Restoring iCloud Data via iCloud.com

Restoring iCloud Data via iCloud.com

Screenshot 2015-08-14 14.29.38It appears Apple has added the option to iCloud which allows users to restore deleted iCloud data.. When you got to iCloud.com and look under the Settings Menu, there are now options to restore specific iCloud Drive files or an archive of your contacts or calendars for a specific date.

They even make an archive of your existing dataset so you can restore an older set, get the data you need and put the current one back:

  • The archive of calendars and reminders you select will replace the calendars and reminders on all your devices.
  • Your current Calendars and Reminders will be saved and archived as a separate version.

Pretty cool!

Less than half 

The security firm Symantec just released its monthly report for June, and it’s got some good news for spam fighters. For the first time since 2003, legitimate emails outnumbered spam emails, with junk messages accounting for just 49.7 percent of emails received by Symantec clients. – The Verge 

Call me a cynic, but 50% of email being spam is bad news. 

OmniFocus 2.6 for iOS

OmniFocus 2.6 for iOS


My favorite task manager got a nice update today:

OmniFocus 2.6 adds an optional Dark Color Palette, more responsive sync, and Swipe to Flag. It also includes many bug fixes. – OmniFocus

I’ve been beta testing the push notifications for a while now and they’re especially great while using an Apple Watch. I can complete a task on my Watch and see it almost instantly sync to my Mac, and vice versa. You can find out more about Push Syncing on their website.

Also:

Sharing from Other iOS Apps — If a share provider provides separate title and content, we now place the title in the new action’s title and the content in its note.

Apple Watch and water

I suspect that the watch’s water resistance has been undersold by Apple just like battery life: it’s better to under-promise and over-deliver. Still, it’s a personal decision on whether you want to ignore Apple’s recommendation. You’re not likely to get much sympathy at any subsequent trips to the Genius Bar. – Furbo.org

Can’t wait to try this next week during my summer holiday.  

A better two-factor

Apple’s revamping their two-factor authentication system in iOS 9 and El Capitan. By leveraging their own ecosystem — they know each and every device they’ve made — they’ve replaced the recovery key with the concept of a trusted device.

What do I need to remember when using two-factor authentication?

To keep your account as secure as possible and help ensure you never lose access, there are a few simple guidelines you should follow:

  • Remember your password.
  • Use a device passcode on all your devices.
  • Keep your trusted phone number(s) up to date.
  • Keep your trusted devices physically secure.

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The benefit of this new system: as long as you have one device you know and trust, you can get access to your account. So even if you forget your password, you’ll loose access to your account.

Pretty cool. And super handy for these annoying customers who blame the reseller for their own mistakes.

The man who broke the music business

One Saturday in 1994, Bennie Lydell Glover, a temporary employee at the PolyGram compact-disk manufacturing plant in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, went to a party at the house of a co-worker. He was angling for a permanent position, and the party was a chance to network with his managers. Late in the evening, the host put on music to get people dancing. Glover, a fixture at clubs in Charlotte, an hour away, had never heard any of the songs before, even though many of them were by artists whose work he enjoyed. – Stephen Witt, The New Yorker

The author of this article wrote a book about the download-culture of the nineties, which, if I can judge it based on this article, should be an interesting read.

I grew during that short period where P2P MP3s were the de facto way we discovered music. And although I do appreciate the modern legal convenience of a one-click purchase in iTunes or unlimited streaming a whole lot more, there’s a touch of nostalgia to that time where it would take an entire afternoon to download a song.