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Apple OS X Mountain Lion Goes on Sale Today (Mashable)
In its earnings report Tuesday, Apple announced that the long-anticipated Mountain Lion, otherwise known as OS X 10.8, would go on sale first thing Wednesday morning — just as predicted. Costing $19.99, it will be available in the Mac app store, and anyone who bought a new Mac on or after June 11 is entitled to a free upgrade. VentureBeat The company has thus far gone the whole month without a peep on when we’d be able to download the latest OS, until Monday, when it accidentally opened up the “Up-to-Date” portal, which was quickly taken down. The operating system comes with 200 new features, which were shown off at WWDC. CNET They include Reminders, Notes and even the Notification Center. There’s also a new security feature, Gatekeeper, which aims to reduce malware by blocking uncertified apps from being installed. PC Magazine Other features are iCloud integration, a new silent updating option known as Power Nap, as well as 1,700 new APIs. On the iCloud front, Mountain Lion will make it easier for users to sync documents between Macs and iOS devices, and Apple’s popular iMessage service has displaced the venerable iChat on Mountain Lion. Reuters Apple’s results fell short of Wall Street’s expectations as the European economy sagged and consumers held off on buying its flagship iPhone ahead of a new version expected in the fall, hitting its stock price. Shares of the world’s most valuable technology company shed more than 5 percent of their value after Apple – which beats Wall Street expectations with near regularity – reported its second quarterly miss on results in less than a year. Read more