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Spotted Using a Mac: Students Create Stealth Internet in Afghanistan

Spotted Using a Mac: Students Create Stealth Internet in Afghanistan

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The New York Times offered up a classic piece of long-form Sunday reportage with an article on how people around the world are creating “Internet in a suitcase” projects, in part funded by the U.S. State Department to detour repressive regimes.

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Arnald Work Bag Cradles Your Macbook with a Modern Touch of Vintage Style [Review]

Arnald Work Bag Cradles Your Macbook with a Modern Touch of Vintage Style [Review]

If you’re someone who has even the smallest regards towards fashion, then you’ve probably given some serious thought as to which bag to use for toting your precious MacBook around. What you wear says just as much about you as your MacBook does. If you’re looking for something that looks great for casual occasions but can also feel dressed up enough for business meetings, then you need to consider the Arnald Work Bag from The Property Of. We were lucky enough to receive a bags from the Amsterdam based company and here’s our take.

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Apple Reseller Thieves Take Laptops, Leave iPads and iPods

Apple Reseller Thieves Take Laptops, Leave iPads and iPods

Thieves broke into an Apple reseller to swipe 22 laptops, leaving behind iPads and iPods.

Police in Brattleboro, Vermont believe the perps may be professionals who worked on commission, especially since they left behind two iPads on display and a box full of iPods.

“It’s definitely about the desirability of the product — iPods, iPads and Macs,” said Patrick Brown, owner of Brown Computer Solutions, who found his store stock a lot lighter after the 10:30 pm break-in. “If [thieves] can get 50 cents on the dollar, it’s pretty good money, and they are probably getting a lot more than 50 cents on the dollar,” he said. “If they were trying to sell Dell machines, they’d get 10 cents on the dollar.”

The recent number of smash-and-grabs at Apple stores around the country has prompted an FBI investigation.

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Why Apple Will Never Ship a Touchscreen MacBook

Why Apple Will Never Ship a Touchscreen MacBook

A patent recently granted to Apple has got online observers predicting a future touch-screen MacBook laptop.

It’ll never happen. Before I tell you why, let’s take a look at the evidence.

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A Dozen Great Decals for Your Mac Notebook [Gallery]

Now that Consumer Reports has deemed pretty much the entire line of Apple notebooks the “Best in Class” in every configuration, it stands to reason you may be seeing more and more of them wherever you go. And not that you’d let your own far enough out of sight to risk its possibly getting mixed up with someone else’s, but there is something to be said for personalizing your Mac. And certainly lots of options exist for doing so — from getting laser etched engravings to getting artful skins to getting brightly colored cases, and more.

Here’s a gallery of a dozen artful, yet subdued decals that make interesting use of the Apple logo and express a bit of whimsy and personality, all of which are available from Etsy. The website has literally thousands of decals to choose from, offered by a wide range of artists, at prices ranging from a couple of bucks to about $15. As always, click on each image for a larger view.

Be sure and let us know in comments about your own favorite decal artists and other outlets for personalizing your Apple gear.

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Macbook Air Teardown Reveals Proprietary Engineering

Macbook Air Teardown Reveals Proprietary Engineering

A recent teardown of the new MacBook Air today revealed that the pretty little notebook is unsurprisingly laden with a bevy of proprietary engineering making it one of the most difficult notebooks on the market to repair. Highlights of the full break down can be read after the jump.

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Reader Poll: Can the New MacBook Air Replace MacBook Pros?

Steve Jobs called it the “future of the MacBook” line, but are you ready to give up your MacBook Pro for these shiny newcomers?

The 11.6-inch starts at $999 for 64GB SSD space and the 13.3-inch starts at $1,299 for a 128GB hard drive, and jumps to $1,599 for a 256GB hard drive.

What’s better: thin and slim or the old workhorse?

Let us know what you think in the comments.

MacBook Air Shortages Might Imply New 11.6-Inch Model Coming Soon

MacBook Air Shortages Might Imply New 11.6-Inch Model Coming Soon

Apple’s guillotine-thin ultraportable laptop, the MacBook Air, is disappearing from shelves all around the country, as reports indicate that the low-end 1.83 GHz and the high-end 2.13 GHz are out of stock pretty much everywhere… and it may very way herald the imminent arrival of a smaller and svelter 11.6-inch MacBook Air.

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Use Your Mac to Copy Your Old DVD’s & Burn Them to Disc [How To]

Use Your Mac to Copy Your Old DVD’s & Burn Them to Disc [How To]

One of the biggest problems with physical media is that it breaks. As soon as your DVD gets a couple scratches it’s rendered un-usable and worthless. Copying a DVD with encryption isn’t as easy as it should be. The good news is that with this walkthrough Cult of Mac will show you how to do it.

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Automatically Add Lyrics To All Songs In Your iTunes Library [How To]

Automatically Add Lyrics To All Songs In Your iTunes Library [How To]

Ever been singing along to a new song and wondered just what the heck the lyrics really are? Searching for the lyrics on the internet isn’t the fastest of solutions to avoid lyric confusion. Here we’re going to show you how to utilize scripts and a widget to search out the lyrics for all of the songs in your iTunes library and automatically save them to song’s meta data, so that next time you can correct your friend when they sing “where’s my Asian friend,” when the lyrics really are, “what’s my age again.”

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