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In addition to 3rd party app data, iCloud also stores data for a few Apple apps and services, and if this data gets corrupted you can wind up with a very unstable iPhone (or iPod or iPad). Unfortunately Apple doesn't provide a way to let you tell iCloud to reset this data. Short of permanently disabling "Documents & Data" syncing with iCloud, the only way to fix this is to delete the offending data from the iCloud (Mobile Documents) folder on your Mac and reboot your iOS device.
We've mentioned this a few times recently in conjunction with Google shutting down their Reader service, but for those of you who weren't aware, Google offers a service called Google Takeout which allows you to download all your data from every Google service you're using. It's super-easy to use and gives you your data in industry-standard formats, making it easy to view and edit your data almost anywhere.
I'm happy to welcome MacPaw to TMO as our sponsor this week. MacPaw are the makers of many great Mac utilities, including CleanMyMac 2, our focus for this week's sponsorship. CleanMyMac 2 is a suite of Mac cleanup tools, some of which have analogs elsewhere, but many of which are only available here or have features that are otherwise unavailable without lots of time and Terminal knowledge.
This week I have the pleasure of not only welcoming Smile back as our sponsor here at TMO, but also talking about a new version of their fantastic product, PDFpen. For those of you who don't know, PDFpen allows you to edit and modify your PDFs in many different ways. Need to add a signature to a PDF you've been sent? PDFpen can do it. Need to edit the text in an existing PDF? Yep, PDFpen can do that, too. There's more, plus all the new features in PDFpen 6. Click the link and read on.
Famed videographer Wally Cherwinski assembled a group of like-minded Mac and video enthusiasts (conspirators?) to film the Macworld All-Star Band Performance at our recent Cirque du Mac X from multiple angles. Wally then took all that footage and put it together in the form of nine individual videos, each with a different song. You can see one of them (Feelin' Alright) here, but all nine are available on the Cirque du Mac X YouTube Channel Wally put together. If you're interested in the behind-the-scenes work, Wally joined Chuck Joiner (a fellow conspirator) on MacVoices 1397 to talk about the process. Cirque du Mac X wouldn't have been possible this year without our great sponsors, and we'd like to thank ProjectWizards, Movie Tracker, Lantronix, Garmin, Squarespace, Smile, IDG and OWC for helping us make it happen!
Ever since our personal-cloud-storage Transporters arrived from Connected Data we've been obsessively checking the iOS App Store for the iOS app to complete the picture. This afternoon we finally hit paydirt. If you've got a Transporter, just go get it. It's free and it works on your iPhone and iPad. If you don't have a Transporter, well, maybe this is a good excuse to go get one. And listeners of our Mac Geek Gab podcast can use the coupon code MGG to get 10% off, too.
I am happy to welcome back online backup service CrashPlan as this week's sponsor here at TMO. CrashPlan is something I have personally used for years, and I always happily recommended on our Mac Geek Gab podcast, too.
Here I am at SXSW, and it's now fully transitioned from the tech geeks (and marketing flacks) attending the Interactive festival to the music geeks attending live music showcases at night and catching a few panels during the day.
This is Cool Stuff that someone else Found: Cabel Sasser over at Panic has been testing video out from iOS devices, and stumbled onto something very interesting: Getting from a Lightning-connector-based iOS device to HDMI via Apple's $49 Lightning Digital AV Adapter involves some heavy-duty video decoding and re-encoding. Digging deeper, Cabel found a processor and 2Gb of RAM (which is to say, 256MB, thanks, Michael in the comments!) baked inside the adapter. Turns out that the adapter runs its own mini operating system in there to do all this work. This is because the Lightning connector is just a serial bus incapable of streaming "raw" HDMI across it. And we know all of this because someone from Apple (presumably an engineer) posting as "Anonymous Coward" went into great detail explaining it in the post's comments. Very cool indeed, and I'm looking forward to seeing how this all develops.
In response to the recent details of the movie studios and ISPs "Six Strikes" deal, Dave Hamilton posits that this isn't the right solution, saying, "It's not my job as the consumer to support the studios' business model, it's their job to change their business model to serve me." He says more than this, too, and you can read it all right here.