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July 13, 2012
reuters:

At its gleaming store, RadanMac offers the latest Apple gear - the new iPad, iPhones, iPods, laptops, all-in-one desktop computers and more.
But this is no ordinary Apple store. It’s in Tehran, where Apple and other U.S. computer products are banned under U.S. sanctions that have been in place for years.
Despite the embargo, RadanMac is one of an estimated 100 stores in the Iranian capital that openly sell Apple products, often at little more than U.S. prices.
“Business has been booming for the last three years,” said Majid Tavassoli, the store’s owner, in a phone interview. He said his company employs more than 20 staffers and has been supplying Apple products to Iranian buyers since 1995.
The company also has a servicing unit and a business sales arm whose clients have included the Central Bank of Iran, state television channels, newspapers and design professionals.
READ ON: Despite sanctions, Apple gear booms in Iran

Meanwhile in the U.S., Apple Store managers in Atlanta are going after customers that speak Farsi. (It’s worth noting, by the way, that the machine on the left is not an iPad, but an iMac model that’s about a decade old.)

reuters:

At its gleaming store, RadanMac offers the latest Apple gear - the new iPad, iPhones, iPods, laptops, all-in-one desktop computers and more.

But this is no ordinary Apple store. It’s in Tehran, where Apple and other U.S. computer products are banned under U.S. sanctions that have been in place for years.

Despite the embargo, RadanMac is one of an estimated 100 stores in the Iranian capital that openly sell Apple products, often at little more than U.S. prices.

“Business has been booming for the last three years,” said Majid Tavassoli, the store’s owner, in a phone interview. He said his company employs more than 20 staffers and has been supplying Apple products to Iranian buyers since 1995.

The company also has a servicing unit and a business sales arm whose clients have included the Central Bank of Iran, state television channels, newspapers and design professionals.

READ ON: Despite sanctions, Apple gear booms in Iran

Meanwhile in the U.S., Apple Store managers in Atlanta are going after customers that speak Farsi. (It’s worth noting, by the way, that the machine on the left is not an iPad, but an iMac model that’s about a decade old.)

10:36 // 2 years ago
June 11, 2012
And here’s the spec sheet for the new Macbook Pro with Retina Display

And here’s the spec sheet for the new Macbook Pro with Retina Display

13:44 // 2 years ago
For fans of innards, here’s what the inside of the new MacBook looks like.

For fans of innards, here’s what the inside of the new MacBook looks like.

13:34 // 2 years ago
The new Macbook Pro line will include Apple’s new retina display, previously only available in the new iPad.

The new Macbook Pro line will include Apple’s new retina display, previously only available in the new iPad.

13:33 // 2 years ago
New MacBook Pro: Not many ports. .71 inches thin. 13 and 15 inch models. 2880x1800 resolution. “Thin as Air.” Mind blowing. (More here.)

New MacBook Pro: Not many ports. .71 inches thin. 13 and 15 inch models. 2880x1800 resolution. “Thin as Air.” Mind blowing. (More here.)

13:31 // 2 years ago

Here are updated spec sheets for the refreshed 11-inch and 13-inch variations of the Macbook Air.

13:30 // 2 years ago
April 17, 2012
New Mac Smell: Artists create cologne mimicking signature Apple fragrance
Greatest Hits, a group of Australian artists, worked with a fragrance supplier in France to create a fragrance that they say replicates the smell of a newly opened Apple Macbook. It’s not for sale, and was only created for use during an upcoming exhibition in Melbourne. So just what exactly is the scent? According to Air Aroma, it “encompasses the smell of the plastic wrap covering the box, printed ink on the cardboard, the smell of paper and plastic components within the box and of course the aluminum laptop which has come straight from the factory where it was assembled in China.” Of course. (Photo via Air Aroma) source
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Greatest Hits, a group of Australian artists, worked with a fragrance supplier in France to create a fragrance that they say replicates the smell of a newly opened Apple Macbook. It’s not for sale, and was only created for use during an upcoming exhibition in Melbourne. So just what exactly is the scent? According to Air Aroma, it “encompasses the smell of the plastic wrap covering the box, printed ink on the cardboard, the smell of paper and plastic components within the box and of course the aluminum laptop which has come straight from the factory where it was assembled in China.” Of course. (Photo via Air Aroma) source

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15:37 // 2 years ago
July 27, 2011

Laptop broken? Enroll in an Owensboro, KY public school

  • FREE Macbooks for kids in Kentucky! source

» We were generally supportive of the 2009 stimulus package, but aspects of it are starting to seem a bit questionable, to say the least. Case in point: 2,200 students and staff in the town of Owensboro, Kentucky will soon be enjoying a free Macbook Air, courtesy of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act. While we’re all for providing students with the technical competency needed to compete in the 21st-century global economy, you don’t really need to give everyone a Macbook Air to do that. The cheapest Air is $999; if we assume, for the sake of argument, that Apple gave Owensboro a 50% bulk discount, that’s still over a million dollars of federal money being spent so kids can have free laptops. Opponents of “wasteful government spending,” your Exhibit A is right here.

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21:57 // 3 years ago
July 20, 2011

Apple does a bunch of updates (OSX Lion!), kills off a classic breadwinner

  • cool While exterior changes didn’t happen (did it need any?) the new MacBook Air is a heckuva lot faster and comes with solid-state drives by default.
  • cooler The Mac Mini, sort of the redheaded stepchild of the Mac line, also got a fresh upgrade — notably without an optical drive of any kind.
  • coolest Mac. OSX. Lion. In the Mac App Store. You don’t even need to leave your apartment to upgrade it, guys. Do it naked if you want. source

» It’s so hard to say goodbye … Not all changes were in the form of hello, however. The polycarbonate MacBook, a stalwart of the line since Apple’s move to Intel, is gone, effectively replaced by the MacBook Air. It’s the first time in a decade that Apple hasn’t sold a white plastic notebook of any kind. A sad day, but one full of new beginnings, right?

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13:24 // 3 years ago
November 27, 2010

Laptop-buyers clearly preferring MacBooks over everything else

  • 36% of laptop buyers want a MacBook in the next 90 days, a jump of 11 percent from last month
  • 19% of laptop buyers are looking to buy a Dell laptop, down four percent from last month
  • 22% of laptop buyers want an HP laptop, also down four percent from last month source
11:58 // 3 years ago