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A Baker's Dozen Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Mac

Whether you're a recent convert, ambivalent veteran or one of those hardened Apple fanboys, let us remind you: a Mac, like any other computer, needs to be maintained. No, you probably don't need anti-virus software (yet), you may never have to fiddle with registry editing, and you'll likely never need to reinstall the operating system. But you may face a kernel panic, a raft of mysterious app...

'Witness' Security Program Lets You Watch as Thieves Steal Your Mac

These days, would-be thieves steal gadgets at their own risk. While yesteryear's TVs and stereos resulted in big money, today's laptops and smartphones -- what with their GPS tracking and Web connectivity -- typically result in quick arrests. And, thanks to a new program called Witness (which turns your Mac into an Internet-connected security camera), you can watch somebody stealing the...

MacBook Air Updated, Now in Small (13.3 inch) and Extra Small (11.6-inch)

When Apple said "back to the Mac," it really meant "back to the MacBook Air." The company's tiny, ultra-portable machine got a refresh today that added the buttonless multitouch trackpad already found on the rest of the MacBook line and a second USB port that is a very welcome addition for users who like to plug more than one device into their computer at a time. Otherwise, the internals are...

Power Outage Prompts Jimmy Kimmel to Record Show on His Macbook

Share The digital age has smashed the primacy of the all-powerful television camera. Why rely on major networks when we have Twitpics, cell phone cameras and live-streams to make our own broadcasts? It seems that even the networks have recognized that all their fancy machinery can still be bested by a camera on a laptop. When a power failure hit the 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' studio on Monday, the...

Massachusetts High School Forces Students to Buy MacBooks

In theory, it's a noble public initiative to provide every high school student with the latest, high-tech laptops. What's not so noble, though, is to make every kid pay for it themselves. As of September 2011, every student attending Beverly High School in Massachusetts will be required to have their own MacBook as part of a district-wide campaign to modernize classroom technology. According...

Apple Refreshes White Macbook for $999

No longer just a rumor or speculation, the newest version of the Macbook hit the Apple Store yesterday. According to Engadget, the laptop boasts a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo processor, an NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics card and, best of all, a 10-hour battery life -- a full three hours longer than those of older MacBook incarnations. And that's not to mention that this bad boy is priced at $999, making it a...

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Autographs MacBook Pro

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer found himself in a rather awkward situation at a recent event in Nashville, and, much to his credit, chuckled and obliged one attendee's gutsy request. A student from Trevecca Nazarene University asked Mr. Ballmer if he would be kind enough to sign an autograph for him. But, the student didn't ask the Microsoft CEO to sign just anything; he wanted his laptop...

All We Don't Want For X-Mas 3

DON'T WANT: Gutted Laptop MacBook, $999 You may be tempted by the thousand-dollar price tag of the low-end MacBook and its rather reasonable-seeming specs: 13-inch LED-backlit display, 2.26 GHz Core 2 Duo, 2 gigabytes of RAM, 250 GB hard drive, 7-hour battery, SuperDrive, NVIDIA 9400M GPU. But if you're any kind of power user, and we are, then you're going to want to back away from the display...

Apple Revamps Desktops, Laptops, and Adds Multi-touch 'Magic Mouse'

It seems like only yesterday that Apple was making headlines with its updated iPod line, but here it is again, making sure the new Macs are fresh for the rest of 2009 -- and the holiday season. The iMac, the MacBook, the oft-forgotten Mac Mini, and the much maligned Mighty Mouse (now known as the 'Magic Mouse') all got a revamp (some more significant than others) and landed in the Apple Store...

Caught on Video: Thieves Ransack Apple Store in 31 Seconds

In about the time it takes to send a tweet, five masked men cleaned out a Marlton, New Jersey Apple Store in the wee hours of yesterday morning. It took about 31 seconds for the men to shatter a plate-glass door, sprint inside the store, and collect 23 Macbook Pro laptops, 14 iPhones and 9 iPod touch handhelds, according to The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW). The only way they could've...

MobileMe Vigilante Uncovers More About Computer Thief's Identity

A few days ago, we reported the story of a man who used Apple's MobileMe program, which allows users to sync several computers, to spy on a person using his stolen Macbook. Having stumbled upon that trespasser's online job application, the amateur sleuth, identified only as 'Jim,' was able to glean an IP address and other information, all of which he then sent to police. End of story, right? Not...

This Just In: Don't Vomit on Your Laptop

Some of us treat laptops like tanks, but that hard, plastic casing can only stand up to so much punishment. And if you've ever had the misfortune of paying for a laptop repair, you know the fix doesn't come cheap. CNET News wrote about computer repair company MicroReplay's list of the most common ways people send their laptops to the grave. According to the list, liquid on the keyboard is the...

Apple Announces New iPhone 3GS, Revises MacBook Pros (and More!)

Today was the start of Apple's World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC), and today's keynote started off the week-long event with a bang. There were so many announcements that we could easily spend all day sharing every minute detail of the upgrades and new products in the Apple family. We'll leave the nitty-gritty stuff to someone else, so here's a quick recap of everything you need to know about...

MacBook's Battery Goes Boom in London Office

It's been quite some time since we've had a good exploding battery story. Back in 2007, it seemed like nobody was immune from the plague, with Sony being blamed for battery recalls extending to laptops from Apple, Dell, Toshiba, and a number of others. Given that was so long ago and the news was so widely publicized, we'd figured everyone would have, by now, swapped their recalled batteries for...

What Will Apple Announce Today?

Don't forget that Apple's laptop-centric event is today at 10am, 1pm eastern, and, as usual, the rumor mills have been going full steam in preparation for the announcement. So what can we expect from from Mr. Jobs today? Well, we've broke down each major rumor circulating and the likelihood that each one will turn out to be true. $900 MacBooks with an aluminum case. Odds: 4-1 MacBooks are...