Apple releases MobileMe iDisk for iPad, adds multitasking to iPhone version

Today, Apple has released an update to their popular MobileMe iDisk application to include iPad compatibility. The free app is now a single universal binary that works to its full potential across all iOS devices running iOS 3.1.3 or above. 

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Apple also beefed up the iPhone version with multitasking, retina display, and iBooks support among other small enhancements:

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The iDisk app was originally released almost one year ago and is now at version 1.2. To use the app, you must be a MobileMe subscriber which normally costs $99 per year. 

Apple responds to July 4th iTunes fraud

On July 4th we reported that iTunes may have been hacked by Vietnemise developer, Thuat Nguyen. Later in the day we updated that Apple had removed the developers applications from the App Store, and today Engadget brings us an official statement from Apple:

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As you can see in the statement, Apple has “vaguely confirmed” the incident by simply stating the removal of the developer. Apple also states, that if users did get swooped into the horrible scheme they are urged to contact their bank or credit card company to work out refunds.

Users are also encouraged to research safe password practices and change their iTunes password immediately. 

Apple adds the European Union to its antitrust woes

The European Union has launched a new initiative called the “Digital Agenda” which hopes to expand the ways in which companies can violate anti-trust laws; especially in environments where standards have yet to be defined.

It defends its arguments by stating that where there is no interoperability, competition is lost. “Since not all pervasive technologies are based on standards the benefits of interoperability risk being lost in such areas.

The Commission will examine the feasibility of measures that could lead significant market players to license interoperability information while at the same time promoting innovation and competition.”

The Antitrust suit specifically targets Apple disallowance of developers to use Flash to create application on Apple’s market-leading iOS. EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes curtly states “We need to make sure that significant market players cannot just choose to deny interoperability with their product.” This may force Apple to allow iOS developers to use other Programming suites such as Adobe’s Flash.

Full quote below:

User data is moving more and more into the ‘cloud’ and people are getting their music, videos and applications digitally (for example through iTunes) instead of buying them in physical media.

We need to make sure that significant market players cannot just choose to deny interoperability with their product. This is particularly important in cases where standards don’t exist.

Under the Digital Agenda for Europe, we will examine the feasibility of introducing measures to make big market players license interoperability information.

InteroperabilityThe lack of interoperability information was at the heart of one of her most high-profile battles with ICT giant Microsoft, which cost the company a $1.3 billion fine in 2008.

This is not just about Microsoft or any big company like Apple, IBM or Intel. The main challenge is that consumers need choice when it comes to software or hardware products,” the commissioner insisted.”Any kind of IT product should be able to communicate with any type of service in the future.

EurActiv Via RethinkWireless