Apple has revealed the new MacBook Air line during its WWDC 2012 keynote. The refreshed notebooks will feature Ivy Bridge processors that go up to 2.0GHz with the dual-core i7, and Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz. The 11-inch model starts at $999 and includes a 1.7 GHz processor, 4GB RAM, and 64GB flash storage. For $100 more you double storage to 128GB. This is a bit cheaper than it was just a few hours ago. The 13-inch model gets a 1.8GHz dual-core i5 processor, 4GB RAM, and 128GB flash storage for $1199. $300 more gets you 256GB storage. There are options for more storage and more RAM as well. All models now ship with USB 3.0 as well. The new MacBook Air ships today, and you can order it from the Apple Store.
Back again with more cool stuff from around the internet. Whether your tastes run to Ralph Bakshi’s version of Robert Crumb’s Fritz The Cat, webcomics, E-Man or inappropriately sexual licensed Batman products, the internet proved a bounty of great stuff this week. Let’s take a look.
Webcomics: I love webcomics - and some day we’ll all just call them comics, right? - and I love the sites that cover them. Which means I love Floating Light Bulb. In addition to coverage of webcomics, there are lots of great insights into using them as a business, plus stuff on Google, Twitter, and more. Also, this person is smarter than me. A highly recommended site to bookmark.
Here’s a taste from a recent post. This past week featured an interview with Kez who does the webcomic War of Winds. The interview’s focus is all about webcomic creators attending conventions, hand-selling, meeting fans and making fans. It’s about the “creator as small businessperson” model. Kez also breaks down how much money can be made via her website v. conventions. “I completed one short 54-page comic as a printed side-story, which has sold well. While I didn’t start out with that story from a business stand-point, I ended that way. Out of the 50 copies I had printed, I have sold 42, gave away 2, have 3 left to sell, and 3 that were mis-printed. I bought each for about 7 dollars, sold them for $10 each, and made a profit of over $100. I will be printing more books shortly, as books sell the best at conventions.” It’s great to see someone talking hard numbers like this, instead of theory. Much, much more at the link.
The eCO2 watch is an interesting prototype that helps decrease your own carbon footprint. Of course it is a watch, but it also utilizes kinetic energy to pull in CO2 through its intake vents and spits out clean air through exhaust vents. While it seems that it would not make much of an impact, imagine if James Kershaw and Chad Garns’ creation was given to an entire city. In the meantime, when Earth Day comes April 22, it wouldn’t hurt to plant a couple of trees to do the same thing.
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Since the air contains about 4,000 cubic miles of water (about the size of all of the Great Lakes,) Element Four’s WaterMill can produce up to 13 quarts a day. It mounts to the exterior of your house and brings it inside to your refrigerator, spigot, water cooler or backsplash dispenser. The device is self-regulating and the company claims that it has maximum water production with minimal energy consumption. Contact Element Four for more information.
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Working Class Heroes, the brand known for their minimalist felt gadget pouches, has returned with a new name and a brand new collection. Now known as Hard Graft, the new Dapper collection has been unveiled and three new designs have been added to the Hard Graft repertoire. Still constructed of high quality wool felt and leather, the Dapper collection features pockets reminiscent of those found on jeans, just big enough for an iPod or iPhone. And the collection now features three new pouch styles, two created specifically for the Kindle and the iPhone and a new Laptop Wallet featuring snaps along the open end. Prices for the entire collection range from 19 to 89 Euros and Hard Graft’s online store is open for business.
Appease Mom this May with the USB Flower Fan. Not only will it cool down her hot flashes, it will remind her of you every time she turns it on. Made of a safe plastic, it has an on/off button, comes with USB cable, and can run on 3 x AA batteries (not included.) At a size of 190 x 85 x 85mm and a weight of 130g, choose between green or pink at a minimal MSRP of $11.50.
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The first of the MacBook Air accessories are already upon us. Belkin has come out with several covers. This one is the Expression Sleeve with shoulder strap, and others include the Vertical, the Slim-Fit, the Leather/Neoprene, the Neoprene, and the Slim-Fit with band. All of the cases are priced from $29.99 to $49.99 and come with lifetime warranties. The Neoprenes will be out in March with the others to follow in May. While there is nothing particularly unique about the cases, if you need to be official, this certainly beats your old MacBook cover.
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