Sources cite “deep organizational issues” as reason for slow iCloud development

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Date: Tuesday, November 25th, 2014, 08:22
Category: iCloud, iOS, News, Software

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This could be the reason you’re not seeing iCloud develop as quickly as it could be.

Per 9to5Mac, The Information has published a report that claims “deep organizational issues” within Apple are holding up iCloud development and complicating products. The cloud-based service, which helps keep data in sync between iPhones, iPads, iPods and Macs, reportedly lacks from a centralized iCloud team at the Cupertino-based company.

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was particularly keen on the idea of iCloud, a platform that he introduced shortly before his death in late 2011. Jobs had a particular interest in keeping photos, one of the most highly shared forms of media, in sync between devices. Yet, over three years later, Apple has not reached the full potential it envisioned with iCloud.

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Apple quietly updates iWork for iCloud, adds 50 new font types, support for new languages, other changes

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Date: Monday, November 24th, 2014, 09:16
Category: iCloud, News, Software

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It wasn’t the biggest update in the universe, but it might prove helpful.

According to MacRumors and German blog Macerkopf, Apple on Friday updated iWork for iCloud with support for up to eight new languages and more than 50 new fonts. The changes were added to the cloud-based versions of Pages, Numbers and Keynote.

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Security researcher finds unsaved files are automatically saved into iCloud

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Date: Wednesday, November 5th, 2014, 17:10
Category: iCloud, News, security

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This may not be what Apple intended to have happen with iCloud.

And there may be a patch coming for it posthaste.

According to Slate, security researcher Jeffrey Paul recently noticed that Apple’s default autosave is storing in-progress files—the ones you haven’t explicitly saved yet—in the cloud, not on your hard drive. Unless you decided to hit save before you start typing, or manually changed the default settings, those meeting notes, passwords, and credit card numbers you jotted down in “Untitled 17” are living in iCloud.

Although this issue seems to be a recent phenomenon, it appears that it’s been happening since at least December of 2013, according to Apple’s Knowledge Base, and it doesn’t just affect TextEdit, but also Preview, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. Hopefully there wasn’t anything sensitive on those screenshots, spreadsheets, presentations, and documents you haven’t yet saved, or you were using other programs. Luckily, Word for Mac files don’t seem to be affected in this way.

You can turn off this surreptitious feature in Documents & Data —> Apple —> System Preferences —> iCloud —> Documents & Data, or you can save your empty file before you even start typing. But that’s not really the point. The problem is that users intuitively expect their in-progress documents to be saved locally, but these files are being stored on the Cloud instead.

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Apple announces updated iCloud pricing tiers, offers 1TB of space for $19.99 per month

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Date: Thursday, September 11th, 2014, 14:18
Category: iCloud

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The new iCloud pricing tiers have arrived.

On Wednesday, Apple put its new iCloud pricing tiers into effect, announcing the changes on its web site and offering users up to one terabyte of space for US$19.99 per month.

The new tiers range from 5GB to 1TB of online storage space and can be purchased now via the iCloud settings menu on any connected iOS device.

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Apple to institute 2-step iCloud authentication protocol after recent celebrity photo leaks

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Date: Friday, September 5th, 2014, 14:52
Category: iCloud, security

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Sometimes you’ve gotta go the two step security authentication route to keep everyone happy.

Especially the celebrities.

Following a rash of nude photos apparently stolen from celebrities’ iCloud accounts, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company plans to activate new security measures designed to thwart future attacks.

Per AppleInsider and the Wall Street Journal, Cook reiterated Apple’s previous stance that iCloud was not breached before announcing new security protocols meant to give users a heads-up when changes are made to their accounts.

“When I step back from this terrible scenario that happened and say what more could we have done, I think about the awareness piece,” Cook said. “I think we have a responsibility to ratchet that up. That’s not really an engineering thing.”

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Apple adding transition encryption to boost iCloud email service security

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Date: Wednesday, July 16th, 2014, 12:36
Category: iCloud, News, security

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Apple looks to be overhauling its iCloud email service security by including end-to-end encryption for messages sent from me.com and icloud.com, according to new data from Google’s Gmail transparency effort and The Unofficial Apple Weblog.

The report suggests that at least 95 percent of the messages sent to Gmail from users of iCloud mail is now encrypted, just one month after Apple initially promised that such a change would be forthcoming.

