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Mac OS X Lion Now Available from Mac App Store

Apple has now made Mac OS X Lion available from the Mac App Store for $29.99. A new bit of information is Apple’s promise of a $69 version of Lion on a USB thumb drive that will be available from the Apple Store in August.Show full article

Upgrade to and Learn Lion with New Take Control Ebooks

As promised, our final versions of Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of Upgrading to Lion” and Matt Neuburg’s “Take Control of Using Lion” are available now that Apple has released Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. Together, they can help you avoid the claws that catch and the jaws that bite!Show full article

Update Migration Assistant before Upgrading to Lion

Apple has released the Migration Assistant Update for Snow Leopard, which eliminates a bug that could prevent the migration of your data from an old Mac running Snow Leopard to a new one running Lion. Get it before upgrading to Lion.Show full article

Mac Mini Adds Faster CPUs and Thunderbolt, Drops Optical Drive

Apple’s latest revision of its low-end desktop Mac eliminates the internal optical drive but adds faster CPUs, a discrete graphics option, and faster CPUs, along with a Thunderbolt port.Show full article

MacBook Air Gains Faster CPUs, Thunderbolt, and Backlit Keyboard

Apple’s new MacBook Air models feature notably faster processors and a backlit keyboard, along with a Thunderbolt port, all for the same price points. What’s not to like, other than the demise of the white MacBook?Show full article

Apple Thunderbolt Display Announced

Apple has updated its only external display to rely on Thunderbolt connections. It includes a Thunderbolt port for chaining compatible devices and displays, and for the first time offers a built-in Ethernet port to provide wired networking to the MacBook Air. It’s scheduled to ship in 6 to 8 weeks.Show full article

iOS 4.3.5 and 4.2.10 Fix SSL Vulnerability

iOS updates close an SSL-related security vulnerability that could enable protected communications to be captured or modified by someone on the same network.Show full article

Apple Reports Q3 2011 Record Financial Results

Apple announced the highest quarterly revenues ($28.6 billion) and earnings ($7.3 billion) in the company’s history, new quarterly records for iPhone and iPad sales, and a new June quarter record for Mac sales.Show full article

AirDrop Works Only on Certain Macs

AirDrop is advertised as a major new feature in Lion, but to get it to work, you need the right model of relatively recent Mac.Show full article

Dealing with Lion’s Hidden Library

Apple has decided that the user-level Library folder should be hidden from view in Lion. But you don’t need to let that decision slow you down, and if you’re a developer, you shouldn’t let it cause you to put application support files in the user’s Documents folder.Show full article

Our Favorite Hidden Features in Mac OS X Lion

You’ve seen Apple’s Web pages about what’s new in Mac OS X Lion, but much more lurks within the Lion’s den. Here are a few of our favorite features that you might not stumble across on your own.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 25 July 2011

Notable software releases this week include Safari 5.1 and 5.0.6, Windows Migration Assistant for OS X Lion 1.0, Server Admin Tools 10.7, iTunes 10.4, Java for OS X Lion, iWork 9.1, Apple Remote Desktop 3.5 Admin, SuperDuper 2.6.4, Things 1.5.0, MenuMeters 1.5, Cyberduck 4.1, Sparrow 1.3.1, Fantastical 1.0.3, and SpamSieve 2.8.6.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 25 July 2011

Lion dominated our lives last week, with Adam guesting on the Tech Night Owl Live, Matt looking at Lion’s new features on MacVoices, and Glenn writing an article for Macworld about upgrading at an Apple Store. Plus, don’t miss John Siracusa’s Lion review at Ars Technica. But there were a few non-Lion-related items worth noting, such as Boomerang for Gmail’s release, counterfeit Apple retail stores appearing in China, and Chris Breen’s look at the Spotify music service.Show full article

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