updated 10:20 pm EDT, Thu August 28, 2008
SugarSync for iPhone
Sharpcast says it has released the "first ever" commercial app allowing over-the-air push synchronization with between iPhones, Macs and PC's. SugarSync stores data in the company's "secure online digital vault," (or cloud) where it can then be shared across platforms. A unique feature turns the iPhone into a remote control, allowing users to transfer files between other computers without downloading to the iPhone itself.
SugarSync for the iPhone works with the desktop version of the software which automatically backs up and organizes files online for a monthly subscription fee. Using Sharpcast's patent-pending Universal Synchronization Platform, the service provides "fast and intuitive" file exchange -- including bulky media files or presentations that are too large to send via e-mail. SugarSync Mobile software is also available for BlackBerry Curve, Pearl and 8800 series devices and mobile phones using Windows Mobile 5 or 6.
Users are given a web page to monitor account activity and access the most recently modified or shared files. A file-versioning feature saves the five most recent versions of every file, much like Apple's Time Machine.
SugarSync for iPhone is free, and subscriptions start at $25 per year for 10GB of synchronized storage. Users must also download SugarSync for their Mac or PC. The Mac version is available in beta form and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher.