By Oliver Haslam on Nov 20, 2011
For those that really take todo systems seriously, the OmniFocus app is often at the top of the list for getting things done. With a suite of apps that covers the Mac, iPad and iPhone, OmniFocus creators The Omni Group have created a real powerhouse of applications that many swear by.
In the latest update for the iPhone version of their OmniFocus app, the developers at The OmniGroup have taken Apple’s lack of a Siri API and gone all Chuck Norris on it. Instead of waiting for Apple to give them permission to use Siri to create tasks, they have linked OmniFocus with iCloud, which in turn gives the app full access to reminders created using iOS 5′s built-in Reminders app.
The end result? You can now tell Siri to create reminders in OmniFocus… Read More
By Alex Heath on Nov 16, 2011
Have you been looking for the right way to pitch iCloud to your reluctant, non-geeky friends? While Apple’s new cloud service is based off a simple premise, describing what iCloud actually does can be a little difficult.
Luckily, the folks at Infographic World have put together a 10,000-foot view of iCloud in the form of a helpful infographic… Read More
By Alex Heath on Nov 15, 2011
Apple finally released iTunes Match in the US yesterday, and many have already subscribed to the $24.99 a year cloud service. We gave you the complete rundown of iTunes Match yesterday, and we also showed you how to enable the service on your devices.
While iTunes Match is fairly simple to use, there are some more technical details that many will find helpful… Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 15, 2011
The consumer cloud storage market is getting pretty crowded. There’s SugarSync, Amazon’s CloudDrive, and the ever-popular Dropbox. Not to mention that one of the biggest names in tech, Apple, just joined the game with iCloud.
But that’s not going to keep new-comer Pogoplug from trying its hand at cloud services. The company just announced that Pogoplug Cloud is now live for all of your online storage needs. And like its iCloud counterpart, new users get 5GB of free storage… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 14, 2011
After a little bit of a delay, iTunes Match was released to the public today. iTunes Match is a service that’s built into the latest version of iTunes. It lets you match, upload, and play music on a variety of different devices.
This is an extremely cool service that allows you to take your entire iTunes library with you on the go, even if you have a measly 8GB iPhone.
Unfortunately, we don’t think that Apple has done a very good job explaining the full benefits of iTunes Match. For that reason, we’ve created this ultimate iTunes Match tutorial, FAQ, and video walkthrough… Read More
By Alex Heath on Nov 14, 2011
Apple released iTunes Match today, and users can now access their entire music library in iCloud on any authenticated iDevice running iOS 5. On the iPhone and iPad, iTunes Match can be easily enabled in the device’s Settings.
Once enabled, iTunes Match will allow you to download and start playing any uploaded track at any given time on multiple iDevices. Read More
By Alex Heath on Nov 14, 2011
Apple has officially released iTunes 10.5.1 to the public following several developer betas. iTunes Match has been in the final testing stages for months, and beta 3 of the cloud music service was seeded to developers over the weekend.
Alongside iTunes 10.5.1, Apple is finally releasing iTunes Match to the US public today after a two week delay. It’s finally here… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 12, 2011
Admittedly, we were expecting a final version of iTunes with iTunes Match to hit the scene any day now, but it looks like Apple is still squashing some remaining bugs.
In other words, iTunes 10.5.1 Beta 3 with iTunes Match was just seeded to developers a few minutes ago. We’ve installed it, and we can report that the overall experience is much faster than previous betas… Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Nov 8, 2011
We love iCloud here at iDB, and we love backups, too. That said, it isn’t really surprising that we’re huge fans of the ability to backup our iDevices to iCloud.
It has been said before that the best backup strategy is the one you can set and forget. That’s where iCloud comes into its own, with backups being done automatically each night, so long as the device is plugged in.
There are times when you might want to be absolutely sure that the backup in the cloud is up to date, and Apple has thought of that, too. Here is a quick guide that shows you just how to manually perform an iCloud backup… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 2, 2011
So by now you’ve probably heard the news: Apple has released iTunes 10.5.1 beta 2, and along with it comes iTunes Match Support for Apple TV 2.
But how do you go about enabling iTunes match on the Apple TV? It’s actually much easier than one would expect.
Check out our video demonstration of iTunes Match on Apple TV inside… Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Oct 30, 2011
With each new product release, Apple launches a whole new advertising campaign around whatever fancy new features have been added, and the iPhone 4S is no exception.
