Items tagged with iCloud

It appears that Microsoft just can't catch a break when it comes to its most recent major Windows 10 release. The company has encountered numerous issues with the October 2018 Update, with one being significant enough to cause Microsoft to pull the update altogether. Microsoft finally got around to re-releasing the Windows 10 October 2018 Update -- in November -- but it is now facing yet another issue that is twofold. For starters, customers trying to install the latest version of the Apple iCloud app (version 7.7.0.27) on their system, they encounter an error message that says that says Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 (April 2018 Update) must be installed.  For those... Read more...
Apple customers living in China have a new set of privacy concerns to deal with, if they use the iPhone maker's iCloud service. While previously all their iCloud data was stored on servers located in the United States, Apple has agreed to transfer iCloud storage duties in China to a division of China Telecom, a state-owned telecommunications service. That outfit is called Tianyi, as first revealed in a WeChat post from China Telecom and later confirmed by Apple to TechCrunch. The concern for Apple users in China is that the state-owned agency now has access to a wealth of sensitive information, including text messages and email communications, and of course photos and videos. This transition... Read more...
Although Apple in the past has relied on Amazon S3 and Microsoft Azure to host its iCloud storage solution, but change is afoot. The first indications are now surfacing that Apple has moved [at least in part] to Google's Cloud Platform. It's not clear if Apple is exclusively on Google's platform or if it's using a mixture of competing solutions for the storage needed for all the images and other data that Apple users upload to iCloud. The move might seem rather surprising considering that Apple and Google are rivals in the smartphone realm, with each representing one of the most popular mobile operating systems out there. An update to the iOS Security Guide made last... Read more...
It's looking more and more likely that the next flagship iPhone will have a price tag that starts at around $1,000. This shouldn't come as a surprise given the rising costs of flagship smartphones, and expensive components (like the OLED display panel) that Apple has to factor in and still enjoy its enviable profit margins. Now, some analysts are suggesting that Apple might go the bundle route to make those who might otherwise be averse to spending $1,000 on a smartphone more receptive. Analysts for Barclays claim that Apple might include a one-year subscription to Apple Music and 200GB of iCloud storage bundled in with the iPhone 8. One-year of Apple Music costs $120, while 200GB of iCloud storage... Read more...
It seems that Apple may have a complicated relationship with device user privacy. Russian digital forensics firm Elcomsoft has recently discovered that iPhone users’ call histories are being sent to Apple’s servers. A user’s call history can be sent to Apple’s servers if iCloud is enabled. The data will include phone numbers, dates, times, and duration of phones calls as well as missed and bypassed calls. Facetime and third-party apps such as Skype, WhatsApp, and Viber, and that use Apple CallKit to make the calls, are also saved in iCloud. Apple retains this information for no longer than four months in the United States. User are not notified when the download happens. The menu does not list... Read more...
This isn't a perfect analogy, but imagine if Burger King approached McDonald's about storing and managing its inventory of beef patties, buns, condiments, cups, napkins, and so forth. That's sort of what's happening between Apple and Google, with the former becoming a customer of the latter's cloud platform.Apparently this was a deal Apple inked with Google last year, and since that time it's been able to reduce its reliance on Amazon Web Services to a large degree for its iCloud service. Apple hasn't completely severed its ties with Amazon, but at this point it's entrusting Google's cloud platform with iCloud much more than AWS.Knowledge of the deal was provided to CRN from "multiple sources,"... Read more...
Apple users with massive libraries of songs now have a much higher ceiling when it comes to the number of tracks they're allowed to upload. As was previously promised just before Apple Music launched in late June, iTunes Match and Apple Music's scan-and-match feature now support match limits of up to 100,000 tracks.Previously Apple set the match limit at 25,000 songs, which for the average Joe is probably way more than enough. But for music lovers who've spent years amassing tracks, this is a big upgrade that should bring about a few smiles. Also, perhaps a few frowns from Android users -- Apple's new limit is twice as much as the 50,000 tracks supported by Google Play Music.It's taken a few... Read more...
