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Apple launches new status page for iCloud, iMessages, Siri, and other services

Apple has launched a new status page for it’s stores, services like iMessages and Siri ,and iCloud that is far more granular and informative than the previous version. While the old page was simply a list of status messages pertaining to iCloud, the new page contains a board with a section each for Services, Stores, and iCloud. An indicator, either a green square for ‘Normal’ or yellow triangle for ‘Issue’, gives the status of each individual service, such as iMessage, Siri, or Mail.

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Orbit Social Phonebook for iPhone Hands-on -- TiPb @ CES 2010

Orbit aims to do for your iPhone what Syngergy does for Palm's webOS -- aggregate all your contacts and their status -- but with an equal and opposite focus on notification management.

So, not only can you link together your friend's contact info along with their Facebook, Twitter, etc., you can group them into various "orbits" (and each contact can be in more than one "orbit"), create all manner of filters, and raise or lower the "volume" of notification you receive.

So, you can set the volume of your raging editor in chief to "high" and your in-laws to "low".

TiPb has discussed this before -- after the rush to Push Notification, we have devices pinging and poping at us all the time and that can become as useless as no notifications.

Orbit [Free -- iTunes link] has just gone live in the App Store, check it out. Video after the break!

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AT&T Updates on Status of iPhone Tethering

Following up on today's announcement that AT&T would be making MMS available to US iPhone users on September 25, TiPb asked the logical followup -- tethering?

We expect to offer tethering in the future. By its nature, this function could exponentially increase traffic on the network, and we need to ensure that some of our current upgrades are in place before we can deliver the expanded functionality with the excellent performance that customers expect.

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MobileMe Update: David G. Says 40% of 1% Are 90% Restored!

Thus far making good on their promise of consistent updates, Apple has once again posted as to the status of their beleaguered MobileMe service. David G. -- who may be the poster formerly known as "me" ? -- chimed back in last night:

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