• The Final Word: Yes, You Will Be Able To Access iCloud Apps On The Web

    The Final Word: Yes, You Will Be Able To Access iCloud Apps On The Web

    Apple has just published a MobileMe to iCloud transition FAQ. Of note, there has been a lot of confusion as to whether or not iCloud apps would be accessible on the web. We had previously heard that yes, they would for sure be available via web apps on (similar to the ones currently found on set to launch at an undisclosed date in the future. But plenty still refused… Read More

  • England Rugby Captain Tracks Down Missing iPad, Narrates Ordeal Via Twitter

    This is a fantastically fun story. Former England Rugby captain Will Carling’s iPad was stolen, yeah, but he had tracking software on there. What followed was a gripping tale, told on Twitter, of Carling’s attempts to hunt down his missing iPad using MobileMe. Read More

  • Strobe Gets $2.5 Million To Make The Mobile Web Dance With Apple-Like JavaScript And HTML5 Moves

    In June of 2008, we wrote about SproutCore, and open source framework that was demoed that year at the WWDC event put on by Apple. The reason they were demoing it was because it was going to be the technology powering the soon-to-be-released MobileMe experience on the web. Apple had actually been using the framework with .Mac before that as well. And for good reason: the guy who created it… Read More

  • No, MobileMe Isn't Totally Free, But Find My iPhone/iPad Now Is

    Over the weekend, some rumors were circulating that Apple might be on the verge of making MobileMe free to some iOS users. This news (which seems to come up about once a quarter) sprung out of some code in the latest golden master build of iOS 4.2 (which was officially released today). Well, sadly, the rumor isn’t true. Well, it mostly isn’t true. You see, with iOS 4.2, Apple is… Read More

  • How The Different Mobile Data Syncing Services Stack Up

    As the phones in our pockets become our second computers, it will become increasingly important to sync data between the two. Not just emails, but contacts, calendars, photos, music, apps, browser bookmarks, files, and more. Nearly every Web phone out there comes with at least some sort of rudimentary syncing app. Apple has MobileMe, Nokia has Ovi, Palm has Synergy, Blackberry has… Read More

  • Microsoft Rumored To Add Mobile Devices to Live Mesh With SkyBox

    It looks like Microsoft is finally ready to roll out the mobile version of Windows Live Mesh, it data syncing service that competes with Apple’s MobileMe (which ran into problems at launch). Live Mesh was first announced last April, and currently only supports Windows PCs and a Webtop in the cloud. Mac and mobile versions are shown to be “coming soon.” Tom Warren at… Read More

  • Sharpcast Raises $10 Million In Down Round For File Syncing

    Sharpcast has raised a $10 million round from existing investors Sigma Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Selby Venture. This brings the total raised to $26.5 million. Sharpcast offers file-syncing through its SugrarSync service, which syncs data across multiple devices and the cloud. Syncing is becoming a serious technology trend as people split up their digital lives across devices… Read More

  • iPhone thief nailed by MobileMe contact sync

    Say what you will about MobileMe, but there’s at least one iPhone owner out there glad that he plunked down $100 bucks for it. Not only did it lead to the return of his stolen iPhone, but it left him with a tale for the e-ages. Here’s how it went down, according to TUAW: One day, a gent named Rob went to the dry cleaners, and somehow managed to walk away one whole iPhone lighter. Read More

  • An Easy Way To Retrieve The Entire MobileMe User Email List

    Creating email spam lists is a multi-billion dollar business. Most webmail providers long ago closed a number of the more obvious methods spammers used to put together their lists in an automated way. One example – you don’t get bounced email messages from webmail services for emails to address that don’t exist. That way spammers can’t verify if an email address is… Read More

  • Because of problems, Apple gives two free months of MobileMe service

    MobileMe has stunk on ice, so to regain users’ trust Apple will give them two free months of service. Anyone with an account active as of August 19 at 00:00 PDT (note Apple’s correct use of timestamp, PDT) is eligible for the two free months. Apple is giving away the free months “to express appreciation for [its] members’ patience as [it] continue to improve the… Read More

  • Full Steve Jobs MobileMe e-mail

    Below you’ll find the entire “MobileMe launch wasn’t very good” e-mail Steve Jobs sent to employees. He sent it on Monday, claims Ars. Team, The launch of MobileMe was not our finest hour. There are several things we could have done better: – MobileMe was simply not up to Apple’s standards – it clearly needed more time and testing. – Rather… Read More

  • Steve Jobs admits MobileMe not up to Apple's standards

    Steve Jobs has admitted that the MobileMe launch was “not up to Apple’s standards.” That’s in reference to all the problems the service has had since it launched last month. Jobs admitted as much in an internal e-mail sent to Apple employees, which Ars Technica got a hold of. He said MobileMe shouldn’t have been launched on the same day as iPhone 3G, Firmware 2.0… Read More

  • MobileMe syncing issues fixed, mail restored for the unlucky 1%

    If you’re been part of the 1% of MobileMe subscribers unable to actually use their MobileMe accounts, the MobileMe Status blog has good news for you. From a post made yesterday morning: “We have completed restoring Mail service, including historical messages, to all of the 1% of affected members.” If your MobileMe set-up is still all kinds of broken, they’ve set up… Read More

  • Apple issues MobileMe status update

    Updated sometime yesterday, Apple has given it’s status report regarding the epic failure of MobileMe. Here’s what they had to say. Steve Jobs has asked me to write a posting every other day or so to let everyone know what’s happening with MobileMe, and I’m working directly with the MobileMe group to ensure that we keep you really up to date. In the 14 days since… Read More

  • Fortune says heads will roll over MobileMe

    Even sheltered by the glow of the iPhone, Apple’s MobileMe fumble isn’t sitting well with the public. MobileMe, Apple’s answer to keeping e-mails, contacts and calendar appointments synced across multiple devices has suffered since it stumbled out of the gate July 10, and now people are calling for bloody vengeance. And by people, I mean Philip Elmer-DeWitt over at… Read More

  • Me: The kiss of death for software projects

    Is the word “Me” responsible for the problems with MobileMe? Labnol points out that that three major “me” initiatives – Windows Me, .me, and MobileMe all angered folks immediately and nearly failed – or did fail. Read More

  • Now Walt Mossberg hates on MobileMe

    As if you didn’t know, MobileMe hasn’t exactly launched without a hitch. Now Walt Mossberg, angel, has jumped atop the dog pile, and is refusing to recommend the service right now. Mossberg cites too-infrequent-to-be-useful 15 sync times; sluggish performance; weird Outlook glitches; and so on. Basically, MobileMe is a little buggy, which we’ve known for some time now. But… Read More

  • Me abortive Me Session

    Before Like most Mactards this morning I headed over to to check out the new goodies. As I logged in I was presented with the MobileMe screen with an array of icons and my excitement, needless to say, was palpable and turgid. Sadly, however, my palpability deflated as I was then kicked back to the MobileMe intro page again and again, thwarted from enjoying MobileMe features. Words… Read More

  • .Mac going dark tomorrow

    .Mac is reporting: MobileMe Launch
    7/9/2008, 6pm-12am PT As part of the MobileMe launch, will be taken offline at 6pm PT on Wednesday, July 9th. Members will be unable to access or any .Mac services during this time with the exception of .Mac Mail accessed via a desktop application, iPhone, or iPod touch. MobileMe will be available as soon as possible… Read More