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Apple Releases $69 OS X Lion Thumb Drive Online, Available in Retail Stores Soon

As Apple previously announced would happen, their next iteration of cat-named operating systems, OS X Lion, is now available for purchase in a physical format, rather than forcing users to obtain the operating system solely via digital means. Currently available on the Apple online store, OS X Lion ships on a thumb drive in only one-to-three business days, with free shipping, and will set purchasers back $69. However, there is one caveat for users who install the operating system via the thumb drive, rather than installing the digital-only version through the Mac App Store.

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Paypal Glitch Charges OS X Lion Buyer for 122 Purchases, Reports of Others Experiencing the Glitch

John Christman experienced a fairly inconvenient glitch when he purchased OS X Lion using Paypal: He was charged an extra 121 purchases of the operating system that he did not actually make. Including the intentional purchase, Christman was charged a grand total of $3,878.40, even though he only meant to spend the $31.79 one copy of OS X Lion costs. He claims Apple blames Paypal for the error and Paypal blames Apple.

He has a theory as to what caused the glitch, and feels it is a new feature that allows iTunes to automatically download previous purchases:

I fresh installed Lion, because the upgrade caused a lot of problems. My system needed as fresh start anyway.

I logged into our developer account and got the latest iTunes Beta, and installed it. iTunes has a cool new feature to download all your purchased apps for you. I clicked download all. As each download started it charged me $31.79. Some apps came fast, some took longer, but the timing was directly related to when a new app started to download.

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Don't Worry, OS X Lion Will Release in Physical Format

Apple's next big operating system, OS X Lion, dropped yesterday for the low price of $30, but with that low price came a caveat: The operating system was only available digitally, something that is a little inconvenient for users who tend to reinstall their operating system on occasion. Luckily for those users, or really, any user that feels more comfortable with their operating system releasing in physical form, Apple revealed that Lion will release on a USB thumb drive, available through the Apple online store later this August. The physical release comes with a slight caveat -- it will cost $69, over double what the digital download of Lion costs. For users that'd prefer the cheaper digital version, but do not have access to a speedy Internet connection, Apple is offering said users the ability to download the operating system from Apple retail stores. (via Apple Insider)

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Apple Releases OS X Lion, New MacBook Airs and New Mac Minis Today

Continuing the chain of large, adorable cats that will also eat your face if you get too close, Apple has released the next iteration of their OS X operating system today, Lion. As we previously reported, Lion is available through the Mac App Store for a cool, low price of $30. To accompany the ferocious operating system, Apple has also released a new set of MacBook Airs and Mac Minis, with the usual not-huge-but-still-desirable upgrade policy that Apple tends to employ with their iterative releases.

The release of Lion marks the first time Apple has released its operating system as download-only, though it does lower the price quite a bit. To upgrade from Snow Leopard to Lion (maybe Liger, then Thundercat will follow?), simply update Snow Leopard to the most recent version via the usual method -- the Software Update menu -- then head on over to the Mac App Store, purchase and download Lion, and let the install process take hold. Head on over to Apple's official site for the details on the new operating system, straight from the gift Lion's mouth.

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OS X Lion Allows Unauthorized Users to Boot Into Web Browser, is Neat

A lot of exciting information about the next iteration of Apple's operating system, OS X Lion, was released during WWDC this year -- particularly that it will be available for only $29 -- but a neat feature that wasn't discussed in depth is that Lion will allow unauthorized users to boot into "browser only" mode. Dubbed "Restart to Safari," the mode will allow users to do exactly that, restart the computer into a mode that only provides access to the web browser and prevents users from having access to personal files.

The mode is most likely intended for kiosks and schools, and it probably isn't 100% safe, as any hacker will say, the easiest way to gain unauthorized access to a computer is to actually have the computer in front of you, but for average computer users, the mode should keep personal files and settings safe.

Lion is expected to hit during July, and only be available through the Mac App Store for the aforementioned $29 price tag.

(via Mac Rumors)

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Everything You Wanted to Know About iOS 5 and OS X Lion

Despite the breathless coverage we, and other outlets, have provided for iCloud, there were other things talked about during today WWDC 2011 keynote speech. Today, Apple outlined some key features we can expect to see in OS X Lion and iOS 5. Though iCloud will bridge iOS and OS X devices, those platforms are seeing some major changes in their own right. Read on after the break to see what changes we can expect in the latest versions of Apple's mobile and desktop operating systems.

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Follow Apple’s WWDC 2011 Announcement Live

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference is upon us, and while the event lasts until the end of this week, Apple has mercifully spared us the anticipation by kicking WWDC 2011 off with a keynote about which a lot of people are pretty excited. Though the word on the street is that there almost certainly will not be an iPhone 5/iPhone 4GS reveal today, we do know that Apple will be talking about iOS5, Mac OS X Lion (this is, after all, a developers' conference, and developers need to know about the operating systems they're working with), and, most intriguingly for many, iCloud. Everything is speculative at this point, but the great hope for iCloud, as elucidated by John Gruber, is that it won't be the new MobileMe, but rather the new iTunes: That is, that with iCloud, the previous model of PC-as-central-media-hub for Apple users will shift to "should shift to the cloud. iTunes, the desktop app, currently syncs the following things with iOS devices: audio, movies and TV shows, iBooks e-books, App Store apps, contacts, calendars, bookmarks, notes, and any sort of files shared between iOS apps. All of these things would be better served syncing over-the-air via the so-called cloud." Will it live up to that? Well, it's silly at this point to write more speculative blog posts about it; just tune into the keynote at 1pm ET/10am PT to find out. As for that: As of posting, Apple has not yet made a live video stream available for the event, and it's very possible that it won't at all. But that doesn't mean that you can't follow WWDC 2011 as it happens:

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Apple’s Back to the Mac Event: Announcement Roundup

Apple held its "Back to the Mac" event and streamed it across the Internet for all to see. The big announcements were a new iLife suite, FaceTime coming to OS X, a new version of OS X dubbed "Lion," a new MacBook Air, and the Mac App Store. Head past the jump for details and screenshots.

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