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27 Jul 2011 21:57


Tech: Laptop broken? Enroll in an Owensboro, KY public school

  • FREE Macbooks for kids in Kentucky! source
  • » We were generally supportive of the 2009 stimulus package, but aspects of it are starting to seem a bit questionable, to say the least. Case in point: 2,200 students and staff in the town of Owensboro, Kentucky will soon be enjoying a free Macbook Air, courtesy of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act. While we’re all for providing students with the technical competency needed to compete in the 21st-century global economy, you don’t really need to give everyone a Macbook Air to do that. The cheapest Air is $999; if we assume, for the sake of argument, that Apple gave Owensboro a 50% bulk discount, that’s still over a million dollars of federal money being spent so kids can have free laptops. Opponents of “wasteful government spending,” your Exhibit A is right here.

20 Jul 2011 13:24


Tech: Apple does a bunch of updates (OSX Lion!), kills off a classic breadwinner

  • cool While exterior changes didn’t happen (did it need any?) the new MacBook Air is a heckuva lot faster and comes with solid-state drives by default.
  • cooler The Mac Mini, sort of the redheaded stepchild of the Mac line, also got a fresh upgrade — notably without an optical drive of any kind.
  • coolest Mac. OSX. Lion. In the Mac App Store. You don’t even need to leave your apartment to upgrade it, guys. Do it naked if you want. source
  • » It’s so hard to say goodbye … Not all changes were in the form of hello, however. The polycarbonate MacBook, a stalwart of the line since Apple’s move to Intel, is gone, effectively replaced by the MacBook Air. It’s the first time in a decade that Apple hasn’t sold a white plastic notebook of any kind. A sad day, but one full of new beginnings, right?

31 May 2011 15:46


Tech: Slimdown: Intel puts laptops on diets to compete with Apple

  • Intel has plans to release a computer to compete with the Macbook Air and the iPad. The new computer — called an Ultrabook — would be extremely thin and have tablet-like features. It’d also be less than $1,000. The Ultrabook is a lot like the Macbook Air, so it’ll be interesting to see how well it can compete. It’s interesting to note that Intel hasn’t been so lucky with things like this in the past, though. A few years ago they tried something similar called an Ultra-Low Voltage notebook and it failed to catch on. But if Mac can do it, why can’t they? source

27 Nov 2010 11:58


Tech: Laptop-buyers clearly preferring MacBooks over everything else

  • 36% of laptop buyers want a MacBook in the next 90 days, a jump of 11 percent from last month
  • 19% of laptop buyers are looking to buy a Dell laptop, down four percent from last month
  • 22% of laptop buyers want an HP laptop, also down four percent from last month source

24 Oct 2010 12:24


Tech: MacBook Air: Not first to the ultrathin laptop game, by the way

  • .11″ the width of Apple’s latest MacBook Air, released last week for a mere $999
  • .38″ the width of Sony’s Vaio X505, a similarly designed laptop released  back in 2004 for $3,000
  • .78″ the width of HP’s Omnibook Sojourn, released way back in 1998 for $5,799 source

20 Oct 2010 22:31


Tech: Macbook Air porn: Don’t look too hard kid, you might go blind

  • If nothing else, Apple’s updated MacBook Air models are easy on the eyes. So we’re just going to link you to Boing Boing, which has some very sexy photos of these new computers. It’s like reading an issue of Penthouse (RIP Bob Guccione), except with computers. source

05 Feb 2010 16:19


Tech: TechCrunch proves that tech gossip blogs have ethics, too

  • In some way or another, a line was crossed that should have never been. At this time, I do not want to go into details, but I will publicly say that I am truly sorry to my family, friends, TechCrunch, and especially the tech community.
  • Former TechCrunch writer Daniel Brusilovsky • Regarding an ethical error he made as an intern for the site. TechCrunch reports (in an apology) that Brusilovsky reportedly tried to barter coverage on TechCrunch on multiple occasions, which is a definite no-no when it comes to journalistic behavior. TechCrunch chose not to reveal his name at first due to his age, but Brusilovsky apologized for the matter himself. Good idea. source

09 Oct 2009 12:06


Tech: Dear Michael Dell: Do we really need a laptop this thin?

We understand the shrinking nature of phones and laptops, but when Dell pulled out the Adamo, we were just like, who cares? Why out-Apple Apple? source

01 Jul 2009 23:53


Tech: Here’s that new under-the-radar Firefox 3.5 feature you heard about

  • Have a MacBook/MacBook Pro? Three words: Twist between tabs. If you’re like us, you have three bajillion tabs open at any time, and it’s hard to move between them. Fortunately, CrunchGear has shown us the light, and it’s light in the form of using the MacBook’s multi-touch twist function (which you should seriously try in Photoshop) to switch between tabs. It’s seriously a tiny little innovation which you didn’t know you needed until you used it. source