iCloud

Apple partners with China Telecom for iCloud data storage

Apple has partnered with China Telecom to store the iCloud data of customers in China. This is part of Apple's efforts to asuage the concerns raised by China over data security. The company is Apple's sole partner for iCloud data storage in China for now. Apple says that China Telecom won't have access to its data, according to the Wall Street Journal:

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Apple reportedly willing to pay internet providers to secure smooth content delivery

Apple is reported to be negotiating to pay ISPs for better streaming service. Frustrated with the quality of their iCloud service, Apple is said to be building their own CDN (content delivery network) to better manage pushing out the software updates, apps, and media that they distribute over the internet. But to make that happen, Apple is negotiating with the largest ISPs in the nation to guarantee faster and more reliable delivery for Apple services.

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Norway deems iCloud agreement 'convoluted and unclear', breaks law

Forbrukerrådet, the Norwegian Consumer Council (we're just going to call them that going forward) is accusing Apple of breaking Norwegian law with their iCloud terms and conditions. At issue is that the aforementioned terms and conditions reserve many legal rights for Apple, and practically none for the users. The Norwegian Consumer Council has lodged a complaint with the Norwegian Consumer Ombudsman over the issue.

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How to keep using your iCloud calendar and reminders on an Android device

If you're curious about trying an Android device then you might be interested to know that you need not abandon your iCloud calendar or reminders for Google based alternatives. With so many great devices on the market these days running Android it's perfectly reasonable to expect someone to have a mix of both platforms in their lives. Keeping your iCloud calendar running on Android is a piece of cake, and I've written about it over on Android Central.

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Dear Apple: Please fix how Messages stores images and videos!

iMessage works well enough for sending texts and media like photos and videos. Sure, there are still some bugs involving the reliability and consistency of when and how messages pop up on multiple iOS and OS X devices, but for most people, most of the time, it just works. What doesn't "just work" is how the Messages app handles photos and videos after they're sent. Here's what's happening, why it's a bigger problem than many people realize, and why I'd really like to see it fixed in iOS 8...

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iTunes Match hits Scandinavia, iTunes in the Cloud expanded in Bulgaria and Portugal

Apple's music library matching service, iTunes Match, has expanded its reach with the news it is now supported in the Scandinavian countries of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark. iTunes in the Cloud now also becomes available in these countries. Elsewhere, it appears that iTunes in the Cloud support has been expanded in Bulgaria and Portugal to now include movies.

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Apple updates iWork for iCloud beta with collaboration enhancements

Apple has updated the beta of iWork for iCloud. This update focuses on collaboration. You can view a list of collaborators that are currently in a document, as well as the cursors of their collaborators. Clicking a collaborator's name from the list will cause you to jump to their cursor in the current document.

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Apple again reminds former MobileMe customers their free 20GB storage is soon at an end

When MobileMe closed its doors and we moved to iCloud, Apple rewarded paying customers 20GB of free storage for a limited time. That limited time is soon up as of September 30, and Apple is again sending out notes reminding on this fact, according to 9to5Mac:

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iCloud for Windows adds bookmark support for Chrome and Firefox

Alongside the release of iOS 7, Apple has also pushed out an update to its iCloud for Windows control panel. The bump to version 3.0 brings the standard mail, contacts and calendars syncing still, but now adds bookmark sync support for Google Chrome and Firefox browsers.

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Redesigned iCloud.com site goes live with iOS 7 inspiration

After having been in beta for the past little while, the newly redesigned iCloud.com website has gone live ahead of the iOS 7 launch. Anyone logging into it for the first time will instantly notice the redesign itself takes a lot of its inspiration from iOS 7, creating a simpler and more refined user interface.

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