Apple is aware of calendar spam issue and is working to fix it

By Cody Lee on Nov 30, 2016

Apple on Wednesday said that it is aware of the calendar spam issue and is working to fix it. In a statement to iMore’s Rene Ritchie, a spokesperson for the company apologized for the spam calendar invites and said it’s actively working to address the issue. Read More

 

How to stop spam calendar invites on your iPhone or iPad

By Sébastien Page on Nov 29, 2016

We’re all very well aware of email spam. It’s something we’ve been living with for just as long as we’ve been using email and quite frankly, it’s not as bad as it used to be because email services such as Gmail are increasingly better at catching these messages before they even show in your inbox.

Recently a new kind of spamming has surfaced, and it relies on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac and iCloud calendar. The technique is actually pretty low tech, yet very clever. Chinese spammers send iCloud calendar invites to your email address which they probably scraped from some website, knowing that it will most likely trigger a notification on your iPhone and iPad.

If you accept the invite, your calendar will be filled with events promoting various products, usually fake Ray Ban or Oakley sunglasses. If you decline the invite, well, you just alerted the spammer that you did notice the invite and confirm the email address he sent the original invite to is active, pushing him to send you more and more invites.

It seems that no matter what you do, you lose. Fortunately, there are a couple things you can do to disable calendar invite spam on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, and delete events you might have accepted. Read More

 

How to recover data from iCloud

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 2, 2016

From time to time, you may inadvertently lose data from your iOS devices, Macs, and even your iCloud account. Fortunately, Apple offers you a way to restore previously lost data from iCloud and the feature is streamlined and easy to use. Read More

 

Facebook launches standalone Events for iPhone app

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 10, 2016

Events, one of the more popular features on Facebook, this past weekend received its own standalone app that aims to replace Eventbrite, Sunrise, Fantastical and other third-party calendar software on your iPhone.

Events for iPhone, a free download from the App Store, lets you RSVP to your friends’ events, find interesting things to do in your area that match your interests, manage your calendar and much more. Read More

 

Add the 2016 Rio Olympics schedule to your iPhone, iPad, and Mac calendars

By Sébastien Page on Aug 3, 2016

Although some games have already started, the 2016 Summer Olympics opening ceremony will be held on Friday, August 5, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. If you’re a fan of Summer Olympics and want to keep up with the various competitions, the best way to do that is to subscribe to the Olympics calendar on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. We’ll show you how to do just that. Read More

 

How to move your Calendar app events to Google Calendar

By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 29, 2016

It can sometimes be difficult to get all your different platforms to play along nicely, especially when they’re all competing against each other to try to be the better one.

Fortunately, when it comes to the Calendars app, there is a way to export your calendar events to Google Calendar so you can still see all of your important upcoming events from your Google account on any of your devices.

In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through how to export calendar events from your Calendar app to Google Calendar. Read More

 

How to have iCloud sync your calendar subscriptions across Mac, iPhone, and iPad

By Sébastien Page on Jun 10, 2016

I recently wrote a post describing how to add the schedule of the Euro 2016 to your iPhone, Mac, or iPad calendar app in order to keep up with the competition. As described in my post, subscribing to this calendar (or any other calendar) directly from your iPhone or iPad, will only add the calendar locally on the device, but it won’t sync across all your other devices like an iCloud calendar would.

iDB reader Kyler emailed us earlier today asking how he can subscribe to a calendar while adding it to his iCloud account to make sure the calendar events sync to his iPhone, iPad, and Mac, without having to manually subscribe to the calendar on each device. This is what we’re going to do look at in this post. Read More

 

Add the Euro 2016 schedule to your iPhone or iPad calendar

By Sébastien Page on Jun 9, 2016

The UEFA Euro 2016 will kick off tomorrow with France taking on Romania in the first game of the competition. If you’re a casual football fan (sorry, I can’t call it soccer!), and want to keep up with the competition schedule and fixtures without necessarily downloading a bunch of apps, your best bet is to subscribe to a calendar that will push all games dates, times, and places to your iPhone or iPad calendar app of choice. Read More

 

Microsoft to sunset Sunrise Calendar on August 31, here are a few viable alternatives

By Christian Zibreg on May 12, 2016

If you rely on the excellent cross-platform Sunrise Calendar to keep up with your schedule, Microsoft has some bad news for you: your favorite calendar app is breaking up with you as the Windows maker announced plans to shut down Sunrise on August 31. For those wondering, Microsoft bought this popular calendar app in February of 2015.

Fortunately, Sunrise alternatives are plentiful. Read More

 

How to stop your iPhone or iPad from deleting old calendar events

By Sébastien Page on May 12, 2016

If you’ve ever looked at the calendar application on your iPhone or iPad and realized a bunch of old events were missing, then let me reassure you, you’re not the only one, and there is an easy fix! In this post, I will show you how to stop your past appointments from disappearing, and restore past events at the same time. Read More

 

Readdle’s Calendars 5 slashed to $0 as Apple’s new Free App of the Week

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 21, 2016

Calendars 5, one of the best iOS calendar applications out there with a built-in event and task manager and native Google Calendar sync, has been slashed to zero bucks as Apple’s new Free App of the Week. The $6.99 universal productivity app is now available at no charge on the App Store until next Thursday. This marks the first time Calendars 5 has gone free in years following Readdle’s two-day promotion back in May 2014. Read More

 

Google Calendar can intelligently find time on your schedule to work on your personal goals

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 13, 2016

Yesterday, Google announced a cool new feature to mark the tenth anniversary of its online calendar service: Google Calendar will now scan your calendar intelligently to find the time on your schedule to work on your personal goals.

