By Christian Zibreg on Jan 27, 2013
I’ve always loved the simplified iOS approach to screenshot taking just by pressing the power and home button simultaneously. This oft-used feature works in absolutely any app and, as an added bonus, iOS stores my screenies in the Camera Roll as crisp, lossless PNG files.
An indispensable part of my daily blogging workflow, I grab app graphics on a daily basis for use in reviews, news articles and guides such as this one. The old-school approach to syncing iOS screenshots (along with your photos) entails connecting your device to a Mac or PC via USB. But if you’re anything like me, you’ve long cut the cord to enjoy the benefits of wireless sync.
Now, iCloud makes photo sync a no-brainer: that is, unless the very thought of firing up iPhoto or Aperture on your Mac just to access your Photo Stream drives you nuts.
There must be a better way to bypass these resource-intensive apps and have the screenshots taken on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch automagically appear just a mouse click away in your Mac’s Finder. Read on for the full breakdown… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 19, 2012
The social networking giant Facebook has begun rolling out a new feature aimed at automatically uploading each photo a user takes on his or her device. This capability exists in some other third-party iOS apps, like the Dropbox app and the Google+ client. Facebook has figured out how to implement the feature without breaking Apple’s rules, by using standard API calls for background uploads and not relying on location APIs or its deep integration with iOS 6… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 27, 2012
If you wanted to sync your iOS Contacts with Google with changes instantly reflected across devices, Microsoft’s Exchange ActiveSync used to be your only option. As of today, Google announced that “we’re adding CardDAV to that list”, allowing for seamless contact syncing between your Google Account and third-party apps, including iOS devices running iOS 5 or later… Read More
By Nick Prokesch on Apr 18, 2012
PadSync from ecamm is yet another way to access the documents folders of apps on your iDevice. The interface is very similar to iTunes File Sharing, located in the device view of a synced device. The main advantage is that you don’t need iTunes running to use it.
Maybe not enough apps you use have added iCloud support yet. Or perhaps you want to be able to easily drag and drop movie files into your movie app from your computer without performing a full iTunes sync. The rest of you might need an easy way to drag a document from your iPhone or iPad to your desktop. Let’s take a look at how PadSync can help… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 17, 2012
Whenever I hear of a jailbreak app that somehow alters the iTunes syncing experience, a red flag goes up. I guess it was one bad experience I had when I was new to jailbreaking a few years ago that keeps me on guard whenever anything wants to touch my music.
Needless to say, I downloaded MultiTunes and decided to give it a try anyway. What I found was an awesome tweak that works just as advertised. With MultiTunes, you can sync multiple iTunes libraries on your iPhone with ease… 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 Oliver Haslam on Nov 20, 2011
While iOS 5 brought many new features that we had all been wanting, Wi-Fi syncing is probably one of the most desired features on the list. Using a white USB cable to sync an iDevice to iTunes is without a doubt one of the most irritating things of the pre-iOS 5 world.
But what if you are out and about and want to sync your iDevice, and you’ve done away with those syncing cables for good? Well, there is one way to sync your iDevice with a Mac that doesn’t require a cable or a Wi-Fi router. You can actually use your iPhone’s Personal Hotspot feature… Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Oct 31, 2011
While Apple’s Photo Stream is a great way of getting photos to sync across multiple devices, there’s one glaring problem. Photo Stream doesn’t support video, presumably because Apple doesn’t want its servers full of hours and hours of 1080p videos showing cats sleeping.
It makes sense from a technical standpoint, but that doesn’t help you if you need to get a video from one device to another. There’s syncing with iTunes, and doing the iPhoto jig in the hope that everything works as planned, but it’s a pain, and not always practical.
That’s where PhotoSync comes in… 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
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 Alex Heath on Aug 10, 2011
Apple has always limited users to a certain number of devices for authorization with a specific Apple ID. The rules and terms of multiple device syncing with an Apple ID have always been a little confusing, with the introduction of iCloud posing an even bigger problem for how purchased content can be distributed and synced across multiple devices.
