It seems to be rumor Friday around these parts. iLounge is alleging that Apple plans to do a major MobileMe revamp for next month, including making it free. Their source, who remains unnamed, works for a major educational institution and says that Apple is telling students to sign up for the 60-day trial to cover the gap between now and when the free service will become available.
We love the convenience of taking high-quality photos and video on the go with an iPhone 4 or fourth-generation iPod touch -- but unfortunately, Apple still hasn’t provided a way to wirelessly sync this media back to our computers, or even a way to back up precious photos in the cloud so you don’t have to import them so frequently. Thanks to the universal CameraSync app from Homegrown Software Ltd., this is now as easy as simply opening the app and letting it do its thing.
A while back, Google thrilled users of their popular Google Docs suite of cloud-based productivity services by introducing the ability to drag and drop images into documents. The dropped images would immediately be uploaded to Google's servers, saving them as part of the active document and making it possible for any collaborators to see the image almost instantly. While this was a great addition to Google's already impressive functionality of their cloud-based office productivity suite, they've nonetheless opted to up the technological ante once again. This time around, Google has announced that they're bringing the same drag-and-drop functionality to other file types as well.
Apple generally loves to spring new stuff upon an unsuspecting world on the second weekday, and this Tuesday promises to be no exception. But rather than a nifty new gadget that requires a trip to the Apple Store, the company has cleverly slipped a preview of an iTunes-related “exciting announcement” onto their website. What could it be?
Flash-based storage is expensive. The average user's media collection is expansive. With this being the case, will the MacBook Air, a device that Steve Jobs has called the future of notebooks, be able to stand up to the hype Apple's built around it? In a word, maybe. Much of the refreshed line of diminutive notebook's success, as well as the success any other SSD-based hardware, may teeter upon whether or not Apple has an ace up their sleeve.
Of the various cloud storage services out there, we're most partial to Dropbox. The interface is simple, the uploads fairly quick, and the app works beautifully. Plus, with their open API, Dropbox can sync with tons of our other apps and software making it our number one floating hard drive. Today, it seems, is update day.
When Apple consumed the popular Lala music service last December, many expected a swift transition that would finally bring iTunes into the cloud. With the Lala service shut down back in May, the service seemed more imminent than ever, and yet still we have nothing. So what’s going on?
“Attention, Kmart shoppers! We have a cleanup in the MobileMe aisle from 10pm until Midnight PST on Thursday, June 17, presumably as we prepare for the iOS 4 upgrade onslaught coming on Monday. That is all.”