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Mountain Lion could maul Windows 8

Mountain Lion could maul Windows 8

Mountain Lion came as a surprise today, proving Apple still has the capacity to shock and that Microsoft can't expect plain sailing with Windows 8 later this year. The next version of OS X isn't expected in consumer form until this summer, but already - with just a few features revealed - it's looking more grounded and cohesive than Lion before it. Microsoft's challenge is completing a risky, high-stakes revolution in its PC business, while Apple consolidates its already capable, well-esteemed platform and further feathers its maturing ecosystem.

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Meet Apple OS X Mountain Lion

Meet Apple OS X Mountain Lion

Seven months ago Apple launched OS X Lion; now, 19m copies later, it's ready to preview OS X Mountain Lion. The next update for Mac isn't expected to hit the Mac App Store for download until this summer, but SlashGear caught up with Apple to find out the top ten - or in fact eleven - headline features of Mountain Lion, as well as get our hands on early version of the developer preview. iMessage jumps to OS X, along with Game Center and Notifications, and plenty more, as Apple narrows the gap between iPad and Mac. Read on for all the details.

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iCloud gains 15 million users in 21 days

iCloud gains 15 million users in 21 days

Apple CEO Tim Cook offered up details on how iCloud is doing at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference. iCloud was one of several topics Cook talked about during the conference. He also talked about working conditions at factories building Apple products in China along with the philosophy of Apple. Cook gave up a few tidbits about iCloud that were very interesting.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: February 3, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: February 3, 2012

The Super Bowl is drawing nearer and nearer by the day, just one week left until the biggest American Football game of the year, and the apps are pouring in: the Official NFL Guide, Verizon's own official stream, and PlayUp with real NFL stars chatting amongst them. There's a bit of a tip on the iPhone 5 in that it'll be revealed at WWDC in June. And perhaps of some slightly larger importance, an Earth twin has been discovered a mere 22 light-years away.

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Motorola wins German iCloud ban: Must post €100m bond to enforce

Motorola wins German iCloud ban: Must post €100m bond to enforce

Motorola has won a permanent injunction against Apple's iCloud service and the devices that access it in Germany, though the company must risk a €100m bond and the threat of huge damages if Apple's likely appeals if it actually wants to enact it today. Motorola Mobility's case against Ireland-based Apple Sales International - Apple's European sales branch - was brought in April 2011 and swiftly pushed through a full proceeding, FOSS Patents reports; it potentially encompasses sales in Germany of the iPhone, iPad and other devices.

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iWork chief at helm of Apple digital textbook project

iWork chief at helm of Apple digital textbook project

Apple's digital textbook tools, which the company is expected to unveil at an event in New York City on Thursday this week, were the handiwork of the exec credited with bringing the iWork suite to Mac, according to new rumors. VP Roger Rosner's involvement, so the WSJ's sources claim, can be taken as an indication of exactly how strongly Apple has focussed on digital education resources; Steve Jobs is also believed to have worked closely on the textbook project for several years before his death in 2011.

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Apple iTV 50 and 42-inch models tipped

Apple iTV 50 and 42-inch models tipped

This week we're hearing that Apple, best known for their innate ability to gain news fervor even when the most gigantic event of the season is coming up without them attending, is currently getting prepared to release a set of Apple TVs, or iTV models, as they're being nicknamed here. The first model will be a 42-inch model, a supposed former Apple employee noted to USA Today, the other being a massive 50-inch model. It's also been suggested that iTV in this form will use Siri-powered controls, iOS app support, iTunes integration of course, and iCloud support.

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iTunes Match goes live internationally

iTunes Match goes live internationally

Apple has rolled out iTunes Match for international users, offering those in the UK, Canada and other countries the chance to replicate their music collection in the cloud. After a premature - and quickly yanked - start earlier this week, the system is now live in numerous locations, priced at £21.99 in the UK and CA$27.99 in Canada.

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Apple TV adds iCloud TV buy streaming in Canada, UK and Oz

Apple TV adds iCloud TV buy streaming in Canada, UK and Oz

Apple has quietly activated TV show purchases on the Apple TV for owners in Canada, the UK and Australia, adding outright buying options to the existing iTunes rentals. Until now, Apple TV boxes outside of the US had only been able to stream TV show rentals bought through iTunes; now, there are reports from Canada, the UK and Australia that those limitations have been lifted. However, you'll still need an internet connection to watch the shows.

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Motorola Anti-iCloud patent suit success tipped for 2012

Motorola Anti-iCloud patent suit success tipped for 2012

Apple's iCloud and MobileMe services are under fire in German courts, with each looking likely to fall foul of a Motorola Mobility patent. The European patent, "multiple pager status synchronization system and method," is said to be infringed by Apple's cloud services, FOSSPatents reports, with Motorola securing a February 2012 hearing with a court that apparently seems indisposed to hearing Apple's arguments that its rival hasn't been specific enough in claims.

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