iCloud Tips: How To Create a Shared Photo Stream and Make It a Public Website

Photo Stream Public Website

Photo Stream is one of the cool features that are part of Apple’s iCloud service. Shared Photo Streams are one of the best things about Photo Stream. A shared Photo Stream, as the name would imply, lets you easily and almost instantly share a particular set of photos with family and friends.

Even better is this little extra feature in shared photo streams: the ability to make a shared Photo Stream a public website. And it’s very easy to do. Here’s how:

– Open the Settings app on your iPad (or iPhone), scroll down in the left sidebar, and tap on the ‘Photos & Camera’ section

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How To Manage iCloud Storage & Backup on the iPad

iPad iCloud Settings

Want to know how big your iCloud backups are? Or how to manage iCloud storage and backup right on your iPad? This is easy to on the iPad.

Here’s how:

– Open the Settings app.

– Tap on the entry for iCloud in the sections listed in the left sidebar. You’ll see the iCloud screen shown above.

– Then tap on the Storage and Backup bar, just above the Delete Account bar at the bottom of the page.

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Updates to iOS and iCloud: More Important than New iPads This Year

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I love a shiny new device as much as the next guy. Probably a heck of a lot more than the next guy when it comes to a new iPad. So I’m as enthusiastic as anyone about the possibility of Apple change their release cycle for the iPad to twice a year and bringing us more new iPads this year. A lighter, thinner standard iPad this year sounds great, an iPad mini with a retina display – even greater.

But I read something this morning that served as a great reminder that the best thing about the iPad is not the hardware or ever-improving processors and displays, or any hardware specs. It’s the software that drives the iPad that has always been, and will always be, one of the most critical factors in making it a great device. And it’s the software side of things that currently needs the most attention – as Rene Ritchie at iMore points out very eloquently.

Over the coming weeks and months, we’re going to be seeing a ton of rumors and leaks, real and fake, about the new iPhones and iPads and other devices Apple is thinking about for this spring and fall. None of them will be as important to Apple, to us, or to the future of Apple’s mobile platforms as iOS 7 and iCloud this summer.

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iWork Suite iPad Apps Updated for iCloud

iWorkAppUpdates

The iWork suite of apps for the iPad – Keynote (presentations), Numbers (spreadsheets), and Pages (word processing) – has been updated today, to Version 1.5 for each app.

These updates add iCloud support for the three apps, with these features:

    • Automatically store your documents in iCloud and keep them up to date across all your iOS devices.
    • Download your documents to a Mac or PC at icloud.com/iwork as Pages ’09, Word, or PDF files.
    • Drag and drop Pages ’09, Word, or plain text documents to icloud.com from your Mac or PC to have them automatically appear on your iOS devices.

I’m looking forward to trying this out a bit and seeing how well it works.

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How To Setup Automatic Wireless Downloads for Apps, Music, and Books on iPad and iOS 4.3

Automatic Downloads Setting on iPad

As I mentioned earlier, a few of the slick new iCloud features have already made their way to the iPad and iOS 4.3. Another one that I’ve just been testing out is the ability to setup automatic downloads for apps, music, and books that you purchase. So, for instance, when I buy a new song or album on iTunes on the desktop, it automatically downloads to all of my iOS devices – with no more need to connect to a PC to sync these new items.

I’ve given this a whirl today with songs and apps and it works like a charm. A new song purchased in iTunes on my MacBook Pro shows up and is available to play within less than a minute on my iPad 2. When I added new apps via iTunes on the Mac, it took just a few seconds for them to appear on the iPad.

It’s very simple to setup this feature on an iPad running iOS 4.3.3 or above. Here’s how:

– Go to the Settings app and tap on the Store section in the left pane.

– On the top of the right pane you’ll now see the Automatic Downloads section, where you can turn automatic downloads on and off for Music, Apps, and Books individually.

– There’s a setting below where you can choose to turn on or off the ability to carry out these automatic downloads when you are not connected to WiFi. By default this is set to Off, which is a good way to leave it if you don’t want to run the risk of using up your cellular data plan.

That’s it. Happy auto downloading.

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