Apple’s iCloud and, more specifically, its Documents in the Cloud feature, make creating and working on iWork projects easier than ever. Once you’re set up correctly, all of the iWork docs on your iOS devices will be synced so you can edit them at any time on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. You’ll also be able to upload iWork documents created on your Mac so that you can continue to work on them wherever you are
If you’re working with sensitive files such as confidential work documents on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, it’s important to protect your data should you misplace your device. The first thing to do is make sure you’ve got a passcode lock set. Do this in Settings > General > Passcode Lock. This will prevent immediate access to your device.
Before we get started, we'd do well by advising you not to leave your Mac unattended in a public place. That's an expensive -- and highly coveted -- machine! But sometimes, nature calls, or that second latte is all you need to keep chugging along with work for the afternoon. Take the neccessary precautions to make sure that your laptop stays put and, more importantly, that your private information stays unrevealed.
One of iCloud’s coolest features, Back to My Back, began life as a seldom-discussed MobileMe service. We think it deserves to be a bigger deal. With Back to My Mac, you can access your Mac’s hard drive and swap files from any internet-connected Mac running OS X 10.7.2. You can also use Screen Sharing to open applications and edit files on another Mac, to access other machines on your home network, or even to upload important files to iCloud.com.
Of all iCloud’s features, Photo Stream is the closest to being truly magical. No, really. It’s a photo album in the cloud that contains up to 1,000 of your latest photos, storing new ones for 30 days, and it doesn’t count against your standard iCloud storage capacity. Best of all, you only have to keep doing what you’re doing now to use it.
Whew! The International Consumer Electronics Show doesn’t even kick off until tomorrow and we’ve already got gadget fatigue from the sheer number of companies jumping the gun and announcing things early. It’s nearly impossible to keep up with them all, but you can get the Mac|Life staff will be reporting back all week with the coolest of the cool to help whittle down the madness somewhat. In the meantime, check out a few of the early birds in our news recap for this Monday, January 9, 2012.
Besides contacts and calendars, your documents are some of the most important files in your digital life. With the iWork suite, and a trip to iCloud.com on your Mac or PC, you can keep them in sync across all your computers and iOS devices.
Apple’s first cloud service, iTools, was introduced in 2000 and was available for free. Then came MobileMe, which added powerful features like data syncing and online storage, so Apple bumped the price to $99 a year. But now Apple has reverted a bit, delivering MobileMe’s most useful services at no charge and rebranding it all as iCloud. And that’s not all—this new service links all of your devices with Apple’s North Carolina data centers to keep both your vital files and your iTunes Store purchases at your fingertips whenever you want them.