Grab yourself a MacBook bargain


Did you watch Phil Schiller announcing the new range of MacBooks on Monday and die a little bit inside, knowing that you’ll never be able to afford the latest MacBook?

Well, you may not be able to afford the latest MacBook, but you may well be able to afford one of the slightly older, but still brilliant range.

Apple stores are getting rid of the ‘old’ range by slashing prices of all models. Bargains include:

  • MacBook 13.3-inch, 2GHz, 2GB RAM, 120GB hard drive – was £719 – now £679.
  • MacBook Air, 13-inch, 1.8GHz, 2GB RAM, 128GB SSD – was £1,761 – now £1,299.
  • MacBook Pro, 17-inch, 2.66GHz, 4GB RAM, 320GB hard drive – was £1,949 – now £1,699

These are just three of the models to illustrate the price drops and these quotes were courtesy of the Apple store in Birmingham’s Bullring. Make sure you call ahead to your nearest Apple store first to check availability and prices.

And remember, it doesn’t make you any less of a person to have a slightly older Mac. It just makes you slightly less cool.

VIDEO: Worldwide air traffic over 24 hours

Click play on the video. Now watch as the world’s aeroplanes cross continents and oceans. It’s strangely relaxing in the same way that watching a trail of ants in a garden on a warm summer’s afternoon is relaxing. One thing that’s worth looking out for – compare Europe at the start of the video to Europe at 0:45 – the flight volume changes dramatically between day and night.

Seen a similarly fantastic depiction of data? Post it in the comments below. I love stuff like this, so if you’ve got a favourite visualization of information then I want to see it too.

Nitmesh (via @damiano)

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Here’s the surprisingly-snazzy N50 laptop from Asus. Ignore the fact that it’s got an ‘air ionizer’, take note of the high specs and low price instead. Those are what’s really impressive about this machine. Unfortunately I’ve been unable to find out any ‘official’ (non-eBay) price yet. I’ve got an email in to Asus asking, so I’ll update this post when they reply.

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BBC iPlayer programme downloads finally coming to Mac and Linux users via Adobe AIR


Yes, that long-winded title pretty much sums up it up – Mac and Linux users who have been (im)patiently waiting for the BBC to develop software that will allow them to download programmes from iPlayer will soon see their wish come true.

The BBC has partnered with Adobe (makes a change from Microsoft) to launch an AIR version of the iPlayer software. As Adobe’s AIR platform is (allegedly) cross-platform, it should mean that any operating system capable of running it will be able to download content…