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.

Nintendo releases 'Pro' Wii controller


Nintendo’s got a new controller for the Wii, in addition to the Wii Remote/Nunchuk combo and the ‘classic’ controller, used to play retro console games. It’s called the “Pro”.

It rejects some of the differences between the classic controller and most other gamepads, adding back in the ‘legs’ and moving the wire back to the top of the device. The shoulder buttons are also made more accessible, and the whole thing’s put on some weight, too.

Unfortunately, there’s “no plans” for a European release, let alone any pricing. I wouldn’t chuck away your classic controllers just yet.

(via Eurogamer)

MWC 2009: HTC shows off Touch Pro 2 and Touch Diamond 2


This is the HTC Touch Pro 2, newly announced by HTC in Barcelona. HTC claims that it delivers “the most powerful productivity experience available on a mobile phone”, and who are we to argue? Let’s talk specs.

The phone has a 3.6″ touchscreen at WVGA resolution, Windows Mobile 6.1, 512MB of memory (but with a microSD card slot), HSDPA, GPS, Bluetooth, a 3.2-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, FM radio and a five-row QWERTY keyboard. Phew.

Conspicuously missing when compared to rival phones are a 3.5mm headphone jack, decent operating system (Android, Android, Android), 5-megapixel camera and more internal memory. When put against the N97, this phone doesn’t really stand up too well.


Then there’s the Touch Diamond 2. It’s rather similar to the Touch Pro 2, but doesn’t have the QWERTY keyboard and has a slightly smaller touchscreen at 3.2″. It does have a slightly nicer 5-megapixel camera, though.

Other than that it’s mostly identical. Same WVGA resolution, Windows Mobile 6.1, 512MB of memory (with microSD card slot), HSDPA, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and FM radio. Still no 3.5mm headphone jack.

Both are arriving this year, with the Diamond “Touch”-ing (sorry) down in Q2 and the Pro showing up in early summer. No pricing info yet. Personally speaking, I’d rather plump for the QWERTY over the 5-megapixel camera. How about you? Which is your favourite of the two? Let us know in the comments.

After years of ignoring Mac users, Logitech launches a Mac-only QuickCam Vision Pro webcam


Are you a frustrated Mac user who’s just dying to use a Logitech webcam with your slinky white machine? Yes, I thought Macs came with integrated webcams too, but it’s a nice gesture from Logitech, who up until now hasn’t actually supported Apple’s operating system.

The QuickCam Vision Pro has a 2.0-megapixel sensor with Carl Zeiss lens, and is compatible with both…