All iCloud account holders can take advantage of the web-based iCloud.com service to access their iCloud data any time from any Mac or Windows PC. The service was just upgraded and given a big makeover to coincide with the release of iOS 7. Sandro Cuccia provides an overview and shows you how to configure and use iCloud.com.
If you've got time management issues and don't care for the built in iOS calendar then that a look at the three apps Vern Seward points out in this week's Free on iTunes. Cal, Calendar by Readdle, and Vintage Time.
Apple released iCloud Control Panel 3.0 for Windows, a release that might add support for iOS 7, though Apple doesn't mention such in its patch notes. In fact, the patch notes don't specify anything new—other than dropping support for Windows Vista and Safari for Windows—but there is a new look and feel for the control panel that is more in keeping with iOS 7's flat look than the previous version.
Apple rolled out an update for its iCloud website ahead of Wednesday's official launch of iOS 7. The site refresh brings iOS 7's look and feel to the web-based versions of Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Notes, Reminders, and Find My iPhone.
Discovering new music can be a challenge, but Vern Seward points out 2 free apps that will help in this week's Free on iTunes. NPR Music and musiXmatch. And there are more freebie as well.
A German Appeals Court has given back some of iCloud's functionality in the country by lifting an injunction blocking the email push delivery feature. The injunction was part of a Motorola patent infringement lawsuit that alleged the email push notification feature Apple offers iOS users relied on technologies that weren't properly licensed.
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Losses like this have to sting in Google's executive offices. The price of owning Motorola Mobility keeps going up and so far there hasn't been a big payoff for that investment in the patent wars.
Enjoy Shakespeare? Vern Seward points out two free iOS apps that'll help you get the most out of The Bard's master works in this week's Free on iTunes. They're called Shakespeare and SwipeSpeare, and he has some more freebies to share with you, too.
There are many ways to safeguard the personal data that resides on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Sandro Cuccia shows you one of the best: enabling a feature on your device that will erase all data after ten failed passcode entry attempts. Yes, it's an iOS Auto-Destruct mechanism!
Apple released iBooks 3.1.1 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch on Wednesday with slim notes saying it improved compatibility with iCloud and iOS. iBooks is Apple's ebook reader app that's currently available only on iOS devices, but will be part of OS X Mavericks when it ships this fall.
Apple unveiled a flattened design for its iCloud services Wednesday through the iCloud beta site. Beta.icloud.com now sports an iOS 7 look and feel complete with a parallax effect in the background, translucent layers, and flattened apps that match the iOS 7 developer.
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