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Mountain Lion Downloads Top Three Million

Apple today announced that downloads of OS X Mountain Lion have exceeded three million in four days, making it the most successful OS X release in Apple’s history. With more than 200 innovative new features, Mountain Lion — the ninth major release of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system — is available through the Mac App Store as an upgrade to Lion or Snow Leopard users for $19.99 (US). Powered by WPeMatico Read On

OS X Mountain Lion “Most Polished” Version Yet

TechCrunch reviewer MG Siegler calls OS X Mountain Lion “definitely the most polished and robust version of OS X yet,” adding: “If you liked Lion, you’ll love Mountain Lion.” Noting its “surprisingly good” app compatibility, Siegler touts the usefulness of many of the new features in Mountain Lion, including Notifications (“probably the best new feature”), Documents in the Cloud, and “the apps that have been ported over from iOS: Reminders, Notes, and Messages.” He concludes: “It’s hard to imagine how Apple will further refine OS X from here.” Powered by WPeMatico Read On

Mountain Lion Available Today From the Mac App Store

Apple today announced that OS X Mountain Lion, the ninth major release of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, is available as a download from the Mac App Store. Mountain Lion includes more than 200 innovative new features, such as iCloud integration, the all-new Messages app, Notification Center, system-wide Sharing, Facebook integration, Dictation, AirPlay Mirroring, and Game Center. Mountain Lion is available as an upgrade from Lion or Snow Leopard for $19.99 (US). Powered by WPeMatico Read On

Apple Reports Third Quarter Results

Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2012 third quarter ended June 30, 2012. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $35.0 billion and quarterly net profit of $8.8 billion, or $9.32 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $28.6 billion and net profit of $7.3 billion, or $7.79 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 42.8 percent, compared to 41.7 percent in the year-ago quarter. “We’re thrilled with record sales of 17 million iPads in the June quarter,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We’ve also just updated the entire MacBook line, will release OS X Mountain Lion tomorrow, and will be launching iOS 6 this Fall. We are also really looking forward to the amazing new products we’ve got in the pipeline.” Powered by WPeMatico Read On

iPad Mini

For several years, there has been speculation among consumers and the technology industry surrounding the development and release of an iPad Mini. Consumers were expecting a release in the last quarter of 2011, however that failed to materialize. Apple followers know that founder Steve Jobs believed that a 7 inch iPad would be a useless piece of technology in comparison to the heartier 10 inch model. However, there is continued speculation as a result of the release of smaller tablet devices by competitors including Amazon and Barnes and Noble. The major competition in the tablet field at the moment is price. The Kindle Fire is available for just under $200 and it offers 8GB of built in storage capacity. The Fire does allow for storage expansion through the use of an SD card, something Apple has failed to deliver until this point. An iPad mini with smaller storage capacity than its larger counterpart could be significant competition to the Kindle Fire with the inclusion of an SD card. Price will most likely not be the decision maker for those who prefer Apples iOS to the Android operating system. People buy iPads because they like Apple products. All in one integration between a desktop or laptop and a mobile device is something that Apple has done very well with. The iPad Mini would undoubtedly follow this trend. Earlier this year, Barnes and Noble released the Nook Tablet, a follow up to the Nook Color e-reader device that offered users the opportunity to take advantage of the Android operating system and the Android App Store. The one drawback to the B&N devices is that users a limited to only some of the available applications, while Apple users can utilize any app available in their iTunes App Store. Amazon’s Android app store... Read On

iOS 6 enhancements affecting the iPad

Apple’s latest and greatest mobile operating system, iOS6 is slated to launch to consumers this fall. Although development of iPhone features is constantly part of the process in designing operating systems for Apple devices, the enhancements affecting the iPad are quite extensive this time around. One of the hottest features of the new operating system is the availability of Siri, Apple’s voice response system, for iPad users. Previously, Siri was available only on the iPhone and although it will be limited to the new iPad, it likely to be a great feature for users. iPad users love integration. One of the new enhancements is Facebook integration throughout the operating system. iPad users will be able to quickly capture memories using the built-in camera and now those photos can be immediately shared on the user’s Facebook timeline. This is something that users have been asking for and it will definitely be a big plus for the iPad crowd. iCloud is one of the biggest attractors to people who prefer Apple devices. Though used primarily as a backup system for mobile devices, it will now provide iPad users with the option of creating a photo stream and sharing with other iPad users. The photo stream is completely customizable and can be shared with everyone on an Apple device or a limited select audience. FaceTime appeared on the scene a few years back, giving Apple users the opportunity to do video chat, taking advantage of front facing cameras on newer mobile devices. The one significant limitation was that users without a Wifi network could not use the service. iOS6 makes it possible for iPad users to take advantage of FaceTime over a 3G cellular network. This is a huge improvement for iPad users and it will add to the excitement of the... Read On

Foster the People Pumps Up with Logic Pro

After years of composing on the guitar and fighting with other computer-based music programs, Foster the People’s Mark Foster used Logic Pro to record and refine his band’s breakthrough hit “Pumped Up Kicks,” which took the radio world by storm in 2011. Foster had the entire song demoed using Logic Pro’s extensive musical toolbox before he went into the production studio. Now, with each member contributing more to the process, the band is working together using Logic Pro to create its much-anticipated second album. Read On