MacWorld 2008

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Does Macworld need Apple?

For over 20 years Apple fanboys and enthusiasts have congregated to an annual event known as Macworld Expo. As a lover of Apple products myself, I have attended the expo the last two years and will be sharing my experience at Macworld 2009 here at Notebooks.com. You may have heard that Apple recently announced that Macworld Expo 2009 would be their last. Apple does not organize the event so this does not mean it will be canceled, but without them does that mean that expo is done for? Will fanboys weep in the streets the first full week of January each year? Not anytime soon.
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LapDome…A Tent For Your Laptop

LapDomeI just snapped some pics of the the LapDome at MacWorld. The LapDome is basically a tent for your laptop so you can use it as your 'outdoor office.' I think they jacked the mini-display tents from REI and relabeled them as 'laptop' shades, but whatever...
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Rhino Skin Aluminum Case for MacBook

Rhino Skin MacBook Rhino Skin introduced a new anodized aluminum case for MacBoks at MacWorld. The case is like a laptop sleeve on steroids. It's super tough, but there's zero room for accessories.
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ModBook Quick Clips Demo by Andreas Haas, CEO of Axiotron

ModBook Quick ClicksAndreas Haas, the CEO of Axiotron and inventor of the ModBook, showed Notebooks.com the latest version of the Modbook, which has a mirror finish and a new application called Axiotron Quick Clicks, which makes it easier to enter commonly used key combos.
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MacBook Air Ad

MacBook Air AdHere's the first MacBook Air ad, with the tagline "the world's thinnest notebook." The commercial shows how the MacBook Air can fit inside an inter-office envelope, but doesn't show a single other feature.
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I Love My Wife ‘Cause She’s Forcing Me to Buy a MacBook Air….

MacBook Air MessageA couple of hours after posting some pics and videos of the MacBook Air at MacWorld I got a text message alert that my wife had just updated her status on Facebook to "...secretly hopes Xavier gets the MacBook Air." Not wanting to disappoint her, I headed over to Apple.com and ordered one, which should arrive in a couple of weeks.
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I Love My Wife 'Cause She's Forcing Me to Buy a MacBook Air….

MacBook Air MessageA couple of hours after posting some pics and videos of the MacBook Air at MacWorld I got a text message alert that my wife had just updated her status on Facebook to "...secretly hopes Xavier gets the MacBook Air." Not wanting to disappoint her, I headed over to Apple.com and ordered one, which should arrive in a couple of weeks.
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$20,000 iPhone Case: 3.5 Carats of Diamonds, 15 Grams of Gold

iPhone Case Mate Gold DiamondHere's some serious one-of-a-kind bling for your iPhone. These iPhone cases are made out of gold carbon fiber leather. The Case-Mate CEO was trying to explain the process of how the gold is woven into the carbon, which is some how bonded with the leather, but I was too mesmerized by the sparkling diamonds to pay too much attention.
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MacBook Air: Thinner Than an iPhone…kinda

MacBook Air iPhoneWhen Jobs said the MacBook Air was thin, he wasn't kidding. I spent some quality time with a MacBook Air and snapped this pic of my iPhone next to it. The base of the MacBook Air, which holds all the guts and brains of the laptop, is actually thinner than my iPhone!
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MacBook Air: Hands on at MacWorld

MacBook AirI just spent about 30 minutes playing with a MacBook Air at MacWorld 2008. The MacBook Air is impressively thin, but Apple's asking users to make too many trade offs. Check out the quick video walk-through and photos below.
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Apple Extreme + hard drive= Time Capsule

macworld0873.jpgApple just announced the Airport Extreme router with a choice of either a 500GB or 1TB drive that can be used to backup with Time Machine. Very cool, but the $499 price tag for the 1GB version is tough to swallow. You can also plug in USB drives to the router for more storage capacity. I wonder if Apple will have some kind of patch that will let us backup with Time Machine on last year's Airport Extreme model.
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Live from MacWorld 2008

I'm sitting a couple of hundred feet from the soon to be announced MacBook Air, or whatever Steve Jobs has chosen to call it/them. Unfortunately, I received an email from MacWorld's PR staff while I was at CES that dis-invited me from the Steve Jobs keynote because of capacity issues. Instead of being bitter about missing the keynote, I'm taking it as an opportunity to be one of the first to go hands on with the new MacBooks. As soon as the exhibit hall doors open at 11 am PST, I'm going to dive right into the new MacBook display and start shooting some video and snapping pics.