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Apple releases 10.8.2 update for OS X Mountain Lion

Along with the iOS 6 update, Apple also released an important update for its newest desktop operating system, OS X Mountain Lion.

The 10.8.2 update brings with it some major new features. The first one is Facebook integration. Although this feature was announced as one of the key new additions in OS X, it was not available to users until now.

The Facebook integration in OS X works just like the Twitter integration. You can update your Facebook status instantly by invoking Notification Center from the right side of the screen. You can also share any image, video or website that you may be viewing quickly on Facebook using the share option. Developers of third party applications can also integrate this functionality in their apps. If you get a Facebook notification, they will appear in the Notification Center. Lastly, OS X can also integrate your Facebook contacts in your Address Book.

Next is Game Center. This works same as on iOS, where you can compete with other OS X as well as iOS users through multi-player games and then compare your scores and see all the top scores for a game.

Other changes include:

  • Added support for Power Nap in MacBook Air (Late 2010)
  • Messages sent to your phone number now appear in Messages on your Mac
  • Ability to add passes to Passbook (on your iPhone or iPod touch) from Safari and Mail on your Mac
  • Ability to receive FaceTime calls sent to your phone number
  • New shared Reminders lists
  • New sort options to sort notes by title, the date you edited them, and when you created them
  • Dictation now supports Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, Korean, Canadian English, Canadian French, and Italian
  • Dictionary app now includes a French definition dictionary
  • Sina Weibo profile photos can now be added to Contacts

To download the update, head to the Software Updates section on your Mac.

In other news, those who are still on Lion can now download the new 10.7.5 update, which adds Gatekeeper functionality that prevents unsigned applications from being installed on your Mac without your permission. Again, you’ll find the update in the Software Update section.

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