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Weekly Wrap: Mastering Mountain Lion and plenty more

Now that you and Mountain Lion have had the chance to get to know each other a bit better, the pressure’s off: No more first date jitters. We’re delighted you and Mac OS X 10.8 have reached this comfortable point in your relationship, so you and the big cat can curl up together, stress-free, and catch up on some of our biggest stories from the week gone by.

Climb every Mountain Lion

We think there’s a good chance you’re already running Mountain Lion, since it took just four days to rack up 3 million OS X 10.8 downloads. Those would be good numbers even for a YouTube video of a dog on a skateboard.

If you need a little help with Mountain Lion, we’re here for you. We have hints on pausing notifications and editing Safari bookmarks, we can advise you on configuring older AirPort base stations, and we can help you understand Power Nap, the first OS X feature to sleep its way to the top.

And if you’re running into minor bugs in need of fixing, boy howdy, it seems like the Bugs & Fixes column on those kind of Mountain Lion woes is custom built for you.

GemFest for the rest of us

We’re still in the midst of GemFest, our annual celebration of great, affordable Mac apps. This week, we praised FileXaminer, BeQuiet, and Tagit, three apps that each take a unique approach to mushing together two distinct words.

Other Gems from the week included Comic Life 2 and PrivacyScan.

And if you think GemFest is worth talking about, we agree; hence this week’s GemFest-focused edition of the Macworld Podcast.

iOS-capades

If you’re constantly reading our iOS coverage and wish you could find a way to join in without buying a brand new iPhone, you’re in luck, thanks to our guide to buying used iPhones.

Now that you’ve procured your iPhone, you can enjoy our iOS app coverage, and we shared plenty this week. Here’s a guide to mastering albums in iPhoto for iOS. We reviewed apps like Disc Drivin’ and Paper, and Cinemagram.

We also covered the new video support in the travel journal app HipGeo, advised you on finding the best music identification app, and maybe got involved in a land war in Asia courtesy of Days of Wonder.

Amazon this week unveiled Amazon Instant Video for iPad, which lets Amazon customers stream movies and TV shows. That new app came hot on the heels of Apple adding Hulu Plus support to the Apple TV.

Et cetera

And, in coverage that’s hard to fit in any other bucket, we shared our thoughts on why developers and customers should be wary of the Mac App Store; we reviewed the OnLap 1302, a portable external laptop display; and we dished on both Apple’s new television commercials and Justin Long’s grooming habits.

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