Apple Byte: Apple's next big cat: Mountain Lion
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Apple Byte: Apple's next big cat: Mountain Lion

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The Mountain Lion's out of the bag where iOS meets OS X. March 7 could be your lucky iPad day, and our App of the Week is Clear.

Speaker 1: What's happening? Brian Tong here and welcome to the Apple Byte for all the good and bad inside the world of Apple and it's all about the news and no one saw it coming, Apple's announcement for OS10.8 Mountain Lion. Now you noticed they've removed the Mac from the name too and now it's just OS10. Apple (new software?) system that will be available later this summer really merges iOS and he Mac iOS deeply together for the very first time. iOs users love the addition of notifications even if Android users weren't that impressed. So the big is bringing the notification center to their newest cast. You'll be able to see the notification bar by sliding your two fingers to the left to reveal itself and notifications will appear as they happen in the top right hand corner with the ability to control how they're displayed in the preferences. Also, Mountain Lion is completely integrated with iCloud support and it brings two new apps for you, reminders and notes that will seamlessly sync your iOS devices in addition to keeping your mail, contact, calendar and more in sync across all your Apple devices. Now Apple's messages replaces iChat with a new look and steal. It will let you send unlimited messages to anyone on an Apple device. With the message's app, it will also support AIM, Jabber, Google Talk and Yahoo Messenger directly in the app. Plus you'll be able to switch to (face them?) directly with just one click. Now another feature I'll use a lot is Share Sheet which will now enable you to share links, photos and videos directly from different apps like Safari and others that can be posted on Twitter, via Mail and Flickr with Mountain Lion's new ability to have automatic integration with those services. OS10.8 will also have AirPlay Mirroring support that will allow you to stream on your Mac to your ACTV with an Apple TV and this is a big time feature that we've been waiting for on the Max platform and is probably the most exciting feature for me. And a few quick one, GateKeeper is improved security that gives you more control over what to do download at your computer and where it's from to be sure it's not malicious. Game Center support comes to Mac and you'll be able to compete against your friends and check out the leader boards from your desktop plus the OS X will bring support for many popular Chinese services. So there's an overview of what we expect to see in OS10.8 Mountain Lion and there's no price fee or official release date yet. Now the other nuggets that I can pull from this is if Apple is previewing Mountain Lion for us now, WWDC is going to be huge. Since there won't be a focus on OS X and yes, I know what you're thinking. It'll be huge as in iPhone 5 huge plus think about it, iOS 6 and possibly even more. Now developers have access to the Mountain Lion preview right now and they'll also be able to get a look at the pre-release of Safari 5.2 that's finally includes a unified Google Chrome like search bar. And if you want to get your hands on the public beta version of the new messages app, you can download it from this link here. It only worked if you have Lion so it's a little bit of Mountain Lion on lion action. That's hot. Now unfortunately when it comes to the new OS later this summer, it might be time for you to upgrade your computer because several older Macs will not be compatible including the early 2008 MacBook Air and Intel Core 2 Duo MacBooks from the late 2007 to 2008 are out, the mid-2007 MacMini and 2006 Policarbonate iMac. And for those Macs, we wanted to honor them with a moment of silence. I'm sorry. I'm a little emotional. Okay. Let's check out our app of the week. The app of the week is clear and it's $0.99 right now and it's really the most innovative and fun to do list on iOS with the sleeky line some major (digit?) factor. Now you have multiple list and the color coding shows you the priority of the to-do item. We can create a new item by either pulling down so it appears on the top, tapping on the bottom so it's the last item or pinching apart so it'll turn between two to-do's. Swiping to the right completes an item and swiping to the left deletes it. Its main drawback is that it currently does not support a third party or WebDAV calendar in system. But at the very least, it could build iCloud data support for the app in the future but it won't be integrated with your iOS or Mac reminders. It's worth checking out and I'd recommend you give it a look. I love it a lot so I wanted to make that clear to you. All right. On to the Quick Bite. If you're wondering why people might be making a mad dash to sell their iPad 2's on eBay, multiple reports are claiming and others are confirming that Apple's event will be held on March the 7th in San Francisco. Apple has not released the official day but all signs point to Wednesday, March the 7th so circle your calendars. And did you know it's also the same day with the board game Monopoly was invented in 1933? Speaker 2: Hey, Brian. Want to know what else was known that day? Baseball commissioner Ford Frick endorsed the use of the Frick ball Speaker 1: Thanks, Charlie? All right, guys. Apple will be changing their policy and will now require companies and their apps to use address book data that explicitly asks for permission to do so. This comes after a week that reveals some of the big names in the app world like Twitter, Foursquare, Yelp and more for accessing, transmitting and even storing user's contact data on their servers without permission. Path was the first app that was exposed then other came forward and some even quietly change their apps to ask permission Instagram did. All right, guys. That's gonna do it for this week's show. E-mail us at the applebyte@cnet.com. Thanks so much for watching. I'm Brian Tong. We'll catch you guys next time for another bite of the Apple

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