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Thursday, June 28, 2012

You Have Been Warned, Move From MobileMe Before Saturday

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 01:00 AM

"The time has finally come: you need to make the move from MobileMe to iCloud, as MobileMe officially goes dark on June 30."

Friday is the last day to move stuff, so best get to it if you haven't already. If you are behind the curve on it, this article will give you some tips on how to do it the most efficient way.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Your All-In-One iCloud Guide

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:00 PM

"Everything you need to know about setting up, backing up, restoring, and updating your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, and managing your iTunes apps, books, music, TV shows, movies, Match, and Photo Stream in the cloud."

Questions about iCloud? This article should help. The most thorough one I've come across.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Sync iCloud to Dropbox

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 04:00 AM

"Mac and iOS users are going to be increasingly pushed to choose between storing their documents in iCloud or Dropbox."

Well, now you don't have to choose. Well, choice in that you have to choose the syncing from iCloud to Dropbox and not the other way around. Regardless, if you are like me and mainly use Dropbox for storage, you might like to mess with your settings and set this functionality up. It's kind of a set it and forget it plan, and once done you don't have to think about it at all. The author uses it to set up his Byword app but the process can be followed for any of your apps.

Monday, March 12, 2012

iWork Ending, iCloud Now The Focus

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 03:00 AM

"It seems Apple has come to find that iCloud is the better solution to its service before the latter even had the chance to come out of beta, i, and will be discontinuing it on July 31st (a month after the company is set to also discontinue MobileMe in favor of iCloud)."

I never really used this much anyway, so I won't miss it. The key here is to make sure that if you did or are using it, that you get your files moved by July 31, 2012.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Still on MobileMe? Clock is Ticking...

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 05:31 PM

"For those remaining MobileMe customers, Apple has a message for you: Upgrade to iCloud or else."

Just a subtle reminder. If you haven't because you aren't sure what to do, visit the FAQ page here. But don't take too long, as they are closing it down on June 30th.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Apple Updates Final Cut Pro X, Among Other Things

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 02:00 AM

"The X version of Final Cut Pro was supposed to be all things to all people -- easier and more power for the serious amateurs and yet refreshing and comprehensive for the pros. In reality it seemed that neither camp quite saw it that way, but Apple has at least been listening."

Lots of updates that will hopefully appease those that weren't too happy with this when it was initially released. I've never used it but from some of the feedback I've read, it certainly does look like Apple was listening to and addressed the concerns. Well, at least some of them. And this wasn't the only update released, as they also released some updates for Time Capsule and Airport Extreme. You can get more info from Apple on the updates from their support page here.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Set Up iCloud on Your PC

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 11:46 AM

"Get iCloud up and running on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC. And learn how to set up Find My iPhone. All it takes is a few easy steps."

Three easy steps, according to this page from Apple on how to set up your PC for iCloud. And they said it was just for Macs. Silly critics.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Outside the US? Let Apple Show You What is Available in the Cloud

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 09:30 AM

"Apple has finally made it very clear exactly which media content can be made available in the cloud in which countries for Automatic Downloads and Apple TV streaming, as well as where iTunes Match is available."

If you are outside the United States, you can head over to this support document at Apple and find out which countries are supported by iTunes match and iCloud capability. The chart on the page shows the countries alphabetically and also what kind of iTunes content will be available in the "Cloud" for you. As a general rule of thumb, applications and books are available in all the countries, but only four countries (Australia, Canada, the U.K. and the U.S.) off all options.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Trick iCloud Into Acting Like Dropbox

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 04:00 AM

"While iCloud brought many long-awaiting features to iOS and OS X, many users were still holding out for Dropbox-like syncing service."

And now you can with this handy little trick, which tricks iCloud into syncing folders and files between Macs. It's a fairly simple 3 step process but since I don't want to make a typo, probably best for you to read the original article.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Well, How Was Your Experience Downloading iOS 5?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 03:00 PM

"Apple customers worldwide are experiencing difficulties updating their devices to iOS 5. The culprit? Popularity. iTunes is having difficulty authenticating the iOS 5 update with Apple's servers, probably because so many people are trying to upgrade at once. Once iTunes fails to upgrade, it refers the user to an iTunes help page with the URL referencing "error=3200," and is so widespread that "Error 3200" is currently trending worldwide on Twitter. As we noted earlier, simply downloading iOS 5 was taking a long time, but the problem has become a comedy of error (codes)."

I didn't attempt it much last night, only about twice before I gave up, and found success this morning about 5am Pacific Time. Now, getting everything switched to iCloud was a different story. The picture above is all I kept getting once everything was installed on my iDevices and I was ready to make the move. Sounds like it may be tomorrow as a likely day for the final task. How was your experience this time? Better or worse than the last time you did it? Thankfully this wasn't released on iPhone 4S day or it would have been even uglier don't you think?

Step by Step to iCloud Success

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 06:41 AM

"Some of you may have been able to download iOS 5 and the latest Lion update, so we're sure you're wondering how to get started with iCloud, the new backup service in the sky from Apple. If you're still getting errors, just be patient."

I was one of those having problems, but at 5am this morning I was finally able to get it installed on my iPhone. iOS 5 that is, I still had to set up iCloud and this was a handy setup guide provided by Apple. As with anything, make sure you back up all of your Contacts, Calendars and Bookmarks are all backed up and that you have the latest and greatest version of iTunes (10.5). After that follow the steps and let's hope it goes smoother than the iOS 5 install right?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

iCloud Appears to be Live

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 05:59 AM

"It's the 12th of October. Today is definitely iOS 5 day. After iTunes 10.5 was released yesterday, another part of iOS 5 has just gone live: iCloud."

