This post is a compilation of problems I recently experienced with two of the apps on my macOS Sierra.
“You cannot use Google Featured Photos with this version of macOS”
I woke up this morning to the news that Google has just released a new screensaver for macOS users called Google Featured Photos. If you’re in need for a new Mac screensaver, it’s time to try these beautiful pictures that get uploaded from Google+ to your lovely desktop.
As explained by Google, besides the obvious that the company wants you to have better wallpaper, they also encourage people to join the Google+ Create program as well. Since the Featured Photos app takes photos uploaded to Google+ and save them as your wallpaper, you should definitely showcase your photography skills by uploading on publicly on Google+.
Enough of that, moving on the more important thing. I recently installed the app, and now I’m having this problem:
You can not use the Google Featured Photos screen saver with this version of macOS. Please contact the vendor to get a newer version of the screen saver.
This seems like a serious issue to some people. Why?
- They have met the minimum requirement to install Featured Photos
- Their Mac computer is running on the latest macOS version (that’s even better right?)
For a handful, either way of these still isn’t enough for the screen saver to work.
How can we fix this?
I don’t’ know about you guys, but I quickly uninstalled the application. Restart my computer, and then I download the app directly from this link.
It struck me that earlier I downloaded Google’s Featured Photos from somewhere else (on a different website) other than the Google+ page. I think that’s the reason why I see the error message.
What to do after?
Once you reinstalled Featured Photos, do this:
- Double-click on the .dmg from your Downloads folder
- Look for the file “Google Featured Photos.saver” and double-click on it
- Go to System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver > Screen Saver
- Choose Google Featured Photos from the left-hand side.
I hope that help and do share your favorite screen saver below.
HSTS/SSL Certificate Error in Google Chrome
So here’s what happened earlier.
I opened up my MacBook Air and tried to take advantage of the free Wi-Fi at one of my local Starbucks. After that, I launched Google Chrome and boom, an error message popup.
Something like this:
Your connection is not private or secure…This site uses HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS)…normally uses encryption (SSL) to protect your information.
I switched over to Firefox since I have it as a backup browser just in case Google Chrome goes crazy. But the same error message appears.
Several users have suggested that I fix the date on my macOS Sierra. But that didn’t work because there is anything wrong with my calendar. I figured why not mess around with the Wi-Fi settings and see what happen next.
Surprisingly, I played around with the Network Preferences and fixed the issue under three mins. If you’re having the same SSL failure error on your Google Chrome browser, here’s how to resolve it.
How to Fix SSL certificate problem for Google Chrome in Mac
- Click on the Wi-Fi icon on your Mac’s menu bar
- Select Open Network Preferences..
- Click Advanced and then choose the current network that you’re connecting to
- Select the Subtract sign next to the addition sign and click Ok
- Stay on the same Network Preferences… page and click on Wi-Fi on the left side
- And click the subtract sign at the bottom > Apply
- Now, click the addition sign and choose Wi-Fi under Interface and Service name
- Click Apply to save all your changes
Re-connect to the Wi-Fi network that was having trouble earlier. This will help you fix the SSL error in Google Chrome.