Monthly Archives: August 2014

iCloud Spam Filter For Filtering Junk Mail

Apple’s iCloud uses techniques like dynamic lists, trend analysis, content filtering, etc in order to detect junk mail and block them to reach your iCloud inbox. Even if they claim to be spam-free and junk-free, it is not 100% effective, some of the spam mails will end up in your inbox. So what to do in order to avoid all this? iCloud spam filter is one of the best options to stop your inbox getting polluted with spams and junks.

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The first and foremost thing is that if you think any message may be a junk, just don’t open it. Most of the time spam and junk mails come with things like discount coupons, offer coupons, lottery ticket, charity, etc. You can know by the quality and even the subject of the iCloud email. The innocent act of opening a questionable or suspicious email is alerting the spammers that their message was received and being read in an active email account. So they are more encourage to send more junk mails. Do not even think about opening those kind of email messages. Delete or just send it to a Spam folder. iCloud junk filter is one of the best technique to get rid of all these spam and junk emails.

Mark Junk using iCloud Spam Filter:

  1. In case of iOS 7 or later versions, open the message, tap the flag icon at the bottom. Then tap Move to Junk.
  2. In OS X, select the message, click the thumbs down icon in the Mail toolbar which is for Junk folder.
  3. In case of icloud.com, select a particular message, then click on the flag icon and choose “Move to Junk”. Alternatively, you can just drag a message to the Junk folder in the sidebar.

This is how you can use iCloud spam filter to send emails into spam folder and block email address as a Spam. There are lots of other ways to prevent your account from lots of spams and junk mails. One of the best alternative ways is to use iCloud email alias. What icloud email alias does is hide your real email address and shows different one to those who receive your emails.

Another thing that you can do to get rid of these spams is to report junk mails. iCloud spam filter won’t let you do that. So for this you can do it manually. Forward a message as an attachment to spam@icloud.com.

Upgrade Your iCloud Storage

iCloud users automatically get the storage of 5 GB whenever they sign up for iCloud. 5 GB of free storage includes storage for Documents, Backup and Mail. Your saved apps, books, movies, TV shows, music and photo streams do not fall under this free storage. 5 GB is totally free, but seems like majority of iClouds users need more space than that. Check out iCloud storage cost list if you want. The  iCloud storage upgrade cost differs from country to country.

Users can upgrade to a larger 10 GB, 20 GB or 50 GB storage plan from any of your iOS device. You can replace your plan of 10 GB with more space and you can even downgrade your 20 GB storage space with 10 GB. Whenever you upgrade or downgrade your iCloud storage plan, your existing plan will be cancelled and you will be charged for your new plan. After you upgrade your plan, your new plan is applied to your Apple account. 30-days before every annual payment, you will be notified via email.

How To Upgrade iCloud Storage Plan

iOS 5 or Above:

  1. Tap ‘Settings’.
  2. Go to iCloud and tap Storage & Backup under it.
  3. Tap “Buy More Storage”.

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  4. Choose and upgrade, then tap Buy.
  5. Enter your Apple ID and Password for verification.

OS X:

  1. Select Apple Menu>System Preferences.
  2. Then click on iCloud.
  3. Click ‘Manage’ on the rightmost bottom corner.
  4. Click on ‘Change Storage Plan’ in the upper-right corner of the screen.
  5. Choose Upgrade, then hit the Next button.
  6. Now all you have to do is enter your Apple ID & Password.

Windows OS:

  1. First launch iCloud Control Panel.
  2. Choose ‘Manage’.
  3. After than click Change Storage Plan.
  4. Click on Upgrade. After that, hit the Next button.
  5. Type in your Apple ID and Password, then click on Buy.

These are the steps you can follow in order to buy extra iCloud storage using your Apple device. Process for buying space is different in iOS, OS X and Windows OS. Downgrading storage plan is simple. Just click on Downgrade instead of upgrade and choose accordingly. You can view your iCloud account information online from anytime you want. Account details for e.g. billing address, credit card number can be changed as per your need.

View Account Details

iOS 5 or Above:

  1. Tap Settings>iCloud>Account>Payment Information.
  2. Enter your Apple ID and Password. Follow the instructions for further process.

OS X:

  1. Go to Apple Menu. Then go to ‘System Preferences’ under that. Click on iCloud.
  2. Click Manage link from the bottom of the page.
  3. Click on ‘View Account’ in the leftmost bottom corner.
  4. Enter your Apple login details. Hit View Account. Follow the instructions given.

Now you know how to view your account details in iOS and OS X platforms. For more details and information, go to Help & Support section of Apple/iCloud. You can refer to other articles from this very site too.

iCloud Goes “Green”

iCloud was under immense pressure in the past because of it’s heavy use of dirty power. In fact, iCloud was the bad guy in the technology world. Now Apple is greening the iCloud with its massive array of solar energy. Apple was even named ‘least green’ tech company. Greenspace report named Apple among worst offenders for using highly polluting coal to power their data center.

But now they claim that they are out-greening other tech companies with their huge solar farm that powers Apple’s iCloud. This iCloud’s climate change agenda is going strong these days. Apple has a farsighted plan to keep its ever-expanding empire green but it has few loopholes. This solar farm is said to be the biggest privately owned array alone in the United States. After converting all of its data centers to a clean energy, Apple is preparing itself to use solar power to manufacture sapphire screens for the iPhone 6 at Arizona. This whole idea is projects like this one is going to push utility companies such as Duke Energy to clean up their game.

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Total of about 55,000 solar panels are tracking the course of the sun from a 400,000 square meter field across the way from Apple’s main data center in Maiden were not in the frame seven years back when Duke Energy and government officials tried to lure Apple Company to establish the data center in North Carolina. Duke Energy seems to be the biggest in the business because it is set out to attract not only Apple’s iCloud but other big companies like Facebook and Google. It is still the biggest question whether Apple will be able to operate entirely off the grid. iCloud needs backup which means much more energy though on bright sunny day, the solar farm produces excess amount of energy.

This is also the competition and clear race between tech giants on making its mark by the use of renewable energy sources. Google uses renewable energy to power about one third of it’s data centers. On the other hand, Microsoft also announced  that a second wind farm in Illinois to power it’s own data centers. Not only that, even Facebook claims that its new Iowa data farm will run totally off wind power from 2015. Seems like this battle is making Earth a better place to live in. The competition of iCloud is not only between Dropbox and other cloud storage service providers, but the whole tech companies.