Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion is now available for download, off of the Mac App Store

Apple’s major operating system update, Mountain Lion is now available for $19.99 off of the Mac App Store. It includes new features and speed improvements, like AirPlay, iMessages, the Notification Center, speech-to-text dictation, Gatekeeper, Power Nap for syncing while in sleep mode, and even Facebook and Twitter integration. For security, Gatekeeper gives apps signed certificates to apps not on the Mac App Store, making your Mac more secure than ever. And all of the tech press thinks it’s worth it, and we agree.

Via: Mac App Store

Google adds scientific calculator to both desktop and mobile search

Now if you type a simple math problem into Google search (or something a little more complex), then you can be greeted by the new scientific calculator that has been programmed into the results. For example, “1337 x 7331″ renders the awesome (and correct) answer seen above. It also shows how Google wants to become more of an answer engine rather than just a search engine full of answers.

Apple’s Q3 2012 earnings: $35 billion in revenue, $8.8 billion net profits, $117 billion in cash reserves

Apple has once again conjured a fortune in a matter of three months, or rather what the crews at One Infinite Loop will tell you are their Q3 fiscal quarter financial results. This translates directly into $35 billion in revenue, pocketing $8.8 billion of that as pure profit — a rare loss, standing as a record for both in Q3 of 2012. But all of this success cannot be attributed to a single product — instead, it’s mostly due to the 17 million iPads and 26 million iPhones sold in the last three months; yeah, that’s a lot of consumer technology. As for the Mac? That’s Apple’s slowest increase: just 2 percent over last year’s Mac sales for the same quarter. Still respectable however.

But what can the gadget-hungry consumer take from all this? Just an acknowledgement that speculation of an iPhone successor has affected sales of the existing model. No wonder.

Apple’s full press release is after the break. Via: Apple

AT&T’s Q2 profit: $6.8 billion made by selling 5.1 million smartphones

AT&T is shaking the bank and getting a reasonable sum out of it. Total revenue for the second quarter (a three month period) of 2012 made AT&T $31.6 billion and an income of $6.8 billion that is pocketed by the company, all achieved by selling 5.1 million smartphones (3.7 million of that being iPhones only) — less than the 5.5 million sold last quarter. In total, AT&T has 105.2 million subscribers, with 43 million of these users using smartphones which is an increase of 1.3 million in the last three months.

So yeah, AT&T did pretty well and got through half of the fiscal year.

USB to power laptops and other high-power machines after Power Delivery Spec

USB cables are going to have the capability of delivering 100 watts of power to devices including laptops and external hard drives, after the publication of a new USB Power Delivery specification — this means that USB cords are going to become the king of not only data transfers, but also power. Announced by the USB 3.0 Promoter Group, which includes companies such as Microsoft, Intel and Hewlett-Packard (HP), the new spec will allow for not only the powering of higher-voltage products (compared to the tablets and phones charged by USB now).

But there is some sort of legacy support, allowing consumers to check the cable type to allow the re-use of existing equipment for lower-power applications. This new addition will also prove useful to the fight against Apple’s and Intel’s Thunderbolt systems, which only provides up to 10 watts of power — enough to charge an iPad. Via: USB Implementer’s Forum

Skyrim Beta 1.7 Update Now Available On Steam

It’s that time again, Dragonborns. A Skyrim beta update is now available on Steam, with mostly fixes and memory optimization, nothing really new here. PS3 and Xbox 360 players will see the added update soon, but Steam users can op-in to the beta starting today. Changelog below, source of the awesome image above at the source link.

  1. General memory and stability optimizations
  2. Fixed crash related to new water shaders
  3. Fixed rare crash related to dragon landings
  4. Fixed logic error with loading screens from add-ons (Xbox 360)
  5. Using vampiric grip and swimming no longer prevents swimming animation from playing afterwards
  6. Improved recognition with Kinect voice commands (Xbox 360)
  7. Kinect-enabled dragon language shouts for French, German, Italian and Spanish work properly (Xbox 360)
  8. Fixed issue with Dawnguard Kinect-enabled dragon shouts for French, German, Italian and Spanish (Xbox 360)
  9. Fixed issue with Dawnguard Kinect-enabled dragon shouts for French, German, Italian and Spanish (Xbox 360)

Via: Bethesda Blog

Mojang gets sued for ‘Minecraft’ patent infringement

It seems to be a patent troll case from the likes of Uniloc, which claims it is the exclusive license-holder of patent ‘067, a “system and method for preventing unauthorized access to electronic data,” said to be infringed upon in Mojang’s Android version of Minecraft, a game which was created by the famous Markus ‘Notch’ Persson. How exactly is Mojang supposedly infringing on the patent? Purportedly, “by or through making, using, offering for sale, selling and/or importing Android based applications for use on cellular phones and/or tablet devices that require communication with a server to perform a license check to prevent the unauthorized use of said application, including, but not limited to, Minecraft“.

Notch isn’t so easily swayed in such legal situations: “Unfortunately for them, they’re suing us over a software patent. If needed, I will throw piles of money at making sure they don’t get a cent.”

And for proof of Uniloc being a patent troll, they’re also suing Halfbrick, creators of both Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride, Gameloft, Square Enix, X-Plane creator Laminar Research, and Electronic Arts.

Via: Eurogamer

Canon EOS M mirrorless camera arrives: 18MP APS-C sensor, $800 in October with 22mm lens

This is Canon’s shot at a mirrorless camera: the EOS M. It sports an 18 megapixel APS-C sensor, DIGIC 5 processor, 3-inch 1.04MP smudge-resistant touchscreen and the T4i’s new hybrid autofocus system.  ISO ranges from 100 to 25,600 (extended) in still mode and 12,800 (extended) when shooting video — which can be captured in 1920 x 1080 HD format at 24, 25 or 30 progressive frames per second. Not bad, Canon. There’s also continuous shooting for at 4.3 frames per second and a 22mm lens that will be included as part of a kit starting in October at $800 in black at retail stores, whilst Canon will sell a white version at its online store with a black lens.

Press release after the break.