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Apple Mac OS X 'Mountain Lion' takes more bites out of iOS

Mac OS X Mountain Lion

Apple's got a new big cat on the prowl. Its name is Mountain Lion, and it's the next major release of Mac OS X. The software is being released as a preview to Apple developers today, with a commercial release to follow sometime this summer through the company's Mac App Store. Like Lion before it, Apple has imbued the new software with many of the top-billed features from the iPhone and iPad, all with the intent of making its computers more useful and approachable to the millions that have snatched up an iOS device in recent years. It's also a direct response to recently-added features on those devices that--for better or worse--make the Mac a less essential piece of the puzzle.


New MacBook Airs, Mac minis feature Lion Internet Recovery disc-less repair

Given the lack of an optical drive all of Apple's new MacBook Air and Mac mini models, the company has included a new "Internet Recovery" feature in its new operating system to reinstall Lion or initiate repairs on the latest Macs.


Apple to launch Mac OS X Lion tomorrow?

Apple to launch Mac OS X Lion tomorrow?

Apple told us that Mac OS X Lion — the next version of the company's popular operating system — will become available sometime this month. Rumors had our hopes up with assumptions that it'd be here last week. But now? Now reports are telling us that it's coming tomorrow.


How to get the Mac's best features on Windows

How to get the Mac's best features on Windows

Whether you're a die-hard Windows fan or simply a Mac user required to occasionally use Windows, it's hard to argue against the fact that Mac OS X has some killer features. Here's how to get the best of them on Windows.


Skype goes down globally again, Microsoft starts wondering if it bought wisely

Uh oh, Skype's experiencing its second big outage in the space of just a couple of weeks, as we're hearing reports from the UK, Netherlands, and yes, even Bulgaria, claiming the online communications service is down. Our own Skype clients are currently unable to move past the "Connecting..." status note, both on Mac OS X and Windows 7.


Apple CEO Steve Jobs to introduce iOS 5, OS X Lion, iCloud

Apple chief executive Steve Jobs will deliver the keynote speech at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday. Jobs, who has been on medical leave since January, will join a team of executives to unveil OS X Lion, iOS 5, and iCloud, a cloud services offering, Apple said in a press release.


Internet Explorer and Safari first to fall at Pwn2Own 2011, Chrome and Firefox still standing

Pwn2Own, the annual three-day browser hackathon, has already claimed its first two victims: IE8 on Windows 7 64-bit, and Safari 5 on Mac OS X.


FaceTime headed for Mac OS X and Windows next?

It seems more than a little odd to us that Apple hasn't bothered to make FaceTime compatible with its own longstanding desktop video chat service, iChat, but we've at least supposed that it's an inevitability with whatever upcoming Mac OS X update or software bundle that Apple deems appropriate. Now Mac4Ever, who was spot on with a pile of rumors last year, but hasn't succeeded with its recent prediction of an iLife '11 launch in August, is saying that Apple is prepping FaceTime both for Mac and PC.


Safari 5 tested: Chrome, Opera still have JavaScript edge

Apple released a new version of Safari on both Mac OS X and Windows, suggesting it has the "performance edge." Our testing doesn't quite agree with that conclusion.


Safari 4 Beta Executes JavaScript Faster Than You Can Blink

Apple has just released a major new beta version of their web browser, Safari 4. It’s available for Mac OS X and Windows, and you can download it at the official Safari site.


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