The software is being released as a preview to Apple developers today, with a commercial release to follow sometime this summer through the company's Mac App Store. Does that mean we've finally reached a point where OS X (as Apple calls it now, not "Mac OS X") and iOS are on the cusp of becoming one in the same? The end result brings the possibility of both the Mac and iOS devices receiving annual updates, something of an achievement for Apple given that the Mac OS has traditionally held to a release cycle of about every two years.
As usual, Apple isn't offering a full look at what the new OS will have when it ships but is instead focusing on 10 features that it will launch with. Messages, as it's called in Mountain Lion, will replace iChat, the chat software Apple includes out of the box.
Alongside the developer preview of Mountain Lion, Apple is also offering a beta version of Messages as a standalone download to users of Lion. Behind the scenes, these new apps are synced up with their mobile counterparts through Apple's iCloud service, which Apple has more deeply integrated into the Mac.
Apple's also brought a little bit of iOS fairy dust in the form of two new "Centers" that act as ground zero for certain types of activity.
Notification Center now sits "next to" the desktop and is accessible from any application you're on.
The other "center" is Game Center, an app that shows users their full catalog of games, as well as people they've befriended on the service. Apple says developers can register for these IDs, then sign their software with them in its Xcode development software.
One important thing to point out about this system is that it will not uninstall unsigned software, or prohibit you from using software you've already installed. Another non-iOS addition is the handful of localizations to OS X aimed at Chinese users, including system-wide tie-ins to local search engines and content sharing sites. One clear reason for this could be that a voice assistant feature simply does not have a place on the desktop just yet. With Mountain Lion, Apple has made the rather unusual move of introducing the next version of Mac OS X not at one of its private events but as a preview to developers that will be released to the public later this year.A brief history of Mac OS X releases. As mentioned earlier, the release this summer puts OS X on a track that more closely resembles iOS, Apple's mobile operating system that's seen annual updates since its introduction. According to Apple's data, half of Mac users are still on Snow Leopard, the version of Mac OS X that preceded Lion.
The two big questions that remain are whether the two operating systems will converge, and when such a thing will happen. When Black Coffee comes to Los Angeles, everyone on the local house music scene pays attention.
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However, as you can see above, even Jony’s 2014 reimagining of the Mac Finder icon is hardly radical.
Perhaps the best loved pre-OS X version of the Finder was that found in Mac OS 9, with its mouse-centric drop down app menu. Before that, the Finder’s icon was, literally, a little original Mac with a smily face on its screen (the same for the System icon). Xerox in 1979 and saw a demonstration of an experimental mouse based GUI running on the Alto.
It's also a direct response to recently-added features on those devices that--for better or worse--make the Mac a less essential piece of the puzzle. It's also a stark contrast to competitors like Microsoft, which is expected to release its Windows 8 software--the follow-up to 2009's Windows 7--near the end of this year.
Among them are ones you may have already heard of and been using for the past three months. Users will still get access to IM networks like AIM, Yahoo, and Jabber, though Apple's added compatibility with the same iMessage service that was introduced as part of iOS 5, which Apple says has now served up 26 billion messages since its October launch.
That includes a high-profile spot in Finder (the Mac's file viewer), where users can view and access documents they have stored there--just like they would in their iCloud-enabled apps on their iOS device. One of those is Notification Center, an iOS 5 feature that takes any notifications from applications--be it a calendar event, an incoming instant message, or a software update--and puts it in an organized list. Apple has introduced a new, two-finger swiping motion that opens it up on the side of the screen, as well as a new menubar item in the top right-hand corner of the screen that does the same thing. Just like in iOS, you can view and launch games from here, view achievements, and see leaderboards. The top one is Gatekeeper, a new security feature designed to fend off malware by controlling what applications can and cannot be installed.