According to Google, the updated Google Calendar app lets you add a personal goal to your calendar.

These can be things like “run three times a week” or “hit the gym every day except weekend”. After parsing your natural language input, it’ll schedule time automatically for you and help you actually stick to it. Read More

 

Fantastical for Mac gains native Exchange support, printing, iCloud shared calendar alerts & more

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 30, 2016

After shipping Fantastical 2 for Mac a year ago with tons of new features and a revamped user interface for OS X Yosemite and later, developer Flexibits today pushed version 2.2 of its calendar, reminder and to-do productivity app on the Mac App Store.

Fantastical 2.2 for Mac brings powerful new features to the experience, starting with full support for Microsoft Exchange accounts with native account syncing, invitation responses, availability lookup, categories and people lookup.

Other enhancements include availability information in calendars, support for printing with multiple layouts and a host of other under-the-hood refinements. Read More

 

How to show week numbers in Calendar app

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 9, 2016

Apple’s Calendar app for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac does a fine job in helping organize your schedule and making your more productive.

Like many other people, I like to browse my calendars with week numbers enabled as this helps me better understand my events and tasks for the month.

The Calendar app does not show week numbers by default, but don’t you worry—this tutorial will teach you how to enable display of week numbers in your calendar views across iOS and OS X platforms. Read More

 

How to share iCloud calendars

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 14, 2016

Apple’s Calendar application for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Mac and iCloud.com makes it simple to share events and to-dos with select people, or let anyone with a link subscribe to a read-only calendar.

For example, you could share a “To Do” calendar with your significant other, create a calendar for your entire family so every member can put errands on it, invite your wife to a shared “Kids” calendar to keep parents in the loop about school activities and more.

Not only do shared calendars increase your productivity in the workplace, they help those who use them become more organized in everyday life. You can assign edit privileges to invitees, adjust how participants access the calendar and more.

Invitees have a myriad of options at their disposal to view shared calendars, including the iCloud Calendar web app, the stock Calendar app on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac or Microsoft Outlook on a Windows computer.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to share a calendar privately or publicly on iOS, OS X and iCloud.com, add or remove participants, change edit privileges, adjust calendar notifications and more. Read More

 

Agenda Widget+ is a highly customizable calendar widget for Notification Center

By Sébastien Page on Jan 14, 2016

Agenda: Widget+ is an application whose sole purpose is to display a list of your future calendar events in Notification Center. The app itself, which actually acts as the preferences panel for the widget, offers multiple options to fine-tune the data displayed in Notification Center. Read More

 

Original Fantastical for Mac is now officially over, Fantastical 2 is 20% off until January 10

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 2, 2016

The original Fantastical, the popular calendar and reminders app which basically launched developer Flexibits back in 2011, has received its final update in the Mac App Store. While support for Fantastical 1 is now officially over, Fantastical 2 for iPhone, iPad and Mac will of course continue to be updated, maintained and supported for the time being.

“After more than four years of free updates and support, it’s time to focus our efforts, energy and resources on Fantastical 2,” Flexibits said.

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You can now add to-dos to Google’s Calendar app using a new Reminders feature and 3D Touch

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 7, 2015

Google’s standalone Calendar app was released in the App Store in March of 2105 and today the software is getting some interesting new features: Reminders, 3D Touch support and a cool Star Wars skin for those who have opted to join either the Dark or Light side of the Force at google.com/starwars. Reminders in Google Calendar make it easier to keep track of your to-dos alongside your events—in one place, no need to juggle between different apps. Read More

 

Fantastical gains Peek and Pop commands

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 17, 2015

Flexibits’ calendar app, Fantastical for iPhone, was updated yesterday in the App Store with expanded support for pressure-sensing 3D Touch technology on the new iPhones, going beyond Home screen shortcuts that developers added last month.

Now iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus owners can use Peek and Pop commands in Fantastical to preview upcoming events and reminders without leaving the main view, or jump straight into them from the preview by pressing the screen a little harder. Read More

 

How to disable suggested events in Calendar on iOS and Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 16, 2015

In addition to suggesting contacts from Mail data, the new Proactive assistant in iOS 9 and El Capitan can make smart event proposals based on information found in Mail.

For example, when you get an email with a date and time in the message body, Mail will offer to add a proposed event to the stock Calendar app. Emails from known providers (i.e. restaurant confirmations) end up in a special “Events Found in Mail” section in Calendar, awaiting your final confirmation.

Should you find this behavior distracting, annoying or downright creepy, don’t worry because Apple has kindly provided controls to disable the feature. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to prevent your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac from rummaging through your email looking for calendar events. Read More

 
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