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4. November 2017

PSA: There’s No iOS 11.2 Beta for iPhone X, so Beta Testers Can’t Restore From Backup [Updated]

Developers and public beta testers who installed the iOS 11.2 beta on their devices earlier this week will be disappointed to learn that there’s no iOS 11.2 beta for the iPhone X as of yet, and therefore no way to restore from an existing iOS 11.2 backup on a new iPhone X.

If you’re running iOS 11.2 on your existing iPhone and create an iCloud backup, that backup is not going to be compatible with the iPhone X.

New iPhone X owners who want to restore from a backup will need to wait for Apple to release a version of iOS 11.2 for the iPhone X or downgrade back down to iOS 11.1.

It’s not entirely clear when Apple plans to release a beta of [...]

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9. September 2017

Review: SanDisk’s iXpand Base Offers an Expensive but Simple iPhone Backup Solution

Western Digital recently introduced its newest SanDisk-branded backup product for iOS devices, the SanDisk iXpand Base, which combines nightly charging with backing up to make for an easy and intuitive way to protect your data.

The idea is to put the iXpand Base on your nightstand, plug it into the wall, and then plug your iPhone into the Lightning port at night. This charges the iPhone and allows it to transfer your photos, videos, and contacts to the Base for the purpose of backing up.

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The iXpand Base is a palm-sized tapered surface that’s designed to serve as a sort of platform on which to rest your iPhone while it charges at night. The bottom [...]

 
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22. August 2017

Popular Backup Solution CrashPlan Discontinuing Personal Subscriptions

Code42, the company behind the popular cloud backup solution CrashPlan, today announced that it is sunsetting its CrashPlan for Home subscription options in the near future. Starting today, Code42 will no longer offer or renew CrashPlan for Home subscriptions.

In a video message, Code42 CEO Joe Payne said the company is ending its personal subscription options to focus solely on the business and organization market.

For existing Home customers, Code42 suggests they purchase a CrashPlan for Small Business plan or switch over to Carbonite, another backup service.

Customers who choose to use CrashPlan for Small Business can transfer their data within [...]

 
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13. Juli 2017

Google Launches ‚Backup and Sync‘ Mac App for Google Photos and Google Drive

Google today announced the launch of Backup and Sync, a new app for Macs and PCs that’s designed to back up files and photos safely in Google Drive and Google Photos. The new app is meant to replace the existing Google Photos desktop uploader and Drive for Mac/PC.

To use Backup and Sync, Google Drive/Photos users just need to download the app and then choose the folders they want to back up. From there, the selected folders will be continually backed up to Google’s services, providing an alternative to Time Machine and making it easier to automatically store important files in the cloud.

In addition to specific folders on a Mac or PC, Backup and Sync [...]

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