Magazine article Technology & Learning

Apple Mountain Lion (Os X 10.8)

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Apple Mountain Lion (Os X 10.8)

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Since 2007, iOS features, apps, and signature manipulations through multi-touch gestures have increasingly appeared in OS X. Nowhere is that paradigm shift more evident than with Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8), Apple's latest Macintosh operating system.

Quality and Effectiveness: Mountain Lion (updated to OS X 10.8.1 on August 23, 2012) takes many of its new features from Apple's mobile operating system. With Mountain Lion, there are now even more similarities to iOS 5.1 because the familiar Notes, Reminders, and iMessage apps are fully integrated stand-alone utilities that work seamlessly with Apple's popular Mail, Contacts, and Calendar applications.

Ease of Use: The hardest part of upgrading to Mountain Lion could be that your older Apple computer may be unable to make the transition. Once installed, you'll quickly notice that Mountain Lion doesn't look significantly different from Lion. There is, however, much to explore and "enable" in the new OS X, as Mountain Lion boasts nearly 250 additions or improvements.

Creative Use of Technology: While Mountain Lion offers several impressive new features, many of them are quite subtle. These include the Privacy tab of the Security and Privacy pane (System Preferences), the Dictation capability available through the Dictation & Speech System Preference, and the Notification icon that appears in the upper right corner of the Finder's 1 Menu Bar. …

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