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Apple 'actively investigating' alleged celebrity iCloud account hacks

Apple 'actively investigating' alleged celebrity iCloud account hacks

Yesterday a massive theft of photo data from celebrities made its way onto the internet. iCloud was named as the source of the data, though no information was provided as to how it was exploited. Regardless, it made headlines. Apple is aware and investigating. According to Re/code: Apple said...
Massive celebrity nude photo theft and how you can protect yourself

Massive celebrity nude photo theft and how you can protect yourself

Last night a massive amount of nude celebrity photos were posted onto the internet. To be clear, these weren't "leaks". These were crimes. They were thefts and illegal distributions and worse — violations of privacy and dignity. Dispassionately, it should absolutely be treated like credit card or...
Apple confirms iCloud outage, but your iTunes and iMessage are okay

iCloud service is restored [Updated]

Apple just confirmed that iCloud service has been restored. All iCloud components are now fully functioning. Apple so far has not commented on the reason for this morning's outage. Original story: We've been hearing reports from our readers that iCloud is down, and now it looks like Apple has...
Apple partners with China Telecom for iCloud data storage

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...
Is iCloud Mail down for you?

Is iCloud Mail down for you?

Apple is reporting that iCloud Mail is out for some users. According to Apple's System Status page, the outage has been affecting users since just before noon Eastern today. All other services and stores appear to be in working order. Are you impacted by the service disruption? Let us know...
Apple spent $100M to smooth out OS X and iOS updates

Apple's $100M content delivery network will mean better downloads when updates hit

Long rumored, Apple's custom content delivery network (CDN) is now apparently live. The Apple CDN, which provides a more direct route from Apple's servers to customers' devices, enables Apple to provide significantly faster downloads of their products, as well as greatly increasing the available...
How to restore contacts from iCloud to your iPhone or iPad

How to restore contacts from iCloud to your iPhone or iPad

If you use iCloud to back up your contacts, you can quickly bring them down to a new iPhone or iPad in a matter of seconds. There have also been reports of contacts mysteriously disappearing completely, which may require you to push them back down from iCloud again. Regardless of the situation,...
Contacts disappearing or not syncing with iCloud under iOS 7.1.2? Here's the fix!

Contacts disappearing or not syncing with iCloud under iOS 7.1.2? Here's the fix!

Did you add a contact to your iPhone running iOS 7.1.2 only to find that it doesn't show up in your Contacts app? Or perhaps it isn't syncing to your other devices via iCloud like it's supposed to. I recently had a friend experience this issue and a few days later I did too. As it turns out, the...
How to re-download movies, music, and TV shows to your Mac or PC with iTunes in the Cloud

How to re-download movies, music, and TV shows to your Mac or PC with iTunes in the Cloud

If you purchase movies, music, and TV shows from iTunes, it doesn't matter what device you purchased them on, in most cases they're available to you via iTunes in the Cloud, part of iCloud, from anywhere. Aside from your iPhone and iPad, that also includes iTunes on your Mac or PC. How to re-...
How to re-download previously purchased apps and games on iPhone and iPad

How to re-download previously purchased apps and games on iPhone and iPad

If you frequently purchase apps and games on your iPhone or iPad, you may find yourself running out of space or cluttering up your Home screen with icons you barely launch anymore. Most people say they don't delete apps and games in fear of not being able to get them back. Luckily, thanks to...
How to re-download purchased books with iBooks and iTunes in the Cloud

How to re-download purchased books with iBooks and iTunes in the Cloud

If you've purchased books from iBooks, you can download and enjoy them across all your devices. It doesn't matter what device you purchased them on, you can easily enjoy purchased books on any device. If you don't have automatic downloads enabled or you accidentally deleted a book, you can easily...
How to re-download purchased music, movies, and TV shows with iTunes in the Cloud

How to re-download purchased music, movies, and TV shows with iTunes in the Cloud

Not only can you re-download apps that you've previously purchased, but thanks to iTunes in the Cloud, you can also re-download any music, movies, or tv shows that you've purchased. Whether you accidentally deleted something or want to download something to your iPad that you purchased on your...
Apple deploying 2-factor authentication to iCloud services

Two-factor iCloud authentication now live

Apple is starting to use two-factor authentication for iCloud. The added security appears to be rolling out in phases so some users are beginning to see this feature when they log into iCloud while others may have to wait until it gets deployed for their accounts; we can confirm that it is active...
How to set up iCloud Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and more

How to set up iCloud Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and more on your iPhone or iPad

If you didn't originally set up your iPhone or iPad with iCloud, or if you want to use a different iCloud account than you do for iTunes purchases, you may need to sign in and set up iCloud outside of the initial setup process. In some cases, you may simply want to add an additional account to...
How to access iCloud sync settings on your Mac

How to access iCloud sync settings on your Mac

Any Mac running OS X Lion or later comes with iCloud support built right in. If you've already got an existing iCloud account or need to set one up, it's incredibly easy to get all your contacts, calendars, and your iCloud mail account linked up with your Mac. How to log in and access iCloud...
How to access iCloud sync settings on your Windows PC

How to access iCloud sync settings on your Windows PC

If you're a Windows user, that doesn't mean you can't take advantage of the iCloud service. While Mac users may have it built right in, Apple also offers an iCloud Control Panel for Windows users that lets you manage some of your iCloud settings from your desktop, including Photo Stream,...
How to manually set up iCloud mail using IMAP and SMTP

How to manually set up iCloud mail using IMAP and SMTP

If you want to access your iCloud mail from a non-iOS, Windows, or Mac mail program, or with an alternate smartphone platform like BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone, etc. you'll need to set it up manually using the IMAP and SMTP standards. While it may not be as pretty, it will be functional,...
Having issues with iTunes Match and duplicate songs? Here's how to fix it!

iTunes Match showing duplicate songs? Here's how to fix it!

Using iTunes Match on your iPhone or iPad and keep finding duplicate songs in your albums? Turns out you aren't alone. Sometime during the days of iOS 6, a lot of iTunes Match subscribers started reporting the same problem. Unfortunately Apple hasn't yet provided a permanent fix. However, there...
iCloud drive in OS X Yosemite: Explained

iCloud drive in OS X Yosemite: Explained

Need to sync files between Macs, or between Macs, iOS devices and PCs? Look no further than iCloud Drive Steve Jobs famously told the creators of Dropbox that their app was a feature, not a product, and they proved him wrong. Dropbox and other file sharing services have grown to near ubiquity as...
How to set up and start using Photo Stream on your iPhone and iPad

How to set up and start using Photo Stream on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, and PC

Photo Stream is built right into the Photos app on iPhone and iPad. It's part of iCloud that seamlessly syncs your photos any time you're connected to a wifi network. Take a picture (or screen shot) on your iPhone or iPad and Photo Stream will store a copy of that picture on Apple's servers and...

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