Germany Lifts iCloud Mail Push Delivery Ban

12:42 PM, Sep. 3rd, 2013 · · iCloud

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.

2 Free iOS Apps For The Shakespeare Lovers and More

6:30 PM, Aug. 30th, 2013 · · iCloud

Free on iTunes

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.

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. 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.