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Cloud computing

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April 24th, 2012

Are you concerned about losing your important photos, documents, emails, and contacts? It might be time to move into the cloud. Cloud computing allows you to save documents, photos, email, contacts, calendars, and even music on a secure and remote server which acts like a hard drive in the sky as opposed to a hard drive on your computer. The benefit to saving your information in the cloud is that you can access it no matter where you are from multiple computers or devices such as smart phones and tablets. Cloud services have grown in popularity over the past few years, but one of the most popular formats that is both simple to set up and easy to use is the Apple iCloud service a free service aimed toward Apple users with multiple devices. iCloud allows you to store your emails and files in the cloud and wirelessly pushes everything to all your devices in real time. If you own an Apple computer, iCloud is built in and just needs to be turned on. However, you don t even need to have a computer to use it. If you own multiple Apple mobile devices such as an iPad and iPhone, you can easily share content between them.

The PhotoStream

Photos taken on an iPhone or iPad where iCloud is activated are saved into the PhotoStream. This means that as soon as you take the photo, it will appear on your other devices or home computer in a matter of seconds. There is no complicated procedure of connecting cables and performing a sync to get the files onto your devices.

Stay connected

By turning on iCloud in your devices, you can keep your documents, email, contacts, and calendar with you everywhere you go. Enter an event on the calendar on your home computer and then see it on your phone just seconds later. If you run into an old friend and enter his or her phone number on your phone, it will automatically download to your computer and be there when you get home. Music, books, or apps you ve purchased through the iTunes store are also on all of your devices the minute you purchase them. Just make sure iCloud is set up on all of your devices, make a purchase in the iTunes store or iBooks, and you ll see it show up on your other devices instantaneously.

How much can I store in iCloud?

You get 5GB of free storage with the option to purchase more storage if needed. While 5GB of storage may not sound like a lot, the good news is that photos, movies, and music in the iCloud don t count toward that 5GB limit. If you are not an Apple user, iCloud is a huge selling point for you to reconsider. There are other options out there such as Microsoft SkyDrive, Dropbox, and Google Documents, but none seem to offer the integration iCloud does. Google is working to change that with Google Drive, which may be iCloud s biggest competitor when it comes out later this year.