Starting today, Apple is airing three new ads to help spread the word about the “most amazing iPhone yet.” The 30-second spots feature iCloud, Siri, and the supercharged 8 megapixel camera packed into the iPhone 4S. And in typical Apple fashion, we’re not sure where real products end and the hype machine begins…
By Alex Heath on Oct 26, 2011
Apple believes in iCloud. This is evidenced by the fact that the company has begun work on a massive 174 acre solar farm to harness energy for its data center in Maiden, North Carolina.
Codenamed “Project Dolphin Solar Farm A Expanded,” this new solar farm will be a huge source of green energy for Apple in the future. Read More
By Nick Prokesch on Oct 24, 2011
How many times have you realized you needed to continue your iPhone browsing session on your laptop or desktop PC? What about when you come across an app for your Mac that you want to download to your PC, not your iPhone?
Sure, there are plenty of options for downloading something to your iPhone or iPad, or even to Dropbox , but there is an unparalleled advantage to seamlessly transferring a link or webpage to your Mac. Whether you want to send a DMG, an installer package, a torrent, or a website that only supports Flash, your options are limited when you try to view them from an iOS app.
Luckily, there are several solutions that have sprung up over the past year. Pushing from a browser to an iPhone has been relatively simple for quite some time, but one-tap solutions to go from iOS to Mac are finally available. Read on for our list of creative services that offer you just that… Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Oct 20, 2011
All the rumors and all the betas are over. Now we’re all using Apple’s iCloud. We’re syncing, we’re backing up, and (to certain extent) we’re streaming. Life is good… kind of.
For those of us who remember the debacle that was Apple’s launch of the now-replaced MobileMe. the initial iCloud launch is undoubtedly leagues ahead of the chaos and server failures that accompanied the arrival of Apple’s previous cloud service. iCloud seems to be more robust, but does it actually do what most of us want?
First, let’s take a quick look at the good parts of iCloud before moving onto the bad and the crazy… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 19, 2011
Caught up in all of the hoopla about the iPhone 4S and iOS 5 was the release of an updated iWork suite for iOS.
The new iWork features iCloud syncing compatibility, a feature that has been in beta for months, but was finally released to the public last week.
Inside, we showcase iWork’s new cloud syncing functionality, which allows you to sync documents on your iPod touch, iPad, iPhone, and even your Mac in limited fashion… Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Oct 18, 2011
Reminders in iOS 5 is Apple’s kick in the teeth for all those To-Do apps that litter the App Store right now. A walk through the App Store will reveal more To-Do apps than you can shake a stick at, but Apple’s own Reminders app does pretty much everything you could ever need in iOS 5.
There’s one Reminders feature that Apple hasn’t made a very good job of promoting. You can use iCloud to share and sync your reminders and tasks with other people… Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Oct 18, 2011
Those with memories spanning more than a few weeks may remember all the rumors going around that Apple was trying to buy Dropbox. The original story claimed that an $800 million deal was on the table, but the people at Dropbox decided not to sell.
Today we have confirmation that Apple did indeed want to acquire Dropbox, and more specifically, Steve Jobs himself personally lobbied for the purchase. Dropbox decided that selling to Apple wasn’t the best course of action at the time.
The revelation comes as Forbes profiles Dropbox and its two co-founders, Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi. Understandably, the Apple buyout came up, and Houston admits that the syncing and backup company turned down a nine-digit figure from Apple, and even got a visit from the man himself, Steve Jobs… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 14, 2011
Every year when Apple launches a new smartphone, carrier servers get slammed with activations to the point where they are non-functional. Even iTunes has its hiccups, as millions of users logon in attempt to setup their newly acquired handsets.
Along with the iPhone 4S this year, Apple rolled out an automated sync and storage service known as iCloud. And it too seems to be buckling under the massive traffic. If you’re having troubles restoring from iCloud today, don’t worry, you’re not alone… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 14, 2011
One of my favorite features of iCloud has to be Photo Stream. My previous methods of wirelessly sharing photos between my iDevices and my computer involved emailing or using DropBox. Photo Stream eliminates all the extra work.
Much like the other components of iCloud, the automatic photo syncing service works great. But what do you do if you want to delete the photos from the Photo Stream? Don’t worry, iDB has you covered. Hit the jump for our step by step guide… Read More
By Alex Heath on Oct 14, 2011
What’s better than the 5GB of free cloud storage that Apple offers with iCloud? How about 50GB of free cloud storage from Box.net!
That’s right, the popular cloud service is going head to head with iCloud today by offering iOS customers a shot to claim 50GB of free storage, for life, through the company’s app. This is an insane deal… Read More