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MacBook Air Portable Genius, 4th Edition by Paul McFedries

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Getting More Out of iCloud

These days, the primary source of online chaos and confusion is the proliferation of services and sites that demand your time and attention. What started with web-based e-mail has grown to a website, a blog, a photo-sharing site, online bookmarks, and perhaps a few social-networking sites, just to consume those last few precious moments of leisure time. You might be sitting in a chair, but you’re being run ragged anyway!

A great way to simplify your online life is to get a free iCloud account. You get a one-stop web shop that includes e-mail, an address book, a calendar, Find My iPhone (which locates not only lost iPhones but also iPads and even your MacBook Air; see Chapter 7), and online storage for iWork documents. With Back to My Mac, you can log in to a home or office desktop remotely and download files from it, and you can even take control of the remote computer as if you were right there. With push technology, iCloud is able to automatically update all your computers and devices for e-mail, schedule changes, and the like.

After your account is up and running, you get to the iCloud login screen by going to www.icloud.com. Type your Apple ID and password, and then click Sign In.

Forwarding iCloud messages to another account

If you have a bunch of e-mail addresses, chances are you have them all set up in MacBook Air’s Mail application or some other e-mail program because it’s convenient to have all your messages in one spot. However, when you set ...

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