32% of Mac Web Traffic coming from OS X Mountain Lion

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Well that didn’t take long, while it has never been a secret that Apple’s newest version of OS X – 10.8 Mountain Lion was one of the most popular releases yet, a new web traffic survey has concluded that Mountain Lion is now the most popular version of OS X used to browse the web.

According to the survey conducted by Net Applications  32 percent of Mac users are running Mountain Lion on their machines, while the share of computers running Lion has dropped down to 28 percent.

Mountain Lion’s growth has been impressive since its release on June 25th 2012. It took Lion 10 months to unseat Snow Leopard as the most popular Mac OS, while Mountain Lion only needed five months to grab the number one spot.

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Apple releases EFI Firmware updates bringing Lion Internet Recovery to 2010 Macs

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For those who have been wondering why Apple hasn’t brought internet recovery to their 2010 Macs running Lion, here is some good news, Apple recently released three new EFI firmware updates bringing Lion Internet Recovery to the company’s Late 2010 MacBook Air, Mid-2010 iMac, and Early 2010 MacBook Pro.

Available firmware updates include:

– MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.3 (2.98 MB):This update enables Lion Recovery from an Internet connection on MacBook Air (Late 2010) models and addresses an issue where the sys
tem could restart if the power button is pressed immediately after waking from deep sleep.

– iMac EFI Update 1.8 (3.02 MB):This update enables Lion Recovery from an Internet connection on iMac (Mid 2010) models.

– MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 2.6 (3.18 MB):This update enables Lion Recovery from an Internet connection on MacBook Pro (Early 2010) models.

Originally Apple introduced Lion Internet Recovery on the new MacBook Air and Mac mini models that were introduced last July alongside OS X Lion itself. OS X Lion users might have noticed that  OS X Lion by default installs a recovery partition on the machine’s hard drive, however sometimes for unknown reasons this recovery partition becomes inaccessible, and therefore Internet Recovery provides yet another fallback option for Lion installation.

Apple seeds OS X 10.7.3 To Developers

Apple Releases OS X 10.7.3 To Developers

Apple has just seeded OS X 10.7.3 to developers. The update focuses on iCloud document storage and issues relating to several of Apple’s native apps.

Developers are asked to focus on bugs involving iCal, Mail, and Address Book. Apple also warns that installing this 10.7.3 build will prevent one from reverting back to older versions of OS X Lion.

This particular update weighs in at 633MB and the build number is 11D16. A Lion Server update is also offered alongside the regular build, and both files can be downloaded from the Dev Center.

Apple Updates Java for Mac OS X 10.6 &10.7

Apple Updates Java for Mac OS X 10.6 &10.7

Earlier today Apple has released an update for Java on Mac OS X 10.6 and 10.7 the updates are available now via Software Update on your Mac.

According to Apple:

Mac OS X Lion

Java for Mac OS X 10.7 Update 1 delivers improved compatibility, security, and reliability by updating Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_29.

Please quit any web browsers and Java applications before installing this update.

See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4883 for more details about this update.

See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222 for information about the security content of this update.

Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 6 delivers improved compatibility, security, and reliability by updating Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_29.

Please quit any web browsers and Java applications before installing this update.

See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4884 for more details about this update.

See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222 for information about the security content of this update.

If you’d like to download the update directly to install on multiple computers you can get a copy of it for Mac OS X Lion or Snow Leopard.

Running Mac OS X Lion on Hackintosh machines just got easier

It Just Got Really Easy to Install Mac OS X Lion on Your Hackintosh

For those of you who want to run Mac OS X on a PC this will be great news, it just got a whole lot easier to install Lion on your hackintosh, thanks to Tonymacx86”s new “UniBeast” bootable USB drive utility.

If you are unfamiliar with the term , it is basically a PC that’s been modified to run OS X. UniBeast is a new tool that makes it easy to install Apple’s newest desktop OS, Lion, on your hackintosh. Not only does UniBeast get rid of the need for an iBoot CD, but it also creates a bootable Lion USB flash drive.

Once you have a copy of Lion from the Mac App Store, UniBeast creates all-in-one bootable Lion USB drive that can even be used for system recovery. After you use UniBeast to boot into Lion on your hackintosh, MultiBeast is used as a post-installation tool that lets you find and install your needed drivers and enable boot from hard drive.

