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Disconnecting from iCloud is scarier than it should be

Disconnecting from iCloud is scarier than it should be

As a long time user of Apple's cloud services dating back to iTools (and even dabbling with AppleLink back in the day), I just assumed that most people used iCloud. Until I started working at an Apple reseller and helping people with their Macs and iOS devices. And that's when I discovered that a...
How to set up and use iCloud mail, contacts, calendars, and more

How to set up and use iCloud mail, contacts, calendars, and more

iCloud includes push email, calendaring, and contact services. That means whenever you get an email, it's immediately made available on all your devices. Whenever you make or change an appointment on your iPhone, it instantly shows up in your Calendar app on your iPad and Mac. Whenever you add...
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Apple un-rejects Transmit's iCloud Drive upload feature

Apple's App Store review team has changed their minds and decided to allow Transmit, the popular file transfer and management app for iPhone and iPad, to restore their iCloud Drive and storage provider upload feature. Update: late Wednesday we got a nice call from Apple. We have resubmitted...
How to delete photos from Photo Stream on iPhone and iPad

How to delete photos from Photo Stream on iPhone and iPad

The original Photo Stream service automatically saves your last 1,000 photos or 30 days of photos and syncs them across all your Apple devices. Since Photo Stream doesn't count against your iCloud storage, you might think you don't have to worry about deleting them. However, every once and a...
iCloud website switches to Apple Maps for Find My iPhone

iCloud website switches to Apple Maps for Find My iPhone

Apple appears to have ended their use of Google Maps in Find My iPhone on the iCloud website, switching over to Apple Maps product. The change was rolled out briefly to iCloud.com beta users earlier this year, but has now found its way to the public site. The change brings new cartography,...
How to use iTunes in the Cloud: The ultimate guide

How to use iTunes in the Cloud: The ultimate guide

iTunes in the Cloud lets you access content you've bought from iTunes Store, the App Store, and iBooks Store from any device you have linked to your iTunes account. That means you can re-download previous purchases to your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, or to your Windows or Mac PC running iTunes...
How to re-download purchased apps and games on iPhone and iPad

How to re-download 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 let others add photos to your shared Photo Streams

How to let others add photos to your shared Photo Streams

iCloud Photo Sharing lets you easily share photos with other iPhone and iPad owners in what's called a shared Photo Stream. Once you create the stream and they join it, they can view, comment, and like any photos you add. And, if you like, you can even let other people add photos to your shared...
How to share Photo Streams with people who don't use iPhones, iPads, or Macs

How to share Photo Streams with people who don't use iPhones, iPads, or Macs

iCloud Photo Sharing not only lets you share Photo Streams with other iPhone and iPad owners, but also gives you a way to share a batch of photos with virtually anyone through iCloud.com. Once you choose to share your photos on iCloud, you'll be given a link, send it on to whomever you like, and...
iCloud Photo Library web upload comes to public iCloud site

iCloud Photo Library web upload comes to public iCloud site

Apple has added the ability to upload photos to the iCloud Photo Library through iCloud.com. While this ability was added to the iCloud beta website a couple weeks ago, website uploads are now available for anyone using the iCloud Photo Library beta on their iOS device. iCloud Photo Library...
Apple updates iWork for iCloud with eight new languages and more

Apple updates iWork for iCloud with eight new languages and more

iWork for iCloud has received some noteable updates recently, including more languages, fonts, and better document editing. Apple's cloud-based document editor features eight new languages, with French, German, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic, Japanese, and Hebrew added to the mix...
How to transfer data from an existing Apple ID to a child ID for Family Sharing

How to get your child off an old Apple ID and onto Family Sharing's 'Ask to Buy'

So you want to enable Family Sharing's "Ask to Buy" to buy feature but your child is on an old Apple ID and you can't find a way to go back and change their birthday to make it work? You're not alone. And while there's no easy fix, there is a way to work around it. As long as you've got an open...
How to turn on iCloud backup on your iPhone or iPad

How to turn on iCloud backup on your iPhone or iPad

With iCloud, Apple has made it easier than every to backup your iPhone or iPad. iCloud backups are stored on Apple's servers, so if your iPhone or iPad ever gets broken, lost, or stolen, you can rest assured that all your photos, accounts, documents, Health data, HomeKit configurations, and other...
How to set up and use Find My iPhone

How to set up and use Find My iPhone

Find My iPhone lets you remotely track your lost, stolen, or misplaced Apple device — be it an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac — from virtually anywhere, as long as the device in question has some kind of internet connection. Not only can Find My iPhone help you locate a stolen or lost device, it...
How to upload images to iCloud Photo Library via the web

How to upload images to iCloud Photo Library via the web

Apple's iCloud Photo Library service is currently in beta, and for good reason—it currently only allows you to sync images you've taken on your iOS devices, with a Mac app promised in early 2015. If you still want to get some of your Mac's iPhoto images into iCloud Photo Library before the Mac...
AirDrop troll your friends (and avoid getting trolled yourself)

AirDrop troll your friends (and avoid getting trolled yourself)

The Verge's Josh Lowensohn has recently been partaking in a time-honored Internet technology tradition—light trolling. His method of choice? AirDrop, Apple's wireless file-sharing technology that allows you to send just about anything to iPhones, iPads, and Macs. Each day I get on the train...
iCloud Photo Library beta gains desktop upload support

iCloud Photo Library beta gains desktop upload support

If you're taking part in the iCloud.com beta, you can now upload photos directly from your computer. Whereas photo uploads were previously only available from within iOS if users toggled the option on in their iCloud settings, Apple seems to have flipped the switch on an upload option within the...
How to free up storage space on your iPhone or iPad with iCloud Photo Library

How to free up storage space on your iPhone or iPad with iCloud Photo Library

If you're running out of storage space on your iPhone or iPad, iCloud Photo Library can help! iCloud Photo Library, part of Apple's iCloud service, now gives you a more convenient way to organize and store all your photos and videos across all your devices. Make an edit on your iPhone, and it's...
At The Core: AirDrop, explained

At The Core: AirDrop, explained

AirDrop is pretty much magic for folks like me who need to swap files between iOS devices and Macs on a daily basis. But even if you need the service on a more sporadic basis, you might benefit from checking out the video above. In it: I talk about why I love AirDrop, what I use it for, a few...
Troubleshoot iCloud Photo Library: How to sync images from your computer or iPhoto

Troubleshoot iCloud Photo Library: How to sync images from your computer or iPhoto

Apple has long had trouble balancing its iCloud sync service with manual iTunes syncing, to no one's surprise. Sync is hard, and when you offer users multiple ways to put data on their devices, something's bound to get borked in the process. iCloud Photo Library is no exception—the service isn't...

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