Tag - ICloud
[Update: now fixed] According to a report from Apple, approximately 0.86 percent of users are currently seeing some problems with Mail and Notes, such as the inability to send or receive email from an iCloud account for the former program, and the inability to sync and in some cases create notes in the latter program. The outage which at press time has lasted for four hours, began shortly after 8AM Eastern time. While affected users can still access the web portal of iCloud if needed, syncing appears to be the biggest issue.
If you'd asked us two weeks ago how to get a lot of video onto your iPad for editing, we'd have said iCloud Drive or Dropbox, and admitted that we'd never had to do it ourselves. Now we've had to do it ourselves, and discovered that the answer is ... iCloud Drive or Dropbox. It took us a few steps to get there, though, and since we could not find any advice about this online, let us make this Pointers be clear about it for you, and for us when we come to do all this again.
A number of users are having issues with accessing iCloud services, with reports of an inability to connect to Apple's servers for a limited number of people. Starting a few hours ago, multiple iCloud services went down, affecting iMessage, calendars, iCloud email services, and other items iCloud supports, with users seeing a "connection error" warning message when their devices failed to connect to the server.
Apple has made two moves over its iCloud business recently: it has taken a significant amount of it away from Amazon, and moved it to Google. Additionally, there are reports of Apple's already large server effort growing its own. A new initiative, said to be called Project McQueen internally, appears to be Apple's in-house plan to store all of its customer-facing data on its own server data center.
Apple may be preparing to switch some of its online services from being hosted by Amazon's infrastructure to Google's, according to a report. It is claimed Apple has reduced its reliance on Amazon Web Services, which is said to be used to operate aspects of iCloud, in favor of using Google Cloud Platform, in what could be an attempt by Apple to reduce its reliance on Amazon, and in turn potentially save money as part of the changeover process.
Apple is continuing to improve the security of its devices and services, despite the ongoing battle over encryption the iPhone producer has with the FBI, according to a report. Appearing to confirm rumors last month that Apple is continuing to increase the level of encryption of customer data, sources of the Wall Street Journal claim Apple is trying to get to a position with iCloud where data is encrypted, but it will not be able to decrypt it for law enforcement.
If you've ever received an email that claims your account is suspended or in danger of being revoked, and requiring you to click a link to go to a website where you can "verify" it, the chances are close to 100 percent that it is a scam. As revealed by the man responsible for the late-2014 leaking of dozens of celebrities' private and often pornographic pictures on the web, such emails were the key to his obtaining passwords to Apple iCloud and Google Gmail accounts that allowed him to obtain the celebrity nudes and other material.
Apple is saying that a "misunderstanding" caused it to briefly advise a Victoria, British Columbia woman seeking to transfer her late husband's digital account to her own name that she would need a court order, rather than the usual proof of death. Peggy Bush, 72, and her daughter Donna sought to have the Apple ID password of her deceased husband's account transferred to Mrs. Bush, in part because she wished to continue playing a freemium card game (and presumably access other data) on his iPad.
Earlier today, Apple released the latest iteration of its iCloud for Windows functionality. Now on version 5, the utility allows users of Windows 7 and newer access to and allows modification of photos, videos, mail, calendar, files, and other data stored in Apple's cloud storage service.
Apple on Wednesday added its selective friends-and-family tracking service Find My Friends to its iCloud.com site, letting users sign in on any Internet-connected device to locate friends or loved ones who have the app on their mobile devices and have agreed to have their location revealed to the user. Participants can opt to change status at any time or enable (or disable) the tracking for select periods, such as when a family is visiting a theme park and wants to each go their separate ways.