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Apple decided to refresh their MacBook Air lineup this year, but rather than simply upgrading the existing machine with a new CPU, GPU or Blu-ray drive, Apple introduced some entirely new pieces of hardware with the new 11" and 13" MacBook Airs. While the 11" machine is certainly intriguing, and a compelling addition to the overall lineup, we're focusing today on the revamped 13" version here. Arguably, this 13" model deserves the most scrutiny, largely because it's the third 13" notebook that Apple offers. Apple doesn't have as many options at any other notebook form factor,... Read more...
It's an argument that has been around for almost as long as Macs have been rivaling PCs. And despite the fact that so much has changed over the past few decades, the argument still arises almost every time Apple introduces a new computer. No, it's not the argument of "PC versus Mac" from a software and compatibility standpoint; that's an entirely different animal worthy of its own analysis. This is an argument over dollars and cents. For years, PC loyalists (or just those who are anti-Apple for one reason or another) have argued that Apple computers are more expensive than their similarly equipped,... Read more...
It's an argument that has been around for almost as long as Macs have been rivaling PCs. And despite the fact that so much has changed over the past few decades, the argument still arises almost every time Apple introduces a new computer. No, it's not the argument of "PC versus Mac" from a software and compatibility standpoint; that's an entirely different animal worthy of its own analysis. This is an argument over dollars and cents. For years, PC loyalists (or just those who are anti-Apple for one reason or another) have argued that Apple computers are more expensive than their... Read more...
Welcome to the inaugural episode of “Two and a Half Geeks”, our re-vamped, weekly video podcast. In addition to our new look (which is still being tweaked!), in this episode we talk about the performance of AMD’s upcoming Zacate APU and Woz’s “quote” that Android is going to rule the world. We also go hands on with one of Apple’s new Macbook Air systems and discuss hacking the recently released Microsoft Kinect... Show Notes: 00:30 - AMD Zacate E-350 Processor Performance Preview 03:36 - Apple Co-Founder Delcares Android the Eventual Winner in Smartphone... Read more...
Apple's new "Back to the Mac" event in California this week may have been largely focused on software, but Steve Jobs just couldn't leave the stage without talking about some hardware as well. The big news at the event was the MacBook Air, but it's more than you think. Not only was the 13.3" MacBook refreshed in a big way, but an entirely new class of machine has joined Apple's lineup. Steve Jobs has previously stated that Apple had no intentions of competing in the netbook space, but they just did in a way. The new 11.6" MacBook Air is the same size as most new netbooks, and it lacks an optical... Read more...
Ever heard of HyperMac? If you have ever shopped for an extended battery pack for your MacBook, MacBook Pro or iPad/iPhone, then you probably have. The company has earned somewhat of a positive reputation in the Apple circle for offering some of the best external battery packs around for Apple's line of notebooks, but all of that is coming to an end soon. Earlier this year, Apple actually filed a patent infringement lawsuit claiming that the company never got the correct permission (or paid up, basically) to use Apple's patented MagSafe connector. Each HyperMac external battery pack ships with... Read more...
When your average technology company buys another, smaller technology company, it doesn't always make the news. Or if it does, it's just a blip on the entire tech news radar. But when Apple, Microsoft or Google buys a company, big or small, everyone takes a minute to evaluate the situation and give their take on things. That is what's happening this week after the world found a nugget of information tucked away within Apple's recent 8-K filing with the SEC. Liquidmetal is a small company that makes a tough, unique metal alloy that can be used in a variety of products, including personal consumer... Read more...
Remember the MacBook Air? Yeah, it's been quite some time since Apple has made any mention of its only ultra-thin ultraportable machine, and after it made a huge splash a few years ago in terms of design, the company has really let it age. There haven't been too many spec upgrades along the way, and it seems as if the machine isn't a high priority for Apple at all. Of course, it's a niche device with a small buyer pool, but we guess that's too be expected. But it's about time for an upgrade, don't you think? According to rumors sourced from DigiTimes research, the company is planning to do something... Read more...
This refresh wasn't rumored to happen nearly as much as the launch of the iPad or the inclusion of Intel's Core 2010 CPU line in Apple's MacBook Pro family, but the oft neglected 13" MacBook has seen its first real update since 2009 this morning. It's still white, and it's still largely plastic, so there's not much of a difference when you look from the outside. But internally there's enough of a change to warrant a second look. One of the biggest changes is the battery. The previous model had a 7-hour battery; this one can last up to 10 hours before it needs charged again. Then there's the GPU.... Read more...
When the Celebrity Eclipse launches in April, it will be the first in Celebrity Cruise Line's fleet to offer the all new Celebrity iLounge. Designed to offer the feel of a hip, modern lounge, the space will provide easy access to the Internet as well as classes and new products. The iLounge is comprised of three main areas and includes 26 workstations where guests can check their email, print boarding passes, and access the Internet. There will also be a retail space where customers can see and try out the latest MacBooks, iPods, and other accessories. As the third component of iLounge, there will... Read more...
Wisair is still fighting the good fight, doing their best to extend the reach of single-chip based UWB products in a world that is already enamored by Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It's tough for up-and-coming wireless protocols to gain traction when so many standards are already seen as "mainstays," but getting some attention in the OS X space certainly can't hurt.Announced this week, the Wireless USB DisplayDock Set solution for Mac OS allows Mac loyalists to experience the same wireless joys that have (up until now) been reserved for Windows-based users. The product will be offered by four OEMs by the... Read more...
There's launching products for the holiday season, and then there's launching products for the holiday season. Apple pulled off what we imagine only Apple could pull off this afternoon, launching an incredible amount of new wares for the world to enjoy as shopping season kicks into full gear. From updated NAS drives to ground-breaking new mice, Apple had something new for just about everyone today. Let's get right into it, shall we?We'll start off with something completely new, and frankly, revolutionary. The Magic Mouse is today taking the place of the Mighty Mouse, which was never really loved... Read more...
People may gripe that a company like Apple gets all sorts of positive publicity simply because its iPod and iPhone products are selling so well, but there's a dark side to rampant fame as well. The bad definitely comes with the good, and a chorus of angry MacBook Pro owners have apparently made themselves heard.The story goes something like this: folks purchasing new MBPs with the 7200rpm hard drive were hearing all sorts of weird whirring, clicking and popping noises from their drives. Some users even reported screen flashes, freezes and reboots. Needless to say, it was driving the collective... Read more...
While historically Apple has taken a bit of heat for producing notebooks that weigh in at a hefty price premium compared to their PC counterparts, it's becoming more apparent that Apple has seen the light and is now offering a few more competitively priced models for the "laptop hunters" out there this back-to-school season.As such, today we're taking a closer look at Apple's 13" Macbook Pro.  The 13" Macbook Pro features Apple's uni-body enclosure that is carved from a solid block of aluminum for added durability. The machine also features a LED-backlit screen with a higher color gamut than... Read more...
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