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This is our final recap of the week as we prepare to gorge ourselves on turkey Thursday and then check out some Black Friday deals the next day. Like many of you, we'll probably be buying some stuff from Amazon over the four-day weekend, so it's good timing that the e-tailer has updated with iOS app with the ability to send delivery alerts -- a new feature you can read all about in today's recap, of course.
Before you bask in the glow of freshly-carved turkey on Thursday, OS X Mountain Lion users should hop into the Mac App Store and click the Updates tab. Assuming you have a 2012 Mac, you'll find OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2 Supplemental Update 2.0, a 26.65MB download that again updates the latest big cat. "This update addresses an issue with Keychain that can affect 2012 Mac systems," the extremely brief (even for Apple) release notes read. "This update is recommended for all Mac systems introduced in 2012." This marks the second such "supplemental" update Apple has pushed out for OS X Mountain Lion on top of the two full updates, with OS X 10.8.3 already in beta testing with developers.
Right on the heels of a similar update for Android, the universal Amazon Mobile app for iOS has received an update to version 2.3.1. Doesn't sound like much, but for holiday shoppers, the update could be heaven -- the e-tailer has added delivery alerts via push notifications. Flip the switch in the Notifications settings and sit back as Amazon alerts you to every move your incoming package makes, right on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Shoppers will also have the option to receive a daily notification for Lightning Deals, and iPad users also gain the ability to pinch or double tap to zoom in and out of product images. It's all available now in the App Store, folks.
Traveling with an unlocked iPhone this Thanksgiving weekend? If you're headed to parts of Arizona, San Francisco Bay, central California or south Florida, you may have even more to be thankful for with T-Mobile's announcement of expanded 4G coverage for iPhones in 10 additional markets. Added with the already up-and-running coverage in Baltimore, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas and Washington D.C., that brings the magenta network's new total to 15 metro areas, and the carrier promises to "launch multiple additional major metro areas by the end of the year."
Microsoft-owned Skype is about to see a surge of use over the holiday season, and since it's the time for giving, why not toss a $10 Skype Gift Card into someone's Christmas stocking this year? The company has announced the availability of gift cards, which are now available at select retailers including Target, OfficeMax and Microsoft Stores. Electronic gift cards are also available through either the Skype Shop or the company's Facebook page in denominations starting at only $10. Judging from the infographic posted to the Skype blog, even $10 can go an awfully long way with the service.
Mozilla isn't letting its foot off the gas pedal, speeding right into the release of Firefox 17 on Tuesday. The big news with this version is initial web app support for Mac, Windows and Linux, while the OS X version also has preliminary VoiceOver support turned on by default now as well. There are plenty of security fixes and developer-oriented improvements on hand as well, but those are likely to be less noticeable to end users. If you simply have to keep up with the latest and greatest release, head to the Mozilla website and get your pre-holiday update on -- the next one isn't likely to arrive until early 2013.
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