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Mountain Lion’s Secret Weapon

Mountain Lion’s Secret Weapon

This week Apple brought a bit more detail to the eventual full release of their next big desktop software version OS X Mountain Lion, and one feature continues to present itself as the real hero. This feature is of course known as Notification Center. While this sort of functionality began its life in the Apple universe on the iPhone, it has come to the desktop in what might be the best form its been in yet. Here lies the connection between all of your desktop applications and functionality, accessed by you with great ease.

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Mountain Lion’s “Do Not Disturb” rumored for iOS 6

Mountain Lion’s “Do Not Disturb” rumored for iOS 6

Not too long ago we heard details that Apple had included a “Do Not Disturb” feature in the latest Mountain Lion betas. When enabled, any alerts or banners would be hidden from the user to avoid distractions, but the Notification Center would still kick track of everything when you needed to come back to the important alerts. 9to5Mac has heard from trusted sources that iOS 6 will include similar functionality, plus additional features.

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Microsoft details Windows 8 Release Preview and $15 upgrades

Microsoft details Windows 8 Release Preview and $15 upgrades

Assuming that they don't want it in Chinese, Windows fans are chomping at the bit to download the Windows 8 Release Preview starting tomorrow. Microsoft has provided an outline of the changes and additions in what's likely to be the last update before Windows 8 goes gold, but what's going to be more interesting for regular consumers is the Windows 8 Upgrade Offer. Buy a new computer between now and Windows 8's release, and you might qualify to buy it for a song.

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Chinese Windows 8 Preview Release leaked

Chinese Windows 8 Preview Release leaked

We’re edging closer to the Release Preview of Windows 8, promised to be made available during the first week of June, but the Chinese version of the preview has leaked out onto the internet. The 64-bit operating system weighs in at a hefty 3.34GB download, but doesn't include any English language capabilities. Users have already downloaded the build and confirmed it to be legit.

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Microsoft: Steve Ballmer kind of, sort fibbed a little bit

Microsoft: Steve Ballmer kind of, sort fibbed a little bit

This month we heard Steve Ballmer shoot out a figure that put Windows 8 adoption well into the record books for highest adoption rate in the history of operating systems: 500 million by 2014 - Microsoft has since clarified. This week we're finding a Microsoft spokesperson making things a little more clear, saying that it's not that Windows 8 will be on half a billion computers, but that it'll be POSSIBLE for it to be on that make computers by the end of 2013.

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Automatic Downloads added to Mountain Lion

Automatic Downloads added to Mountain Lion

Apple continues to add more and more iOS-like features to Mountain Lion. The latest addition to the developer preview brings the Automatic Download function for apps purchased from the OS X App Store. Just like iOS, once you enable this feature any Mac that is logged on the same account will automatically download purchased apps. The feature doesn’t seem to be fully baked in just yet, however.

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Microsoft improves multi-monitor support in Windows 8

Microsoft improves multi-monitor support in Windows 8

Microsoft has taken to the Building Windows 8 Blog in order to detail multiple monitor support in Windows 8. The company has further improved its support in the operating system thanks to the increasing popularity of multiple monitor setups. Features that Microsoft will be adding include multi-monitor desktop backgrounds, panoramic pictures spanning multiple monitors, a multi-monitor taskbar, and the ability to launch Metro apps on any display.

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