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iWork For iCloud Beta Now Available Worldwide


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Apple has today opened up the beta version of iWork for iCloud to the public, moving the service closer to final release. The beta, which was previously only open to a limited number of users which were principally associated with the Apple Developer program, is now available for anyone with an Apple ID to access and use. Users can access the iWork for iCloud beta through the iCloud web portal, giving users the option to use Pages, Keynote and Numbers with all documents synced through iCloud.
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iCloud.com Beta Site Receives Big Update To Look Like iOS 7


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The beta staging site for iCloud.com has been updated with a completely new design to reflect the new style of iOS 7. The beta site, which includes the latest versions of the iWork for iCloud, received the update today as part of the eventual roll out of the new iOS 7 design which is set for a public debut in the Fall of this year. The new design doesn’t just relate to the initial apps screen but is extended all through the site, meaning that the iCloud Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Notes and Reminders all adopt the same design structure.
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Apple Beefing Up Anti-Abuse And Anti-Spam Capabilities Of iCloud Mail


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Apple has today posted an advertisement to recruit a Software Engineer to join the iCloud Mail Infrastructure team to build new mail ‘anti-abuse’ infrastructure. The advertisement is specifically looking for an individual who can develop existing systems but can collaborate with other engineering teams to ‘define and implement new mail anti-abuse systems’. The advertisement also considers experience with spam systems/architectures a plus, indicating that the company is looking to significantly reduce abuse and spamming of users in iCloud mail.

Apple has a dedicated iCloud spam reporting service whereby any messages that are reported as Junk in the iCloud webmail interface are routed to spam@icloud.com, so the company obviously has a proactive approach to dealing with the problem. However, some complaints have been voiced in the past that the anti-spam service of iCloud has been a little excessive with some e-mails containing a zipped PDF or a specific phrase not being delivered to an intended recipient, even to the junk e-mail box.
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MobileMe Customers Losing 20GB Complimentary iCloud Storage Soon


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MobileMe customers who were given complimentary iCloud storage following the transition to the new Apple cloud storage system are being notified that they will soon be losing the complimentary space. According to MacRumors, Apple has begun sending notifications to paid-up MobileMe subscribers who received 20GB of complimentary storage when iCloud launched in 2011, replacing MobileMe. The complimentary iCloud storage will cease on September 30, 2013.
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Apple Extends iWork for iCloud Beta To More Users; Firefox Still Not Supported


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Apple has begun sending out more invites for the iWork for iCloud beta program yesterday, issuing invites to those who hold both paid and free Developer accounts (via TNW). Following the announcement of the new service last month, Apple immediately opened up beta access to paid up members of the Apple Developer program. However, the most recent batch of invites have gone out to those with free Developer accounts, such as those with expired program membership, or individuals who have taken part in the Apple Customer Seeding Program.
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Movies Via iTunes In The Cloud Launches In New European Countries


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Apple has today rolled out additional offerings for their iTunes in the Cloud service to 11 new European countries. The company has made available new movie support for iTunes in the Cloud meaning that users are able to re-download content that they have already purchased and downloaded from iTunes (via MacRumors). The addition of this new functionality joins the existing ability to re-download music from iTunes in the Cloud.
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Apple Adds Windows 8 To iCloud Required Operating Systems On PC


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With the launch of Windows 8, many PC users looking to take advantage of using many of the awesome features of iCloud with their Windows 8 device will be wondering about compatibility. The good news is that Apple has made a very small change to the small print on their iCloud Features page to confirm that iCloud on the PC will require either Windows Vista, Windows 7 or, most significantly for those users, Windows 8.
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To Be Honest, It Would Be Great If iCloud Was More Like Dropbox


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There was a problem today, in that Dropbox connectivity was sporadic and, even when connected, incredibly and painfully slow. At one point some users couldn’t even connect to the Dropbox servers and even now, although downloads of shared files are running at normal speed, in my instance it’s still taking several minutes to sync even the smallest files. In order to share some data between a MacBook Air and an iMac, I quickly shifted over to Google Drive (which I hadn’t used before). The file transfer was quick and easy, as it had been when Dropbox was working.

What was an irritation was the fact that I couldn’t go straight to iCloud because the files were in PDF and PowerPoint format. The document sharing in iCloud is limited to those applications that have been granted iCloud functionality, instead of universal file access. There’s reasons and arguments as to why Apple has done this (which many people have covered before), but with 5GB sitting right there and unable to be utilized, it was a crying shame.
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Rumorific: Apple Job Posting Pointing Towards iWork Document Editing In iCloud?



Apple may be looking to expand the functionality of iWork on the web as it has just posted a job opening for an iWork Software QA Engineer that will work on the next generation of Desktop, Mobile and, notably, Web Applications and Services. This could potentially represent a new way of managing and editing iWork files stored in iCloud, beyond the ‘view-only’ function that it currently offers.

The iWork functionality on iCloud as it currently stands is actually pretty limited as it only allows the syncing of iWork documents and files to separate devices, which generally need iWork to be installed on them for any editing or content creation. An iWork web application, as referenced in the job posting, could potentially allow a limited feature version of iWork to run within the iCloud web framework, and therefore give users the ability to edit their documents directly in iCloud.
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Me Me Me: Apple Issues iCloud.com E-Mail Addresses


Apple is starting to roll out a new e-mail domain for customers of iCloud which is named, surprisingly enough, @icloud.com. As spotted by MacRumors, the company is now handing out @icloud.com e-mail addresses to new users of iCloud, as well as customers setting up novel Apple IDs for the first time. The report also suggests that users that already have me.com e-mail addresses will also be receiving an iCloud.com e-mail address that matches the me.com e-mail address.

Ever since the shutdown of MobileMe and the universal adoption of iCloud, it was expected that at some point, Apple would start to issue icloud.com e-mail addresses. However, whether they retain the ‘awesome factor’ of the me.com e-mail addresses is another matter. Apple obtained the me.com domain name in 2008, and starting offering me.com e-mail address that year.
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