Apple release OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

Apple released their latest OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion operating system last Wednesday to the delight of Apple fanatics the world over.

OS X Lion and OS X Snow Leopard users will be able to download the Mountain Lion at a price of $19.99. Those who bought a Mac after June 11 will be able to upgrade to the Mountain Lion without paying a single cent.

Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the release during the company’s fiscal third quarter result. An Apple insider source previously suggested that the Mountain Lion will be released on the 25th of July.

According to Cook, “We’ve also just updated the entire MacBook line, will release Mountain Lion tomorrow and will be launching iOS 6 this Fall. We are also really looking forward to the amazing new products we’ve got in the pipeline.”

The OS X Mountain Lion features an AirPlay Mirroring, Game Center and improved integration with the iCloud.

Developers got a hold of the Mountain Lion two weeks ago to test the new Apple operating system. Since then, no issues have been reported regarding the Mountain Lion’s graphic quality and performance, media importing, networking performance and reliability and viewing or editing.

As an Apple owner, are you excited to try the Mountain Lion out?

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Hackers earned from Google ad sense

Security firm Symantec found out that the company that was most hurt by the recent flashback variant attacks that exploited a java software flaw and dealt damage to about 600,000 Macs around the world was search giant Google, Inc.

The firm’s researchers found out that a huge sum of money was stolen from the sites Google ad clicks to sites that were determined by the hackers.

The attackers were able to make 0.8 cents per click. The security firm said that the hackers could have gotten about $10,000 per day during its heyday.

While Russian based company Dr. Web was able to catch much of the traffic from infected machines that they were trying to send to their servers.

They were able to discover that about 60% of the Macs that were infected by the Flashback were Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, while 25% of those infected were running on Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.

Those that were running on Apple’s latest OS, the Mac OS X 10.7 Lion only had a share of 11%.

Microsoft recently released a blog posting that details on how big the danger is on those Mac users who run Office for Mac that was patched way back June 2009.

Lion users are safe from this flaw since its non-executable memory feature prevents Office software to be changed while still running.

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