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Apple’s Mountain Lion Downloaded Three Million Times

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(CUPERTINO, Calif.) -- It looks like Apple’s Mountain Lion OS is a hit.  The new $20 operating system has been downloaded three million times in four days, Apple said Monday morning, making it the most successful OS X release in Apple’s history.

The software brings a host of new features including sharing, a faster and sleeker Safari browser, and an advanced notification center.  Apple’s Cloud offering, iCloud, is also integrated at the core of the operating system, making it easier to get content across all of Apple’s devices, including the iPhone, iPad and Mac.

Apple also began running Mac advertisements during the Olympics this weekend.  The ads highlight Apple’s in-person customer service or Geniuses.  

While the ads have received mixed reaction, they highlight Apple’s customer service advantage over Microsoft.  Microsoft will be releasing its next version of Windows -- Windows 8 -- on Oct. 26.

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Apple Previews Next Mac OS Mountain Lion

Apple Inc.(CUPERTINO, Calif.) -- Apple’s responding to more than Address Book security and working conditions issues this week.  The team in Cupertino, Calif. announced the next version of its Mac operating system: Mountain Lion 10.8.

Released on Thursday for developers, Mountain Lion 10.8 will be available to the public late this summer at the Mac App Store and on new Apple laptops and desktops.

While Apple’s current operating system Lion came out only eight months ago, Mountain Lion 10.8 adds many more features, many of which were inspired by Apple’s iPhone iOS.

Here’s a peak at what the Mountain Lion 10.8 will bring:

iMessage -- Apple has long bundled its iChat messaging service on Macs, but it will replace that software with iMessage, which hit the iPhone and iPad last year in iOS 5.  Not only will you be able to message with your friends on their phones while you’re on your laptop or desktop, but you can also chat on popular instant messaging programs, such as AIM, Yahoo and Google Talk from the same program.  Basically, iMessage is an instant messaging and texting command center.  The beta version is now available on Apple's website.

Game Center -- This is another new feature that Apple’s bringing over from the iPhone and iPad.  The gaming social network will let you play games with friends, who may be on their iPhone, iPad or Macs.

New Notifications -- Apple integrated notifications in iOS last year, and now its Notification Center heads to the Mac.  Alerts for new messages, calendar appointments, Twitter updates and more appear on the screen, and you can swipe them away almost as easily as you do on your phone, except here you’ve got to use the trackpad.

Other Additions -- Of course, there’s tons of other useful additions, including a new reminder app that syncs with your iOS devices.

Apple is also addressing security head on with Gatekeeper Security, a new piece of software that gives users control over what apps can be downloaded and installed on their Macs.

Apple has not yet said what Mountain Lion 10.8 will cost.

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