (you’ll see bash-4.0# prompt in terminal) select Respring. This will reset springboard and show application on your home screen.

If the application doesn’t show up on home screen (or if all jailbreak apps disappear from home screen – don’t panic), it means that the app does not support iOS version that you have on your device. Open Cydia, select “Installed” option at bottom menu and then select “Recent” at the top. Tap on the application you just installed and select “Remove”. Also use this method to remove any custom installed apps that you don’t want on your device any more.

iOS 8 – How to remove recent contacts from App Switcher

One of iOS 8 features is to show a list most recent contacts in App Switcher. Some users may find this to be convenient, but others may not like this feature.

If you want to remove recent contacts from App Switcher, open Settings, and then go to Mail, Contacts, Calendar, and change Show In App Switcher setting to Off.

That’s it. From now on, App Switcher won’t show recent contact list. To display recent contacts again, just change the setting to On.

iOS Settings

Official XBMC Remote for iOS

Official XBMC Remote for iOS allows you to control your XBMC media centre via iPhone / iPad. This app lets you browse the library, view information about the item that is currently playing and direct remote control. If you have multiple PCs running XBMC, you can create connection for each one of them.

The app is free on App Store. There are in-app instructions on how to configure your XBMC so that remote control can connect to it.

More information about the app is available on the official page.

XBMC Remote

OS X – Create Time Capsule with VirtualBox

As you probably already know, Time Capsule is Apple’s wireless backup device. Using Time Machine on OS X, you can set up your Mac to back up itself automatically to Time Capsule. Once your files are backed up to Time Capsule, you can browse the backups, do restores, and look at and restore file versions from specific point in time.

This is a very neat and easy to use solution for Mac backups, however Time Capsule is not cheap, with prices starting from 349 AUD. However, you can set up one for free inside a virtual machine using VirtualBox. All you need is a spare PC on which to set up the virtual machine.

Guys at SmallNetBuilder have written an excellent step by step guide on how to setup the VM. If you don’t feel like creating everything from scratch yourself, they also provide a download of a virtual appliance, with everything already setup.

I’ve been using this home brew Time Capsule for some time now, and it works great. Now there are no excuses not to backup your Mac.