If you haven’t installed any version of Installous on your iDevice yet, please check my previous article, “Still having problems with Installous? Install Installous v3.1!”

Installous 3.1.2 has a built-in feature that allows you to sync apps you’ve installed on your iPhone via Installous to iTunes. If you have AppSync installed before, you don’t need to remove it. However, the built-in sync feature isn’t perfect yet and you need to try adjusting the settings to see what works for your iDevice.

In some iDevices, particularly on older iPhones, iTunes Sync works by turning the Native Installation off.

Failed to download (null) Error

Okay, so I finally experienced the “Failed to download (null)” error after upgrading to Installous 3.1.2.

This error message pops up when the iPhone connection failed to receive the requested data, so it has something to do with your connection to the repository you’re connecting to. Also make sure you have installed an official app from the AppStore and have synced it to your iTunes library before using Installous.

What I do is just to keep on downloading the app until it works. I managed to download one app after four tries! If there are multiple download repos, try the others.

Btw, I find it faster downloading the apps from AppTrackr and copying the .ipa files to iTunes before syncing to my iPhone. Use this method if you can’t download directly to your iPhone.

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Update: Installous 3.1.2 has been released to Cydia. Check out also what to do with the “Failed to download (null)” error.

It’s been a while since I did some tweaks on my iPhone since everything seems to be working smoothly and I have been caught up with some other tasks that needed more attention. I have managed to stay away from iPhone OS 3.1.3, preserving 3.1.2 in all its functioning glory.

Your iPhone needs to have a firmware that is at least 3.1 in order to install Installous v3.1.

What caught my attention though is the unusual hits my last article on Installous is getting… displacing my Hackintosh articles at the top of the pageview chart. So I did a little investigation and found out that many are still having problems installing installous, not to mention the rapid growth of iPhone, iPodTouch and iPad users who decided to jailbreak their devices and take advantage of the great Cydia apps.

Many things have changed since my last article on Installous; the main one being Appulous, the site that provides a list of crack apps and links where to download them, has been changed to AppTrackr. The good thing though is that the change is transparent to users where the only thing required is an update of the Installous app from Cydia.

Upgrade your old Installous to version 3.1

If you don’t have any old version of Installous on your iPhone, please scroll at the end to learn how to install it.

Here, it shows that I still have the old Installous v2.0.4.

A quick scan for changes in Cydia shows I have four essential upgrades. Do those upgrades first by tapping on “Upgrade Essential”, after which, tap on the “Confirm” button.

Your iPhone will reboot so the changes you made will take effect. Now, go back to Cydia which will automatically scan for the other available upgrades. If you have an old Installous app installed like I did, it will include it in the list. Tap on it and it will prompt you to install the latest Installous version (3.1). Click OK to install.

Once installed, your iPhone will again reboot. Tap on the Installous icon on your screen to launch it. Test by downloading an app. Install and run the app. If it works, pat yourself on the back and smile.

If you do not have Installous yet, follow these steps:

  1. Add http://cydia.hackulo.us/ to your Cydia sources list on your iDevice.
  2. Search for Installous.
  3. Install!

If you haven’t already installed an app on your iPhone from the Apple App Store (a free app will do), install one now.

Open Installous and Download an app. Install only after downloading. Check to make sure the app is working.

To sync cracked apps to iTunes, install AppSync for OS 3.x from Cydia. Reboot.

A note from the Installous developers:

  • Installous is relatively stable, but there are a couple caveats which you must take note of.
  • Native Installation has a small bug in which installations report completion a little early on older devices (iPhone 2G, iPod 2G, etc.). More specifically, older processors. We’re not entirely sure why yet, and it’s the reason why were we absurdly delayed in the public release. It is the default installation option, since most of our users are on newer devices. But if you’re on an older device and you’re installing a huge app, we suggest changing to bash installation in the settings tab by turning off native installation.
  • AppSync is required for this. Either 3.0, 3.1, 3.2, or 4.0 (which doesn’t exist yet, but still).
  • It seems like the first time some people run it, it will not connect to apptrackr properly or something. Restart springboard or your entire device, and the problem shouldn’t persist. We’ll figure out what’s wrong later.

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Decreasing Fans, a Facebook Security Breach or a Major Bug?

April 27, 2010 View Comments
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The Philippine presidential elections is 13 days away and the passionately inflamed political campaign in these summer months has spilled online, particularly in the popular social networking site, Facebook. Following the highly successful Obama online campaign playbook, leading presidential candidates have pitched virtual recruitment centers online where their success or failure are honestly and legitimately [...]

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Spinning Beach Ball in Mac OS X Snow Leopard

November 1, 2009 View Comments
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I‘ve been using my MacBook Pro for sometime after upgrading it to Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.1. But lately, I’ve been getting a lot of the dreaded spinning beach balls while surfing the Net. I learned that the culprit is Adobe Flash which eats a lot of system resources and contributes to a lot [...]

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Tutorial: Upgrade Your Jailbroken iPhone OS to 3.1.2 Using PwnageTool 3.1.4

October 15, 2009 View Comments
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Since Apple recently released the new iPhone OS 3.1.2 firmware, the iPhone Dev-Team likewise released an updated jailbreaking and unlocking tool–PwnageTool 3.1.4. It supports the iPhone 3GS OTB, iPhone 3G and 2G, and the iPod Touch 1st and 2nd Gen. PwnageTool is for Mac OS X only.
Read First:

This tutorial is for those who already have [...]