Apparently, the system of Apple ID authorization isn’t as smooth as we all thought it was. You’re actually limited to 10 total devices for one Apple ID… Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Aug 3, 2011
Apple’s new iCloud service has taken another step towards its publish launch, with the combination of a new iCloud website and beta versions of the iOS iWork apps meaning cross-device syncing is almost here.
The new iCloud.com website offers users the chance to download saved documents for offline use, such as printing. And it also gives them the chance to upload your own iWork-compatible content, and then iCloud can push it out to iDevices using the same account.
Oh, and those iDevices? Syncing works from them too… Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Jul 28, 2011
In another step toward killing the PC, Apple’s iOS 5 now allows users to set up the company’s own Time Capsule and Airport hardware, according to an AppleInsider reader.
Until now, setting up either of Apple’s networking solutions required a PC, but once iOS 5 is released later this year, users will be able to get online with nothing more than an iPod touch… Read More
By Alex Heath on Jul 23, 2011
Apple has released iOS 5 Beta 4, and people are starting to find interesting additions and changes made in Apple’s latest beta build.
Apparently, Apple has finally turned on document syncing with iCloud, so apps can now start syncing iWork documents between all of your iDevices. This is great news for developers to start field testing document syncing in their own apps, and a nice preview of what’s to come for us all this Fall… Read More
By Alex Heath on Jul 21, 2011
The team at Cultured Code, makers of the popular task manager for iOS called “Things,” has announced that cloud sync is finally coming to the Things for iPhone and iPad apps.
Things has been one of the premiere GTD (Getting Things Done) apps in the App Store for a long time, but one sorely missed feature has been wireless syncing between Things on the Mac, iPhone and iPad. Cultured Code has announced that invites to start beta testing cloud sync on iOS will be sent out starting August 22. Cloud sync will also be included for Things customers at no additional charge… Read More
By Sebastien Page on Jun 15, 2011
For those of you who are not familiar with Google Sync, it allows you keep your mails, calendars, and contact synced with your Google account. By using Google Sync, you never have to worry about backing up or accidentally losing your data, because it’s always synced with Google.
Today, the Google Mobile blog announces an update to their underrated service, giving iOS users three new features… Read More
By iDB Staff on Jun 13, 2011
One more feature to make our ultimate list of new iOS 5 features is the ability to now use your iPhone while it is syncing with iTunes. Until now, you couldn’t use your iPhone or iDevice while it was syncing. This is now a thing of the past.
As you can see on the image above, the new “syncing” icon is running in the status bar, but I can still “slide to unlock” to use my iPhone. Jailbreakers might already be familiar with this feature as it was first made possible with Synchronicity… Read More
By Alex Heath on Jun 6, 2011
It’s finally here, folks! Apple has introduced and detailed the mysterious iCloud. Steve Jobs himself says that iCloud is something the company has been working on for 10 years, and iCloud has totally replaced MobileMe and added new services, such as Photo Stream.
Details below! Read More
By Alex Heath on May 18, 2011
Apple’s next version of their desktop operating system, Mac OS X Lion, is nearing the final stages of developer beta testing. It is suspected that Apple will release the new OS to Mac users this summer.
More and more features are being uncovered in the developer builds of OS X Lion, and a recent finding points to a cloud-synced bookmark feature in Apple’s browser, Safari. The new “Reading List” feature in OS X Lion will allow users to wirelessly sync their bookmarked webpages with iOS devices.
This would allow you to easily take your bookmarked pages with you on the go… Read More
By Cody Lee on May 16, 2011
Though the iPhone has certainly evolved into a top-notch smartphone, it’s not completely perfect. In fact, one of its major downfalls (as Android-toting skeptics are quick to point out) is the lack of expandable memory.
The iPhone comes in 2 flavors, 16GB and 32GB. Chose wisely, because whatever you decide, you’ll pretty much be stuck with. With no SD card slot, many users are forced into unreliable cloud solutions for extra space. Now for the alternative… Read More