If you want to access via your iPad or iPhone (or iPod Touch for that matter I suppose), you will have to be running iOS 5. And with iCloud you get 5GB of free storage, with options to buy more. If you are a current MobileMe subscriber however you get 20GB free until June of 2012.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

iCloud Recap, How Accurate is it?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 02:00 AM

"Although we still don't know when Apple will flip the switch on iCloud, the company finally announced a media event for its new iPhone next week, which likely means the fateful day is just around the corner -- so here's a recap on everything we know about it so far."

And that media event is starting in just a few hours, so we shall soon see what parts of all this iCloud business are actually true. What are your thoughts on iCloud? Something you are going to use? Personally I'm looking forward to the iTunes Match part of iCloud.

Tags: software, os x, icloud

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Do Your Friends Know What Cloud Computing Is?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:51 AM

"As Apple plans to push its iCloud service to consumers this fall, a new survey has found that most people don't even know what the term "cloud computing" means."

They may not even refer to it as cloud computing but pretty much everyone uses it. Actually, if they are connected they use it is a more appropriate statement. Even so, only about 22% of those that use some form of cloud computing know what the phrase means. There seems to be a double digit disparity between those that know what it means and those that don't, when it comes to the online sharing of photos and videos, but that disparity narrows to 5% when it comes to the use of online tax services. Taxes bring us together. Who would have thought it possible! What are your thoughts on this survey, have you run across anyone that doesn't know what cloud computing is, especially those that utilize online services?

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Online Storage Pricing Comparison of the Big Three

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:17 PM

"With the iCloud price tiers revealed yesterday, Federico Viticci of has done a nice job comparing Apple's cloud storage offering to those of Dropbox and SugarSync, two of the most widely used cloud storage services out there."

The chart is nice comparison in several different denominations. From what I can see, it appears that SugarSync is actually the best deal. What storage solutions do you use, and with the details of iCloud out in the wild, is that going to change what you do in the future?

Monday, August 1, 2011

iCloud Pricing Announced

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 07:43 PM

"As a part of today's launch for developers, Apple has revealed the price points for extra iCloud storage for end users."

5GB free storage, then basically a little less than $2.00 USD per GB per year for extra storage. Keep in mind this doesn't include your photo stream images or music you purchases via iTunes or books through iBooks. Still, with so many options out there, is this something you will consider?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

iCloud Email: Manage It or Lose It (Surprise!)

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Talk" @ 11:30 PM

"A few cracks are starting to show in Apple's iCloud.

MacRumors says that if you use all your cloud storage space, you'll actually stop getting email. This isn't to say that you'll receive the emails once you clear up space -- the emails will actually be returned to sender and you'll never know they were sent."

I don't quite get the intent of this article. No, the sky is not falling. Gee, bounced emails. It shouldn't be a big surprise that full really means full. Most email users know that disk space must be managed, whether it's Exchange email, or Gmail, or Lotus Notes, or Mac Mail, or xyz Mail. You run out of space, and it's your responsibility to clean up. Nobody likes space quotas, but, you fill it up, you either clean up, or buy more space. Why expect anything different even though the resource is in the cloud and not in a local server room?

Monday, June 13, 2011

Has Apple Finally Arrived With iCloud?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 05:00 AM

"It is hard to believe that Apple has been trying its hand at the Internet services space since the year 2000, when it launched iTools. Like nearly all of iCloud, with which it shares its trademark vowel prefix, iTools was free."

Then .Mac, then MobileMe, and now iCloud. Apple certainly has progressed through various versions of their "cloud" to finally come up with something that at least is competitive with the other services such as DropBox and Evernote. While finally getting here, Apple certainly has taken their time. Usually the leader in innovation, such as adding and dropping different connectors and options from their hardware, this time they appear to be late to the game. But is that such a bad thing? I'm hoping this latest version will work like I think it will and the wait will be worth it, what are your thoughts?

Tags: software, , icloud

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

iCloud Isn't The First Music Service, So How Does it Compare?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:30 PM

"Just as they teased in a press release last week, Apple finally took the wraps off its long-awaited "cloud services offering," iCloud. While Cupertino may act like theirs is the first such service to market, the reality is, as usual, something else entirely."

It certainly isn't the first, but is it the best? I'm sure Apple wants everyone to believe that but until you do a comparison like this article, it is pretty hard to judge. Obviously this is based on the information we have today, so there are some unknowns (Google Music Beta since it's by invitation only), but I'd say it does stack up pretty well so far, and if nothing else, is a great start. What are your thoughts?

iCloud, What Does it Mean?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 11:42 AM

"So the 2011 WWDC keynote finished a mere hour or two ago, and there's a great deal to talk about! Not least the launch of the wonderfully exciting, dare I say revolutionary, iCloud."

This is a brief but solid run through of the iCloud portion of yesterday's WWDC keynote. Some of the highlights for me were the syncing across multiple devices, the iTunes backup and sync and, oh yes, the fact that it is free. Of course the "one more thing" moment we all wait for was the iTunes Match, where you can store up to 20,000 songs for a mere $24.95 USD per year. Compared to the same number of songs on it would cost you $200.00 per year. That is a bargain, and it even matches songs you didn't purchase through iTunes. Some of the questions I have though, are regarding MobileMe and storage prices. You get 5GB free, but what if you need more? I would imagine it would be competitively priced, or at least I hope so. MobileMe ends on June 30th, 2012, so if you haven't extended your subscription and it's due, you are one of the lucky ones. For me, I renewed mine in March so it sounds like I won't get any kind of refund, or at least I haven't found any information on that. Oh well, that is how it goes I guess. What about you? What are your thoughts on yesterdays keynote? And if you haven't seen it, Apple has uploaded it so you can watch it here.

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