MacBook Batteries Are Totally Hackable. Wait, What?

One security researcher discovered the password protecting the microcontroller in MacBook batteries is not unique for every notebook and is easily hackable. It could brick your battery, or worse, install malware that's nearly impossible for the average person to scrub. » 7/22/11 6:11pm 7/22/11 6:11pm

We'll Miss You, Little Plastic MacBook

Apple stopped loving the MacBook a long time ago. It was obvious to everyone, perhaps, but the MacBook. And now Apple's decided to stop even pretending. The plastic MacBook is gone. » 7/20/11 2:30pm 7/20/11 2:30pm

MacBook Airs, White MacBooks, Mac Minis But No Mac Pros This Month?

New Apple products are expected to drop soon, but according to 9to5Mac's sources, the bundle of presents won't actually include Mac Pros after all. Turns out the part numbers they intercepted earlier this week referred to a white MacBook and Mac Mini. » 7/13/11 6:00am 7/13/11 6:00am

All About the New Macbook Pros 2011

Today, on Steve Jobs' birthday, Apple updated its MacBook Pro line with much faster models. But you probably already guessed that. Unsurprisingly, they've now got an Intel Light Peak port (renamed as Thunderbolt), which can transfer data at 10Gb/s. Plus, a new HD camera for FaceTime, which costs $1 from the Mac App… » 2/24/11 8:43am 2/24/11 8:43am

Apple to Introduce New High-speed Connection with Next Macbooks,…

CNET is reporting that Apple will introduce a new high-speed connection technology with either their upcoming MacBook Pro or another product altogether. Supposedly, the technology is actually Intel's Light Peak technology, which is expected to replace the various cables that connect multiple devices (your display, usb… » 2/20/11 10:00am 2/20/11 10:00am

A Lego Keyboard That Won't Make Your Fingers Ache

It'd be pretty painful to type on a Lego keyboard— just imagine all those nubs digging into your fingertips. The solution? $15 worth of decals. Your keyboard will look like Lego heaven and your fingers will remain happy. [Etsy] » 5/14/10 10:00pm 5/14/10 10:00pm

Unibody Apple MacBook Review

It was inevitable that Apple would take their unibody manufacturing prowess from their MacBook Pros and focus it on the MacBook line. We just never expected the new MacBook to be as enticing as the 13-inch Pro. » 10/21/09 1:00pm 10/21/09 1:00pm

PowerCurl Tidys Up Mac MagSafe Wires, Cures Cord OCD

Seriously, one of my biggest pet peeves is disorganized wires so this PowerCurl clip-on cord wrap for Macbook chargers does more than get me a little excited. It wraps both cords (plug end and MagSafe end) around the orange gadget. » 9/11/09 9:35am 9/11/09 9:35am

Apple MacBook Knockoff For a Netbook Price

At first glance this MacBook knockoff doesn't look all that bad, but by picture three it looks like week old garbage. According to the not very official picture caption, the "Macbook Mini" has the specs of a netbook. » 8/24/09 4:20pm 8/24/09 4:20pm

Seagate 2.5-inch Hard Drive Flaw Affecting MacBooks?

Retrodata, a data-recovery company, has just issued a warning for Apple MacBook owners with Seagate hard drives that were manufactured in China and have a firmware version of 7.01. Apparently these have a fatal flow that cause their read/write heads to fail mechanically, scratching up the hard drive surface as… » 10/29/07 4:40pm 10/29/07 4:40pm

Mac Notebooks Suffering from Stretch Marks, Swollen Batteries?

Perhaps this is a sign that we're overdue for some new Mac portables. A very caring MacBook owner recently found unsightly stretch marks along his Mac's derriere, despite pampering it like it was his first-born. Earlier we heard reports of swollen batteries on MacBook Pros—one of them even went up in flames. Sounds… » 3/23/07 5:59pm 3/23/07 5:59pm

Apple MacBook Battery Goes Up in Flames

It's still unclear how this MacBook caught fire, but Matty from Australia claims that his MacBook's battery started "hissing like a steam valve" just seconds before bursting into flames. The MacBook was charging overnight while in sleep mode before it started smoking and as you can tell from the pics, it's the… » 3/12/07 10:04am 3/12/07 10:04am

Axiotron ModBook Manhandled by Macworld


Now that the iPhone's gotten its chance to bask in the limelight, it's time to zoom in on Macworld's other big announcement—Axiotron's ModBook. The ModBook is a MacBook that's been morphed into a Mac tablet, and the guys at Macworld got some one-on-one time with an early pre-production unit. The first half of the… » 1/27/07 1:02pm 1/27/07 1:02pm

MacBook Keyboard Gutted to Support Dvorak Layout

A crafty MacBook owner has gone through the tedious act of switching his MacBook's QWERTY keyboard for the Dvorak layout. The Dvorak layout (named after Dr. August Dvorak, not that Dvorak) was created to let people type faster. It places the most common used letters in the middle row and the least used keys on the… » 12/27/06 3:42pm 12/27/06 3:42pm

DIY Carbon Fiber MacBook

While it may look like the Giz was visited by one of Apple's little elves, what you're looking at is actually an ordinary MacBook. Albeit one that's in disguise. Tired with the MacBook's lack of color options, an inventive Apple fan customized their MacBook with Carbon Graphix, an easily attainable $20 vinyl sticker… » 12/12/06 11:50am 12/12/06 11:50am

Apple Macbooks Get Core 2 Duo Chips, I Yawn

Before the first cup o joe, Apple dropped the word on fresh Macbooks. The major improvement come in the form of Core 2 Duo chips clocked at the same 1.87 and 2.0 GHz speeds as the old Core Duo CPUs. They claim they're 25% faster than the old Macbook's chips, but lets see...When the Macbook Pros were said to be 39%… » 11/08/06 9:24am 11/08/06 9:24am