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iWork for iCloud updated with fresh design, Mac and iOS apps updated with new features

Apple has updated the iWork suite today on both the Mac and iOS. The iCloud versions of Pages, Numbers and Keynote now have Retina display support, a new design in the editor tab, and better sharing that allows for a "view-only" state to keep unwanted changes from happening. Also, documents can be opened directly via iCloud mail.

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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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iOS 8 might see TextEdit and Preview apps for iCloud, icons leaked [Updated]

iOS 8 may bring some improvements to iCloud, including the addition of TextEdit and Preview apps for the iPhone and iPad. On OS X the two have had iCloud sync built in since 10.8 Mountain Lion, but according to Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac, Apple is testing mobile versions of both:

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iOS 8 wants: Free iCloud backup storage for each and every iOS device

iCloud has been around since iOS 5. It's supposed to be a convenient way to backup data to Apple's servers and restore it to your iPhone or iPad any time you reset, replace, or upgrade your device. iCloud isn't perfect, however, and there are several really annoying things about it I'd love to see Apple address in iOS 8.

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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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How to save space — and money! — by controlling which iOS 7 apps can store their data in iCloud

iCloud storage space can be a precious commodity, especially if you don't want to pay anything beyond the initial 5GB Apple offers for free. One way to make sure you're maximizing space and saving it for important things, like backups, is to make sure apps you don't care about aren't storing stuff you don't care about. Fortunately, there's an easy way to control just exactly which apps get to store what data in iCloud, and you can do it right from your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad?

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Taking iTunes to iCloud: Could Apple media become ubiquitous on the Web?

One of the headline features of WWDC 2013 - and of iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks - was iWork in iCloud, a way to share, view, edit, and collaborate on Pages, Keynote, and Numbers documents on the web. It looks great, it works great, and most importantly, it allows Apple - without having to build or maintain separate native apps for each and every alternate platform on the market - to open up their productivity suite beyond iOS and OS X, to make it available to anyone and everyone who has a compatible browser. So, could they do the same thing with iTunes, and with their media suite of music, TV shows, movies, and books?

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How to set up your iPad

If the iPad Air or the Retina iPad mini is the first iPad you've ever owned, the first thing you'll want to do is get it set up so you can start downloading apps and games, taking photos, and all the other amazing things you can do with it. Whether your new iPad is your first experience with iOS or not, we can get you up and running in no time. Follow along and we'll walk you through the setup process from start to finish!

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How to transfer data from your old Android tablet to your new iPad Air or Retina iPad mini

If you're coming from an Android tablet to a new iPad Air or Retina iPad mini, the transfer process isn't as easy as it is for current iOS users but it definitely isn't impossible either. Whether you just want to transfer contacts or you need to get calendars, movies, music, and more onto your new iPad, we can help you do it as painlessly as possible. Here's how:

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How to transfer data from your old iPad to your new iPad Air or Retina iPad mini

If you've just upgraded to a new iPad Air or Retina iPad mini from an older generation iPad, transferring all your contacts, calendars, photos, and other data couldn't be any easier if you've been creating backups with either iCloud or iTunes. Regardless what backup method you've chosen, they can make the process of getting the data from your old iPad to your new iPad virtually painless. Here's how:

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