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What's this? Still no OS X Mountain Lion? Fear not, Mac lovers -- it's only Monday, the week is young and there's plenty of other tech news brewing to read about. Why, just look at the next page right here… we've got five groovy stories to cap off the day, so why not dive in and find out what's making headlines for this Monday, July 23, 2012?
It's fair to say that many Apple fans have a high opinion of late co-founder Steve Jobs, and why not? The man, the myth, the legend was an inspirational figure in the worlds of tech and even Hollywood, and rightfully so. But a new Wired article examines the flip side of this coin, warning that Jobs might also be better viewed as a cautionary tale -- and there are plenty of anecdotes right there in Walter Isaacson's best-selling official biography that help make this point quite well. "To some, Jobs’ life has revealed the importance of sticking firmly to one’s vision and goals, no matter the psychic toll on employees or business associates," the article notes. "To others, Jobs serves as a cautionary tale, a man who changed the world but at the price of alienating almost everyone around him. The divergence in these reactions is a testament to the two deep and often contradictory hungers that drive so many of us today: We want to succeed in the world of work, but we also want satisfaction in the realm of home and family. For those who, like Jobs, have pledged to 'put a dent in the universe,' his thorny life story has forced a reckoning. Is it really worth being like Steve?" Be sure to click the link and read the entire article before weighing in.
MacRumors is reporting that Apple has announced the grand opening of its latest retail store, which opens its doors this Saturday, July 28 at 10am. The new arrival is located at Passeig de Gràcia in Barcelona, Spain, which has attracted interest from the locals thanks to its unique store logo and construction barriers which use mosaic tiles in the style of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. Any Spanish MacLife.com readers heading to Barcelona this weekend for the grand opening?
The Verge is reporting that app developer Madfinger Games has chosen to make its popular shooter title Dead Trigger free on Google Play for Android, rather than putting up with what it calls the "unbelievably high" piracy rate on the platform. "At first we intend to make this game available for as many people as possible -- that's why it was for as little as buck," the company notes in an official statement on Facebook. "However, even for one buck, the piracy rate is soooo giant, that we finally decided to provide DEAD TRIGGER for free." And no, that's not "freemium" -- the developer is giving it away on Android, while the iOS version continues to do quite nicely at only 99 cents. Why not buy it on iOS and send the developer some love today?
There's little doubt that OS X Mountain Lion will be arriving this week, but if you still need further evidence, MacRumors is reporting that Apple lit up the application page for its OS X Mountain Lion Up-to-Date Program earlier today, which allows new Macs purchased since June 11, 2012 to receive the latest software absolutely free by using a redemption code on the Mac App Store. While we successfully completed our own application shortly after the news broke, Apple has apparently become wise to the gaffe and pulled the link, presumably pending the official launch announcement. But fear not, no one is getting OS X Mountain Lion before you -- even those who received a redemption code have seen nothing but an error message when trying to use it on the Mac App Store.
Apple has yet to even announce the existence of an iPhone 5 (or whatever it will be called this year), but that isn't stopping the folks at ChangeWave Research from inquiring about it with prospective buyers. According to CNNMoney, a survey of 4,042 U.S. residents found that a full 50 percent of them were planning to buy an iPhone -- a curious statistic, considering that only a month ago, 59 percent claimed they were "unlikely" to buy. But clearly all these rumors about a new iPhone equate to what the report calls a "huge wave of pent-up demand" which could exceed even that of last year's iPhone 4S launch. Might want to go line up now to secure your place in line...
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