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iCloud and iTunes Match: What are they anyway?

As the resident geek in my family, I tend to have to explain things from time to time. In fact, they’ll generally ask me even though there is a somewhat more technical nerd in the family, particularly as I tend to explain such things fairly simply (and I read a hell of a lot more info on the ‘net, so I guess I tend to understand the function of consumer products a little better).

Anyway, this is one that has come up fairly often recently – which was a surprise to me, as I thought it was a fairly straightforward concept. Turns out I’m just a nerd who spends too much time on the Internet. As a result, I decided it might be a good topic to take a brief and general look over, in the hope that the average Joe might better understand how these services will make life easier. Click through if the terms iCloud and iTunes Match mean nothing to you.

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Stepping out of the smartphone debate

OK – I’ve gone over this a couple of times, and let’s just say the results have been conflicting. First up, I wrote on why I chose to switch from iPhone, and followed that up with a post detailing how happy I was with the change. A little later (not long ago, in fact), I wrote quite the opposite in a post outlining why I was planning to go back to ‘the dark side’.

Well, here I am again, and I plan for this to be my definitive (and final) write-up on this topic. It won’t be long, so please click through and sate your curiosity. Continue reading

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iCloud is not a bad thing

Well, well, well… Apple has announced details for OSX Lion, iOS 5, and iCloud, and it looks like they might have a damned good service on the horizon. It’s exciting times, and a lot of what they have planned is exactly what I’m after – it will certainly take a lot of the effort out my my day, and that sounds dandy.

However, since the announcement (and in particular reference to the iTunes Match service, that will enable users to access all of their music – regardless of where it was obtained – from the cloud) there has been some outcry from the industry. Some have voiced their concerns that this legitimises piracy, or that it allows for laundering of music. I’m not sure how I feel about that, though. Continue reading

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Android/iPhone follow-up… again

Am I still in love with the little green binman?

Well, it’s been almost a year since I decided to try the other side of the smartphone world. You might recall my original post on this. And its follow-up. So how do I feel now, a year on? Am I still convinced of Android greatness? I note that in my last post on this, I mentioned I would never go back to Apple unless they made some serious changes. Do I still feel this way? Continue reading

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Update iPad/iPhone without backup [Now with link…]

backoffFor a long, long time, I had avoided updating my iPad. It all started with my iPhone, actually – the stupid thing would take about a million years to backup before it started to update (almost a million years, at least). When iOS 4.0 was released earlier this year, I bit the bullet, and let the phone backup over night. Since then, backups have been mostly painless. Well – it doesn’t make much difference to me, as I am now on Team Android.

However – things weren’t so simple for my iPad. I tried to update – I really did. On two occasions, I left the damned thing to back up over night, and it was STILL only 50% in the morning… Yes, after 12 hours, it was only halfway complete. This issue was further compounded by the fact that iPads just don’t like being charged over certain USB connections – and my PC just didn’t output the right amount of juice, so after 12 hours, the battery was almost dead. So what was I to do? Obviously, I wouldn’t be able to update my iPad without wiping it completely, as the Internet kept telling me it was magazine and comic apps that were the culprits…

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