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Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Developer Preview 4

Mountain Lion, a.k.a. OS X 10.8, marries the Apple desktop operating system to iOS features that previously were found only on the iPhone and iPad. Among them: Messages, Notifications, Reminders, a Game Center, and better integration with iCloud. It's not a revolutionary upgrade to the desktop OS, but it should please Mac enterprise users.


Combining Reminders with Siri on the iPhone 4S is pretty awesome. Simply ask Siri to, "Remind me to do 'X' at 'Y'," with X being the thing you need to do, and Y being when you want the reminder to go off. In Mountain Lion, Apple brings the Reminders app to the desktop, minus Siri. You get everything you've got on the iPhone, plus a couple of cool additions.

On the desktop, Reminders lets you create a task or to-do list, set the date and time you want the reminders to go off, and push them to all of your iDevices. Having Reminders on your Mac also means you have the ability to search through your reminders and view them on your calendar.

The one iOS 6 feature that Reminders doesn't do on your Mac is "Remind me to do 'X' when I get to 'Z'," with Z being the location where you want to do your task. Geofencing, as it's called, makes little sense on desktop and notebook computers, which generally don't have GPS or real location services.

New with Mountain Lion, the Reminders app lets you see all your reminders in one place. The Tasks list shows your completed to-dos by date.

You can save Reminders to your PC or sync them to iCloud. When synched to iCloud, Reminders will display on all of your connected iDevices.

In Settings, Security & Privacy, Privacy, you can enable location-setting capabilities, although the location feature isn't yet fully supported on the desktop.

When you select the At a Location checkbox, you get a drop down of all your known locations. You also get to indicate when the reminder should go off, based on whether you are arriving at or leaving the location. This feature will be really useful for creating Reminders on your desktop for use on your iDevice.

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