Fox's Legal iTunes DVD Rip Works Great, Wastes Plastic

Click to viewAmid all of the MacBook Air hullabaloo, you might have forgotten about the Apple announcement that Fox would begin providing "free" iTunes versions of programs via DVD. The first release was Family Guy Presents: Blue Harvest, a Star Wars parody. Being the brave product testers that we are, we tried it… » 1/21/08 12:30pm 1/21/08 12:30pm

Fastest Macworld Keynote Liveblog Ever: Thanks

It happened again•According to not a few people, we had the fastest and most reliable liveblog around. From what I was told, we had roughly 5 minute lead on our closest competitors on images with publish times at about 10 seconds from snap, and for text, we were neck and neck with the always fast Macrumors. And we… » 1/17/08 5:54am 1/17/08 5:54am

Hands-on With FastMac's iV iPhone Battery Pack

The Gadget: iV iPhone case and battery, which adds 4x as much battery time to the iPhone while not adding too much more bulk.

The Verdict: The rubberized plastic feels nice, the LED flash/flashlight on the back is good for finding your keys or taking low-light pictures and it clips neatly onto your belt if you're one… » 1/16/08 1:55pm 1/16/08 1:55pm

Is MacBook Air Worth the Money? Five Slim Laptops Face Off

Click to viewUpdated with battery life stats, by popular demand. We can all agree that the MacBook Air is a slick-looking little laptop. It's so thin! You can't argue with that! But if you're in the market for a small, high-performance laptop, is it the best option? I pored over specs for four similarly positioned and… » 1/16/08 1:00pm 1/16/08 1:00pm

Apple Introduces Manila Case—The World's Thinnest Notebook Case

Click to viewMACWORLD SAN FRANCISCO—January 16, 2008—Apple® today unveiled Manila® Case®, the world's thinnest case for the world's thinnest laptop, the MacBook Air. When empty, Manila Case measures an unprecedented 0.07-inches at its thinnest point, but its dynamically adaptable height goes up to a maximum of… » 1/16/08 9:00am 1/16/08 9:00am

The End of an Era: Steve Jobs Says Only One Boom!

A lot of you have complained about Steve's "Booms" in the past. Old. Tired, you say, especially in our cartoons. Well, judging by yesterday's keynote, the Apple head man thinks the same. Compare and contrast yesterday's miserly tally of one "Boom!" to last year's bumper crop of 15 B-words. So, what word should El… » 1/16/08 8:20am 1/16/08 8:20am

Highlight Reel: Apple's Official MacBook Air Tour in 60 Seconds

Why sit through all 7+ minutes of the MacBook Air guided tour when we have what you need right here? Take a look at the Air's thin frame, check out a hand gesture or two, and learn how to install software via Remote Disc, from a Windows PC or a Mac. Stay until the end for two bonus shots of the MacBook Air up close.… » 1/15/08 4:24pm 1/15/08 4:24pm

MacBook Air's Fatal Flaw: Battery, RAM, HD Sealed Like an iPod

The MacBook Air is an amazing piece of hardware. It's iPod sexy, but there's an iPod catch. Because just like an iPod, you can't just crack it open to replace the hard drive, memory or even battery, according to the Apple employees on the Macworld floor. Obviously a slew of services and devices will fill this battery… » 1/15/08 3:23pm 1/15/08 3:23pm

Adding a 64GB SSD to the Macbook Air? $1,300 Extra, Please.

I hope you didn't have your heart set on that sexy 64GB SSD that Steve teased as an "option" during his keynote: the 1.8GHz version with the SSD drive standard costs a whopping $3,100. For comparison's sake, adding a 64GB SSD to a Dell laptop with a 128GB SATA drive standard is a $1,000 option. At Alienware, you'll… » 1/15/08 1:40pm 1/15/08 1:40pm