Cloud // Cloud Storage
News
6/26/2012
11:19 AM
Connect Directly
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

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.

Game Center

Apple is banking on people using their iOS devices for gaming. That's why it's integrating Game Center into its desktop OS. Unfortunately, Game Center on the desktop is still unfinished in many ways. When Mountain Lion is released, you should be able to synch your entire gaming experience--the games themselves, along with your gaming network and accomplishments--to your Mac. You should be able to play games across your Apple hardware, including enjoying in-game audio chats and receiving notifications.

Apple also is putting the final touches on its gaming API, Game Kit, which will allow developers to create multi-player games that can be played across all Apple computing devices.




Gaming is becoming a major computing past time. In order to accommodate users that mainly use their Macs for gaming, Apple is introducing a gaming hub called Game Center. You can access and play all of your games from one central place. Game Center makes it easy to play all kinds of games from Solitaire to Diablo 3.



To get started you create a Came Center account. Your profile can be private or public, giving you the option of accepting gaming invitations from friends only or from anyone in the world.



After setting your nickname and your profile privacy settings, you can invite friends from your address book.



Game Center crashed on me. Guess it really still is in development.



I was able to restart the application and get back to where I left off. Without any games, it's a bit lonely in there right now. Good thing there's a link to the App Store so you can buy the games you want.

Previous
9 of 12
Next
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Google in the Enterprise Survey
Google in the Enterprise Survey
There's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity ­products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent ­mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers ­distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
InformationWeek Tech Digest - July10, 2014
When selecting servers to support analytics, consider data center capacity, storage, and computational intensity.
Flash Poll
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Archived InformationWeek Radio
Join InformationWeek’s Lorna Garey and Mike Healey, president of Yeoman Technology Group, an engineering and research firm focused on maximizing technology investments, to discuss the right way to go digital.
Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.