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How to Create Desktop Webapps in Mac OS X Lion

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Automator in OS X 10.7 Lion is much improved now and lets you create floating desktop webapps using any specified URL using a “website popup” feature. You can even set a custom size, iPhone size, iPad size and a user agent. Save them as “apps”, and this can later be opened via Lion’s Launchpad.

  1. Launch Automator and select “App” at the first menu that pops up.
  2. Find the “Get Specified URLs” action in the left sidebar or just type the name into the search box until Automator finds it for you. Now, drag it to your workflow. Alternatively, if you drag a URL from your browser into the editing window Automator automatically builds you a “Get Specified URLs” action, using that URL.
  3. Add the specified URL of the webapp you want on your desktop.
  4. Add the “Website Popup” action to your workflow. Here you can customize the default size of the webapp’s window, position, as well as the user agent you use to access it. Here, the “User Agent” has been set to “iPhone.” which means that Macworld.com thought this app was an iPhone web browser, and it automatically rendered the compact edition of the site.
  5. Done! Save your app in /Applications.

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It’s a real app which can stick around and float above your other windows until you dismiss it. Via [ihnatko]

Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion to Developers, Public Launch in Summer 2012

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Apple today has released the next generation OS X Mountain Lion to registered developers bringing over 100 new features such as Messages, Notes, Reminders, GameCenter, NotificationCenter, Twitter integration, and AirPlay Mirroring.

The first developer preview of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion can only be downloaded by Mac Developer Program members. However, a public launch is scheduled for late this summer through the Mac App Store.

The developer preview of Mac OS X Mountain Lion features the all new Messages app replacing conventional iChat. The new message app lets you send unlimited messages, videos, and high resolution photos directly from your Mac to another Mac or iOS device like iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Messages will continue to support AIM, Jabber, Yahoo! Messenger and Google Talk, however.

Mac OS X Mountain Lion

In the developer preview of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Apple has introduced Gatekeeper, a revolutionary security feature that gives you complete control over what apps are installed on your Mac or from which sources apps may be installed – keeping you safe from malicious software attack. It will make your Mac safer than ever.

OS X Mountain Lion is tightly integrated with iCloud which automatically configure Mail, FaceTime, and Find My Mac, and syncs the documents across all Apple devices, so documents are always up to date. Mountain lion build also introduces ‘AirPlay Mirroring’, allowing you to wirelessly send a 720p video stream from your Mac to an HDTV using Apple TV.

Finally, Apple brings substantial improvements for many popular Chinese services. Baidu, the leading Chinese search provider, is a built-in option in Safari. Integration with Chinese email and video hosting sites (Youku and Tudou) as well as the Sina weibo microblogging service is also included.

Apple upgrades MacBook Pro: Faster processors, Graphics & extra Storage

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Apple today updated its MacBook Pro family with faster processors, improved graphics, and more storage space. The update was unusually quiet for Apple without taking its online Store down. Starting at $1,199 the entry level 13-inch MacBook Pro features a speed of 2.4GHz and packs 500GB of storage. The powerful 15-inch MacBook Pro models feature 2.5GHz Core i7 CPU and the 17-inch MacBook Pro now packs 2.4GHz Core i7 chip with an upgraded AMD’s Radeon HD 6770M.

Pricing

The new 13-inch MacBook Pro, 15-inch MacBook Pro and 17-inch MacBook Pro are available through the Apple Store, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro is available in two configurations: one with a 2.4 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 and 500GB hard drive starting at $1,199; and one with a 2.8 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i7 and 750GB hard drive starting at $1,499.

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The new 15-inch MacBook Pro is available in two models: one with a 2.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 512MB of GDDR5 memory and 500GB hard drive starting at $1,799 and one with a 2.4 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6770M and 750GB hard drive starting at $2,199.

The new 17-inch MacBook Pro features a 2.4 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6770M, Intel HD Graphics 3000 and 750GB hard drive and is priced at $2,499.