Items tagged with iCloud

Apple is deep into damage control mode to clarify its messaging on its plan to protect children from online predators. Earlier this month, the company announced several features to stop the spread of Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM). While well-intentioned, this move sparked a lot of backlash from the online... Read more...
Late last week, we covered Apple’s new plan to screen text messages for explicit images and files uploaded to iCloud for child sexual abuse material. The announcement, however, garnered quite a bit of attention and concern rather quickly, contrary to what Apple likely wanted. Now, the Cupertino-based company has... Read more...
Yesterday, Apple previewed new child safety features to protect children from predators and limit the spread of Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM). While these features, which were developed in conjunction with child safety experts, sound great, they also open the door to future privacy issues. The first major part... Read more...
You can never have too many backups of important data, including photos, videos, secret recipes, spy documents, and whatever else you deem valuable. Apple may not be able to help much with the latter two, but when it comes to all those photos and videos sitting in iCloud, the company has quietly released a new tool... Read more...
Apple and the FBI have clashed over encryption policies on numerous occasions, with the latter pressuring the former to build a backdoor into iOS to make it easier for authorities to crack into locked iPhone handsets. To this point, Apple has not wavered, or so we thought. New information suggests Apple had planned to... Read more...
Apple is trying out a new way to login to your iCloud account using either Face ID or Touch ID. Both will be welcome login options for users of iCloud, and to use either of the new login methods user devices must be running the iOS 13, iPadOS 13, or MacOS Catalina beta offerings. For users with devices on one of those... Read more...
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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read more...
Apple recently posted a security bulletin alerting iCloud users to the presence of "intermittent organized network attacks using insecure certificates to obtain user information," and though the company didn't publicly point a finger at China, several reports suggested that's where they're coming from. In response to... Read more...
It's a little bit awkward when you're flipping through photos in front of a group and come upon that one sexy pose in skimpy clothing you forgot was on there, but imagine if someone hacked your phone and uploaded all your private photos for the entire world to see. Jennifer Lawrence and several other celebrities don't... Read more...
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