MobileMe ->> iCloud Transition, A FAQ!

As Apple work hard to get iCloud off the ground in to sky, and swatting of trademark flies at the same time, it is preparing users for the transitions. Getting people, or Apple users on iCloud means getting them off the MobileMe, the Apple's not so cloudy previous online services. Lokks like the transition will take place in steps, very large ones. So get familiar with it soon. To get users oriented in right direction and make it easier, Apple published the following FAQ. It does not say how to get off the iCloud, ince you are in :)


"iCloud is Apple’s new cloud service, which stores your music, photos, apps, calendars, and documents and wirelessly pushes them to all your devices. iCloud integrates seamlessly with your apps, so everything happens automatically. iCloud will be free for iOS 5 and OS X Lion users. More information is available at www.apple.com/icloud.

MobileMe Services


What’s happening to MobileMe?
The core services provided by MobileMe have been rewritten to work seamlessly with iCloud. MobileMe will no longer be available as a paid sync service. If you had an active MobileMe account as of June 6, 2011, your service has been extended through June 30, 2012, at no additional charge. After that date, the MobileMe service will no longer be available.


Following is a list of MobileMe services and whether they will be available or not in iCloud this fall:
MobileMe ServiceAvailable in iCloudIn addition, the following new services will be available in iCloud:

iTunes in the CloudPhoto StreamDocuments in the CloudAutomatic downloads and purchase history for apps and booksBackup and restore
Will I be able to keep my MobileMe email address when I move to iCloud?
Yes. If you have an active MobileMe account when you sign up for iCloud, you’ll be able to keep your me.com or mac.com email address and move your MobileMe mail, contacts, and calendars, as well as your bookmarks, to the new service. When iCloud becomes available this fall, Apple will provide details and instructions on how to make the move.

Will I be able to access iCloud services on the web?
Yes. Web access to iCloud Mail, Contacts, Calendar, and Find My iPhone will be available at icloud.com this fall.


What happens to the iWeb sites that I’ve published to MobileMe?
You will be able to continue publishing iWeb sites to MobileMe through June 30, 2012, even after moving to iCloud. With iWeb you can easily move a site published to MobileMe to another web hosting service and you should do so before that date. Please read this article for details.
What happens to the pictures that I’ve posted to my MobileMe Gallery?
You will be able to continue using MobileMe Gallery through June 30, 2012, even after moving to iCloud. You should save copies of all photos published to your Gallery before that date. If you have a Mac, it is likely that most of your Gallery photos are already in iPhoto. If not, you can sync the Gallery photos to your iPhoto library. You can also download your photos and movies from the web. Please read this article for details.


What happens to the files on my MobileMe iDisk?
You will be able to continue using MobileMe iDisk through June 30, 2012, even after moving to iCloud. You should save copies of all files stored on iDisk before that date. Please read this article for details.


What happens to the other sync services I use for my Mac?
Syncing of Mac Dashboard widgets, keychains, Dock items, and System Preferences will not be part of iCloud, but will continue to be available for you to use until you move to iCloud. After you move to iCloud or after June 30, 2012, whichever comes first, those sync services will no longer be available. Other MobileMe services that are not transitioning to iCloud (iWeb publishing, Gallery, and iDisk) will continue to be available through June 30, 2012, even after you move to iCloud.


MobileMe Accounts


If I use different accounts for iTunes and MobileMe, can I merge them into a single account and use it with iCloud?
No. You cannot merge two accounts into one. However, you will be able to move your MobileMe account (yourname@me.com) to iCloud and, if you choose, you can continue to use a different iTunes account for store purchases and iTunes in the Cloud.


I currently use more than 5GB of storage in MobileMe. Will I be able to buy more storage for iCloud?
Yes. iCloud includes 5GB of free storage for mail, documents, and backup, which should be enough for most users. Purchased music, apps, and books do not count against this 5GB of storage, nor do the photos in your Photo Stream. If you still need more storage, you will be able to buy it. Details will be provided when iCloud is available this fall.