When a user tries to install that software for the first time, the system will then check to make sure it has not been altered since being signed, and that the developer is not a known distributor of malware. It's also been designed to let you manually override the protection measures and install something that hasn't been signed, even if your settings are turned all the way up to App Store only. That includes Baidu search in Safari, integration with QQ, 126 and 163 in Mail, and sharing to services like Sina weibo, Youku and Tudou. Apple says Mountain Lion is still a work in progress and that features may change ahead of its release, but Siri does not appear to be one of those. It's tied into a handful of apps that are now a part of Mountain Lion, including Notes, Reminders, and Messages, as well as software that was there in previous OS X iterations, like Mail, FaceTime, and widgets for checking the weather and stock prices. More probable perhaps, is that Apple would not want to introduce it to a desktop OS without a way for developers to tap into it, something the company hasn't done on iOS. In its first few versions of Mac OS X between 2001 and 2003 that's the schedule Apple stuck to, before spanning major OS X releases to every two years (see above). But Lion, which was released last July, has been the company's fastest-selling OS update, with 19 million copies shipped. And like Lion before it, it's part of a broader strategy to get people comfortable with the Mac App Store, where users now gets these Mac OS updates as well as other software. Mountain Lion is certainly another not-so-subtle step in that direction with a handful of iOS apps making their way over to the desktop.
We had a chat with the event organiser Freddy Be about the 20-year anniversary of his Monday Night Social, and why he’s been on a 2-decade mission to ruin Tuesday’s for everyone in Los Angeles since 1996! With a producer of this quality, we thought we’d sit down with the man himself to find out a little more about his Favorite Machine.
We had a chat with Alejandro about the new label, because with these two stalwarts at the helm, big things are expected from Mdrnty Records.

We sat down with the St Petersburg base producer to find out more about this stellar release, as we went Inside The Track with Kito Jempere. See what Hot Since 82, Soul Clap, Nic Fanciulli, MANIK, Jamie Jones were all up to this past week. We got up close and personal with the label boss in this exclusive Traxsource interview with Ralf Gum – From South Africa With Love.
We decided to sit down with the dynamic duo to discuss the release, the white hot Berlin scene and the influence the legendary label had on their musical educations, as Tim Toh & youANDme take it NYC. From Greece to Canada and LA to Barcelona, Check out what Rodriguez Jr, Pan-Pot, Adam Beyer, ABODE, Sonny Fodera, Nic Fanciulli, and many more were up to! As noted by MacRumor’s Arn, Apple seems to have paired the relatively curvier initial Finder icon to the slightly flatter, crisper version found in Yosemite Gold Master. The head-on the Mac happy face originated on the 1984 Mac, but it’s use as the face of the Finder has varied significantly over the years.
The splash screen used a different icon as well (a flowing line art image of a Mac and mouse). However, this ghastly design has a negative impact on the people and destroys civilization.
To carry the "hook up" comparison further, it's another step in Apple's strategy to tie users into its ecosystem, creating differences where they're needed, but also blending in similarities that make everything feel more unified.For years the unification came in the form of iTunes, but as restated by Apple CEO Tim Cook in a talk earlier this week, the company believes that computers are not longer at the center of people's digital lives.
To coincide with this, there's also a new notification banner and alert system that lets application developers choose between banners and pop-ups that notify you in the corner of the screen (much like third-party app Growl), as well as an alert option that won't go away until you click on it. That goes hand in hand with a new set of APIs for developers to add multiplayer features to Mac games, including Mac titles that have iOS counterparts. Apple's also made some adjustments to its text input for Chinese users' typing in with simplified and traditional Chinese, along with a dictionary the company says will be more frequently updated to keep up. In an interview last week, the company said this release was a sign of its fast innovation, but will customers who just bought a new Mac or a copy of Lion in the last few months see it like that? My time with the Mac started in 1987 with the SE, so I can’t comment the iconography for original OS.
In Apple's vision, that role's been taken over by iCloud, and the software that taps into it.
Those three apps were introduced as part of iOS 5 and are now standalone pieces of software that work like and sync up with their iOS counterparts.
Apple's added a button to share whatever content you're looking at in applications like Safari, Preview, and iPhoto to other apps and Web services--including Twitter, which users can now post to without having Twitter's Mac OS app installed.The other sharing addition is screen sharing in the form of AirPlay Mirroring.
In Mountain Lion, iCloud is that glue, taking some of those iOS apps gone OS X and made them work with one another.That said, the release represents an unusual departure for Apple, which in years past has used its annual developer conference as a place to unveil its major Mac OS releases.
Apple broke with that tradition with Lion, instead showing it off about 9 months before it would hit the market. This time around, Apple's giving itself and developers what is likely to be a shorter timeframe to work out bugs and integrate new features. It outputs whatever is on screen in a 720p video stream to an Apple TV unit on the same Wi-Fi network.
Apple's also planning an update to its iTunes software that will be able to spit out video content directly to Apple TV units from your computer.

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