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Apple Quietly Removes Lion As Mountain Lion Launches.

Where’s the King?

(Source: Cnet.com)

It is not a secret that Mountain Lion is available now. Yes, it is from today onwards and this replaces last year’s version of OS X. However, it seems that the older version has been taken off the shelves.

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What? Where’s Lion?

Readers on cnet.com have reported that the Lion is no longer in the Mac App Store. Even the USB thumb drive with the Lion installer sold by Apple has been taken off. All links related to the official Lion stores or pages handled by Apple shows that Lion is no longer available. Apple confirms that they have removed Lion, however stated that it is still available by purchasing from the store’s telesales agents.

Can I Run Mountain Lion?

However, this move may create some problems for people who have purchased a Mac in previous years and has to get the older upgrades. Some users may not be able to use the Mountain Lion. These Macs may have to upgrade their hardware to support Mountain Lion or get new Macs.

We have the list here that can run Mountain Lion: (taken from cnet.com)

iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
Xserve (Early 2009)

Do not despair however, you can still use your old Lion if you got an old Lion OS lying around, maybe you could sell it online to cover for your new Mountain Lion OS? You never know, someone might want it……..

Source via Cnet.com

 

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Seven Tips for Protecting Information on Mac and Windows

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With the recent increase in cybercriminal activity such as the Flashback outbreak and a similar Java Applet malware, Symantec’s Nigel Tan, Principal Consultant for Asia South Region encourages the public to step up their security and shares a few tips with us. While Macs were usually safe from such issues in previous years, Nigel warns that cybercriminal activities may increase on these machines due to its popularity.
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Nigel Tan, Principal Consultant for Asia South Region, Symantec, shares with us his seven tips for protecting information on the Mac and Windows, particularly important to businesses of any size.

Complete Information Protection for SMBs

What should small business owners be doing to protect their information from the latest threats to Mac and Windows machines? The answer is a combination of technology and policy.

  • Deploy reliable security solutions throughout the organisation – on Mac and Windows endpoints. Today’s security solutions do more than just prevent viruses. They scan files regularly for unusual changes in file size, programs that match the software’s database of known malware, suspicious e-mail attachments and other warning signs. It’s the most important step small businesses can take toward keeping computers clean of malware.
  • Keep applications updated with the latest patches. New viruses, worms, Trojan horses and other malware are born daily, and variations of them can slip by software that is not current.
  • Develop security policies and educate employees about Internet safety, security and the latest threats. Train employees to be wary of email attachments, links from unknown sources, and unusual software update requests. Most infections can be prevented by adhering to organisational policy and exercising caution.
  • Enforce strong password policies. Maintaining strong passwords will help you protect the data stored on a laptop if a device is lost or hacked. Strong passwords have eight characters or more and use a combination of letters, numbers and symbols (e.g., # $ % ! ?). Have employees change their passwords on a regular basis, at least every 90 days.
  • Implement encryption technologies on desktops, laptops and removable media. With encryption, confidential information is protected from unauthorized access, providing strong security for intellectual property, customer and partner data.
  • Backup and recovery is a critical component of complete information protection to keep small business desktops, servers and applications running smoothly in case of disruption – whether it’s a flood, an earthquake, a virus or a system failure.
  • Regularly check the defences to be sure everything is working properly.

If you are concerned that they may be infected with Flashback, Symantec has provided a free detection and removal tool for download at this link.

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Apple Beats Forecasts, Makes $39.2B in Q1 2012

Apple CEO Tim Cook. Source - smh.com.au

Apple CEO Tim Cook. Source - smh.com.au

Apple announced today its earnings for its second fiscal quarter of 2012. The impressive numbers beat industry estimates but were down from the Cupertino company’s previous record-breaking quarters. Revenues amounted to $39.2 billion with a net profit of $11.6 billion in Q1 2012. This translates to earnings of $12.30 per diluted share. Gross margin was 47.4 percent compared to 41.4 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 64 percent of the quarter’s revenue.
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Lion Roars, Apple Soars to New Record Quarter for Macs

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Apple‘s latest Mac OS X release – 10.7 Lion, released on July 20, and release of new Mac hardware has spurred Mac sales and is expected to put Apple on track to another record quarter in September, with 4.4 million to 4.6 million Mac likely to be sold.

According to latest data from NPD, this is up 22 percent in July and August. Apple surpassed market expectations for September which was set at 16 percent. Strong demand for Macs can be attributed to the launch of Mac OS X Lion with the recent release of refreshed MacBook Air and Mac Mini hardware. 10 to 20 percent of Mac units sold this quarter is predicted to be of MacBook Airs.
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Bite of the Sweet Apple: Posts Record Revenues & Profits Q3 2011

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Apple, the world’s biggest and most valuable fruit tech company continues its impressive run in the third quarter ending June 25, 2011, with a record quarterly revenue of $28.57 and record quarterly net profit of $7.31 billion, or $7.79 per diluted share.  This translates to an impressive 82 percent hike in revenue and 125 percent increase in profits, beating its own estimates. In Q2 2011, the company said they expected revenue of about $23 billion and diluted earnings per share of about $5.03 in the third fiscal quarter of 2011.
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