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Apple posts OS X Mountain Lion preview, Messages beta

02/16, 9:35am

Mac OS X Mountain Lion adds iMessage, Reminders

In a surprise step, Apple on Thursday gave developers a preview version of OS X Mountain Lion, the next significant update to the core OS. The new version is directly influenced by iOS 5 and includes Notification Center, Reminders, Notes, Game Center, and Twitter integration, with iCloud syncing where it's relevant. AirPlay Mirroring is also new to the Mac and shares exactly what's on screen through an Apple TV.

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Lenovo S2 with Windows Phone tips up in first photos

10/29, 5:00pm

Lenovo S2 to take Chinese Windows Phones past ZTE

Lenovo should help expand Windows Phone's Asian footprint beyond ZTE if photos are accurate. Identified only as the S2 at winphonexap, it superficially resembles the rounded look of the Samsung Focus. A conspicuous front camera and branding make it clear that it's unique.

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Forbes ranks Salesforce, Amazon over Apple in innovation

08/05, 3:50pm

Forbes puts Apple at 5th but behind Amazon

Forbes has updated its Most Innovative Companies chart to reveal what it considers the most innovative companies in the world. The ranks buck some expectations and give enterprise-focused Salesforce the top spot where frequent darling of the list, Apple, is at fifth. Amazon, Intuitive Surgical, and QQ creator Tencent all rank higher.

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iOS 5 beta 2 shows updates over 3G, Chinese mail support

06/25, 1:50pm

iOS 5 beta 2 allows OTA over 3G, QQ and 163 mail

More discoveries in iOS 5 beta 2 have revealed some extra upsides beyond what's been seen so far. One look through the SDK has found that at least some updates will be allowed to work over 3G. Code strings relayed by Sonny Dickson to 9to5 showed mentions of alert messages that would require "a Wi-Fi or 3G connection to download."

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DCM creates iFund-like $100m A-Fund pool for Android

04/21, 2:55pm

DCM A-Fund giving 100m cash to Android services

Venture capitalists at DCM on Thursday unveiled an Android equivalent to the well-known iFund. A-Fund will give startups and other companies a total pool of $100 million to support apps, hardware, and services for Android. The funding will get help from Japanese carrier KDDI, local social network GREE, and Tencent, the founder of Chinese portal QQ.

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