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Dear Aunt TUAW, Hello, can you provide me with a link to access all the Mountain Lion 101 articles instead of having to bookmark each individually? Your loving nephew, Graig Dear Graig, This is probably something that should be in TUAW's site operations manual. (We don't actually hav...

August 2nd 2012 at 11:00am 0 Comments
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In the spirit of Tim Cook's maniacal excitement about upcoming Apple products, I bring to you the shell script you can run repeatedly from the command line to check the App Store to see if Mountain Lion is ready for purchase. This is what I used last year to check for Lion; it worked. This year...

July 24th 2012 at 6:40pm 0 Comments
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Mountain Lion is almost here, arriving tomorrow on the Mac App Store. Are you ready to upgrade? First, make sure your Mac is Mountain Lion compatible. Apple offers a list of technical specifications, so you'll be able to upgrade with confidence (although Apple says 2GB of RAM is OK, we'd recomme...

July 24th 2012 at 6:10pm 0 Comments
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Tonight on the Talkcast, we're getting ready for the new top cat in town. The calendar is flipping past and the end of July is in sight, which means the release of OS X Mountain Lion is imminent. Our intrepid team has been helping you prepare your Mac for the new operating system via our ongoing...

July 22nd 2012 at 6:15pm 0 Comments
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Preview, the app that lets you view pictures and read PDFs in OS X, is one of Apple's unsung heroes. There's so much you can do with this app. It goes far beyond simply looking at images. It's a minimal image editor. You can crop your pictures, reorient them, and export them to new formats....

June 28th 2012 at 4:00pm 0 Comments
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In this series, Erica Sadun and I have talked about many of the ways that you can prepare for the upcoming release of OS X Mountain Lion and about some of the new features that are to debut with the new OS. One of those features, Messages, has been available in beta form in Lion since February....

June 27th 2012 at 4:00pm 0 Comments
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Mountain Lion is about to debut one of my favorite features ever: Dictation. With built-in support for speech-to-text, OS X Mountain Lion allows you to talk instead of type in nearly every app on the system. You'll be able to access dictation using a simple keyboard shortcut, a double click o...

June 25th 2012 at 6:30pm 0 Comments
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One of Mountain Lion's most exciting features comes straight from iOS. If you're a mobile user, you're probably familiar with the "Share" button with its curved arrow shape. In iOS, you use this to redirect data to other apps. For example, you can tweet things, mail them, and so forth. In iOS 6,...

June 21st 2012 at 7:00pm 0 Comments
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Although most Mac OS X upgrades go smoothly, there's always a chance that something can go wrong. Hundreds of thousands of files are changed during an upgrade, so there's a possibility that one or more of those changes can cause your Mac to decide to not boot up properly. Without a backup, your...

June 15th 2012 at 4:00pm 0 Comments
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Will your Mac actually run OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion? Depends on its vintage. If you're new to the Mac, Apple's use of "vintage" identifiers (the introduction date for a model of Mac) can be a little startling to those used to actual model numbers. For example, you might own a Mac Mini from J...

June 14th 2012 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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It's not too early to start thinking about getting your Mac prepared for Mountain Lion. By the way, I'm going on record as saying that Mountain Lion will be released to the public on July 18, 2012 -- if history repeats itself, Apple will hold its third-quarter financial call on July 17th and...

June 13th 2012 at 3:00pm 0 Comments
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Does your Mac qualify for Mountain Lion? Not every system does, although if you're already running OS X Lion, chances are good that you'll be able to upgrade. Still, you'll want to check. The following hardware models will support Mountain Lion, according to Apple's specifications page: iMac...

June 12th 2012 at 4:00pm 0 Comments