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.
Apple is sending out warning letters to iCloud customers that received a complimentary 20GB storage upgrade that the offer expires on September 30th. On October 1st, those users will be bucked down to the 5GB of storage that normally comes with 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.
Sandro Cuccia took a trip to Italy recently. In this how-to, he explains how he managed his photography workflow on this trip using only iOS devices instead of traditional camera gear.
Find My Friends is a great solution from Apple to allow friends and family to easily share their locations with one another. But did you know that you could use Siri to make finding your friends even easier? Jared Apperson shows you how.
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.
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.
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.
Need a note taker? Vern Seward takes a look at three that are unique and free in this week's Free on iTunes. MyScript Memo, MyScript Calculator and Documents.
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