iCloud

What's the best cloud storage for back up?

Episode 1261

Bob from Detroit, MI

Bob needs a cloud based storage solution for being a digital pack rat. Leo says he should think about what he wants to store in the cloud and what he wants to store locally. If security is an issue, or if his data consists of large files like movies, then he should keep that locally.

The cheapest solution is Amazon's Glacier. This would be for things he doesn't need all the time. At $0.007 per gigabyte, it's ideal as a "just in case" scenario.

How can I back up my photos while on vacation?

Apple Photos

Episode 1251

Scott from Richland, WA

Scott is about to go on vacation to Australia and he wants to know how iCloud works with the images on his iPad. Leo says that he can turn on iCloud Photo Library in his phone and it will upload his images when connected to Wi-Fi to save space on his phone. Can he upload from his Nikon with his iPad? Leo says he can shoot raw, but it may not go up to the cloud. They will upload high quality JPEGs. But Scott should be wary, because Nikon also adds a lower quality JPEG that it loads to the LCD for review. In many cases, the lower quality image will get copied instead.

What's the best inexpensive word processor for Mac?

Episode 1246

Bridget from Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Bridget got her first Mac and she's stunned that the cost of the apps for the Mac are so much more expensive than the ones for her iPhone or iPad. Leo says that's true, and Mac users are willing to pay it too. Bridget needs something she can use to edit a Word document that won't cost an arm and a leg. She's seen a lot of negative reviews on Apple's Pages. Leo says he likes Pages, but it isn't Word, which is why it gets a lot of negative reviews. Most people only use about 5% of Word's features, though. Pages is the best tool to layout and edit a resume.

Could I replace my external drive with cloud storage for my media?

Episode 1227

Joe from Austin, TX

Joe has a Mac Mini and he has been keeping programs on the internal drive and data on his external data drive. He wants to move all the data over to cloud storage, though. But he has about 160GB of data with movies, music, photos etc. Leo says that the amount of data he stores in the cloud will be limited by his upload speed. To get an idea of what his upload speed is, he could take his download bandwidth speed and reduce it by 75%, then divide that by the amount of data he wants to upload. It could take months.

How do I backup my new iPhone 6s Plus?

Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

Episode 1227

Mike from Los Angeles, CA

Mike bought the 128GB iPhone 6s Plus and he's running out of storage space. Leo says that his iPhone shouldn't be his main storage device, as that's a single point of failure. Leo suggests putting his videos onto a cloud based solution like Microsoft OneDrive, Google Photos, or Flickr. He'll get a terabyte of storage free on Flickr, and Google Photos is unlimited.