MobileMe finally moves on. All hail iCloud!

Last year, with the announcement of the iPhone 4[s] and Mac OS X Lion, Apple also announced iCloud, which basically lets you back up any documents, reminders, notes, photos, bookmarks, calendars, contacts, and most impressively, allows you to back up your entire device in the cloud for you to retrieve later. Pretty much anything you need to do regarding living in “the cloud“.

iCloud is Apple’s next big thing, and to make sure that it will continue to be so, the company needed to remove the long lasting MobileMe – basically because it wasn’t getting much attention and because due to iCloud, it had become redundant. On top of that, it was also a paid monthly service, which is now null and voice due to iCloud. MobileMe has run it’s course though, existing from January 5, 2000 up until now. So, naturally, there were change to be made.

MobileMe has pretty much the same exact functionality as iCloud, but iCloud simply handles it better.

Today, MobileMe was shutdown with a note saying “You can still move your MobileMe account to iCloud by going to me.com/move from a Mac or PC” and with another message stating “MobileMe is CLOSED.

Current MobileMe subscribers have been offered a deal to switch right over to a 20GB iCloud account, and that offer will remain available until September 30, 2012.

MobileMe members with 20GB of storage receive a complimentary iCloud storage upgrade of 20GB, and accounts with additional purchased storage (40GB to 60GB) receive a complimentary upgrade of 50GB after moving to iCloud. These free upgrades are good through September 30, 2012. After that date, you can continue the upgrade at the regular price or let it expire and use the free 5GB plan.

iCloud is a completely free service to users and offers up to 5GB of free storage when you sign up. At any point you can upgrade from the free offer and go for a tiered pricing plan, and get extra storage space, of which the lowest offer is 10GB priced at £14.00/$20.00 a year, then 20GB priced at £28.00/$40.00 a year, and finally finishing with the maximum offer which is 50GB priced at £70.00/$100.00 a year.

There is no option to stay on MobileMe, as you now have to move to iCloud or your account will be closed automatically. It’s been a good run, but sometimes, the newer and better just has to stretch it’s legs and knock some of the older guys out of contention.

Steve Jobs Wins: Adobe bids farewell to mobile flash.

Apple and Adobe do not play well together with mobile flash based websites, and back in 2010 Steve Jobs (CEO of Apple, in case you’ve forgotten) spoke out about just that with a press release on Apple’s website titled “Thoughts on Flash.” The article spoke about why Apple won’t allow flash on it’s mobile operation system and instead opted to use HTML5, which is smoother and significantly less flawed than flash based sites. But also most importantly the relationship with Adobe and Apple played a huge part in it as well.

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Boost Mobile launches the BlackBerry Curve 9310 on July 10 for only $100!

Boost Mobile announced that it will begin offering the BlackBerry Curve 9310 on July 10, 2012 for $99.99 without a contract. As an option the phone is available with Boost’s unlimited talk, text and BBM plan, which costs the extra $45 per month. Blackberry messenger (BBM) is always going to be a free service, but it sounds like Boost will provide it without charging for a data connection.

The Curve 9310 is said to feature a 3.2-megapixel camera with flash, Stereo Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS1, built-in FM radio, and boasted to get up to eight hours talk time or 18 days standby; up to 70 hours of music playback with headphones, and you also get the great features you know and love from BlackBerry 7.1.

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Google announces 1 Million Android devices are being activated daily.

Google has announced at their Google I/O conference, 1 million Android devices are being activated every single day, and from the day that Android was released to the public up until now, there have been 400 million activations (not devices) initiated in total. Apple has over 1 billion iOS activations (not devices), so Google has some catching up to do.

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Facebook Pages Manager v1.1 now features the ability to reply to messages and more. Finally.

Facebook has just recently released an updated version of its Pages Manager app for iOS, bringing it up to v1.1. This update includes bug fixes, the ability to view and reply to private messages, as well as some additional features listed in the release description, quoted below:

Here’s the full change log for v1.1:

    • View and reply to messages
    • Adjust how often you receive notifications about Pages activity
    • See answers to questions and guest lists for events created on your Pages
    • Insights added for checkins
    • Bug fixes and performance updates

You can get Facebook Pages Manager for free from the iOS App Store. Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below, or comment on our official Facebook page.

Apple launches a standalone Podcasts app

Following the release of iOS6 beta, Apple decided to remove the ‘Podcasts‘ section from within the iTunes store application in iOS6 beta, but the option was still within the iTunes Windows/Mac version.

With this feature gone there has been some speculation on whether the company will opt to release a standalone podcasts app alongside iOS 6 this fall/autumn.

Apple seemingly couldn’t wait to do just this, and therefore today, the fruit company has released a totally universal app into the iOS App Store, simply called ‘Podcasts.’ The app is compatible with iOS 5.1+ devices and requires iTunes 10.6.3 or later to sync episodes that you subscribe to. I have to admit, it looks fantastic, as expected from Apple.

The best description of the app actually comes directly from Apple themselves:

Podcasts app is the easiest way to discover, subscribe to and play your favorite podcasts on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Explore hundreds of thousands of free audio and video podcasts from the Podcasts Catalog, and play the most popular podcasts, organized for you by topic, with the all-new Top Stations feature.

The app features a sleep timer allowing you to automatically stop playing a podcast while listening in bed, skip forward and back using the built in playback controls, sharing option to tweet, massage, and email (Facebook integration possibly coming this fall as an update to the app) the current podcast you’re listening to, browse through by audio or video podcasts, or see what’s most popular in the top charts, and much more.

Here’s the full run-down of all the features:

  • Explore hundreds of thousands of podcasts including shows in over 40 languages
  • Try the innovative new Top Stations feature to find new podcast series in a variety of topics, including arts, business, comedy, music, news, sports, and more.
  • Browse by Audio or Video podcasts, or see what’s most popular in Top Charts
  • Tap subscribe for your favorites and automatically receive new episodes for free as they become available
  • Stream episodes or download to listen while offline
  • Skip forward and back using simple playback controls
  • Turn on Sleep Timer to automatically stop playing a podcast while listening in bed
  • Share your favorite episodes with friends using Twitter, Messages and Mail
  • Optionally sync your favorite episodes from iTunes on your Mac or PC
  • Sync your episode playback for seamless transition between devices

The app is available via the iOS App Store for free with an app size of only 8.8 MB. Have you installed it? Do you like it? Do you dislike it? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below, or tell us via Facebook by leaving a comment under the post.

Firefox For Android Coming Next Week

At this moment of publishing this article, Google Chrome and Firefox for Android are both still in beta stages, which is available at their sites for testing.

Not so long ago, the Firefox beta app for Android has received an update via the website, bringing Flash support, a redesigned UI and some minor tweaks.

Firefox has announced via Twitter ‘something big’ is happening next week with a link linking to an image which has been posted on flickr.com.

The picture (above) shows an Android device with the words saying “Fast. Smart. Safe.”  We presume that Firefox for Android will be out of beta and into the Google Play Store next week.