As I've written previously, iCloud can be a little confusing. It's not meant to be — at least, I don't think Apple intended it to be — but a number of people seem to get caught up by iCloud's synchronisation setup. While it's wonderfully convenient to have the same photos appear across all of your iCloud-using Apple devices, removing photos on one device removes them everywhere else.
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Got an email address? Use a computer? Is that a smartphone in your pocket? Then you need to get yourself some cloud storage. Having an always-accessible repository of your most important photos and files makes sharing files with friends less of a hassle and grants you peace of mind. With options from every major tech company, you might find yourself drawn to one or another based on the tech you use on a daily basis and what each service offers.
The cloud offers lots of benefits for consumers as we all as for small business. But, as a consumer, how do you know what cloud services to use and what they're all for? Here's our dive into the world of personal cloud services.
Online privacy enthusiasts can get all kinds of disposable tools these days to keep their actual information safe. Disposable email addresses to keep their real address from being revealed, and disposable phone numbers to make it easier to not give your real number out.
Dear Lifehacker, Three or four years ago, my Macbook died, and because I was an avid user of Time Machine, I was able to retrieve virtually everything I cared about from my external hard drive, except my photos. Because this tragedy happened to coincide with a software update, the updated photos couldn’t access the old photo library that was stored on the other drive.
Apple recently (and finally) brought Messages to iCloud, which we've written about a bit over the past month because it's just that useful and necessary of a feature. However, with all new, great things comes confusion; setting it up can be a bit of a head-scratcher and apparently, figuring out just what it's doing is equally question-inducing.
With the public launch of iOS 11.4 earlier this week, Messages in iCloud is finally ready for prime time — and not a moment too soon. If you ever linked your phone number to Messages on multiple devices at once, you'd have to delete the same texts on each device over and over. Now, when your devices' Messages apps are all linked through iCloud, what you do on one synchronises to the others. Time saved; frustration reduced.
When Apple released AirPlay back in 2010 it was a revolutionary technology. The idea that you could send audio from one device to another was new and changed things significantly. But it was always a little limited as it's ability to send different audio to different speakers was non existent. Systems such as Sonos took the lead in offering affordable multi-room systems. But AirPlay 2 is here. Apple is pitching its benefits to the HomePod but I think it's going to be more useful for those using other speaker systems.
Using iCloud to monitor the location of your Apple devices is an easy way to keep track of your stuff, and lock it down when it's in the wrong hands. Just remember to say goodbye to iCloud before you sell that ageing iMac. Designer Brenden Mulligan signed into his iCloud account and found an old friend waiting for him among his list of devices: the iMac he had sold nearly three years prior.
Apple keeps giving us reasons to say goodbye. iOS 11 is buggy as hell, with the most recent error making iPhones almost unusable and the latest version of macOS briefly exposed Mac owners to a major vulnerability. As for the iPhone X, it may be pretty sleek for an iPhone, but Apple's still playing catch-up to its Android competition.
At WWDC 2017 Apple announced iOS 11, and with it a slew of space-saving features for smaller devices. Good on Apple for making 32GB the smallest storage in its iOS lineup, but it still isn't enough. A ton of people already spend time trying to reduce the size of their photos, apps, and other bits of data in order to save space and not meet the dreaded "Cannot take photo" alert when it's clutch time.
iOS: Every once in a while, Apple will push out a minor update that fixes some random little problem with its operating systems. This time around, it's the Apple ID page in 10.3, which finally has a more cohesive settings page with access to everything from two-factor authentication to serial numbers on your other devices.
Apple's iCloud has a long and troubled past, but the company keeps pushing it for iPhone and Mac users with every new operating system update. Don't be fooled. The service is an inconsistent mess and more trouble than it's worth.
Mac: If you just upgraded to macOS Sierra and your Dropbox app is acting up, you're not alone. Even with the latest version of the app, some users are experiencing strange behaviour -- error messages, confusing syncing icons and so on. Here's what you can do to mitigate the annoyances.