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Update To-Do Lists & Reminders on the Mac OS X Desktop from an iPhone

Aug 16, 2012 - 4 Comments
Auto-updating Reminders To Do list on the Mac desktop, thanks to iCloud

The new OS X Reminders app is iCloud enabled, and much like the Notes app, it lets you pin a list to the desktop. These two features combine to bring a synced and automatically updating To-Do list right to the Mac desktop, meaning if you change or complete a task while on the go from … Read More

Pin an iCloud-Enabled Note to the OS X Desktop from Notes App

Aug 13, 2012 - 12 Comments
A note floating on the Mac OS X desktop

The new Notes app in OS X Mountain Lion lets you tear off notes and to float over the OS X desktop. You can think of this as the Stickies app on steroids, and not only does it look better, but you can share directly from the Note. Best of all, if you have iCloud … Read More

How to Fix iMessage Not Syncing Between a Mac & iPhone/iPad

Aug 9, 2012 - 36 Comments

As you probably noticed when configuring iMessage on a Mac, you use an Apple ID during the set up process. This allows iMessage to sync all messages between any Macs and any iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad you may have using that same Apple ID. But this doesn’t always work as intended, and sometimes messages … Read More

How to Access iCloud Documents From the Mac OS X Finder

Aug 9, 2012 - 16 Comments

Since OS X 10.7.2 onward, you can access files stored in iCloud directly from the OS X Finder. Furthermore, if you have multiple Macs configured with iCloud and running Lion or Mountain Lion, you can actually use this hidden folder to sync files between Macs with iCloud, much like DropBox. With OS X and iOS … Read More

How to Back Up Your iPhone Contacts

Jun 14, 2012 - 15 Comments
backing up iPhone contacts

For many of us, our contacts list are the most important part of our iPhones and what we care most about backing up. It’s easy to re-download apps and adjust settings, but it can be very difficult to rebuild a large contact list of names, email addresses, and phone numbers if you lose it. For … Read More

Show iCloud Photo Stream as a Slideshow or Screen Saver on Apple TV

Jun 7, 2012 - 4 Comments
Apple TV slideshow of Photo Stream images

Want to show a quick slideshow to your friends and family of pictures contained within Photo Stream? Assuming you already have Apple TV signed into your iCloud account, do the following: From the main Apple TV menu choose “Internet” and select “Photo Stream” Choose “Slideshow” to start the slideshow By default this will go through … Read More

How to Remote Wipe an iPhone or iPad

Jun 5, 2012 - 19 Comments
Remote Wipe an iPhone or iPad

If you have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod, you can remotely wipe the device with the help of an excellent free service offered through iCloud called “Find My iPhone” (or Find My iPad, etc). This is perfect for situations where a lost device is long gone with no chance of recovery, because it erases anything … Read More

Back Up an iOS Device to a Computer When iCloud Space Runs Out or is Unavailable

May 28, 2012 - 7 Comments
Back up to computer - iOS device setting

You can continue to create local backups of iOS devices even if you rely primarily on iCloud for storing backups. This is a really useful technique if an iPhone, iPad, or iPod ran out of iCloud storage space and don’t want to deal with managing it manually at the moment, or you’re just temporarily without … Read More

Not Enough Storage for iCloud Backup from iOS? Here Are 2 Solutions

May 21, 2012 - 16 Comments
Not Enough Storage message from iCloud backup

Running out of iCloud backup capacity happens quick whether you have a single iPhone or a handful of iOS devices. You’ll know this has happened because you get a friendly popup informing you of “Not Enough Storage” and that the automatic backup can not occur as a result. So what to do? There’s really two … Read More

Access the iOS Photo Stream from the Mac OS X Finder

May 18, 2012 - 31 Comments
Save image search

Photo Stream is an excellent iCloud feature that automatically syncs all pictures taken on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch to one anothers Photo libraries, and it will even sync with Mac OS X through the iPhoto app. Not everyone uses iPhoto to manage pictures though, and if you just want quick access to those … Read More

Turn Off iCal Alerts in Mac OS X

May 5, 2012 - 5 Comments
turn off ical alerts on the mac

Anytime I schedule anything particularly important I use iCal alerts to remind me of the event. But I really only want to receive the alarm on my iPhone which is the device I have with me all the time, rather than coming home and opening my MacBook screen to an outdated alert from earlier in … Read More

Stop iOS Asking to “Verify iCloud Password”

Apr 20, 2012 - 4 Comments
Verify iCloud Password message on iPhone

Many iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch users are annoyed with a constant message asking to “Verify iCloud Password: iCloud Backup requires that you verify your password.”, the popup dialog shows up randomly but most often when unlocking a device after periods of inactivity. Clicking OK and entering the password makes it go away for the … Read More

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