iMessage And Parts Of iCloud Are Down [Updated]

Looks like Apple is having a tricky time of things this morning: its iCloud and iMessage services are currently experiencing difficulties.

iCloud Is About To Look A Whole Lot More Like iOS 7

The slow creep of Jony Ive’s flat-friendly software design is starting to pick up its pace with the new beta version of iCloud.com. That scratchy old black background is now dreamy blue and blurry just like iOS 7. The app icons have lost a dimension as well, and they now look like their iOS 7 counterparts. Frankly, it looks lovely.

Dropbox Just Changed Everything About How You Use Apps

Way back when, Steve Jobs told Dropbox that it was a feature, not a product, which was enough at the time. Now, Dropbox’s reach stretches wide enough, and its influence is great enough that it just levelled up. It’s not just syncing your files and folders anymore. It’s trying to sync literally everything on your phone, tablet and computer. Game saves, settings, contacts, notes — all of it, and on any phone or tablet you have.

Apple's New Google Docs Competitor Is Now In Beta

Apple’s long-overdue stab at a cloud editing service has finally come to, well, some of the masses. If you happen to be an Apple developer, iWork for iCloud is available to you right now.

iCloud Finally Looks Like It's Useful

While all the hullabaloo at WWDC is focused on what iOS and OSX look like, we should be more concerned with whether or not they actually work. The late Steve Jobs did say over a decade ago that Apple focuses on not just the aesthetics of its products but also how they actually work: “It’s not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” So you’ve got to wonder if Apple has finally fixed iCloud.

Apple Fixes Huge Security Hole With Two-Step Verification

Apple just added two-factor authentication for iCloud and all your Apple accounts. It’s a huge deal for security and a welcome boon to a security process full of holes that were frustrating to fix.

Is This The Hacker Wreaking Havoc With Journalists Everywhere?

Security writer Brian Krebs has stumbled across new information that links the recent hack of his own website with attacks on Ars Technica and Gizmodo alumnus Mat Honan’s iCloud breach. Krebs explains that he believes Phobia is part of a four-person Xbox Live gamer team, called Team Hype, which has a taste for hijacking Xbox Live Gamertags.

Apple Is Deleting iCloud Emails That Have The Phrase 'Barely Legal Teen' In Them

Something really weird is happening to iCloud emails. It turns out, Apple is straight up deleting emails sent from iCloud email accounts that have the phrase “barely legal teen” in them. Like, if you sent out an email that included that phrase in the body of the message, it would never be sent to the person. Huh?

An Apple Rep Is Adorably Stalking My Wife

Good customer service is what Apple is famous for. Its shiny stores, no-questions-asked return policy and a legion of Geniuses all work together to give customers a top-notch experience when Apple gear goes South. So when my wife’s Apple ID was placed into security limbo, I was confident she could get it fixed expediently. What she actually got was so much more than that.

iCloud Faced A Major Outage Overnight

Apple’s iCloud portfolio of various streaming and syncing services has existed for two years. And in those two years, Apple still hasn’t been able to keep it from regularly screwing up. It happened again today!