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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.

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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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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.

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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 capacity for when mass downloads (OS X and iOS updates) hit.

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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, you can restore contacts from your latest iCloud backup in just a few taps.

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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 problem isn't actually iCloud at all. Luckily, the fix is super simple!

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iCloud emails are now encrypted from prying eyes while in transit

Apple has quietly implemented in-transit encryption for iCloud emails. Emails sent to or from an @icloud.com or @me.com address are now encrypted. Previously Apple only encrypted emails sent between iCloud addresses. The encryption will help to secure emails moving between servers from snooping, particularly on the part of the government.

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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.

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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 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 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 get them back whenever you'd like!

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