Mac OS X Mountain Lion: New Features and more

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There are many new features coming to Mac OS X Mountain Lion, they only looked at 8 key features in the keynote today. Here they are:

  •   iCloud – Messages, previously a beta is no official and is essentially iMessage for Mac. Users can reply to messages they receive on their phone, from their Mac. Reminders is also included. The Notes app is making a debut on the Mac which supports images and links. Documents in the Cloud is also happening for Pages, Keynote, Numbers, Preview and TextEdit. You can change a Pages document on your iPhone, 5 seconds later and boom the change appears on your Mac.
  • Notification Center – Just like on iOS but now with a two finger swipe to the right and not a swipe down.
  •  Twitter integration – You can now Tweet just about anything, and Facebook it.
  •  Dictation – This goes hand in hand with the new dual microphones on the new MacBook Pro. Again just like in iOS, dictation comes to your Mac.
  • Sharing – You can now share just about anything with just about anyone.
  • Safari – Now with unified search filed in the URL bar, much like Chrome. iCloud tabs is new.Click it on your Mac and pick up browsing where you left off on your iPhone.
  • New feature: Power Nap – Your mac will now update itself and sync itself when it’s offline. When it’s charging it’ll backup itself!
  • AirPlay Mirroring – Put your Mac screen on you HDTV, wirelessly via Apple TV.
  • Game Center – Multiplayer supported Mac-to-Mac and cross-device as well. Yes, you can play from your Mac against someone on an iPhone or iPad and, yes, any of them can push that over AirPlay.

 

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iCloud

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The cloud product to smash all others out of the windows has been unveiled. iCloud, Apple answer to storing media up there in the sky.

iCloud stores your content and pushes it to all your devices, your Mac/PC is just a device. Add a contact on your iPod and it is automatically sent to your Mac, iPad and iPhone, nice. New messages pushed to all devices, Mail account @me.com.

iCloud will be free!

You can now view you apps purchased and if there is an app not on your device you can just pull it down from the cloud with a tap, same with iBooks.

Instant Backup through WiFi, purchased songs, videos, photos, settings and app data backed up automatically, daily.

Documents in the Cloud, when a pages document is created on your iPad, for example, it will instantly available on your devices which have iPages on, as with Keynote and Numbers as well. Another example, put your phone in your pocket, just done a bit of Pages work, get home and boom your document is identical on your iPad as it was on your iPhone, you carry on your work.

Photo Stream, photos in the cloud. Any photo taken on any device is pushed to your other devices. Photo stream is a stream of photos from all your devices. On Mac its in iPhoto, on PC its in My Pictures. It is also going to happen on Apple TV. It’ll store the last 1,000 photos on your device and it will hold a photo there for 30 days. If you want you can just move it to your album.

iTunes in the Cloud, Anything bought you can drag down from the cloud on any of your devices, like your apps. We can buy a song on iPhone and instantly it popped up on iPad.

You can push to up to 10 devices.

iCloud- integrated with all your apps. It will be setup by default on iOS 5 devices and you get 5GB for Mail, Documents and Backup. iTunes in the Cloud will run on iOS 4.3 Beta, thats for developers.

iTunes Match, $24.99 annual, it matches the songs which aren’t iTunes bought and buys them for you so they’re in the cloud but of course you don’t have to pay because your paying that $24.99. Any songs that don’t match to iTunes will be uploaded to the Cloud.

Good progress with iCloud.

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iCloud, Apple’s music streaming service, well soon to be anyway is having good progress after Apple has got three out of the four major record labels. Apple has paid a lot for the agreements and that cost is likely to be passed onto customers but at the moment no price is know apart from it will probably be monthly cost. It could be integrated into MobileMe but who knows. It is likely that iCloud will get a mention if not a release at the WWDC in June, only weeks away now.

Apple keyboards with proximity sensor?

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Apple may be designing keyboard which have an air feedback system which will know that you are about to type before you type, clever ain’t they.

There are two system which may be used or used in union.

The first system is intended to provided tactile feedback before the users comes in contact with the key. Once a key detects the proximity of a user about to type, the keyboard will “flow air from the input device proximate the key in question”. The air will come from either micro-preforated keys or holes adjacent to the key.

The other system involves the key being pneumatically pulled away from the user once it detects the typing intention. This pneumatic system would make it easier on finger when depressing keys. The patent says that the two systems “may be used in combination, providing initial air resistance to movement, and then withdrawing the key from the users touch.”

This is to give users a better experience with what people use so frequently daily and is how many create their communication on computers. This certainly would follow by Apple’s way, a luxury addition, available to all.

Apple pays $4.5 million for iCloud.com

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Apple has payed $4.5 million for the domain, iCloud.com. iCloud.com has now turned into CloudMe and they got a pretty sweet deal out of it for $4.5 million. This news only backs up the rumours of Apple creating a cloud based iTunes.

iOS 4.3.1 fixes iPad Jailbreak hole

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Read the title, simple enough.

New York Times iTunes Subscriptions

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The New York Times is to sell iTunes subscriptions of the paper beginning March 28th. The iPhone subscription will be $15 for a month and the iPad $20. Not a bad price for what you get. It will also be available for other platforms. This is a huge step in tablet newspapers as people who have the home subscription can get this subscription for free.

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