By Cody Lee on Feb 11, 2012
One of my favorite components of iCloud is Photo Stream. I love having instant access to all of my photos on both my iPhone and iPad. Having instant access to my photos on my laptop is awesome too, but there is one major caveat.
You see, to access your Photo Stream photos on your Mac computer, you have to go through iPhoto — which I hate. It takes forever to load and the UI is terrible. Luckily, I’ve just come across a software-free way to access my Photo Stream photos on my computer… Read More
By Jake Smith on Feb 9, 2012
With any new product launch, Apple is known for their creative television advertising for almost every one of their products. Apple has already released a slew of advertisements for the iPhone 4S and Siri, showing how handy the personal assistant really is.
Tonight, 9to5mac points us to two new TV ads being aired by Apple. The thirty second advertisements show off Siri, and are titled “Road Trip” and “Rock God”…
By Cody Lee on Jan 26, 2012
Reports are coming in that Motorola Mobility has just filed a significant lawsuit against Apple in the US over the illegal use of its intellectual property. Motorola believes that Apple is using its patents in both its iPhone 4S and iCloud products.
MM recently won an injunction against Apple late last year in a German court. And although the decision has yet to make an impact on Apple’s sales in the country, it could certainly play a major part in Motorola’s new lawsuit here in the States… Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Jan 24, 2012
Apple’s quarterly earnings call has certainly raised a few eyebrows this time around, with the company reporting huge sales, huge profits and just all around awesomeness. If you’re an Apple shareholder, then you’re probably very happy right about now.
Many interesting tidbits came out of the earnings call, but one that may not be getting that much attention is the news that there are now 85 million iCloud users, making it clear just why Apple needed that fancy new data center after all.
We suspect Apple wishes it was charging them all the same $99 it charged for MobileMe… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 21, 2012
Lots of happy people have successfully jailbroken their iPhone 4S and iPad 2 over the last 24 hours or so, but some are still having problems pulling off a successful jailbreak on both Mac and Windows.
We understand the frustration that some of you have been experiencing, and we really want to help you. True, the Windows Command Line Utility isn’t exactly the easiest tool to jailbreak with, but it can be done, and has been done successfully by many of our viewers and readers.
That being said, there are still quite a few that seem to be having issues, so if that describes you, step inside, and let’s discuss some things that might help… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jan 18, 2012
This is kind of interesting. After all of the attempts we’ve seen by developers to try and port Siri to non-Apple-supported devices, it appears this guy did it by simply restoring his iPod touch from an iPhone 4S profile.
How’d it happen? Well as Gordon tells it, he recently purchased a late-model white iPod touch. And instead of setting it up as a new device, he decided to restore it from an iCloud backup made from his iPhone 4S… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jan 18, 2012
Fortune Editor Adam Lashinsky is releasing a book next week entitled Inside Apple. The book is expected to contain several secrets regarding the Mac-making company that aren’t currently considered public knowledge.
Excerpts from the title have been spilling out onto the web over the last few days. Yesterday, we told you that the book taps iOS executive Scott Forstall as Apple’s next CEO. And today, a story has surfaced regarding Eddy Cue… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 16, 2012
Need more proof that the iPhone 4S jailbreak is right round the corner? Then look no further than 3G Unrestrictor 5, the first tweak to our knowledge that outright claims support for the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 on its Cydia page.
3G Unrestrictor is a tweak that enables FaceTime calls and high quality YouTube streams over 3G. Its latest update brings iCloud Backups, and Photo Stream to the world of 3G as well.
It’s on sale for a limited time for $0.99 (existing customers), so if you think you’re going to need its services, especially on your newly jailbroken iPhone 4S, you might want to take a look inside. Read More
By Cody Lee on Jan 9, 2012
Last night, during its CES keynote, Taiwan-based manufacturer Acer announced that it was getting into the cloud business. Dubbed AcerCloud, the service will allow users to keep content synced between their phones, tablets and computers.
Now, we’re not trying to jump to any conclusions here. But there’s something about the service that looks awfully familiar. We can’t quite put our finger on it, but it seems like we’ve seen this service and, come to think of it, these slides before… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jan 6, 2012
iCloud launched last October to much confusion amongst consumers. Apple’s cloud-based storage service doesn’t work like your typical drag-and-drop cloud software (DropBox), leaving some folks wondering how to use it.
But never fear, iDB is here to show you how to make the most of your iCloud account. Today we are going to show you how to manage and/or delete your iCloud backup files from your iOS device in just a few easy steps… Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Dec 23, 2011
There has been some confusion recently over Apple’s latest iTunes and iCloud venture, iTunes Match. The service, which allows users to basically sync their local music libraries with Apple’s servers, was originally made available only in the United States. Since then, there have been one or two false starts across the globe, with some now having access when they possibly should not.
