iCloud's Two-Step Authentication Is Back and Now Covers Backups

Good news after a harrowing week: Your iCloud account is now (a little) more secure. After popping up briefly and then disappearing—and a highly publicized, unfortunately timed security breach—iCloud's two-step authentication has returned for good, with several important improvements, according to Ars Technica. » 9/16/14 6:40pm Tuesday 6:40pm

iCloud Isn't Safe, Because Everyone's a Target and Apple Doesn't Care

Two years ago, tech writer Mat Honan wrote a blockbuster story for Wired, describing how a child got into his iCloud account and briefly ruined his life. You may have heard that the same thing recently happened to some very famous women, almost certainly using the same method. Apple is making it easy for you to be… » 9/02/14 5:44pm 9/02/14 5:44pm

Hackers Are Using Find My iPhone to Hold iOS Devices for Ransom

A strange rash of virtual iPhone kidnappings in Australia recently spread to the United States, and boy, are they strange. Hackers appear to be using Find My iPhone to lock iOS devices remotely, and then demanding a ransom to unlock them. Said ransom is payable through PayPal. You should not pay it. » 5/27/14 1:13pm 5/27/14 1:13pm

iCloud's About to Look a Whole Lot More Like iOS 7

The slow creep of Jony Ive's flat-friendly software design is starting to pick up its pace with the new beta version of iCloud.com. That scratchy old black background is now dreamy blue and blurry just like iOS 7. The app icons have lost a dimension, as well, and now look like their iOS 7 counterparts. Frankly, it… » 8/14/13 2:49pm 8/14/13 2:49pm

Dropbox Just Changed Everything About How You Use Apps

Way back when, Steve Jobs told Dropbox that it was a feature, not a product. Which was enough at the time. Except now, Dropbox's reach stretches wide enough, and its influence is great enough, that it just leveled up. It's not just syncing your files and folders anymore. It's trying to sync literally everything on… » 7/09/13 4:10pm 7/09/13 4:10pm

iCloud Finally Looks Like It's Useful (Updating)

While all the hullabaloo at WWDC is focused on what iOS and OSX look like, we should be more concerned with whether or not they actually work. The late Steve Jobs did say over a decade ago that Apple focuses on not just the aesthetics of its products but also how they actually work: "It's not just what it looks like… » 6/10/13 1:44pm 6/10/13 1:44pm

WWDC 2013 Predictions: Here Comes iOS 7, But What Else? (Updated)

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) doesn't kick off until tomorrow, but the internet's been wildly speculating about the company's plans for months. Some of it is almost definite (hello, flat design) and some of it's absurd (stop it with this). Here are all the goodies we actually expect Tim Cook and his… » 6/09/13 8:16pm 6/09/13 8:16pm