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Lately, at the WWDC 2012 conference, Apple declared the well-deserving winners of its esteemed Apple Design Award. The award is given as recognition for the apps that are simply outstanding in terms of technology adaptation, design, and innovation.
The bunch of apps that received the ‘2012 Apple Design Awards’ title includes:
• Where’s My Water by Disney
• Jetpack Joyride by Halfbrick Studios
• National Parks by National Geographic by National Geographic Society / Rally Interactive
• Deus Ex: Human Revolution Ultimate Edition by Feral Interactive Ltd
• Limbo by Playdead ApS
• Sketch by Bohemian Coding
• Paper by FiftyThree Inc
• Bobo Explores Light by GameCollage
• DM1 – The Drum Machine by Fingerlab
• DaWindci (iPad) by Reality Twist GmbH, Mimimi Productions, Mediadesign Highschool of Applied Sciences
• Little Star (iPad) by BiBoBox Studio, Dalian Nationalities University
The winning apps, as a token of appreciation, received an iPod touch, a MacBook Air, an exclusive Apple Design Award lanyard, and the captivating Apple Design Award cube trophy.
At the grand WWDC 2012 keynote, Apple unveiled a number of noticeable enhancements for the world’s most cutting-edge desktop operating system- OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. This new operating system is certainly a prime release with hundreds of state-of-the-art features including Notification Center, Messages app, Sharing, Facebook integration, Power Nap, AirPlay Mirroring, and the improved security of Gatekeeper.
Some top features that were highlighted about OS X Mountain Lion are:
iCloud: The new OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion will enable users to sync data, calendars, contacts, and e-mails across all Apple devices.
Dictation: It is one of the most enthralling features of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. Dictation will automatically convert spoken words into text. According to Apple, this feature will successfully work for Microsoft Word and Facebook as well.
To experience the amazing features of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, you can download the operating system from the Mac Apple Store, July 2012 onwards.
Apple is all set to replace the Google Maps with its own navigation app from the next versions of its iPhone, iPad, and iPod devices that run on iOS platform. According to several media reports, the iPhone-maker is going to completely remove Google Maps from its platform and will instead use its own mapping data.
Google has provided the back-end data to Google Maps on the iPhone since it was introduced in 2007. Apple has acquired a handful of mapping companies, including Poly9, C3 Technologies, and Placebase during the last several years. Among all these mapping companies, C3 Technologies is noteworthy because of its 3-D mapping technology.
Look and feel of the new navigation app
It is being rumored that the new navigation app for iOS will be a complete re-write of the code, though the overall look and feel of the app will remain same. Apple will even revise the app logo by changing the colors to represent that fact that it has been re-written.
The new Apple-made navigation application is likely be unveiled at the upcoming WorldWide Developers Conference that Apple is holding in June. The conference has been the launch platform for several new versions of iOS.
Apple has issued security patches to answer four security vulnerabilities in Safari, and has blocked the outdated versions of Adobe Flash Player from running in its browser.
The four security flaws fixed were similar to those that were patched a few days before in iOS 5.1.1 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. All the vulnerabilities were termed as bugs in WebKit, the open-source rendering engine that powers Safari as well as Google Chrome.
In addition to this, Safari 5.1.7, which runs on OS X 10.6 and OS X 10.7 – Snow Leopard and Lion, respectively – as well as on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7, was released. An update for Lion that included a bit older version of the browser was also unveiled. Lion users must download and install both updates to push Safari to version 5.1.7.
Along with the four security patches, Apple also stopped Adobe Flash Player from running on Safari if the plug-in was older than version 10.1.102.64, which was released in November 2010.