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Apple Releases iOS 6, Plus OS X 10.8.2, 10.7.5, and 10.6.8 (Security) Updates; Microsoft Retinizes Office 2011

OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.2 Update

The OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.2 update is Ready to install via Software Update, is recommended for all OS X Mountain Lion users and includes new features and fixes.

You can also download the manual update installer, your editor’s preferred method and also a useful option when you need to update multiple computers but only want to download the update once. These versions of the standalone installers are available from Apple Support Downloads here:
http://support.apple.com/downloads/

Link to OS X 10.8.2 download page for the 665.39 MB standalone Combo installer:
http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1581

OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2 includes the following new features and fixes:

Facebook
• Single sign on for Facebook
• Adds Facebook as an option when sharing links and photos
• See Facebook friends’ contact information and profile pictures in Contacts
• Facebook notifications now appear in Notification Center

Game Center
• Share scores to Facebook, Twitter, Mail, or Messages
• Facebook friends are included in Game Center friend recommendations
• Added Facebook “Like” button for games
• Challenge friends to beat your score or achievement

Other new features
• Adds Power Nap support for MacBook Air (Late 2010)
• iMessages sent to your phone number now appear in Messages on your Mac*
• You can now add passes to Passbook (on your iPhone or iPod touch) from Safari and Mail on your Mac*
• FaceTime can now receive calls sent to your phone number*
• New shared Reminders lists
• New sort options allow you to sort notes by title, the date you edited them, and when you created them
• Dictation now supports additional languages: Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, Korean, Canadian English, Canadian French, and Italian
• Dictionary app now includes a French definition dictionary
• Sina Weibo profile photos can now be added to Contacts
* Requires iOS 6

General fixes

The OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.2 update also includes general operating system fixes that improve the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac, including the following fixes:
• Adds an option to discard the changes in the original document when choosing Save As
• Unsent drafts are now opened automatically when launching Mail
• Receive Twitter notifications for mentions and replies from anyone
• URLs are shortened when sending tweets from Notification Center
• Notifications are disabled when AirPlay Mirroring is being used
• Adds SSL support for Google searches from the Smart Search Field in Safari
• Adds a new preference to have Safari launch with previously open webpages
• Resolves an issue that may cause the “Enable Autodiscover” checkbox to always remain checked
• Enables access to the Mac App Store when Parental Controls are enabled
• Support for @icloud.com email addresses
• Resolves a video issue with some VGA projectors when connected to certain Mac notebooks
• Addresses an issue that may prevent Active Directory accounts from being locked out
• Resolves an issue that may cause the policy banner to re-appear prior to logging in
I• mprovements to SMB
• Addresses an issue with NIS users when auto-login is enabled
• Addresses an issue in which the Keychain may not be accessible
• Ability to pre-authenticate a FileVault protected system
• Addresses an issue that may cause Xsan to not automatically start after migrating from Mac OS X Snow Leopard

For information about the security content of this update, visit this website:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

For more information, visit:
http://bit.ly/SBJK0X

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Apple Releases OS X Update 10.7.5 – Lion Gets Gatekeeper

The OS X Lion 10.7.5 update is recommended for all OS X Lion users and includes general operating system fixes that improve the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac. It also includes the Gatekeeper security feature that was introduced with OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion that helps you keep your Mac safe from malicious software by giving you more user control over what apps are installed on your Mac.

The OS X 10.7.5 Lion update also includes fixes that:
• Resolve an issue where icons in Launchpad may get rearranged after a restart
• Improve Wi-Fi reliability for iMac (Late 2009 and newer)
• Resolve an issue using Spotlight to search an SMB server
• Improve compatibility connecting to Active Directory servers

For detailed information on this update, visit:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5313

For information on the security content of this update, visit:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

File Size: 1.91 GB

System Requirements:
OS X Lion 10.7

OS X Lion Update 10.7.5 (Client Combo) updater download page:
http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1582

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OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Security Update 2012-004 Released

Security Update 2012-004 is recommended for all users and improves the security of Mac OS X.

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

File Size: 2.36 MB

System Requirements
• Mac OS X 10.6.8

For more information, visit:
http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1586

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Apple Releases iOS 6 – What’s New In The Mobile OS?

OS 6 is a free wireless upgrade for supported iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch models.

