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.
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.
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.
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."
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.