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Apple shows off new Reminders and Notes features in iCloud beta

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Internet, Storage

iCloud beta

Apple released a beta version of the iCloud web interface yesterday for developers to get caught up on the upcoming changes that'll be rolled out to the public this fall. Once logged in, users see beta tags on the Calendar and Find My iPhone app, as well as the addition of the Reminders and Notes apps as well, both in beta. Find My iPhone adds Lost Mode, as well as a battery life indicator for your device, and and we haven't yet found the differences in Calendar yet. Notes and Reminders both provide similar interfaces to what you find in the OS X Mountain Lion and iOS counterparts. Mail, Contacts, and iWork don't show any changes at this point.

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iPhoto will auto import your MobileMe galleries

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Software

MobileMe import iPhoto galleries

Apple's MobileMe has been discontinued, but there are still a few stubborn users who have yet to migrate their data. Luckily, Apple is making it as easy as possible. For example, when you launch iPhoto, you'll get a prompt that lets you know that, since MobileMe is gone, the software will grab any photo galleries you had stored on the service and move them to your computer so that you don't lose them. Much better than losing those precious memories simply because you forgot about the deadline, or had Apple's reminder emails hitting your spam folder.


MobileMe shuts down tomorrow, time to migrate to iCloud

MobileMe shutdown

When Apple announced iCloud a year ago, it was with the intention of making cloud storage, syncing, and services mainstream. Demoting the computer to just another client that can access your centrally stored data. iCloud has been a success, but we know there are still some of you out there clinging on to your MobileMe iDisk storage for dear life. Well, while Apple has allowed you to continue to use the service, it's now coming to an end. MobileMe will shut its doors for good tomorrow, June 30th. You can still migrate your data to iCloud, and you should probably do that. There's no iDisk replacement though, so you might wanna just drag and drop any of that stuff over to Dropbox, which is a free (and awesome) replacement.

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Safari 6: Tab view, offline reading lists, iCloud tab syncing

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Software

Safari Tab View

Today during the WWDC 2012 keynote, Apple revealed the major features that Safari 6.0 will bring with it in Mountain Lion. First, it was revealed that Safari 6 processes Javascript faster than any other browser. As for features, Apple is bringing a unified search URL bar to the browser, which is a very welcome addition. Reading List picks up an offline mode as we uncovered a few weeks ago. There's iCloud tab syncing, a feature that collects all the open tabs across all your devices, allowing for easy access from any of them. You pick up right where you left off. I've been playing with the feature for a few minutes, and it's actually way more convenient than I thought it would be. Lastly, you now have live tab view. On any page, you pinch the page and it zooms out, showing you an iOS-like view of all your open tabs. Swipe through them for a preview of the content, and click (or tap) to go to that tab. Safari 6.0 will ship as part of Mountain Lion in July.


IBM disables Siri on employee iPhones in the name of security

IBM Siri disabled

In an interview with MIT publication Technology Review, IBM CIO Jeanette Horan admitted that the company disables the use of Siri on employee iPhone smartphones. Why is that? Well, since anything spoken to Siri is sent and stored on Apple servers, the thinking is that employees may speak things that shouldn't be in the hands of anyone but IBM--and certainly not in the hands of one of its toughest competitors.

It's not just Siri that's not allowed. Cloud sharing tools like Dropbox and iCloud are also disabled, and employees aren't even allowed to forward internal IBM email message to external non-IBM addresses.

Read More | MIT Technology Review

iCloud set to pick up photo sharing, videos in Photo Stream alongside iOS 6

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Internet, Rumors, Software

iOS 6 icloud features

With the 2012 Wordwide Developers Conference so new reports of what Apple is set to reveal to the world are beginning to appear. Today, we get word from The Wall Street Journal that Apple is set to reveal a bunch of new iCloud features alongside iOS 6.

According to WSJ sources, Apple will be revealing a new photo sharing service for iCloud users, which will allow you to share individual pictures, or entire galleries, with other users of the service. Separate from Photo Stream, the sharing service will also allow your friends to comment on your images as well. Speaking of Photo Stream, another forthcoming change will see the inclusion of videos in the service, allowing you to access video shot on your iOS devices in your Photo Stream as well.

Additionally, iCloud.com will begin syncing data from the Reminders and Notes iOS and Mountain Lion apps, making this information available in the browser. We'll bring you all the news from WWDC 2012 as it happens.

Read More | WSJ

Apple prepping to push banner alerts on iCloud.com

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Internet, Rumors

iCloud Banner Notifications

It looks like Apple is prepping a small upgrade to iCloud.com with the introduction of iOS-style banner alerts. As you can see in the image above, a test banner was accidentally pushed out to some users. This will likely replace the pop-up window alerts that Apple currently uses on the iCloud web client. Banner alerts are also set to be included in the next version of OS X, Mountain Lion.

Read More | AppleInsider

Apple releases Do Not Disturb feature for Mountain Lion Developer Preview 3

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Software

Mountain Lion Preview 3 update

Apple has released a small update for OS X Mountain Lion Developer Preview 3. Anyone running the latest OS X 10.8 Dev Preview can launch software update to grab the update, which includes a new Do Not Disturb feature for Notification Center. This effectively hides all banners and notifications from showing on the desktop so as not to distract you. They'll all be neatly stored and organized within the Notification Center pane when you're ready to review them. We're not seeing any other obvious changes, but if you catch any, hit us in the comments.


iPhoto 9.2.3 released with minor stability improvements and bug fixes

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Software

iPhoto 9.2.3

After releasing an iTunes update, Apple has now followed up less than a day later with a new release of iPhoto. iPhoto 9.2.3 brings with it a few changes to make the app more responsive and less prone to crashing. From the changelog:

  • Improves overall stability
  • Addresses an issue that could cause iPhoto to quit unexpectedly on systems with multiple user accounts.

You can grab the update now from Software Update or the Mac App Store.


Apple closing iWork.com beta on July 31, points users to iCloud

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Internet, Storage

iWork Beta ends icloud

Apple has just announced that it's closing down the iWork.com beta in light of the fact that iCloud has become the company's de facto standard for cloud storage and sharing. It's certainly interesting, since iCloud doesn't yet have all the features that iWork.com has, namely talking about document storage and sharing, as well as the ability to download the stored document in a variety of formats on the fly. Maybe that'll be changing soon? iWork.com users have until July 31, 2012 before the service is shuttered. Full text of the email that Apple sent to iWork.com users after the break.

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