New in iOS 6:

Maps:

Map elements are vector based, so graphics and text are detailed even when you zoom all the way in and panning is smooth. Tilt and rotate to view an area, and Maps keeps the names of streets and places where they belong. Get visual and spoken turn-by-turn navigation and real-time traffic updates. Even soar over cityscapes to see the sights from the air in amazing, high-resolution quality.

• Apple designed.
• Flyover – See select cities and landmarks from the air.
• Turn-by-turn navigation.
• Spoken directions route you to your destination.

Siri:

With iOS 6, Siri understands more languages and works in more countries. Want to know the latest scores and stats for your favorite teams and players? Thanks to iOS 6, Siri knows the answers. Or maybe its movie night. Siri can show you the latest reviews and showtimes. Find the best restaurants in town and make reservations. Even have Siri open your apps for you no tapping required. Say Launch Flight Tracker or Open Angry Birds and Siri does just that. You can also use Siri to post Facebook updates and tweet for you.

Facebook:

Its easier than ever to interact with the world’s largest social network, and there’s no need to leave your app to do it. You need to sign in to Facebook only once, and youll be off and sharing. Facebook events are integrated into Calendar and your Facebook friends profile information is integrated into Contacts, so when they update an email address or phone number you automatically stay up to date.

Shared Photo Streams:

Now you can share just the photos you want, with just the people you choose. Select photos from the Photos app, tap the Share button, choose who you want to share your photos with, and they’re on their way. Friends using iCloud on an iOS 6 device or a Mac running Mountain Lion get the photos delivered immediately in the Photos app or iPhoto. You can also view Shared Photo Streams on Apple TV. If the folks you’re sharing with aren’t using an Apple device, they can view your photos on the web. People can like individual photos and make comments. And you can share as much as you want: Your Shared Photo Streams dont count against your iCloud storage, and they work over Wi-Fi and cellular networks.

Passbook:

Your boarding passes, movie tickets, retail coupons, loyalty cards, and more are now all in one place. With Passbook, you can scan your iPhone or iPod touch to check in for a flight, get into a movie, and redeem a coupon. You can also see when your coupons expire, where your concert seats are, and the balance left on that all-important coffee bar card. Wake your iPhone or iPod touch, and passes appear on your Lock screen at the appropriate time and place like when you reach the airport or walk into the store to redeem your gift card or coupon. And if your gate changes after youve checked in for your flight, Passbook will even alert you to make sure youre not relaxing in the wrong terminal.

Time and Location Based

FaceTime now works over cellular networks as well as Wi-Fi, so you can make and receive FaceTime calls wherever you happen to be.3 You can even make and receive FaceTime calls on your iPad using your phone number. That means you can use FaceTime wherever you are, on any device.

iOS 6 adds new calling features to your iPhone. Now when you decline an incoming call, you can instantly reply with a text message or set a callback reminder. And when things are just too hectic, turn on Do Not Disturb and you won’t be bothered by anyone except cant-miss contacts like your boss or your better half. When a call comes in that you cant answer right away, swipe up to reveal options.

iMessage or SMS:

Redesigned with a more streamlined interface for easier reading and writing, Mail in iOS 6 lets you set up a VIP list so youll never miss an important message. Its even easier to add photos and videos to email messages. And to refresh your mailboxes, all you have to do is swipe down.
Your VIP list is iCloud enabled and accessible no matter which iOS device youre using.

Better Web Browsing:

iOS 6 brings even better web browsing to your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iCloud Tabs keeps track of which pages you have open on your devices, so you can start browsing on one device and pick up right where you left off, on whatever device is handy. Safari now saves web pages – not just links – in your Reading List, so you can catch up on your reading even when you can’t connect to the Internet. And when youre posting a photo or video to eBay, Craigslist, or another site, you can take photos and video or choose from your Camera Roll without leaving Safari. When you really want to see the whole picture, turn your iPhone or iPod touch to landscape and tap the full-screen icon to view web pages without distractions.

iOS 6 comes with even features to make it easier for people with vision, hearing, learning, and mobility disabilities to get the most from their iOS devices. Guided Access helps students with disabilities such as autism remain on task and focused on content. It allows a parent, teacher, or administrator to limit an iOS device to one app by disabling the Home button, as well as restrict touch input on certain areas of the screen. VoiceOver, the revolutionary screen reader for blind and low-vision users, is now integrated with Maps, AssistiveTouch, and Zoom. And Apple is working with top manufacturers to introduce Made for iPhone hearing aids that will deliver a power-efficient, high-quality digital audio experience.5

Panorama Photos:

The new panorama feature for iPhone and iPod touch lets you capture everything from a momentous family reunion photo to a sweeping vista. With one simple motion you can shoot up to 240 degrees even vertically, to get that redwood tree, say. Then hardware and software work together to create one seamless, high-resolution panorama.

