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OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion: What you need to know

A round-up of everything you could possibly want to know about Apple Mac's new updated OS.

Like Lion, Mountain Lion offers numerous feature additions that will be familiar to iOS users. This OS X release continues Apple’s philosophy of bringing iOS features “back to the Mac”, and includes iMessage, Reminders, Notes, Notification Center, Twitter integration, Game Center, and AirPlay Mirroring. Also see: Apple OS X Mountain Lion review.

So what exactly is different about Mountain Lion? Here's a few bite-size snippets and links to articles to help you find out more:

Mountain Lion: Hands on with Notification Center

By Jason Snell

Like its counterpart on iOS, this new service is called Notification Center. With Notification Center, Mac developers now have access to features much like those already found in iOS.

For years, many Mac app developers have had to design their own ways to get your attention. The open-source project Growl helped save those developers from reinventing the wheel by creating a more general notification system supported by lots of apps. But with Mountain Lion, a true systemwide notification service will finally arrive when the Mac OS X update ships this summer...

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Mountain Lion: Messages replaces iChat, gets public beta

By Jason Snell

iChat is dead—long live Messages. With Thursday’s announcement of Mac OS X Mountain Lion comes the news that iChat is being upgraded and renamed to Messages, with support for the iMessage chat system introduced with iOS 5.

If you can’t wait until Mountain Lion arrives this summer to finally use iMessage with your Mac, relax—you don’t have to. On Thursday, Apple will also release a beta version of Messages for Lion users. (The final version will be available this summer when Mountain Lion ships.)

I’ve spent the past few days using Messages and Mountain Lion. Here’s a first look, keeping in mind that Mountain Lion won’t be released for months, so features are in flux and could change.

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Mountain Lion: Hands on with Notes and Reminders

By Jason Snell

Two of the new iOS-flavored apps to move to the Mac with the release of Mountain Lion this summer are Notes and Reminders. Here’s a sneak peek at how they work.

Notes

As in its iOS incarnation, the Notes interface on the Mac is dominated by a yellow text-entry area that resembles a legal pad. There’s even a hint of torn paper at the top of the window, and yes, the app’s title bar offers a leather texture. The top right corner displays the date on which the note was last modified…

Reminders

Reminders is an even more basic app than Notes. There’s a reminder window full of tasks you can add and check off. A collapse/expand button at the bottom left corner lets you toggle a sidebar that lets you navigate between lists and search. When the sidebar’s not visible, you can navigate between lists via a two-finger swipe on the Trackpad or by clicking on the tiny dots at the bottom of the Reminders window. Items sync via iCloud with the Reminders app on devices running iOS 5…

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Mountain Lion: Hands on with Gatekeeper

By Jason Snell

Last year saw the arrival of the Apple-curated Mac App Store, a creation very much in the mold of the iOS App Store. And many people wondered: Would a locked-down version of Mac OS X, one incapable of running apps not approved by Apple, be far behind?

Apple certainly could have done something like that with Mountain Lion, the company’s planned update to Mac OS X that should arrive this summer. But it hasn’t—instead, the company has created a new way for developers to sign their work and a new set of options in the Security & Privacy preference pane. According to Apple, it’s all an attempt to improve Mac security. Here’s how the new Gatekeeper feature works.

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Hands on with Apple's new OS X: Mountain Lion

By Jason Snell

Apple updates its iOS mobile operating system once a year. But why should the iPhone and iPad have all the fun? On Thursday Apple announced that it will release a new version of OS X—Mountain Lion—this summer, just a year after the release of OS X Lion.

Like Lion, Mountain Lion offers numerous feature additions that will be familiar to iOS users. This OS X release continues Apple’s philosophy of bringing iOS features “back to the Mac,” and includes iMessage, Reminders, Notes, Notification Center, Twitter integration, Game Center, and AirPlay Mirroring.

As the first OS X release post-iCloud, there’s also much more thorough integration with Apple’s data-syncing service. Mountain Lion also brings options to limit which kinds of apps users can install. And although there are no actual mountain lions in China, OS X Mountain Lion does add a raft of features to speak to users in the country that’s Apple’s biggest growth opportunity…

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