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OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Developer Preview 3 now available

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Software

Mountain Lion Developer Preview 3

Apple has just released a new OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Developer Preview about a month after the last release. Dubbed Mountain Lion Developer Preview 3, build 12A178q is the third beta release of the company's next major desktop operating system. Developers can grab a download redemption code in the Apple Developer portal, which will be used to get the update from the Mac App Store. OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion will be publicly released late this summer, but anyone with a Mac developer account can get access to the Developer Previews immediately. Release notes after the break.

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Western Digital My Passport Studio packs 2 TB storage, dual FireWire 800 ports

Posted by Andrey Malskiy Categories: PC / Laptop, Storage

My-Passport-Studio

We recently covered the release of Western Digital’s My Passport 2 TB hard drive, and now the company has released a Mac-specific professional series external drive for all your mass storage needs.

The Western Digital My Passport Studio 2 TB maintains a classic metal finish, matching colors nicely with recent Mac models. The My Passport Studio can be used as a Time Machine destination as well, allowing users to automatically back up their system. WIth 2 TB of storage space, it can hold about 400,000 photos, 240 hours of video, or 500,000 songs. We’d say that’s plenty. The other main feature of the drive is the dual FireWire 800 ports, allowing you to daisy chain additional devices.

The price of the My Passport Studio 2 TB is set to be at $299.99, and you'll be able to get it later this month.

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Apple releases iTunes 10.6.1 with bug fixes galore

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Music, Software

iTunes 10.6.1

Apple has released iTunes 10.6.1, a bug-fixing update that improves usability in a bunch of areas:

  • Fixes several issues that may cause iTunes to unexpectedly quit while playing videos, changing artwork size in Grid view, and syncing photos to devices.
  • Addresses an issue where some iTunes interface elements are incorrectly described by VoiceOver and WindowEyes.
  • Fixes a problem where iTunes may become unresponsive while syncing iPod nano or iPod shuffle.
  • Resolves an ordering problem while browsing TV episodes in your iTunes library on Apple TV.

You can grab the update now through Software Update, or at http://apple.com/itunes.


OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion to provide deeper privacy options for contacts

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Software

Mountain Lion Access Contacts

With all the recent uproar over the fact that many app developers have been accessing and uploading users contacts without their explicit permission, we know that Apple is set to being a feature to iOS that asks the user if it's okay that the app does that. What we didn't realize, however, is that the feature will be coming to the Mac as well with the release of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. One new feature in today's release of Developer Preview 2 sees the operating system notifying the user that an app "Would Like to Access You Contacts" and then offering the user the opportunity to say OK, or to not allow the action. It's a small gesture, but it will go a long way towards keeping your data private.


OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Developer Preview 2 now available

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Software

Mountain Lion Developer Preview 2

Aside from unleashing the new iPad to the masses today, Apple also just released a new OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Developer Preview. Dubbed Mountain Lion Developer Preview 2, build 12A154q is the second beta release of the company's next major desktop operating system. Developers can grab a download redemption code in the Apple Developer portal, which will be used to grab the update from the Mac App Store. OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion will be publicly released this summer.


Bleeding Edge TV 433: Apple OS X Mountain Lion feature tour

Apple has announced OS X Mountain Lion, its next major operating system for the Mac. Mountain Lion is OS X 10.8, and brings with it a bunch of features previously only found on iOS devices. These features include iMessage, Notes, Twitter, AirPlay Mirroring, Game Center, Notification Center, Reminders, Share Sheets, and deeper iCloud integration as well. In this video, we bring you a tour of the new Mountain Lion operating system, which launches this summer on the Mac App Store.

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OS X Mountain Lion Developer Preview now available for download

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Software

Mountain Lion 12A128p download

This morning Apple announced OS X Mountain Lion, and alongside the announcement they've also made available the first Mountain Lion Developer Preview. Anyone with a Developer Account can log into Apple's Dev portal to download the first build (12A128p) of OS X 10.8, which will be available to all later this summer.

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Mountain Lion Messages app brings iMessage to the Mac - download the beta now!

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Software

Messages beta mac

Ever since iMessage was introduced as part of iOS 5, we've been waiting impatiently for Apple to bring that goodness over to the Mac. With OS X Mountain Lion, announced earlier this morning, it will be a reality. In Mountain Lion, Apple will be replacing iChat completely with a new app called Messages. We've installed Mountain Lion and have been playing with it a bit, and what we've basically found is that Messages is everything that iChat was, but with the addition of iMessage and FaceTime rolled in (still no MSN Messenger support.) Apple has actually released Messages in beta, so you don't need to wait for Mountain Lion to get in on the fun, as long as you're running OS X 10.7.3. Head on over to Apple's Messages page to download it.


Apple OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion brings more iOS features to the Mac this summer

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Software

OS X Mountain Lion

This morning Apple announced OS X Mountain Lion (10.8,) the next version of its flagship desktop operating system. OS X 10.8 will ship later this summer, and will be available through the Mac App Store. As with OS X 10.7 Lion, Mountain Lion is geared towards bringing more iOS goodness to the desktop, and further blurs the lines between Apple's mobile devices and computers. New features that will be coming to the Mac with Mountain Lion include a new Messages app that will replace iChat and bring iMessage and FaceTime into one app, Notification Center, tighter iCloud integration, AirPlay mirroring from the Mac to an Apple TV, the Reminders app, Notes app, Game Center leaderboards, Twitter built-in to the OS, Share Sheets to make sharing of any content easier, and Gatekeeper, a new security feature that allows you to set preferences for what can and can't be downloaded. We will go more in-depth on each in a separate feature later today.

With the announcement of Mountain Lion, Apple also made it known that it will stick to a new yearly release cycle for its desktop OS.

Read More | Mountain Lion Sneak Peek

Apple Airport Utility 6.0 brings iCloud, fixes to Time Capsule, Airport Extreme, and Airport Express

Apple Airport Utility 6.0

Apple has been on fire these last few weeks rolling out all kinds of updates. Most recently Apple updated its Airport Express, Airport Extreme and Time Capsule base stations to include iCloud support for Back to My Mac and a few bug fixes with the 802.11n wireless network problems.

Also included with this update is the ability to wirelessly access your backed up data on these devices. It should be noted, however, that in order to take full advantage of the remote access included in this update you will have to be running OS X Lion. Run Software Update to grab the new hotness.


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