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New from : iWork Cross-Platform Incompatibility

Last week Apple introduced iOS 8 and, along with it, a reconfiguring of iCloud document storage. Moving from the old, sandboxed system in which apps had access only to their own documents stored in iCloud, iOS 8 brought iCloud Drive, which allows apps to open documents in iCloud from other apps. This has been a long time coming, but there is a hitch in the transition. It’s this: when you activate iCloud Drive, all of your iCloud documents are moved into the new storage system.

That means, sadly, that apps using the old Documents in the Cloud method of accessing iCloud documents won’t see any of the iCloud Drive files. That includes all apps on Macs that aren’t running a version of OS X that supports iCloud Drive. Such as Mavericks (OS X 10.9)—the most current Mac OS that Apple has released. iCloud Drive capability is coming with OS X 10.10 (“Yosemite”) sometime next month.

This belongs in the Department of WTF. How can Apple have allowed iCloud Drive to go live, hijacking the documents of so many people? Michael Cohen offers a matrix in this article, showing which types of devices can share files with other devices. It’s pretty sad that this has happened; Apple needs to release an iCloud Drive update for Mavericks now, so people don’t lose access to essential documents.

What Michael Cohen forgot to point out is that Apple released an iCloud Drive app for Windows a few days ago. So if you use Windows, you can access all your documents. Seriously.

via New from : iWork Cross-Platform Incompatibility | Worlds of Wanwood Leafmeal.

Apple Now Emails You When You Sign into iCloud on the Web

There is always a fine balance between security and usability. Apple was strongly criticized because of the iCloud selfie breach, and Tim Cook announced that the company would be implementing new security procedures. As of today, one of them is live: if you sign into iCloud on the web, you’ll get an email: This is […]

iOS and OS X Need Private Photos Feature

Coming soon in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite: “Every photo and video you take now lives in iCloud.” As we’ve seen this week, this type of feature has been a problem for some A-list celebrities who had their photos shared. It’s likely that “store all your photos in the cloud” is no longer a […]

How I Hacked My Own iCloud Account, for Just $200

“For just $200, and a little bit of luck, I was able to successfully crack my own iCloud password and use EPPB to download my entire iCloud backup from my iPhone. For $400, I could have successfully pulled in my iCloud data without a password and with less than 60 seconds of access to a Mac or Windows computer where I was logged into iCloud.”

Looks like Apple has a bit more work to do on that iCloud thing…

via How I Hacked My Own iCloud Account, for Just $200.

Apple Announces New iCloud Security Features

As we saw recently, a number of celebrities’ photos, stored on iCloud, were leaked. While there doesn’t seem to be a single cause for this leak – the photos were accumulated over time, after being stolen using a variety of techniques – iCloud is partly to blame. Tim Cook, in an interview with the Wall […]

How to Disable iCloud’s Photo Stream on an iOS Device

As the great nude selfie breach of 2014 has shown us, some of the photos that were leaked were accessed via iCloud accounts. Some of these photos were no longer on devices, and were either accessed from Photo Stream backups, or simply iCloud backups. Security is a trade-off; if you don’t back up your device, […]

The Committed Podcast Discusses iCloud and Security

On this week’s episode of The Committed podcast, Ian Schray, Rob Griffiths and I talk about iCloud and security. In the wake of the recent nude selfies hack, we look at this issue, and the type of security that that cloud services require. We examine Apple’s two-factor authentication, and agree that it’s not simple, we […]

iCloud or not iCloud: What Really Happened in the Nude Selfie Breach?

You’ve seen it on the internet, even on TV news shows: a number of A-list celebrities had nude selfies swiped from their phones, or their iCloud accounts. Initial thoughts pointed to iCloud, since an exploit was released a couple of days before the photos leaked which targeted Find My iPhone, part of iCloud. This exploit […]

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