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Sunday Sides: iPad Coming To Northern Europe and Free MobileMe?

mobilemeWho says that all the news has to happen during the week?  Today we have a couple of tidbits in that following up on the iPad’s continued global dominance, it looks like Northern Europe shall soon see a rollout of the device.  And then in other news, could we at long last see free MobileMe? 

According to the Wall Street Journal, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark should soon see that magical device headed their way.  In conjunction with the launch, European carriers Tre, TeliaSonera AB and Tele2 AB announced on Friday that they will offer up data subscriptions for iPad users, but unfortunately details were not readily available as to when the plans would launch and what the prices would be for the data plans.

However, TeliaSonera confirmed that it wouldn’t be selling the actual iPad.  “As things look right now, we will only offer subscription packages for the iPad,” according to Bengt Olsson, TeliaSonera’s head of communications.  “The iPad launch is imminent and we plan to release our subscription offer in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark simultaneously,” he notes.

In other news, as we anxiously await the features of iOS 4.2, scuttlebutt is afoot that perhaps part of Apple’s mysterious data center could be devoted to free MobileMe services.

MacRumors had discovered in the most recent iOS 4.2 betas a “new private framework” that contained error messages that referenced free MobileMe accounts.  Some of those errors included: “The maximum number of free accounts have been activated on this iPhone” and “This iPad is not qualified for free MobileMe service.”

As AppleInsider points out, while Apple does offer up a 60-day free trial for its currently a year MobileMe service, it’s sort of sketchy as to how exactly an iOS unit would “qualify” for free service.

Regardless, as we’re nearing the end of November, which is when Apple had said that iOS 4.2 would be out, keep an eye on your iOS update during your holiday preparations this week!

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MobileMe Calendar Beta Now Officially Launched

Apple has officially unveiled the new MobileMe Calendar that has been in beta since July. The newly revamped calendar features a new user interface similar to the calendar that appears on the iPad, and some new features that users of the MobileMe web interface will no doubt love.

Apple notes on their MoblieMe news site, “The new MobileMe Calendar is now out of beta and available to all members. We’d like to thank everyone who took part in the beta for helping to make this the best MobileMe Calendar yet.”

There are a few new features in the MobileMe online calendar now, including the ability to easily share calendars with family and friends, the ability to publish a calendar for a group or team (i.e. read-only public calendars), and even event invites with RSVPs.

These changes should make many MobileMe users happy. You can read about all of the features on the Apple MobileMe news site.

via MacRumors


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Apple Updates MobileMe Gallery App, Adds Support for iPad

Apple has just updated their MobileMe Gallery application [iTunes link] for the iPhone with universal support for all iOS devices, including the iPad. This means that you can now browse your MobileMe photos with ease on any iOS device you choose. Apple also added fast app switching for iOS 4.0 devices, and topped things off with Retina Display support.

According to the App Store, the following additions were made with Version 1.2:

– Universal app with full iPad support
– Supports fast app switching for iOS 4 devices
– Optimized for Retina displays
– View friends’ galleries without the need for a MobileMe subscription (iPhone and iPad only)

The ability to view friends’ public galleries without having a MobileMe account will make this application more valuable to non subscribers than it has typically been in the past. You can download the free update for the MobileMe Gallery from the iTunes App Store [iTunes link].


via MacRumors


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Mobile iWork Update Brings Exporting and MobileMe Integration to the iPad

Ladies and gents, the powerful iWork suite for iPad has been updated.

To start, Numbers has been updated to enable exporting of spreadsheets to Microsoft Excel (.XLS), copying of spreadsheets between Numbers and your MobileMe iDisk or WebDAV service, and the ability to group and ungroup objects. Keynote has been updated with the same exporting and copying abilities, and support for audio when importing Keynote ’09 presentations. Lastly, everyone’s favorite mobile app, Pages, has been updated with the same ability to copy documents, as well as the option to display the word count and support for opening text (.txt) files from Mail.

The new updates are now available and should pop up within your App Store updates page.

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Family Reunited With Their iPad Thanks to MobileMe

If you’re looking for a feel-good story that provides a view into the advantages of paying for a MobileMe account, travel, intrigue kind-hearted airline employees and evil-doers, we’d suggest taking a trip over to CNN’s website. They’ve posted a story that details the epic saga of a young family who, thanks to MobileMe’s Find My iPhone service and the actions of a Southwest Airlines manager, were able to recover a forgotten iPad from the other side of the country.

According to the video, Curtis Cogdill had packed his iPad and taken it on a trip from Sacramento to Oregon. The tablet was the first major purchase Cogdill and his wife had made after the birth of the son. When the Cogdills left the plane, they were so consumed with ensuring that their son’s needs were seen to that they neglected to pack up Curtis’ iPad and take it along with them. By the time the family returned to their home in Portland, Curtis realized that the iPad was no where to be found. Unable to recall whether or not he or his wife had used the device during their flight home, Curtis believed that he may well have left it at the terminal back in California.

We’re sure you’ll all agree that this is not at all cool.

What is cool, however, is that Curtis was able to hunt for his tablet using Apple’s Find My iPhone application on his iPod touch. In doing so, he was able to locate his iPad. Much to his surprise, the App indicated that the tablet wasn’t at the Sacramento International Airport. It wasn’t even in California. Indeed, the Cogdill family iPad had managed to make it all the way to Orlando, Florida. Curtis looked on in horror as his iPad moved from the airport to a private residence: It seemed that someone had found the tablet and decided to, um, liberate it. Curtis called Southwest, hoping to find someone that could assist him. Fortunately, one of the airlines supervisors took it upon herself to contact the police and visit the house where the iPad had been taken. To the surprise of the supervisor and police, the tablet had been snatched by another Southwest Airlines employee, who most likely couldn’t resist the possibility of being able to play Angry Birds on a larger screen. Once it was recovered, Southwest paid to have the iPad shipped back to Curtis, who after a stressful hunt was happy to have recovered his expensive purchase.

Kudos to Southwest Airlines for helping Curtis to recover his lost belongings and to MobileMe as well. It is instances like this that show that despite the fact that many of its core features are quickly becoming dated, gems like Find My iPhone still make the service a worthwhile investment.


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