Apple is using industry-standard Transport Layer Security, or TLS, infrastructure for the encryption. With TLS, both sending and receiving servers as well as the email messages themselves can be verified for authenticity, nearly eliminating the possibility of email being unknowingly intercepted by a third party.

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Is Apple doing anything about iCloud breach?!

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Date: Tuesday, May 27th, 2014, 08:16
Category: Apple, Hack, iCloud, iOS, iPhone, security

icloud-iconUnfortunately, Apple has not acknowledged the supposed hack into the iCloud systems, and rarely comments publicly on such matters, so we’ll just have to hope they are working towards protecting users’ accounts. The incursion was claimed by two hackers going by the handles AquaXetine and MerrukTechnolog, who form Team DoulCi (derived by spelling “iCloud” backwards-ish). The hack exploits an iCloud security flaw that allows someone to bypass Apple’s Activation Lock system to unlock a lost or stolen iPhone. By utilizing the DoulCi web site, and making a simple change to a file on your computer, the iPhone can be fooled into thinking DoulCi’s site is actually Apple’s iCloud servers.

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Online version of iWork gets some improvements

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Date: Thursday, May 22nd, 2014, 08:56
Category: Apple, Apps, Features, iCloud, Software

 

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It looks like Apple has been giving the iWork apps on iCloud some new features. The entire list, including those made to iWork for the Mac, and the iOS apps can be found here. Many of the updates apply to all three apps, rather than specific functionality change to each.  Document handling, text formatting, and collaboration seem to be areas of focus. A few examples are;

  • Add passwords and share password-protected documents
  • Export documents to ePUB format
  • Print your documents directly from the Tools menu
  • Collaborate with up to 100 people at the same time
  • See cursors and selections for everyone in a document
  • Watch images and shapes animate as your collaborators move them around
  • Almost 200 new fonts
  • More color options in the format panel
  • Folders
  • Edit documents up to 1 GB in size
  • Support for Retina display

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Dropbox offers 1 GB of space for linking to Mailbox app

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Date: Wednesday, December 18th, 2013, 08:13
Category: iCloud, iOS, iPad, iPhone, Software

07-mailbox_icon-300x300Dropbox sent out an email to users with an offer for more space. In celebration of their addition of iCloud and Yahoo email accounts, linking your Dropbox account with the Mailbox app for iPhone and iPad will award you an additional 1 GB of storage space on your Dropbox account. Here is the text from the Dropbox email;

“Great news! In case you haven’t heard, we’re offering 1GB of additional space to users who link their Dropbox account to Mailbox.

What’s Mailbox?
Mailbox is the newest member of the Dropbox family. It’s a redesigned email inbox for a world on the go. Mailbox uses swipe gestures and “snoozes” to help you focus on the messages that need your attention now. And today Mailbox added support for Yahoo and iCloud email accounts!

How do I get more space?
Download Mailbox here if you haven’t already, then go into Mailbox Settings and select Dropbox to link your Dropbox account. Voilà — 1GB of space will be added to your account.”

Until now, Mailbox was a Gmail-only client, which may have turned off users of other email systems, iCloud in particular. Now it remains to be seen if Mailbox can compete with the likes of Molto and Boxer, who have attempted to fill the gap while Mailbox has lagged behind in it’s support for iCloud.

AOL to discontinue iCloud account support for its Alto webmail service come December 2nd

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Date: Thursday, October 10th, 2013, 06:42
Category: iCloud, News, Software

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If you weren’t enchanted with AOL before, then this won’t help win you over.

According to 9to5Mac, AOL has informed applicable users that it will be dropping support for accessing email from Apple’s iCloud service from its recently launched Alto webmail client. Alto is a web-based mail client that intelligently sorts and integrates email from services such as iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo, and AOL. AOL has informed iCloud users who have logged into Alto that support for iCloud will be dropped on December 2nd via the following e-mail:

“Thanks for using Alto to read and send mail from your @iCloud, @me or @mac account. We’ve been honored to host those accounts and get great, positive feedback on the experience from users like you. But we’re sad to say that Alto will no longer support iCloud accounts as of December 2, 2013. We sincerely regret the frustration this will cause.”

iCloud accounts will automatically be disabled in Alto on that date, but users can begin the process early by removing iCloud accounts from Alto manually. All iCloud accounts, no matter if the domain is @icloud.com, @me.com, or @mac.com will no longer be supported. AOL has not shared why it is dropping support for Apple’s email service, and AOL does not appear to be dropping support for any other provider.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.