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Apple updates MobileMe, releases Find my iPhone app

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Apple has updated MobileMe, its US$99-per-year suite of Internet tools. And it’s released an accompanying, free Find my iPhone app. However, contrary to some rumors, Apple is not offering MobileMe for free.

The revved MobileMe sports an updated version of Mail Web with a tweaked interface that offers widescreen and compact views. Other changes include server-based rules for sorting messages, better SSL security, an enhanced formatting toolbar, better junkmail filtering, and the ability to send mail from an external address.

The MobileMe update also tweaks the interfaces for Calendars, Gallery, iDisk and Find My iPhone. All now feature Mail’s top bar of iPad-ish button. The separate buttons for each MobileMe Web app have disappeared.

The Find My iPhone app for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad on Friday offers MobileMe users a dedicated interface for tracking down one of the devices, if it’s lost, when they’re away from their computer.

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