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Many have chided Apple for the lack of ports available on its high-end laptops. If you want, you can spec out a $3k+ MacBook Pro laptop... but you can't get more than two USB ports on it, no matter what sum you're ready to shell out. For hardcore power users, the limitations can become something of an annoyance, but that's where third-party accessory makers step in to fill the void. Kanex has already supplanted the outgoing AirPort Express design with the mySpot, and now the company has introduced a genius new adapter that makes up for the MBP's dearth of connectors. The new DualRole is a USB 3.0... Read more...
Attention prospective students: the staggering tuition at Drexel might just be worth it. The university recently introduced a 24-hour, self-service vending machine located in the W. W. Hagerty Library that will dispense MacBooks for use by students, faculty and staff. Drexel is the third university on the East Coast to introduce the kiosk, which holds up to 12 MacBooks that could be checked out free by anyone with a Drexel ID for five hours. Essentially, it's a 24-hour machine that'll pop out a machine to get last-minute assignments done when crunch time approaches. Omer Hashmi, a student, actually... Read more...
The upcoming holiday season may just be the best ever for my fellow geeks. Whether you’re hoping for some hot new components for your existing system, a new camera, some new speakers, or maybe even a new mobile device or laptop, there is a myriad of good stuff already sitting on store shelves, just waiting to be gobbled up by holiday shoppers. With so many products out there, from some good and not-so-good manufacturers, you or your significant other may be overwhelmed by the sheer number of options available. But don’t fret! We’ve rounded up an assortment of what are sure to... Read more...
Looks like Apple's going to keep the new stuff flowing this fall. After introducing and subsequently shipping the iPhone 5, the product teams at Apple are cranking up enough new stuff to warrant yet another event. It's unlike Apple to pull two of these in one season, with the latest invite suggesting that "a little more" is en route. "Little," of course, being the key word. With rumors running rampant about a new iPad mini, and perhaps even a refresh of its smallest MacBook Pro, it's clear that Apple's next event will focus on the small things. It remains to be seen if the world really needs a... Read more...
Here's something you don't see every single day: Apple apologizing. Back when the iPhone 4's "Antennagate" scandal took off, it really boiled down to users "holding it wrong." But these days we have a new Apple, and the company obviously willing to say when it's made a misstep. Bob Mansfield, the company's outgoing (retirement) Senior Vice President of Hardware Engineering, has published a letter on the company's site regarding its recent decision to pull products from EPEAT's certification list. In part, the letter reads: "We’ve recently heard from many loyal Apple customers who were disappointed... Read more...
Here's a strange one. Ever heard of EPEAT? If you follow recycling or green design at all, you probably have. Much like the Energy Star certification, most companies clamor over having an EPEAT Certification. It's a symbol of extra effort and concern for the environment, showing that companies are being mindful to waste and toxic chemicals used in the building of their products. In fact, Apple is actually credited with being one of many manufacturers who helped create the standards, and as of last week, it had 39 different products listed as EPEAT Certified. But that's changing now. For whatever... Read more...
People have long accused competitive notebook manufacturers for copying Apple's MacBook Air design in some way or another, oftentimes shamelessly so. HP's Envy line looks entirely too much like a MacBook Pro, for example. And with the swarm of Ultrabooks taking over, well, let's just say there's some design influence going on there, arguably. Now, a newly granted patent could put Apple back into the legal spotlight, as if its ongoing fights with Motorola and Samsung aren't galvanizing enough. Just this week, the US Patent and Trademark Office granted a superbly broad design patent to Apple, and... Read more...
According to a report from Apple Insider, Apple will be revamping its entire MacBook Pro line this year. In a nutshell, it sounds like the new MacBook Pros will essentially be souped-up MacBook Airs. The new Pros will feature the Air’s all-aluminum unibody design and slim down by eliminating ODDs and HDDs in favor of reliance upon Apple’s cloud-based services (iCloud, Mac App Store, etc.) and flash-based SSDs. They’ll also reportedly feature Intel’s Ivy Bridge architecture and Thunderbolt interface. Image credit: Apple Insider The rumor suggests that the 15-inch model will... Read more...
Earlier this year, Intel unveiled its plan to redefine the concept of a PC around an ultra thin-and-light chassis reminiscent of the Macbook Air and with a standard CPU TDP of just 15W. OEM reactions to the CPU giant's attempt to reinvent the personal computer have been mixed. For all the platform's theoretical advantages, price has been a major concern; the Macbook Air's $999 base price is nearly double the average selling price of a PC laptop. Historically, PC buyers have balked at the high price tags attached to then-current thin-and-light notebooks--such products may have niche value, but the... Read more...
The old maxim was that as soon as you bought some piece of technology, it would already be obsolete. If you waited, something better would come along, but then, you would never buy. New site Decide.com, which launched Monday, aims to help you decide exactly "when" to buy "what." It's particularly useful now. That old maxim used to apply mostly to PCs and larger electronics. Now it applies to so many things, including smartphones and tablets, that it can be a confusing mess in your mind. Ah, but both of those aren't covered yet (smartphones and tablets). What are covered are TVs, laptops, and cameras.... Read more...
Is a new MacBook Air on the horizon? Perhaps! The company's slimmest notebook ever hasn't seen a major update in a long, long while, and during that span of time, both AMD and Intel have come out with crafty new high-power, low-drain chips. According to a new report stemming from Taiwan's Economic Daily, those holding out for a new build may not have to hold out too much longer. The details are extremely thin. The paper only mentions that together with the current version, 460,000 of the Air units were scheduled to ship this month. What really gives us hope here is that this paper is a reliable... Read more...
Ever heard of ColorWare? If you've been around the modification area of consumer electronics at all, that name has probably surfaced in conversation before. Basically, it's a company that does tremendous paint work with everyday gadgets, from phones to laptops and everything in between. The latest gadgets to land in their paint labs is Apple's Thunderbolt-equipped MacBook Pro and the Beats Pro headphones from Beats by Dre. ColorWare's giving consumers a choice of 46 different color options on the MBP, and two finishes on top of that. On the Beats Pro, they can also be clad in any color, enabling... Read more...
Apple's new 11" and 13" MacBook Air models are extremely thin. No question about that. But what if you want to use it as a desktop replacement? There probably aren't a great deal of computer users out there who would even consider such a thing, but if you are, Twelve South now has an option to consider. The BookArc is a new vertical stand for the MacBook Air, and it's just about as elegant as the MacBook Air itself. There's not a whole lot of explaining to do for this one. It's simply a metal, arched stand where you slide your MBA in upright, and then plug power, output and USB into it. There's... Read more...
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, so it's of particular... Read more...
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