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Apple to toughen identity verification for iCloud security

Apple to toughen identity verification for iCloud security

Apple will toughen security measures for iCloud password recovery, the company has confirmed, after shortcomings in telephone support were cited as key to a high-profile hack of one journalist's digital life. The Cupertino firm had already frozen over-the-phone password resets earlier today, but has since told the LA Times that when the service is restored it will be following a new and more stringent security policy.

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When iCloud becomes the Perfect Storm

When iCloud becomes the Perfect Storm

A high-profile case of cloud hijacking and data vandalism has thrown new attention on iCloud, Amazon, Google and other big online names, as gaps in the ways security is handled potentially allow for hacking. Flaws in how Apple and Amazon handle account recovery have been blamed for the "digital destruction" of journalist Mat Honan's online life, following hackers' successful attempts to crack security on his iCloud account, gain access to his Gmail and Twitter, and then remotely lock and delete his MacBook, iPhone and iPad.

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Apple expands on Q3 earnings: App Store, iCloud, and expectations

Apple expands on Q3 earnings: App Store, iCloud, and expectations

This week Apple is letting loose not only details of this most recent financial quarter, but their expectations for the future as well. The crew speaking with investors on their Q3 financial call spoke on iCloud, noting that users of the service now number close to 150 million in all. Speaking on how they're extremely excited about iOS 6, the company's next mobile operating system release, they spoke up on how the current generation of the software has yielded fabulous results for developers, with $5.5 billion dollars paid to App Store developers this past quarter along.

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iTunes Movies in the Cloud expands to 37 countries

iTunes Movies in the Cloud expands to 37 countries

iTunes movies are sold in multiple countries across the world, but the iTunes in the Cloud feature for movies was previously restricted to the United States. Apple has now rolled out the feature to 37 new countries, including the UK, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. Not everything that users have purchased will be available due to licensing agreements, but it’s good to see the feature expanding to additional territories.

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Greenpeace cautiously positive over Apple iCloud power promises

Greenpeace cautiously positive over Apple iCloud power promises

Apple's eco-credentials have come under the microscope again, with Greenpeace re-assessing the company's plans to power iCloud with renewable resources. The environmental activist organization slated Apple back in April for its reliance on coal-fueled power stations for the server farms hosting iCloud; a month later, Apple announced plans to switch to 100-percent green power for iCloud in 2012. The commitment triggered Greenpeace taking a second look, though its conclusion is still mixed.

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Apple adds new web apps to iCloud Beta

Apple adds new web apps to iCloud Beta

Apple isn’t just adding and improving features in iOS 6, with the company also focusing on its iCloud.com web services. MacRumors reports that Apple has activated the iCloud Beta portal for developers testing iOS 6, with new web apps appearing on the site. Those include Notes, Reminders, Calendar, and an improved Find My iPhone, will all four being tagged as “Beta”.

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iWork.com to shut down July 31 following MobileMe

iWork.com to shut down July 31 following MobileMe

The shutdown process has taken years, but Apple’s paid cloud service MobileMe was finally closed for good officially on Sunday. Now Apple is starting to remind everyone that iWork’s online portal will follow in MobileMe’s footsteps and will also be shut down this July 31, 2012. Users should start backing up any work before that date if they ever want to see documents stored there again.

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Apple tipped to overhaul iTunes, improve sharing

Apple tipped to overhaul iTunes, improve sharing

Apple showed off a whole host of new features at WWDC 2012, but things have been quiet on the iTunes front. Bloomberg reports that Apple is busy preparing a major update to iTunes that will have deeper integration with iCloud and place an emphasis on sharing. Sources speaking to Bloomberg say that Apple recognizes that organizing the various content available from its services has become difficult, with iCloud integration hoping to fix that.

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OS X Mountain Lion gets iCloud built-in

OS X Mountain Lion gets iCloud built-in

Apple has announced some of the new features to expect with OS X Mountain Lion, starting off with the iCloud being built-in. This means that when you sign in, all your apps are configured for you and your content is up-to-date across all your devices, be they running Mac OS X or iOS.

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