Summer is icumen in, as the poet of olde once wrote, and maybe you spent a lot of time this week out doors and weren't at your computer, glued to the latest in Mac and Apple news. Maybe you were off camping or exercising or gardening or sunbathing or who-knows-what-ing. Well, if you were, and if the rain drove you back inside, have a seat right here, that's it, pull up a chair, sit down, and take a look at the news we have for you.
Now that Apple has officially revealed what iCloud will contain when it launches this fall, it’s time to sit back and look at what the service isn’t going to bring to our lives. Sure, we know it’s free, but we hang with that “glass half empty” kind of crowd.
With iCloud lurking in the not so distant future, MobileMe users may be wondering what will happen to their files on iDisk. While Apple has yet to release their plan for MobileMe to iCloud transitions, we can only assume that Apple will phase out iDisk in favor of document syncing and storage in iCloud. If you’re like us, however, you’ll want to take your files off of iDisk and store them on Dropbox or another online storage service.
All together now, mimicking Steve Martin in The Jerk: “The new iCloud is here! The new iCloud is here!” -- or at least it will be soon, according to a press release from Apple themselves on Tuesday. But do we know what exactly it will entail?
Everyone knows in their heart they need to do a better job backing up their data. We need to make Time Machine a regular part of our lives, we need to hit Save a little more often, and we need to regularly sync our iPhones with iTunes to keep our data current. We know we need to do this stuff and we always mean to do it, but we don't. And then we wish we had.
Just recently after restoring our iPhone, we forgot to make a current backup and we lost some great shots of our dog playing basketball and some of our game prizes and badges. We can't get the prizes back, but what can we do about the pictures? Nothing as it turns out. Nothing, but be proactive and it just so happens there's more than one app for that.
Apple’s MobileMe has come a long way since its former iTools and .Mac days, and if CEO Steve Jobs is to be believed, this year it will get even better -- and maybe even free, if not cheaper. But if you simply can’t justify $99 a year for the service right now, there are less-expensive options available.
If you’re still looking for the perfect note-taking app for the iPad, your search may just have ended. The creators of the popular Comic Zeal Comic Reader have just released ThinkBook, an “organizational marvel” for notebooks and outlines.
This week, Amazon unveiled its new cloud-based storage solution, which gives everyone 5 GB of online storage for whatever you might need to store. The kicker to Amazon's largess? Any MP3s you have in your space can be streamed anywhere you are, and if you buy an MP3 album from Amazon, they up your storage to 20 GB. The kicker to the kicker? It's for the web and Android; there's no iOS app.
In light of this, we thought we'd take a look at some of the alternatives to this nice new cloud service.
Why should your iPad have all the fun? That’s what developer Readdle is asking this week as the company rolls out PDF Expert 2.0, a major new version of their iPhone edition which brings feature parity with the iPad edition, including text highlighting, form filling and much more.