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Apple posts mysterious message on homepage, iTunes announcement due tomorrow

November 15th, 2010

This morning, Apple posted a mysterious message on its homepage. With instructions to “check back here tomorrow” the note alludes to an “exciting announcement from iTunes.” We’re not certain whether Apple will announce another iTunes milestone — billions and billions served — or if there is something else in the works from the Cupertino company (Beatles catalog, cloud computing?). We’ll …

Microsoft announces Office 365 cloud-based productivity suite

October 19th, 2010

What do you get when you combine Microsoft Office, SharePoint Online, Exchange Online and Lync Online? According to Microsoft, you get the “next generation in cloud productivity.” The Redmond giant’s much awaited cloud-based Office suite launches today as a limited beta spanning 13 countries. Those lucky enough to sample the offering at this stage will …

Rumor: Licensing is holding up cloud-based iTunes

July 2nd, 2010

According to tips sent in to Electronista, the reason that Apple’s planned iTunes streaming service yet to be released is due to the fact that the Cupertino-based company has yet to finalize licensing deals with major record labels. Apple currently has licensing deals which allow customers to stream music from their own computers to their …

MobileMe to go offline tonight, respawn with new features

June 17th, 2010

Just a quick little heads up to anyone who relies upon MobileMe, as the service will be down for maintenance overnight from 1am to 3am ET. Downtime is never fun, but it’s sounding a lot like when Apple’s engineers are done with the update we’ll finally see the beta label shed from the updated webmail …

YouTube intros a simple video editor

June 16th, 2010

Earlier today, YouTube introduced a simple and very easy to use cloud-based video editor for its millions of users. Creating things like mashups couldn’t be more simple thanks to the new system, requiring users only to drag their clips into sequential order, trim each clip to length, and then throw in some music and titles. …

Evidence suggests MobileMe will become free

June 4th, 2010

It’s not a whole lot to go on, but rumors never are. Recent changes to the Account Type statuses of Apple’s MobileMe service is leading many to believe that the cloud-based syncing offering may soon become free. Instead of being labeled as an Individual subscriber accounts are now labeled with Full Member. We have been …

MobileMe may soon become free

May 11th, 2010

Introduced in June 2008 to much fanfare — although soon derided by critics and consumers alike for a series of shortcomings — Apple’s $99 per year MobileMe service didn’t exactly get off to the best start in life. However, according to a report from MacDailyNews, Apple is planning to make MobileMe a free service “soon.” …

Google Docs gets much needed update

April 12th, 2010

Google today announced a series of updates to Google Docs which are sure to please everyone who relies on the free cloud-based service. The documents editor received additions such as a margin ruler, tab stops, comments, a re-worked system for placing and maintaining bullets and numbers and support for real-time collaboration of up to 50 people. Spreadsheets …

Google Apps Marketplace open for business(es)

March 10th, 2010

There are two sides to the proverbial “cloud coin” for small business owners. You can view cloud services, like Google Apps, as a time and money saver, allowing you to focus on your core business as opposed to IT needs. Or, you can view them as your worst nightmare, and shun the thought of having …