How to Set Your iOS Device Data to Auto-Destruct

3:30 PM, Aug. 24th, 2013 · · iCloud

Auto Destruct Sequence

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!

iBooks Update Improves iCloud Support Ahead of iOS 7 Launch

11:16 AM, Aug. 21st, 2013 · · iCloud

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 Unveils Flattened iCloud Beta to Match iOS 7

8:36 PM, Aug. 14th, 2013 · · iCloud

iCloud Beta

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.

OSX & iOS: Browsing Made Portable

8:32 AM, Jun. 24th, 2013 · · iCloud

Browsing the web on an iOS device can be convenient in a pinch, but sometimes you just need a bit more screen real estate. Here's how to move that browsing over to the Mac without missing a beat.

Amazon Targets Photo Stream with Cloud Drive Photos

9:05 AM, May. 13th, 2013 · · iCloud

Amazon unveiled its Cloud Drive Photos for the iPhone and iPod touch over the weekend along with a companion Mac app in what looks like a move to compete with Apple's iCloud Photo Stream feature. Cloud Drive Photos includes 5 GB of storage and lets users upload images to their Amazon Cloud and then download them to other devices.

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Several companies offer individual solutions that compete with iCloud features, but they aren't tied in at the system level like Apple's service is on iOS and OS X. Even still, competing services like Cloud Drive Photos tend to offer more storage for free, and that may be enough to turn some iCloud users to alternatives.

Easy Access to iCloud Documents in the Finder

1:48 PM, Apr. 12th, 2013 · · iCloud

When you use iCloud to store documents from apps like Keynote, Pages and Numbers, they get saved to your Mac's hard drive as well. Getting at those documents through the Finder, however, is something of a chore. Luckily a resourceful coder has come to the rescue with a handy little utility that makes it easy to get at the local versions of your iCloud files.

iCloud: Setting Up an Auto-Response

8:35 AM, Apr. 5th, 2013 · · iCloud

So you're going on vacation. If you're using an Apple-provided email address, how do you set up an auto-response to let people know you're out of town? We're going to tell you how because we're happy you're getting a vacation! And we aren't jealous even a little bit. No, we're not.