Find My iPhone:

iOS 6 and iCloud now offer Lost Mode, making it even easier to use Find My iPhone to locate and protect a missing device. Immediately lock your missing iPhone with a four-digit passcode and send it a message displaying a contact number. That way a good Samaritan can call you from your Lock screen without accessing the rest of the information on your iPhone. And while in Lost Mode, your device will keep track of where its been and report back to you anytime you check in with the Find My iPhone app.

Find My Friends:

Find My Friends is a great way to share locations with friends and family.7 Those who share their locations with you appear on a map so you can quickly see where they are and what theyre up to. And with iOS 6, you can get location-based alerts like when your kids leave school or arrive home. Find My Friends can also notify others about your location, so you can stay connected or keep track of the ones you love.

Turbo Charged Shopping

iOS 6 brings a new kind of shopping experience to the redesigned iTunes Store, App Store, and iBookstore. See the best of what’s new in music, movies, TV shows, apps, and books at the top of each store’s home page. With iCloud, your preview history is always up to date on all your devices. So you can start shopping on your iPhone and continue on your iPad.

iOS 6 also includes security patches, and is compatible with:

iPhone 3GS
iPhone 4
iPhone 4S
iPhone 5

iPod touch
(4th generation)
iPod touch
(5th generation)

iPad 2
The new iPad

Notes:
• Turn-by-turn navigation is available only on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, and iPad 2 or later with cellular data capability. Flyover is available only on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad 2 or later, and iPod touch (5th generation). Cellular data charges may apply.
• Siri is available on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad (3rd generation), and iPod touch (5th generation) and requires Internet access. Cellular data charges may apply.
• FaceTime video calling requires a FaceTime-enabled device for the caller and recipient and a Wi-Fi connection. FaceTime over a cellular network requires iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, or iPad (3rd generation) with cellular data capability. Availability over a cellular network depends on carrier policies; data charges may apply.
• Offline Reading List is available on iPhone 4 or later and iPad 2 or later.
• Made for iPhone hearing aids require iPhone 4S or iPhone 5.
• Panorama is available on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, and iPod touch (5th generation).
• Find My iPhone and Find My Friends enable you to locate iOS devices only when they are on and connected to a registered Wi-Fi network or have an active data plan.
iCloud requires iOS 5 or later on iPhone 3GS or later, iPod touch (3rd generation or later), or iPad; a Mac computer with OS X Lion or later; or a PC with Windows Vista or Windows 7 (Outlook 2007 or 2010 or an up-to-date browser is required for accessing email, contacts, and calendars). Some features require iOS 6 and OS X Mountain Lion. Some features require a Wi-Fi connection. • Some features are not available in all countries. Access to some services is limited to 10 devices.
• Major League Baseball trademarks and copyrights are used with the permission of MLB Advanced Media, L.P. All rights reserved.
• Starbucks pass is coming soon.
• Some features may not be available for all countries or all areas.
• Siri is available in Beta only on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad (3rd generation), and iPod touch (5th generation) and requires Internet access. Siri may not be available in all languages or in all areas, and features may vary by area. Cellular data charges may apply.

For more information, visit:
https://www.apple.com/ios/

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Office For Mac 2011 Upgraded For Retina Display Support

The Office For Mac Team has announced that Office For Mac 2011 (Version 14.2.4) now supports Retina display for Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook, and says text everywhere is “incredibly crisp and all key areas of the interface are now sharper than ever.

As long as you have Microsoft Autoupdate set to check for software updates automatically, you’ll be notified when this update is available.

To check your AutoUpdate settings, open any Office for Mac program, click Help from the menu bar, then select Check for Updates. You can choose to update Manually or Automatically on the schedule of your choice.

For more information, visit:
http://bit.ly/T4XvvL

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