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Take Control of MobileMe--New from TidBITS: Provides much-needed documentation and helps you make the most of your $99-per-year subscription!

October 31, 2008

Take Control of MobileMe Ithaca, NY—Apple's MobileMe online service has been much in the news lately, since it integrates with the iPhone to seamlessly move contact and calendar information among the iPhone, the MobileMe Web site, and a computer. Along with this whizzy syncing feature, MobileMe offers a virtual Swiss Army knife of options, but one notable lack is detailed documentation. The new 112-page Take Control of MobileMe, (TidBITS, $10.00 USD) an ebook by Mac expert Joe Kissell, fills that gap.

Kissell first focuses on set up and syncing—what to expect, what kinds of data sync, handling problems, and more. Once that's covered, Kissell examines these topics:

  • Various ways to use an iDisk for storing and sharing files
  • Accessing and updating calendar and contact data on the MobileMe site
  • Using the Gallery feature (alone or via iLife '08) to publish photos and movies
  • Publishing a Web site to MobileMe's servers
  • Enabling Back to My Mac in order to access one of your Macs from another
  • Using MobileMe email, via its Web interface, Apple Mail, and an iPhone or iPod touch
  • How MobileMe's Backup app compares to Leopard's Time Machine

Take Control of MobileMe is unique in offering current, book-length coverage of MobileMe, and it may be purchased for $10 at TakeControlBooks.com and oreilly.com.

Take Control of MobileMe assumes that most readers are using Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard - and possibly an iPhone or iPod touch, but it also has details aimed at helping those using Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, Windows XP, and Windows Vista.

For a review copy or more information please email takecontrolpr@oreilly.com. Please include your delivery address and contact information.

Joe Kissell has written numerous books about the Macintosh, including many popular Take Control ebooks. He's also Senior Editor of TidBITS, contributes frequently to Macworld, and previously spent ten years in the Mac software industry. Joe Kissell joined the TidBITS staff in 2006 as Senior Editor and currently lives in Paris. He has written more than a dozen Take Control ebooks, including the best- selling Take Control of Mac OS X Backups. He's also the author of numerous print books about Mac OS X and a frequent contributor to Macworld magazine. Joe runs a business called alt concepts, which publishes such Web sites as Interesting Thing of the Day and Truffles for Breakfast.

Additional Resources:
For more information about the book, including table of contents, index, author bios, and cover graphic, see the catalog page for Take Control of MobileMe.

Take Control of MobileMe
Publisher: TidBITS
Joe Kissell
Take Control of MobileMe,
PDF format, 112 pages, free 30-page sample available
PDF Price: $10.00 USD
ISBN: 9781933671482

About TidBITS
The Take Control series is published by TidBITS Publishing Inc. TidBITS co-founders Adam and Tonya Engst have been publishing highly regarded news and editorial since 1990 when they created the online newsletter TidBITS, which covers Macintosh- and Internet-related topics. The Take Control series has helped many thousands of readers with high-quality, timely, real-world, cost-effective documentation since 2003.

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