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Tutorial: Upgrade Your Jailbroken iPhone OS 3.0 to 3.1 Using PwnageTool 3.1

September 26, 2009 View Comments
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Read First:

This tutorial is for those who already have a jailbroken iPhone OS 3.0 and upgrading to iPhone OS 3.1.
If you have the first generation iPhone (2G), you can use this tutorial to jailbreak and unlock your phone.
If you have an iPhone 3G, you can use this guide to jailbreak only. Then use Ultrasn0w [...]

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Apps Crashing in Mac OS X Snow Leopard

September 25, 2009 View Comments
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After upgrading my MacBook Pro to Mac OS X Snow Leopard, I immediately noticed many of my applications keep crashing a few minutes after using them. Some of these apps are Adobe Photoshop CS4, Firefox, SnapNDrag and even Apple’s own Mail and Disk Utility. I haven’t tested all my apps yet but there could be [...]

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Where is “System Events.app” in Snow Leopard?

September 22, 2009 View Comments
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After upgrading to Snow Leopard, the system may ask you for the location of System Events.app. You can’t find this file using the Spotlight.
Here is where it is located:
System/Library/CoreServices/System Events.app

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Restoring a Sparseimage File Using Disk Utility + Upgrading to Snow Leopard

September 22, 2009 View Comments
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In my last post, “MacBook Pro Hard Drive: S.M.A.R.T. is Failing!”, I discussed how I backed up and replaced my MacBook Pro hard disk that is about to fail using SuperDuper over a networked PC, a Phillips and Torx screwdrivers, and a simple video tutorial.
This time, I will show you how I restored the SuperDuper’s [...]

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Macbook Pro Hard Drive : S.M.A.R.T. is Failing!

September 15, 2009 View Comments
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I was about ready to upgrade my 15″ Macbook Pro from Mac OS X 10.5.8 Leopard to Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard when the Disk Utility on the OS displayed the name of my hard disk drive in red letters. Sure enough, the S.M.A.R.T Status indicator says “Failing”.
Immediately, the first thing to do is [...]

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The Best Hackintosh Distribution is No Distro

August 13, 2009 View Comments
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Despite huge developments by the OSx86 community the past four years since Apple introduced the Macintel, many still struggle to build their first Hackintosh. Truth to tell, running any version of Mac OS X on a PC is never straightforward as many newbies later find out the hard and frustrating way. If you’re looking for [...]

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5 Best Chess Apps for the iPhone

July 29, 2009 View Comments
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I can’t seem to get away from playing chess. But I’m not a great chess player. I just love the feeling of beating my opponent–in a mental challenge. Perhaps, that’s the reason I like playing against a cold, insensitive chess playing machine. I can beat them anytime I want to and not hear them complain. [...]

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Ultrasn0w Tips for the iPhone 3G and 3GS Unlocking

July 21, 2009 View Comments
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The iPhone Dev-Team thinks that it has finally fixed the vast majority of problems in unlocking the iPhone 3G and 3GS with Ultrasn0w version 0.9 that they posted tips for those still having some problems.
Ultratips from the Dev-Team:

Unusual battery depletion is almost always caused by people choosing to “Restore from backup” instead of “Setup as [...]

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YouTube, Weather, Stocks iPhone Apps Update Failure

July 19, 2009 View Comments
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What do you do when the YouTube, Weather and Stocks apps suddenly fail to update on your iPhone but you know your Wi-Fi is working and you can use mobile Safari and receive emails? You already tried doing a “Reset Network Settings” or a “Reset All Settings” in Settings->General->Reset, and still a no go. If [...]

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Ultrasn0w Version 0.9 Fixes Random Issues

July 19, 2009 View Comments
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If you unlocked your iPhone 3G or 3GS using Ultrasn0w and are having random problems with it, try unlocking it again by running the latest Ultrasn0w version 0.9. According to the iPhone Dev-Team, this new version includes the following features:

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The Green Fields of France

July 15, 2009 View Comments
The Green Fields of France

First time I heard this song and it touched me; after all, I did have my fair share of fighting a senseless civil war. Watch the video on the right (if you can’t see it, click here) and follow with the lyrics below.
The Green Fields Of France
How do you do young Willie Mcbride,
Do you [...]

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Tutorial: How to Boost the Volume of iPhone OS 3.0

July 11, 2009 View Comments
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Note: There’s a new Volume Boost app in Cydia from ModMyi.com that they integrated with their popular Winterboard app. I tried it but I didn’t notice any change. So I just reinstalled the one from Fishbone’s and everything’s good again.
Prior to iPhone OS 3.0, iClarified has always added an app in Cydia called Volume Boost [...]

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Apple Releases Safari 4.0.2 Web Browser

July 10, 2009 View Comments
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Apple released the newest version of its Web browser, Safari 4.0.2. According to Apple, the update improves the stability of the Nitro JavaScript engine plus some compatibility and security fixes.
The 40 MB update is available via Mac OS X’s Software Update.

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WordPress 2.8.1 Released

July 10, 2009 View Comments
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WordPress.org has finally released WordPress 2.8.1 fixing several bugs in 2.8, tightens security for plugin administration pages (certain plugins could be viewed by unprivileged users), and a host of other changes such as the following:

Certain themes were calling get_categories() in such a way that it would fail in 2.8. 2.8.1 works around this so these [...]

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Jailbreak iPhone 3GS with Dev-Team’s Redsn0w 0.8

July 7, 2009 View Comments
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While GeoHot has already released his jailbreaking tools called Purplera1n for the iPhone 3GS on both Windows and Mac platforms, the iPhone Dev-Team followed suit today with an updated Redsn0w 0.8 after initially announcing that they will wait for the iPhone firmware 3.1. This Redsn0w 0.8 release can jailbreak the iPhone 2G, 3G and 3GS, [...]

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