Icloud

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 lot of people don't. What's more, if they do start using iCloud and later change their minds, Apple makes decoupling from the service absolutely terrifying.

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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 or change contact information, its reflected in the contacts on all of your devices. iCloud will also sync Bookmarks, Notes, and Reminders. You're prompted to set all this up when you first set up your iPhone or iPad, but if you chose not to, it's never too late. You can also set it up at any time!

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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.

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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 while a photo might slip in that your definitely don't want syncing between your devices. If and when that happens, you can easily delete the photo from Photo Stream, and that will not only remove it from all devices, but in the case of the new iCloud Photo Library service, delete it permanently as well.

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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.

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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. You can even stream music, movies, and TV shows to your Apple TV anytime you'd like. It's all built right in!

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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 iTunes in the Cloud, part of iCloud, you can easily re-download any apps or games you previously purchased whenever you'd like, at no additional cost to you.

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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 Photo Stream. It's great for family and friends, for vacations, and for sharing pictures of the kids.

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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 they can view them with any browser on any computer they like.

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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.

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