Do you plug in your iPhone or iPad to sync with your Mac (or PC, you poor soul), then groan in dismay as the progress bar crawls toward the finish line? You don’t have to grin and bear it—with a few simple tweaks, you can reduce the time it takes to sync your iDevices with your computer. For starters, store as few photos as possible on the iPhone or iPad itself—in addition to freeing up valuable storage space, this speeds up syncing by trimming fat from the backup that iTunes makes before each sync.
Americans have yet to be able to enjoy the spoils of Spotify, a European music streaming service that’s wildly popular across the pond. If the company wasn’t gunning for Apple before, they certainly are now -- with a new music download store, iPod syncing and mobile apps for free users.
So maybe you love Mac OS X, but for whatever reason you can’t bring yourself to buy an iPhone and instead have chosen a Windows Phone 7 device. Now, you can merge those two worlds in one unlikely place: the Mac App Store.
With the ubiquitous presence of iPhone and iPads in the lives of Apple aficionados, one no longer even needs their trusty Mac to get online these days. Where iOS devices are concerned, there are a pair of Apple branded solutions -- MobileMe or manually syncing your device with iTunes -- that will allow intrepid internet explorers (see what we did there?), to ensure that they’ve easy access to all of the bookmarks they enjoy when using their Mac’s Safari internet browser.
But what if you prefer to a rock computer-side browser other than Safari, or refuse to spring for a MobileMe subscription? Don’t fret: the iTunes App Store has some great solutions to keep your browsing experience synchronized no matter what device you happen to be using.
By default iTunes will automatically sync any iPhone, iPad, iPod, or iPod touch when any of these devices is attached to your computer using a USB sync cable. If you'd prefer to manually sync your iOS Device you can. Here's how: launch iTunes, open iTunes Preferences, select the Device tab, and check the box next to Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically.
This weeks tips will show you how to take control of backups, which are an important part of the sync process each time you connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to your computer. You'll learn how to speed up your backup performance, how to protect your backups from prying eyes, manage your backups, and how to precent them from occurring.
Alarms are a great feature of iCal and the MobileMe Calendar; alarms can help keep you on track for your various daily activities. However, there's currently a bug with MobileMe that prohibits you from creating an alarm that will alert you more than two days in advance of the scheduled calendar item. We found a simple work around that can help you until this bug is fixed by Apple.
In computer years, it seems like Dropbox has been around forever -- that is, until you realize that it has only just this week finally landed at version 1.0, a pretty big milestone for the cloud storage service that has brought the Mac and Windows together with mobile devices at long last.
We were pretty bummed out to hear the news a few months ago that Xmarks was closing its doors -- but now, the free bookmark syncing tool lives on, thanks to cross-platform password manager LastPass acquiring the service.
Apple’s MobileMe is a great solution for Mac users with an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch (particularly if you own more than one of them), dutifully keeping your contacts, calendars and other data synced across computers and mobile devices -- that is, until something goes horribly awry, and then it can be a nightmare worthy of Halloween legends. Here are some tips for getting such problems solved -- without length tech support calls.