Can I upgrade my MobileMe account to a Family Pack or buy more MobileMe storage?
You can no longer upgrade your individual account to a Family Pack account or buy additional MobileMe storage. However, if you already have a Family Pack subscription, you can still create new family member accounts.


Can Family Pack members move their MobileMe accounts separately to iCloud?
Yes. The master account holder and each family member can move their individual accounts whenever they like, as long as they do so before June 30, 2012.


I purchased a MobileMe box and have not used the activation code inside. How do I get a refund for it?
If you have an unused activation code from a MobileMe box, you can submit a refund request.


Can I cancel my MobileMe subscription and receive a refund?
You can cancel your service at any time and receive a prorated refund for the unused portion of your paid subscription. The free extension will not be included in the proration. When you cancel, all MobileMe services, including mail and syncing of contacts and calendars, will stop working, and your data will be removed from MobileMe."

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Priority Call Filter For Android, Will Keep Your Mom Near And The Rest Away!

If you have ever got calls at wrong time, woken you up from a well deserved slumber, you know the feeling, "Who the %&*^&*& calling me at this time?" May be like I do, turn the phone off when I really want to sleep, only to miss a call from my Mom, who lives on another continent. So what do we do?

People with Android phones have a solution, Priority Call Filter For Android, will save your day. You can select any number of your contacts to ring or text through you off time, like, you can setup so that your Mom or Boss will always will ring through and your pesky cousin will be able reach you only during your free times. Calls are not sent directly to voicemail. They just behave like normal calls but only silenced.

I like the app and think it is well worth the $1.
Disclaimer, we have no affiliations to the app nor the maker of the app.


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Facebook At 750 Million Users?

Techcrunch is reporting that, Facebook now has reached 750 users, (according to Facebook user count metric, a user who has logged in during last 30 days.) according to a undisclosed source close to the Facebook.

Last time the official count announcement was when the user base reaches 500 million users.

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HTC EVO 4G+ Might Land On Sprint Shelves.

Looking just like HTC Evo 3D, the rumored HTC Evo 4G slated to be available on Sprint it seems. The twin 5MP cameras have been replaced with a single 8MP camera in the back and there is a 1.3MP front facing camera. The 4.3" qHD display supported by HTC Sense is supported by 1,2GHz Snapdragon processor and 2GB memory.

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Software Patents And The Associated Legal Implications! "A Generation of Software Patents"

A paper by Boston University's James Bessen, "A Generation of Software Patents" takes one through the current state of patents and 20 years of it's journey while introducing you to the ridiculous state of patent affairs. After researching through a generation of software patents, from award of a patent (patent 5,440,676, Alappat) to the expiration of the same, the researcher concludes, that "software patents have 'NOT' provided a net social benefit in the software industry." (a major omission by me 'NOT' was discovered by reader Michael)

Link to the complete paper at the end of the article. Read it and educate yourself. This report examines changes in the patenting behavior of the software industry since the 1990s. It finds that most software firms still do not patent, most software patents are obtained by a few large firms in the software industry or in other industries, and the risk of litigation from software patents continues to increase dramatically. Given these findings, it is hard to conclude that software patents have provided a net social benefit in the software industry.

In 1994, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decided in In re Alappat that an invention that had a novel software algorithm combined with a trivial physical step was eligible for patent protection. This ruling opened the way for a large scale increase in patenting of software. Alappat and his fellow inventors were granted patent 5,440,676, the patent at issue in the appeal, in 1995. That patent expired in 2008. In other words, we have now experienced a full generation of software patents. The Alappat decision was controversial, not least because the software industry had been highly innovative without patent protection. In fact, there had long been industry opposition to patenting software. Since the 1960s, computer companies opposed patents on software, first, in their input to a report by a presidential commission in 19664 and then in amici briefs to the Supreme Court in Gottschalk v. Benson in 1972 (they later changed their views). Major software firms opposed software patents through the mid-1990s. Perhaps more surprising, software developers themselves have mostly been opposed to patents on software. Surveys of software developers in 1992 and 1996 reported that most were opposed to patents.

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