Apple’s .Mac Retooled, Relaunched As MobileMe

Posted on June 10, 2008. Filed under: Jessica Alba, mac, News, tech |

The cloud storage service lets users sync e-mails, contacts, and data between an iPhone and different computers.

At the 2008 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple unveiled a service that allows users to wirelessly sync and access information across multiple devices.

Dubbed MobileMe, it’s a cloud storage service that enables push e-mail and real-time synchronization of calendar items, contact information, and other data on an iPhone without the need for a Microsoft Exchange server.

That’s all awesome. But it’s not as awesome as Jessica Alba when she was on Letterman a while back.

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Loopt demos free location-based iPhone app

Posted on June 9, 2008. Filed under: mac, tech |

The location-based social network Loopt, just announced and demoed its native iPhone application onstage at WWDC. The application, which will be free at launch, helps you connect with and find friends around you. Using the location technology built in to the iPhone, Loopt will drop pins onto a map, showing where your friends are.

Loopt also contains other social-networking features, such as calling, texting, and sending invitations to meet up. The example used was seeing if any friends are in your area for lunch. Once you have located friends, you can send them an invitation for lunch, and if they agree, you will be one touch away from directions to their location. As Sam Altman from Loopt put it, “You will never have to eat alone, or at a bad restaurant again.”

This is an exciting step in bringing location-based networking into the mainstream. With native third-party applications for the iPhone and the rumored GPS feature, expect to see many applications leveraging these same sorts of capabilities in the future.

This is pretty cool! But also kind of scary…

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Apple WWDC 2008

Posted on June 9, 2008. Filed under: computers, mac, News, tech |

Here are some rumors as the Mac Faithful go nuts!

New iPhone: It’s almost a given that tomorrow will bring a 3G iPhone announcement of some sort, but the devil is in the details. .

iPhone availability – tomorrow or “later?”:
Conflicting reports arrive about boxes showing up in stores right now and employees asked to not take time off, and delays in the manufacturing channel. It’s good to note that the first iPhone went on sale June 29, 2007 making the anniversary a fair target to expect this new iPhone. Based on my gut feeling of Apple generally pre-announcing stuff and being slightly behind, I’ll say the phone will be announced and demoed tomorrow, but won’t be available in stores until June 29, despite my wishes it were otherwise. Perhaps the boxes received are demo models or “Mac Fusion” computers.

iPhone Firmware leaked: This has more credibility and some information gleaned is a huge number of carriers that will presumably be compatible with the iPhone, and some hints of GPS technology. Score.

Mac Fusion: This one comes from The Unofficial Weblog (I also saw Venture Beat write it up) and describes a “Mac Nano” that has the form factor of the Apple TV in a grey box, and is intended to triple-boot OS X, Linux, and Windows. This rumor has that “truth is stranger than fiction” feeling where a hoaxer would try to come up with something more plausible. Plus, the developer angle of this Mac fits in with the whole WWDC thing.

Apple releasing OS X for PCs: Granted, the author of this article was just tossing this out there, but this rumor comes up every year and it never feels right. I know many PC users are dreaming of this day, but I feel it will never become a reality as long as Mac hardware sales are on the up and up and Apple is raking in the coinage as things are. OS X on PCs is the ultimate back up plan in case all else fails and Apple is on the ropes. And Apple’s definitely not on the ropes right now, so forget about it.

Tablet Mac: The tablet Mac rumor keeps popping up as well, but truth be told – it would be a paradigm shift in computing and I’m sure Apple wants to do it right, as in, not a half-assed version of multi-touch that merely replaces mouse commands with finger pointing, as implied by the patents. Even fall feels too soon – I’d push this to MacWorld 2009 when Apple needs the “next iPhone.” So I don’t expect a Tablet Mac tomorrow.

So here’s what I’m expecting:

  • Announcement of the 3G iPhone, 16 GB standard, subsidized by AT&T to $199. It will have GPS and a better camera. There will be no 32 GB model. The iPhone 2 will be announced for pre-ordering but actual availability will be June 29.
  • Apple will discuss the “two bridges” in the invite: developing for OS X now means the desktop and mobile devices. They’ll make it easy for developers to code for both. It will be hinted that Apple will have other mobile devices other than the iPhone and iPod Touch (Tablet Mac), but nothing concrete will be announced.
  • iPhone App Store goes live. Expect talk and demos of cool apps developed by people outside of Apple.
  • Rebranding .Mac as “Mobile Me,” providing cool stuff for your iPhone, like getting your data off your Mac and onto your iPhone.
  • 10.6 will be a maintenance update and available for Intel and PowerPC. Jobs will mention the Intel adoption rate is moving faster than expected, just now crossing 50%, and will hint that PowerPC support will be dropped for 10.7 in 2010.
  • (One surprise) The Mac Fusion.

Not that anyone cares…. but we’ll see what happens. Rock!

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