It’s great to see tools like UniBeast and MultiBeast make hackintoshing easier. Tonymacx86 has a full and detailed tutorial on how to use both tools on his blog.

iCloud welcomes 20 Million users in the first week

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Well this would make Steve Jobs proud, just one week after being unleashed, iCloud has already grown to over 20 million users, the Cupertino, Calif. tech giant announced Monday.

iCloud, allows users to sync all of their Apple devices. Available on the Mac, all iOS devices and Windows, Apple has just announced 25 million people have adopted the latest version of iOS and 4 million iPhone 4S handsets were sold during the first weekend of its availability.

The combination of all three products launching together are “significant upgrades to Apple’s mobile platform & in our opinion, should help continue to drive additional hardware sales due to Apple’s ‘halo-effect,’ UBS analyst Maynard Um told investors this past Monday.

iPhoto 9.2 Updated With iCloud And Photostream Support

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If you are not busy updating something today then you probably haven’t turned your Mac,iPhone,iPod or iPad on. Apple has released so many updates today that it is hard to know which one to start with.  Apple has just updated iPhoto to version 9.2, bringing along with it compatibility with iCloud and its Photo Stream feature along with the usual gaggle of fixes.

It is quite a big download however clocking in at 367MB and it requires OS X Lion. You can grab it now through Software Update, or the Mac App Store. Here are the release notes.

iPhoto 9.2 supports compatibility with iCloud and iOS 5. This update also addresses minor stability, performance and compatibility issues, including:

• Left and right swipe gestures can now be used to navigate between photos in Magnify (1-up) view
• Previously imported photos are now displayed in a separate section of the Import window
• Book/calendar themes and card categories can now be selected using a pop-up menu in the carousel view
• Resolves an issue that could cause some pages of books to print incorrectly
• Rebuilding a library now correctly preserves saved slideshows and books

This update is recommended for all users of iPhoto ’11.

Apple releases OS X 10.7.2

Apple has just released OS X 10.7.2, which brings iCloud to the desktop. The new update weighs in at 435.5 mb, and can be downloaded through Software

All changes are listed below:

The 10.7.2 update is recommended for all OS X Lion users and includes general operating system fixes that improve the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac. It also includes support for iCloud, a breakthrough set of free cloud services that automatically and wirelessly store your content on iCloud and push it to all of your devices. iCloud on OS X Lion includes the following features:

  • iCloud stores your email, calendars, contacts, Safari bookmarks, and Safari Reading List and automatically pushes them to all your devices.
  • Back to My Mac provides remote access to your Mac from another Mac anywhere on the Internet.
  • Find My Mac helps find a missing Mac by locating it on a map and allows you to remotely lock the Mac or wipe all its data.

Getting started with iCloud is easy. After installing the update, OS X will automatically present an iCloud setup panel. Simply enter an existing Apple ID or create a new one and then follow the on screen instructions. To learn more about iCloud visit http://www.apple.com/icloud.

The 10.7.2 update also includes Safari 5.1.1 as well as fixes that:

  • Allow reordering of desktop spaces and full screen apps in Mission Control.
  • Enable dragging files between desktop spaces and full screen apps.
  • Address an issue that causes the menu bar to not appear in full screen apps.
  • Improve the compatibility of Google contact syncing in Address Book.
  • Address an issue that causes Keynote to become temporarily unresponsive.
  • Improve VoiceOver compatibility with Launchpad.
  • Address an issue that causes a delay in accessing the network after waking from sleep.
  • Enable booting in to Lion Recovery from a locally attached Time Machine backup drive.
  • Resolve an issue that causes screen zoom to stop working.
  • Improve Active Directory integration.

Lion downloaded more than 6 Million times since July 20th

Tim Cook announced yesterday that Apple’s OS X 10.7 Lion has sold more than 6 million copies since going on sale July 20.

That’s a whopping 80% more than Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. Another interesting bit of information Cook threw out there about Lion is that it only took Lion 2 weeks to reach ten percent of Apple’s install user base. Windows 7 took 20 weeks to reach 10% of its install base.