Apple’s got more goodness for us today, with their new unibody MacBook. You know, their 13-inch white notebook that seems to have been neglected for the better part of a year? There is much more to this than just a move to the unibody enclosure. The MacBook still starts at $999, and now ships with a 13-inch LED-backlit display, glass multitouch trackpad, and a built-in non-removeable 7 hour battery. On the inside it’s got a 2.26GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB RAM, NVIDIA 9400M GPU, and a 250GB hard drive. The underside is changed as well, now sporting a non-slip rubberized surface. The new MacBook is available now.
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You can mark your cords with a twist tie, a Sharpie or duct tape or, if you are particularly OC, arrange them neatly with Cordotz. The bright plastic icons attach to your cords near the plug to keep everything tidy. Choose between Dotz for computer/office, entertainment electronics or home essentials systems for $9.99 per set. The company also has Cord Straps and Wraps in colors for the same price for ultra-neat freaks.
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Let’s file this one under, “It’s about time.” Amazon is now working with retailers to help eliminate those pre-boxes and plastic sealing that is almost impossible to get open without way too much work. Instead, items will be packed in plain brown cardboard boxes and envelopes. Companies to step up to the plate first are Microsoft, Fisher-Price, Mattel, and Transcend. We figure that will not only make Amazon greener, but should certainly keep shipping costs lower. Let’s hope that they pass some of the savings on to us.
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Aiaiai’s new Y-Com is not only less metallic and ugly than most earbuds, it is compatible with iPhones. With a choice of 3 different color combinations, it one ups its non-iPhone design with thicker cords for less tangling, and has an inline mic button to control incoming and outgoing calls. Three sets of buds come with the headphones, and the Danish company claims great sound-isolation and full spectrum sound from C4 Studios. Available from Aiaiai for a price of €55 (~$110.00.)
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Samsung has further entered the green market with two new cellies made with corn turned into plastic. While the technology has been around since the 90’s, the idea seems to have been reconsidered because of high oil prices.The W510 does not contain any heavy metals like lead, mercury or cadmium in the handset and will be launched in Korea this month. The F268 has an alarm that sounds off when the battery hits full charge and will be released in China this month as well. Accessories for the phone do not contain PVC or BFR to further help the environment.
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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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You know things are getting pretty commercial when online gadget-oriented companies actually sell pocket protectors. At a size of 5 3/4 x 3 3/8, it is made of vinyl and has multiple storage compartments for a pen, flash drive and MP3 player. It even comes with a sheet of stickers and a 36-inch lanyard in case you want to prove that you are a bonafide geek. At a mere price of $4.95, it would, at the very least, be a great Secret Santa gift next Christmas.
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This retro vacuum plugs into your USB. It promises to keep your desk and/or cubicle dust and crumb-free. Only 8” high, the gadget’s movable handle will alter it from 45º to an almost flat position. Although it doesn’t specify the strength of its power, we are wondering if it has the capacity to suck out those Pringle crumbs we occasionally munch on while working. With a 45-inch cord, it comes in brown/beige and is made of plastic. Order now for $19.99 for a delivery date of November 12.
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Ubisoft’s steering wheel controller for the Wii, essentially a circular frame for the Wii remote, will be included free with two of its launch titles. However, gamers that would like to buy this big piece of molded plastic separately will have to pay $19.99 as reported by GameSpot. Given that there are no electronics in the wheel “add-on” it seems likely that an enterprising third-party could do something very similar for much cheaper.
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