Mac OS X

Mountain Lion adds “Do Not Disturb” feature

Mountain Lion adds “Do Not Disturb” feature

Apple continues to update the Mountain Lion developer preview, bringing it up to version 3 so far. The latest update adds even more functionality, this time relating to notifications. Apple has added a “Do Not Disturb” feature, which will hide alerts and banners so that you get some work done instead of being constantly distracted. Mountain Lion still keeps tracks of alerts in the Notification Center, so they’ll be waiting for you when you do want to come up for air.

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Apple Ireland political visit applauds Euro expansion

Apple Ireland political visit applauds Euro expansion

This week Apple's plant in Hollyhill in Cork, Ireland, has received a rare visit from the country's Taoiseach Mr. Enda Kenny. This visit represents a bid of confidence in the workers in the area to use Apple to bolster their economy both in the immediate area and across Europe. Apple this month announced that they'd be adding another 500 roles across Europe to the 2,800 people working at the Hollyhill facility, Apple's very first plant opened outside the USA several years ago.

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One in five Macs likely to carry Windows malware

One in five Macs likely to carry Windows malware

A new study performed by security firm Sophos has found that one in five Macs is likely to carry some sort of Windows malware, but only one in 36 could be infected with malware specifically designed to target Mac OS X. The numbers come after Sophos collected data from around 100,000 Macs that have the Sophos anti-virus software installed.

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Apple + Valve = OS X Gaming Push

Apple + Valve = OS X Gaming Push

This weekend we're hearing basically every single tech, gaming, and Apple-heavy site flip out over the idea that Tim Cook's visit to Valve means an Apple gaming console is in the mix - I disagree. Several simple factors mean that Apple's next-generation television push isn't going to be a full-fledged television, and several simple factors count Valve out of the physical gaming system game as well. Instead, I contend that Apple will be releasing their next-generation MacBook Pro line with emphasis on graphics and computing power, with Valve's library of OS X-compatible games there to back up their claims.

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Apple gaining in corporation use due to ‘time machine’ effect

Apple gaining in corporation use due to ‘time machine’ effect

There's a lot to be said for the satisfaction of workers in this day and age, especially here in the tech industry where Apple is gaining on Windows machines for employee use due to what CBS Interactive CTO Peter Yared implies as a "time machine" effect. In a talk with the Wall Street Journal's CIO Journal, Yared spoke candidly about why he's seeing Apple gain relatively quickly in businesses where employees have Apple computers at home and therefor expect to be able to use the same hardware and software when at work.

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Apple’s Mac sales grow 51% in business sector

Apple’s Mac sales grow 51% in business sector

Mac sales at the end of 2011 were substantially up from the previous year, and a closer look from analyst group Needham & Company reveals where the bulk of that growth came from - business customers. Specifically, Mac sales that were sent to businesses were up by 50.9%, according to analyst Charlie Wolf, and enterprise sales are also soaring.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: February 16, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: February 16, 2012

It's a very Mac morning with more updates on the next version of Apple's desktop software than you can possible handle! The next version will be called Apple OS X Mountain Lion and you'll be able to check out our very full guide on it in the post Meet Apple OS X Mountain Lion. Next be sure to check out the brand new Messages for OS X which you can download in beta right this second! Apple is also making some vast privacy changes that could affect 1000s of applications, and Chris Davies has a featured column by the name of Apple Gatekeeper is the Game-Changer - straight from the Mountain Lion's mouth!

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Mac OS X 10.7.3 bug fix available for download now

Mac OS X 10.7.3 bug fix available for download now

A select number of users updating to the newest version of Mac OS X on their Apple machines have encountered a bug of sorts, but some relief has some down the pipe in less than 24 hours after the original release. This fix does not come directly in response to the bug, but is an official Apple-made software download you can all use to bring your life back to normalcy. The problem is, the bug itself is one that closes all applications as you open them - so you're going to have to do some jimmy-rigging.

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Macworld 2012 adds “iWorld” to title, markets self as “lifestyle event” to stay relevant

Macworld 2012 adds “iWorld” to title, markets self as “lifestyle event” to stay relevant

There's not a whole lot of big-time press that follows MacWorld these days, or at least in the past few years since Apple stopped attending the event themselves - but they're still there, and they've still got something to say! Macworld 2012 is now called Macworld | iWorld and as event general manager Paul Kent says, "[it's] not a trade show - it's a lifestyle event." What the event's task is now, as it goes on this week, is to keep themselves at least seeming important as they move perhaps further and further away from the height of their popularity - the launch of the original iPhone.

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