If there’s one thing that I’ve learned when it comes to taking any computing device in for service, it’s to back it up beforehand “just in case.” There’s no telling what service technicians will have to do with your device or what kind of mishaps could happen in the process, so it’s better to be safe than sorry. However, it appears that at least one British man didn’t use enough caution when he took his malfunctioning iPhone in to be serviced at a local Apple Store. Deric White claims the Apple Geniuses never asked him if he had backed up his iPhone 5, and took it upon themselves to reset the iPhone, wiping out all of its data in the process, in order to solve his issues. “It was only after staff... Read more...
Jan Souček, a security researcher from Prague, has uncovered a vulnerability in the security of the iOS Mail application that nefarious types can deploy against users of the app to gain access to their iCloud passwords.    The method published by Souček illustrates how an email can be sent to the hapless victim that uses HTML code that mimics the iCloud login pop-up window upon receipt. Then, after said victim has inadvertently tapped their iCloud password into the window's Password field and clicked OK, an email is sent back to the sender with that critical information. Specifically, the app vulnerability lies at the feet of a bug in the Mail app that prevents the HTML tag in e-mail... Read more...
It’s long been said that Apple’s efforts to tackle “the cloud” have often come up short. Apple has seemingly struggled to get a firm grip on cloud data starting with iTools, which subsequently morphed into .Mac, MobileMe, and to its current incarnation as iCloud. In the past, Apple has rented server capacity from various vendors -- such as Amazon and Microsoft -- to support its cloud services like iCloud. In addition, Apple has taken the easy (but not always efficient) approach of using off-the-shelf hardware like Cisco switches and HP servers in its growing army of data centers. However, Apple is looking to take a page from the books of rivals like Amazon, Microsoft, and Google to bolster its... Read more...
An update to OS X today brings with it Apple’s new Photos app, which is meant to give users better tools for accessing and sorting their photos. Photos is also more integrated with iCloud, which is good news if you’ve been meaning to get your photos off your vulnerable hard drive and into the cloud. If your 5GB of free iCloud space is already nearly tapped, however, you may soon be exploring Apple’s paid storage expansion options. Image credit: AppleThe Photos app is free, of course. It replaces Aperture and iPhoto and is similar in design to the Photos app for iOS. But it has many more features than you’ll find on the iPhone’s version, including better tools for color correction and a cropping... Read more...
The bigger they are the harder they fall, and you could almost hear a thud when Apple's web stores and various services went down on Wednesday. You could certainly hear the groans as the outage loomed on, effectively halting online sales from Apple's iTunes Store, iBooks Store, App Store, and Mac App Store, ultimately costing the Cupertino outfit millions of dollars in lost app revenue. It all started around 2 AM Pacific on March 11, less than two full days after Apple showed off its shiny new toys, including its much anticipated Apple Watch and new MacBook systems. The outage lasted about 12 hours, during which time Apple's iCloud service was also nonoperational, until Apple resolved the Domain... Read more...
Under CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft has shown a surprising amount of “love” for its competitors. It has provided high-functioning Office apps to iOS and Android users well ahead of solutions for its own Windows Phone platform. It has even partnered with Dropbox, which goes head-to-head with Microsoft’s own OneDrive online cloud storage solution. Today, Microsoft has even more love to share, as it is taking steps to offer more robust cloud storage integration into its Office apps. That starts today with the addition of updated iOS Office apps that allow users to “open, edit and save documents from these [third-party cloud storage providers] right from within Office.” That means that iOS users can... Read more...
There's a fine line to balance when it comes to providing users with a comprehensive backup service and providing that service in a manner that fundamentally compromises the security of the people it's supposed to be protecting. According to security researcher Jeffrey Paul, iCloud has thoroughly breached that barrier thanks to unwelcome changes baked into OS X 10.10 (Yosemite). Here's the problem: Prior to now, if you were working in an application -- even a basic application like TextEdit (the Mac version of Notepad), and you quit the application, the machine would automatically save your documents and open the application with your previously-entered information when you relaunched it. It... Read more...
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