In order to clear things up, Apple has taken the step of announcing which countries do officially have access to iTunes Match.
At the same time, Apple has also announced which territories have access to iTunes in the Cloud – allowing customers to re-download content multiple times across devices – as well as clarifying which types of content the service offers across the globe… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 21, 2011
Today I tried out OpenBackup, a new package backup solution for your jailbreak apps and tweaks. Admittedly, I was a bit skeptical. I’ve had my fair share of experiences with backup tools for jailbreak apps tweaks in the past, and they either don’t work, or are overly complicated.
Outside of PKGBackup, I can’t really recommend any backup solutions, although I have yet to try iBye (I have heard good things about that).
But even an excellent app like PKGBackup can be borderline confusing when it comes to safely backing up and restoring your Cydia tweaks. With the advent of iCloud, I held out hope that a backup tool could harness its power for backups and restores, and that’s just what happened.
Ladies and gentlemen, introducing OpenBackup, the first tool of its kind that utilizes iCloud for seamless backups and restores… Read More
By Guest Author on Dec 21, 2011
Are you one of the thousands of users who have transitioned their entire online ecosystem into Apple’s iCloud? Did you stop syncing your contacts with Gmail in order to sync with iCloud? Do you want to maintain your address book with iCloud and have the same address book in Google Contacts?
Now you can with a paid application called Contacts Sync For Google Gmail… Read More
By Cody Lee on Dec 18, 2011
Rumors of a secret Apple TV set project have been really heating up over the past few months. Word on the street has been that the iPhone-makers are looking to jump into the TV-making business, and the company’s first entry could revolutionize the industry.
We’ve heard a few whispers regarding the set’s features, including multiple screen sizes ranging from 32-inches to 55-inches, Siri voice control, and deep AirPlay integration. And now we have even more details thanks to a report by The Wall Street Journal. Read More
By Alex Heath on Dec 18, 2011
Bjango, the company behind great apps like iStat, has released Consume 2.0 in the App Store. The huge update introduces an iPad version of the popular usage tracker and iCloud support.
Consume is a gorgeous app that lets you easily track your data usage, packages, and even reward cards. Version 2.0 makes an already-fantastic app even better. Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Dec 10, 2011
Apple recently introduced Photo Stream, the iCloud service that keeps your photos in sync across your iOS devices and desktop computers.
The problem with Photo Stream is the distinct lack of video support. Apple and the carriers don’t want to be sending huge video files over their networks. With the iPhone 4S now recording 1080p video, that’s a lot of data going over 3G.
Thankfully, Apple has given developers an API so they can get their teeth into iCloud’s storage servers, and that is where one developer saw its chance. Video Stream offers a way to keep video files in sync across multiple devices, just as Photo Stream does for images…
By Cody Lee on Dec 8, 2011
Earlier this year, Apple seeded iOS 4.3 for Apple TV owners. Among the update’s new features was the ability to stream previously-purchased TV shows from iTunes to the living room via Apple’s new iCloud service.
For some reason though the feature has been limited to folks inside the US… until now. Reports are coming in that Apple has finally opened up pre-purchased TV show streaming to Apple TV owners in other countries… Read More
By Sebastien Page on Dec 7, 2011
Wedge Partners analyst Brian Blair chimes in on the Apple TV rumors by sharing his own predictions. According to Blair, the next-generation iMac for 2012 will integrate the Apple TV and iCloud, turning it into a personal computer with TV capabilities. Blair says:
“We think this makes sense because while we typically think about the newest TV’s hanging on the wall in large form factors, Apple could effectively start with what they already have on the manufacturing line and slowly push their offering from 27 inches and scale up from there to 32 inches and then move on to the 42, 50 and 55 inch market,” he writes. “In short, we believe the initial Apple TV is their iMac computer that can function as a TV, over the iCloud platform.”
I fail to see the practicality of a Mac/TV, but who knows? What do you think?
By Cody Lee on Dec 3, 2011
Apple’s demand for computing power and remote server space is growing at a rapid rate thanks to new services like iCloud, iTunes Match, and Siri.
Demand is growing so fast, in fact, that it appears that its new $1 billion dollar data center in North Carolina and its recently-acquired 12 petabytes of server space aren’t enough to support Apple’s cloud division anymore… Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Nov 23, 2011
One of iOS 5′s marquee features is the ability to backup and restore devices from iCloud without the need for iTunes or any of those pesky wires. Let’s be frank, we’ve all got hundreds of those little white USB cables, but can we find one when we need it? We know we never can!
As is so often the case with such new and ambitious services as iCloud, it appears that the process is not without its problems, more specifically, problems surrounding a possible security risk.
According to Electronista, there appears to be a real issue that could potentially reveal the Apple IDs of random users… Read More