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  • What's wrong with the Mountain Lion interface

    Posted February 16, 2013 - 8:03 am

    For the longest time, I resisted the marketing push to move to Mountain Lion (and Lion before that), happy and content with my rock-solid, stable, and speedy Snow Leopard-based iMac system. It did everything I needed, it would literally run for months without a crash or hiccup of any kind, and honestly, many of the changes in the newer operating system versions didn't strike me as compelling. (My laptops, which see less use, were upgraded, so that I could see things as many of my company's customers see them.)
  • If Tim Cook recapped Apple's 2012

    Posted December 20, 2012 - 12:05 pm

    The Apple CEO’s (hypothetical) holiday letter to family and friends, recapping the company’s eventful 2012
  • Apple releases Supplemental Update 2.0 for Mountain Lion 10.8.2

    Posted November 23, 2012 - 12:13 am

    Sure, it's nearly Thanksgiving, but Apple hasn't let everyone in Cupertino take the week off for turkey brining. No, the company's hard-at-work developers have issued OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2 Supplemental Update 2.0 to Mac users. This update is recommended for all Mac systems introduced in 2012; it may not show up if you're using an older Mac.
  • How to restore data from Time Machine in Mountain Lion

    Posted November 22, 2012 - 8:35 am

    Now that you've been using Time Machine regularly to back up your computer, you should be fully prepared if your Mac crashes or if you need to move data from one Mac to another. Restoring data from Time Machine is just as easy as backing things up in the first place.
  • Set up Time Machine in Mountain Lion

    Posted November 17, 2012 - 8:25 am

    If you value your data—whether it’s some perfect photos you took last weekend, your entire music collection on iTunes, or your draft of the next great American novel—you must stay on top of regular system backup. One of the easiest ways of doing so is to use OS X’s built-in backup program, Time Machine. Time Machine works with your Mac and an external drive to save important documents, photos, and system files regularly. Apart from keeping spares of every file, Time Machine maintains a record of how your system looked on any given day, so you can easily put everything back the way it was if something goes wrong.
  • Mountain Lion's Calendar: Your questions answered

    Posted October 20, 2012 - 7:05 am

    Today’s Calendar application is more than a simple date book. With it you can view your life’s doings in multiple ways, enter events in nearly natural language, receive alerts to events by unexpected means, and add multiple bits of information to your events. Not everything about OS X's Calendar app is obvious, however. Here are answers to some of the questions I hear the most.
  • Do more with Mountain Lion’s Contacts

    Posted October 13, 2012 - 7:40 am

    Among the many things your Mac is tasked to do is to help you stay in touch with other people. And the first step in doing so is to have some notion of how to contact them—through email, snail mail, phone, chat, FaceTime, and social networking services. The repository for this vital information is Mountain Lion’s Contacts application. Formerly known as Address Book, Contacts is often overlooked, since many people think that the job it handles is mundane. But Contacts has hidden depths, including the ability to pull in Twitter handles and Facebook friends automatically, sync Google contacts, display a map of a contact’s address, and help you put faces to names.
  • The hidden powers of Mountain Lion's Preview

    Posted October 6, 2012 - 7:20 am

    Preview is Apple's top-secret tool for viewing and manipulating PDF files, graphics, and more. The secret, however, isn't that it exists (look in your Applications folder) but that this seemly simple program harbors tons of advanced features. You can use Preview to annotate PDFs, delete or rearrange PDF pages, crop images, and more. Here's an overview of the recent additions to Preview that you may not know about.
  • Apple releases Mountain Lion 10.8.1

    Posted August 23, 2012 - 2:20 pm

    Apple on Thursday released Update 10.8.1, its first incremental update to the Mountain Lion edition of OS X.
  • Encrypt any disk in Mountain Lion

    Posted August 13, 2012 - 7:35 am

    One of the more interesting--and less visible--new features in Mountain Lion is the ability to encrypt almost any disk. OS X has long offered the ability to encrypt your startup disk using Apple's FileVault, but Mountain Lion extends this feature to other disks, even to simple USB flash drives. Here is an overview of how this feature works, how you can encrypt and decrypt a disk, and what options you have when doing so.
  • Mountain Lion's Save As isn't what it once was

    Posted August 11, 2012 - 7:35 am

    Reader Edward Bennett is rightfully confused by a Mountain Lion feature that isn't what it appears to be. He writes:
  • Why Mountain Lion got me to finally try Apple Mail

    Posted August 4, 2012 - 7:45 am

    I've been using an 11-inch MacBook Air as my primary computer for ten months now, but I'd never even opened up the Mail app until today. However, there are some interesting new features in Mac OS X "Mountain Lion" that I wanted to check out.
  • Review

    Up close with Mountain Lion: Power Nap

    Posted August 4, 2012 - 7:09 am

    More than a few Mac users worry that OS X is becoming too much like iOS, thanks to the former gaining features obviously inspired by the latter. But even the most anti-iOS Mac user has to admit that sometimes this is a good thing. To whit: With our iPhones and iPads, we've come to expect that even when the device has been asleep, waking it will immediately present us with our latest email messages, events, reminders, changes to contacts, and more. These devices will even back up to iCloud and sync with iTunes when unattended. Under Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8), if you've got a compatible Mac laptop, you'll get many of the same benefits thanks to a new feature called Power Nap.
  • Up close with Mountain Lion: Security

    Posted July 28, 2012 - 7:40 am

    Though Apple has long prided itself on the Mac's safety record, recent events such as the Flashback Trojan horse have proven that the company can't take the security of its operating systems for granted. And the security upgrades in Mountain Lion make it clear that Apple isn't.
  • How to install Mountain Lion over Leopard

    Posted July 28, 2012 - 7:05 am

    [Editor's note: This article is part of our series of articles on installing and upgrading to Mountain Lion.]
  • Get your Mac ready for Mountain Lion

    Posted July 12, 2012 - 12:35 pm

    Editor's note: This article is the first in a series of upcoming articles on installing Mountain Lion. We'll publish a complete guide to the new version of OS X once the update becomes available.
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