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File Under: Browsers, Identity

Firefox Sync Graduates From Labs, Ready for Firefox 4

Mozilla’s Weave Syncing tool, which syncs your personal data across multiple PCs and mobile devices, has graduated from Labs and is now and official part of the Firefox 4 roadmap.

Currently still an add-on, Weave Sync was recently re-named Firefox Sync. Soon, it won’t be an add-on at all as it’s destined to become a standard feature of the browser.

Firefox Sync makes it trivially easy to keep your bookmarks, history, open tabs and other browser data in sync across various computers and mobile devices. Mozilla is even working on an app that will bring Firefox Sync to the iPhone.

The final Labs release, version 1.3, is the first to be known by the new name Firefox Sync. The release also has a couple of new features, like a simplified sign-up and setup process and a new action that lets you access all your remote tabs by clicking a single button.

If you’d like to grab the latest version, head over to the new download page. As always, we recommend upgrading all instances of Firefox Sync before actually syncing your data.

By the time Firefox 4 rolls around (later this year or possibly early 2011) Firefox Sync will be just be a standard part of Firefox, no add-on required.

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File Under: Mobile

Sync Your iPhone 2.0 for $99, Or For Free

Another major component of the iPhone announcement yesterday, in addition to the App Store I griped about previously, is MobileMe, the service previously known as .Mac.

For $99 per year, Apple will store all your data on their servers — email, calendar — and

auto-synchronize it to your desktop machine as well as your iPhone. It’ll all be accessible at me.com too, when that site launches, on what will doubtless be a flashy Ajax-heavy page.

Apple says “Me.com is such a great web experience, it seems as if you’re using desktop software,” and also “To use the new web applications, make sure you have one of these browsers: Safari 3, Internet Explorer 7, or Firefox 2 or later” — i.e., not IE 6.

Shortly after Apple’s announcement of MobileMe, I got a press release from Funambol, the open-source-happy mobile company, promising that their free sync software will do the same exact thing for free.