It’s the last Friday of the year, and that means the final installment of our daily news recap for 2011. It’s been a busy year for Apple: From Thunderbolt Macs to the iPad 2, OS X Lion to the iPhone 4S and of course, the death of co-founder Steve Jobs, many of us are apprehensive about the future of our favorite tech company heading into 2012. For now, let’s sit back and reflect on the year with a few final news tidbits for this Friday, December 20, 2011.
Backups to the cloud encrypt and transmit your Mac’s data to online servers that could be anywhere in the world. These backups depend on a fast, reliable internet connection, and may lack the speed of local backups and restores, but they offer important advantages over backing up locally. For starters, most cloud backups offer some storage for free, with additional plans to choose from as your needs grow. Your files are kept far from where thieves could realistically reach them, and they’re protected (again, within reason) from disasters and random acts of clumsiness better than most external drives. We have yet to hear of a server brought down by a spilled iced latte at Starbucks.
Your digital photos may be the most meaningful zeroes and ones you own -- after all, you can’t get back the moments they capture. The good news is you can keep those memories safe without keeping them hidden on a hard drive. But first, make sure they’re backed up to that hard drive by including your iPhoto Library (Home > Pictures) in your backup routine. We don’t want you losing a single shot of your Chihuahua in her Halloween costume.
It's Black Friday, and you might be sleeping off your pre-dawn shopping binge and missed the news; but it's also the day after Thanksgiving, so you might have been too busy stuffing cranberry sauce into your chops to keep up; and, last but not least, it's two days after you sat for hours in bumper to bumper holiday traffic, where you couldn't see these hot news stories. Luckily for you, we have a sweet leftover plate of the week's hottest newsflashes and we know you're going to gorge yourself on these awesome Apple stories.
While iCloud brought many long-awaiting features to iOS and OS X, many users were still holding out for Dropbox-like syncing service. Though Apple didn’t go this direction with the official release, there is actually a way to trick iCloud into syncing files and folders between Macs, just like Dropbox. Read on and we’ll show you exactly how to use this hidden functionality of iCloud.
The big news of the day is undoubtedly Apple’s fourth-quarter results for fiscal 2011, but that’s hardly the only thing making news today. Today we’ve got a bum Apple TV update, a cool new version of Fantastical with editing support, more iPad mini rumors and more worth reading about for this fine Tuesday, October 18, 2011.
This past April, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a donor-funded, nonprofit group of lawyers, policy analysts, activists, and technologists dedicated to defending consumer digital rights, launched a campaign called “Who Has Your Back”. The campaign called for thirteen top technology companies to sign a petition agreeing to to stand with their users in court and be transparent in their practices with regard to data demands and government requests.
Today the EFF announced that two more of those companies, Apple and Dropbox, have stepped up and joined the Digital Due Process coalition, and for that they both get a new gold star.
Yeah, I know that Cloud computing and document storage became all the rage years ago and that I'm probably late to the game with this story. But, you'd be surprised at how many people don't know that they can get free documents storage with Dropbox, or that Box.net is one of the best services for professionals who need to share myriads of files. Next time your friend asks you about Cloud solution for her stray documents, send her here.
DropDAV is a no-brainer for iPad owners looking to get work done. For $5 a month, this service enables you to access your Dropbox account through the WebDAV standard that Apple uses in iWork for iPad applications. That means you can upload those documents right to your Dropbox. But that’s not all -- other applications, like OmniFocus, can also take advantage of this connection method.