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iPhone 5 price shrinking, not screen, claim insiders

iPhone 5 price shrinking, not screen, claim insiders

Persistent rumors of a smaller - or, more recently, larger - iPhone are apparently untrue, with insiders suggesting that instead Apple is looking to shrink the price of the iOS smartphone. According to the NYTimes' anonymous sources the new iPhone 5, expected to arrive this summer, will offer voice command control and perhaps a broader range of SKUs, all with the same physical size but differing in certain core ways.

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Motorola Mobility Sues Apple Over Patent Infringement

Motorola Mobility Sues Apple Over Patent Infringement

Patents are a serious issue in the tech industry. Any industry, really. And companies will seemingly go out of their way to make sure that the ideas they believe they created are protected. Motorola Mobility has just announced today that they are moving forward with suing Apple over patent infringement. The complaint has been filed with the International Trade Commission (ITC), and alleges that the Apple iPad, iPod Touch ("iTouch"), and some Mac computers are currently infringing on Motorola patents.

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MobileMe Mail beta streamlines email as Apple take on Gmail

MobileMe Mail beta streamlines email as Apple take on Gmail

It's not fee-free service, but it's certainly a sign that Apple are stepping up their game when it comes to MobileMe functionality.  The company has updated their MobileMe Mail client with a new beta, and while their obvious target is Google's Gmail there's also a fair amount of streamlining for those using multiple Apple devices.  Not least are the new processing rules, which can be set up via the online interface and then organize incoming email on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and PC.

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Apple MobileMe to go free?

Apple MobileMe to go free?

Pinch of salt time, but MadDailyNews are reporting on an unconfirmed tip that Apple are considering making their MobileMe cloud-based synchronisation and backup service subscription-free.  Currently priced at $99 per year, according to the unnamed source Apple's timescale is "sooner than later... [and] depends on certain facilities going operational."

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Apple MobileMe Gallery app for iPhone launched

Apple MobileMe Gallery app for iPhone launched

Apple have released a MobileMe gallery app for the iPhone and iPod touch, that gives subscribers to their cloud storage and backup service easier access to their online galleries.  The app - which is a free download from the App Store, but which obviously requires a MobileMe subscription in order to use - supports the usual pinch-zooming and swipe navigation on the iPhone, as well as basic offline browsing functionality.

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Apple MobileMe deleting local data after trial subscriptions cancelled

Apple MobileMe deleting local data after trial subscriptions cancelled

Apple's MobileMe launch in 2008 was not the slick roll-out we're all used to from the company.  Poor synchronization and general service instability prompted Apple to offer subscribers a full three months of free service (first a 30-day block, then a further 60-days).  Since then, things have been pretty quiet - which is really what you want from something like MobileMe - unless you've reached the end of your free trial and decide not to buy a subscription.  Then, many users are finding, not only your cloud but your local data can end up deleted.

MobileMe users get 60-day extra extension as Apple acknowledge issues

MobileMe users get 60-day extra extension as Apple acknowledge issues

Apple have issued a second apologetic extension to its MobileMe subscribers, who have faced ongoing issues with the wireless syncronization service. In addition to the original 30-day free extension, any users whose account was active as of August 19, 2008 at 0:00 Pacific Daylight Time will now receive a further 60-day subscription.

"The transition from .Mac to MobileMe was rockier than we had hoped. While we are making a lot of improvements, the MobileMe service is still not up to our standards. We are extending subscriptions 60-days free of charge to express appreciation for our members’ patience as we continue to improve the service" Apple statement

MobileMe – Why It Makes Me Angry and Hopeful

MobileMe – Why It Makes Me Angry and Hopeful

Apple's MobileMe is an innovative synchronization service that allows you to keep your bookmarks, emails, calendar, contacts and photos all up to date on all of your devices including your laptop, desktop and iPhone. This is a fantastic idea because I have wasted more hours than I can count getting all of my devices to sync up and "talk" to each other. I e-mail myself things instead of plugging in my phone to my laptop, because it takes too long. You get the picture.

So with MobileMe, I was pretty excited. It offered a convenient way to connect all of my junk (as I call it) and since I already had a .mac account, this was a no brainer. Of course when .mac switched to Mobile Me, all the images on my website disappeared, but that's an entirely different story...

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