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Is MobileMe the .Mac Replacement We All Hope It Will Be

Have you ever been a .Mac Subscriber? I was. And on the whole, it was a fairly pleasant painless experience. But, for $99 it seemed like I could solve most if not all of the .Mac features with other services (often free services). But MobileMe could be the answer to all that.

The Old Features

The greatest thing about the old .Mac service was the natural behind the scenes integration with your Mac software. The iLife suite, system preferences, and many independently developed applications all had ways to either publish straight to the .Mac service or synchronize across computers through your .Mac service.

The problem was speed and reliability. I quit using the features of my .Mac acocunt long before they expired because they were simply too much of a pain to use. iDisk was slow and I wouldn’t always be able to connect.

The New Features

Of course the new name is because of the new features. Instead of a set of tools that helps you keep your Mac synced, it is now a set of tools that helps you integrate your mobile self.

They’ve doubled the amount of storage you get for mail and iDisk Storage. Instead of a manual or scheduled sync, your calendar, email, and contacts push their changes from device to device. They’ve also included web versions of all of the applications so you can access your mobile stuff any time and any where you have web access.

The Obstacles

My biggest complaint about the .Mac service was speed and reliability. $99 wasn’t too much for a service that worked, but for something that didn’t quite work, even free would be too much.

One of the other possible problems for iPhone users is going to be battery life. With a constant IP connection, what kind of battery life is the phone going to be left with. The Keynote only lists 5-6 hours of high-speed internet surfing. If perpetual connection only takes 25% of the battery life of surfing, that’s still only leaving 20-24 hours of use. Of course this sounds like all day, but as anyone with a cell phone knows, an hour of speaking not only reduces the talk time but the standby time as well.

I guess we have to wait and see some real life numbers. Personally I would like to see that “Exchange for the rest of us” line actually apply to the rest of us. I would love to have the option of having MobileMe to sync my multiple computers and have it push contacts, calendar, and email to my Blackberry or Windows Mobile Phone just like exchange.

What do you think? Are you already a .Mac subscriber looking forward to the free upgrade? Do you think they left something out?


A Chance to Own Part of an Apple Store

So some of you, apparently, don’t have an Apple Retail store near you. Well here’s your opportunity to own a part of an Apple Store for your very own. Proceeds go to charity.

This key part of the Apple GREEN MONSTER sign was lovingly rescued from the dumpster… carefully pulled apart from it’s sticky self, and backed on light paper.

I don’t know if I would want to spend the money on something like this (would rather save it for iPhone 2), but it is going to charity and it would look great in my shed next to my Laney banners.

Oh Well. Send us pics of how you’re displaying it if you win.


Griffin WindowSeat – windshield mount for iPhone & iPod

Griffin WindowSeat - windshield mount for iPhone & iPod

What good is your iPhone or iPod touch if you can’t get to it? WindowSeat gives your device the best seat in the car by mounting handily at eye level on your car’s windshield or dashboard, putting all of your street maps, directions etc. safely in view and easily within reach. Attaches with silicone suction pads and allows easy access to dock connector and headphone jack. When you leave the vehicle, there’s a convenient corner-release which lets you easily detach your device to take it with you, while leaving the mount safely in place. A nice touch is the swiveling ball-and-socket joint which makes it easy to adjust the angle.

Conveniently, it can be used in conjunction with Griffin Technologys PowerJolt charger for iPhone and iPods.

Just out, you can pick it up for $29.99 at Griffin. Also available at Amazon.Griffin WindowSeat - windshield mount for iPhone & iPod


Who’s Using What Mac?

What do Mark Cuban and Jessica Simpson have in common? They both use MacBook Airs. That’s according to this web site I stumbled upon. Coolspotters is a web site/app that helps you discover what products are being used by your favorite personalities.

Macs and iPods are the in gadget these days and of course a lot of celebrities will be sporting them.

Mark Cuban, Jessica Simpson and John Mayer are some of the cool celebs using the MacBook Air. The 15 inch MacBook Pros count Nicole Richie, Hugh Laurie and Al Gore among its celeb users.

Try out Coolspotters and see who’s using what Mac!


Apple iPod Shuffle 1 GB MP3 Player

Apple iPod Shuffle 1 GB MP3 PlayerThis compact device will store your favorite music for you to listen to whenever you feel like it. Don’t let this tiny shuffle fool you. Despite it’s size, it still manages to keep the maximum durability and memory size your looking for in an MP3 player. So don’t worry about dropping it a few times, it’s last, and it even has a 1 year warranty to assure you that it will.

The 1 GB capacity will give you the ability to store 250 songs in the player. That’s more than enough to keep all of your favorite songs with you at all times. Besides MP3, it can also play WAV, AAC and MP3 VBR files. You recharge the device by simple plugging it in to the computer, since it is rechargeable via USB cable. This will give it a life of 12 hours, when it is fully charged. The specifics are that it weighs under a single ounce, a width of one inch and three inches of height.


Yahoo acquisition to aid Apple searches

Yahoo acquisition to aid Apple searchesInquisitor augments Safari by autocompleting search queries and showing results.

(Credit: Yahoo)

Yahoo has acquired Inquisitor in a move to improve how search results appear on Apple computers.

The Safari browser plug-in offers autocompletion of search queries and shows a pane with search results as users type queries. The plug-in, now in version 3, is a free download.

Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but Inquisitor founder and developer David Watanabe will continue to work with Yahoo on the software.

“I look forward to assisting Yahoo in refining and extending the Inquisitor user experience beyond where it is today.,” Watanabe said on his blog.

“David and our team of Macphiles will continue to innovate on both form and function for Inquisitor,” Ariel Seidman, director of search product management for Yahoo, wrote in Yahoo’s blog posting.


Apple iPhone 16GB Smartphone

Apple iPhone 16GB Smartphone

The second everyone heard about the release of this extraordinary phone, millions wanted to get there hands on one. When released, hundreds of people were willing to pay thousands to have the phone the second it hit the market. Even now, months after it’s official release, the iPhone is still hard to find. Although many online stores have it in stock, many others do not. This phone has sleek features that make this one unique device. Starting with the 3.5 inch widescreen display, which also happens to be a touchscreen. This interface gives you touch controls and easier maneuverability. Simply dial a phone number with a few finger strokes, and text message with ease. The phone operates on a Mac OS X, just for all those Mac lovers. This specific device has an installed memory of 16 GB, although it is also available in 8GB also. This gives you enough space to put all your favorite songs, movies and games in to this phone. A phone which holds this amount of multimedia is unconceivable, even to the most up to date gadgeteer.

The PDa has special features include Vibration Notification, Vertical And Horizontal Display, Sound Notification, Security Password, MPEG-4 Video Player and Speakerphone. It also has versatile cell phone bands including GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800 and GSM 1900. Your cell phone will have a talk time of 8 hours and also features SMS and Hands Free Options. There is even a built in digital camera which has a resolution of 2 Megapixels. Your wireless capabilities will include WLAN 802.11b, WLAN 802.11a, WLAN 802.11g and Bluetooth. A 1 year warranty is also included with the iPhone. From a Gadget Addicts perspective, this device has a versatile interface, allowing you to perform different types of multimedia activities from one compact device. Just make sure to treat it carefully, you paid a lot for it, so it will surely cost a lot to repair.