If you're planning to upgrade to one of the new iPhone 6 models, it's important to back up your current iPhone first. You can backup your phone to iCloud wirelessly or to iTunes on a computer.
Robert is a college professor and he wants to take all his desktop files and put them in the cloud, syncing them with his laptop and desktop computers. Leo says there's several ways to accomplish that goal. ICloud will do it if you have a Mac. Both Microsoft's OneDrive and DropBox will do it for both Windows and Mac. Leo says that DropBox is probably the simplest way to go about it. The Chatroom says that Box.net is hipping compliant as well.
After the recent iCloud security breach that released private celebrity photos, you may be wondering what you can do to protect your data in the cloud. Apple has released a statement saying that it was not a failure of iCloud or Find My iPhone that resulted in these photos getting out -- it was a deliberate and targeted attack. That being said, here are a few ways you can keep your data more secure online:
Use Strong Passwords
Jonathan just picked up a Samsung Galaxy S5. He wants to know if Android has a backup option similar to iCloud. Leo says there's no way to backup everything, but Android will backup apps and settings, which include Wi-Fi Passwords, to his Google account. That way when he logs into his Google account with a new phone, it'll restore his apps and settings automatically.
Contacts can be organized into groups on the iPhone or iPad to make them easier to find. However, it may not immediately be obvious that this is possible because Apple still doesn't allow you to create those groups on iOS 7 -- you can only view them. To create groups, you must do it in iCloud or from your computer. Here's how to create groups using both methods:
Jim's having trouble with PhotoStream on his Desktop. It works fine on his mobile devices, though. Leo wonders if Jim turned it off on his Desktop by mistake. This is not unusual for Apple to have problems with their online service. He recommends enabling it through iCloud. He should also turn it off and turn it on again on all devices.
Rick entered a date on his calendar on the iPhone via FantastiCal, and his friend noticed that it appears on his calendar as well. Leo says it will do that if he had set it up that way. The calendar will see that he's put a name in the event and email it as an invitation. It's a nice feature, but scary if he doesn't see it coming.
Mark has two thumbdrives hooked into a PogoPlug connected to his MacBook Air, but now his drives are read only. Leo says that drives can end up read-only when they're damaged. If he removed the thumbdrive without ejecting it, it could have damaged it. Leo says he can pull the data off it and then reformat the thumbdrive.
Scott just got a new iPhone 5 and found out he can't use it without iTunes 11 -- he would have to update his OS as well! Leo says that's true, but Apple handles sync over the air now, so he doesn't really have to sync directly. He can use iCloud and iTunes Match, if he's a subscriber of it, to sync his music. He can also sync via Google Services.