Getting Ready for iOS5: Back Up Back Up Back Up

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Apple’s big event is less than a couple of hours away and while many are focusing on devices, iOS5 is going to be what all those iDevice users are going to be checking out before we see new phones. (Latest speculation by the way is that there is no iPhone 5, just the 4S, but […]

iPhone 5 May Have Up to 64GB of Storage

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The next iPhone is expected to arrive in just a few short weeks, and it may mark the first time you can buy a 64GB iPhone. The current iPhone 4 is available with 16GB or 32GB of storage, priced at $199 and $299 respectively. Mr. X, tells 9to5Mac, that the new iPhone will come in […]

iOS 5 Release Date and What to Expect from iOS 5

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iOS 5 is the next mobile operating system for Apple’s iPhone, iPod and iPad devices. Announced this summer at WWDC, the software has been in beta testing for the past several months, and is due for a fall release, which we expect to come close to the iPhone 5 release date. (Read: 5 Things to […]

iCloud Reset Thursday Means Backups No Longer Available

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On Thursday September 22nd Apple will reset iCloud in preparation for the beta service’s final releas, which is expected to arrive when iOS 5 leaves beta. If you have been using the developer beta of iOS 5 on your iPhone or iPad, you won’t be able to access the backups made before Thursday, 22 September starting at 9 […]

Apple Drops TV Rentals from iTunes

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In only Tim Cook’s second day as CEO of Apple, the company has gone ahead and gotten read of a service. That’s right. Apple has done away with TV rentals through iTunes removing the option entirely and leaving only the ‘Buy’ option or for some content, a ‘Season Pass’ to view a whole year of […]

iCloud Drops MobileMe’s Mac OS X Sync Settings Features

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iCloud won’t include one of the most useful MobileMe features – OS X Settings synchronization. Things like the layout of your OS X Dock icons, keychain passwords and user names and all of your email accounts will not be synced between devices via the new iCloud service. When I first made the leap to the […]

iCloud’s Web Interface Now in Beta, Storage Pricing Detailed

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With the flood of iPhone 5 rumors we get clobbered with every week, it’s refreshing to get some solid news about another exciting Apple launch that is approaching. Developers (and non-devs who have registered for an iCloud account) can now access Apple’s web portal for the upcoming iCloud (as reported by 9to5Mac) at iCloud.com. Any fears that […]

iOS 5 Beta 4 Brings Documents in the Cloud Support

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Users of the previous three versions of the iOS 5 beta may have noticed that the promised “Documents in the Cloud” feature was, up to this point, missing from the party. With today’s release of the fourth iOS 5 beta though, the folks at 9to5Mac point out that Cloud Docs support is now active. Documents […]

Beta 4 of iOS 5 Released by Apple – Over the Air!

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Apple is keeping the beta releases coming for their upcoming iOS 5. Developers can now get their hands on Beta 4, and they don’t even need to bother with iTunes. Registered developers who are already on iOS 5 beta 3 can download the new beta 4 OTA. Simply opening the iDevice’s settings app, and touching […]

Locked In and Loving It: How Apple’s Master Plan Paid Off

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Yet another perk for Apple’s using a closed ecosystem is that every purchase users make is a little commitment to their platform. With each iOS user having invested an average of $100 in apps, according to AppleInsider, it’s looking like Apple’s “customer loyalty” is in no danger of falling any time soon. But this “loyalty” […]

Rumble in the Clouds: Amazon Sweetens Their Cloud Player Pot

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Amazon responded today to the challenge that Apple’s upcoming iCloud is sure to pose. Amazon announced that their Cloud Player (which launched a couple of months back) will now offer unlimited music storage, provided you buy a $20/yr. plan. The retail giant also announced a web app for their Cloud Player, which can be run in Safari […]

Google+ Media Sharing and Messaging Put iCloud to Shame

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When Google launched Google+ many of us made the mistake of thinking it was just another attempt from Google at being social. While Google+ is social, the real magic is in the Android Google+ app, which delivers on many of the iCloud features Apple announced at WWDC and frankly blows some of them out of the […]

A Conversation with a Reader about Tablet PCs and Tablets: Part 2

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This post continues a conversation I’ve been having via email with a GBM Reader. That reader has given me permission to post this conversation but wishes to remain anonymous. You can find Part 1 of this series here. Warner, Thanks for the lengthy response, but let me say that there is nothing surprising in it. […]

Why iCloud is Perfect for the Average iOS User

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As nearly half of all iPhone owners don’t connect their smartphones to their computers to backup or sync content after the initial activation process, Apple’s introduction of the cloud-based synchronization system called iCloud may help customers more effectively manage, backup, and restore data on their phones in the event of data loss. As users increasingly […]

Weekly Wrapup: Notebook, Tablet & Smartphone News – WWDC Week

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While a decent amount happened this week in the world of notebooks, smartphones and tablets; the primary focus was on Apple as the company took to the stage at WWDC to announce iOS 5, iCloud and OS X Lion. There was no iPhone 5 announced, but the new software is already on many devices, including […]

Previously Yanked iOS Apps Now Time Warped to Appear on iCloud

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One of the bad things about a closed ecosystem like Apple’s iOS is that Apple dictates what apps gets through to its App Store. This applies even after an app is released. For instance, on today’s version of iOS and the App Store, if I download an app, let’s call it App ABC, and pay […]

iOS 5 Ushers in the End of the iPod Era

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On October 23, 2001, Apple had asked the world to say ‘goodbye to your hardrive’ with the debut of the first iPod, a consumer device that propelled the digital music revolution and made Apple a household name. Almost a full decade later, Apple continues to ask the world to bid adieu to their hardrives, but […]

How to Get an iCloud Experience on Android

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While the new iCloud service from Apple is garnering attention for the ability to use the cloud to keep your devices in sync with apps, music, documents and more, it’s not the first time these features are available. Apple has done a good job of pulling these services together, but if you want to replicate iCloud on […]

In Wake of iOS 5, iCloud Announcements, Microsoft Details SkyDrive Features for Windows Phone 7 Mango Update

After Apple had announced its next-generation iOS 5 software and the iCloud photo, documents, and music synchronization engine with the cloud, Microsoft is revealing more information about its SkyDrive document and photo synchronization service as part of the Windows Phone 7 Mango update that’s slated to come this fall. SkyDrive is a cloud-based service that […]