Apple is shutting down the MobileMe web service today, but they are still allowing users to migrate to iCloud for a limited amount of time. I would suggest backing up your data now. Apple notified users about MobileMe’s closing a while ago so this should not come as a surprise. They planned to discontinue the service about a year ago. iCloud’s 5GB of storage is free. iCloud can sync across all of your devices including the Mac, iPhone, iPad, and some Windows machines.
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Three Detroit residents were arrested and arraigned at the 52-4 Oakland County District Court in Troy, Michigan on charges of robbery. The Detroit residents are being held at the Oakland County Jail in lieu of a $25,000 surety bond.
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Today Apple released an FAQ on the MobileMe to iCloud transition, stating definitively that users will have web access to iCloud apps. Services like Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Bookmarks, Find My iPhone and Back to My Mac will be transferred from MobileMe to iCloud. Services not making the transition include iWeb publishing, Gallery and iDisk; TechCrunch notes that while Gallery is being replaced by Photo Stream, there is no announcement yet whether Photo Stream will allow you to publish your photos to icloud.com. Other additions to iCloud include iTunes in the Cloud, Documents in the Cloud and a backup and restore function.
Yesterday I wrote about how Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) purchased the domain name iCloud for roughly $4.5 million. There are now rumors floating around that Apple plans on using this domain name to promote a service with that name. That service would allow people to store music, bookmarks, e-mail, contacts, and iCal events. This means that Apple is revamping MobileMe entirely.
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Over on 9to5Mac, a reader had described a Christmas story that involves a high speed chase, a Sonic fast food restaurant, a stolen Land Rover, and a stolen iPhone. MobileMe on the iPhone helped police take down the criminals. Below is the full story (note: the police officer is in the hospital in stable condition):
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A man was able to retrieve his possessions from a few armed robbers thanks to his iPhone and his MobileMe account. The victim was not identified by the police. Here’s how it all went down.
Around 1AM near the intersection of Amberson Ave. and Amberson Pl. in Pittsburgh, a man was robbed at gunpoint. The two men asked for his wallet, PIN number for his credit cards, and his iPhone. After taking the man’s possessions, they ran off towards Ellsworth Ave.
Officers arrived at the scene while the man was cancelling his credit cards. And then the victim used Apple’s MobileMe service to determine the location of his iPhone. It turns out his iPhone was tracked down at the Wal-Mart in North Versailles where the police started following the suspects. The suspects purchased items with the stolen credit cards and then moved over to an Eat’n Park restaurant on Route 30.
The suspects were arrested there and had a black pellet gun along with stolen cash, IDs, and credit cards. The three men charged include Bryant Rather (pictured above), Brent Ray Potter, and Myron Knox Jr. They will be charged with two counts of access device fraud, receiving stolen property, possessing instruments of crime, and conspiracy. Rather and Potter are also being charged with robbery.
Apple MobileMe is a way to sync e-mail, contacts, and calendars with applications with different devices. The login details for actress Salma Hayek has been hacked and the information has been leaked to everyone on the 4chan forum. It sounds like that the hacking was a joint effort between between EBaum and Anontalk and then posted on 4chan. Regardless of who did it, the person did got the password with little effort on their part. After he or she logged into Hayek’s account, the anonymous person changed the login details and made this posting:
Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Go to me.com, forgot password, type email@example.com
Her birthday is Sept. 2
Answer to change password question is: frida
The hacker guessed the ID by assuming that most Apple IDs are commonly the first letter of the first name and the whole last name followed by @mac.com. Then the hacker used the Forgot Password feature and found the answer on Hayek’s Wikipedia page which had to do with her birth date. Fortunately for Hayek, there is nothing incriminating in her Mac e-mail account.
This makes me question the whole security question standard that is asked when a password is forgotten is not good enough. Sometimes the questions are too obvious. For example, when David Kernell hacked into Sarah Palin’s e-mail account, all he did was guess the security questions. The questions had to do about where Palin went to high school, where she met her husband (the same high school), birth date, and zip code.