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Today’s Apple releases weren’t all about new products: Apple has discontinued its spartan, entry-level plastic MacBook. With the MacBook Air selling so well, and starting at the same $999 price, Apple has apparently decided to scrap the MacBook entirely in favor of the tiny 11” laptop.
The white MacBook began life as the iBook, Apple’s consumer-grade laptop introduced in 1999 that was the first Apple machine to come with WiFi wireless networking. The colorful laptop was revised in 2003 with an all-white polycarbonate shell, and Apple changed its name to MacBook in 2006 when it switched from PowerPC to Intel processors. The most recent MacBook design, last updated in 2009, featured a white unibody shell. Apple bumped the specs slightly over the last two years, but its ho-hum performance barely justified its $999 price tag.
The MacBook’s demise came with little fanfare; Apple didn’t mention it among the barrage of new hardware updates on Wednesday morning, simply redirecting the webpage for the MacBook on Apple’s website to the top-level “Mac” page. Apple confirmed to Ars that it has been officially discontinued.
Though the MacBook was popular with students, primary and secondary schools, and quite a few consumers over the years, sales have likely dropped significantly over the last two years. Apple updated the 13” MacBook Pro several times since 2009, which is a significantly better machine starting at just $200 more. Even the entry-level 11” MacBook Air offers better performance, a sharper screen, and a much more compact and lightweight package for the same $999 price.
Rest in peace, plastic MacBook.
(Update: Apparently the MacBook still exists, technically, but it’s strictly limited to educational institutions.)
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french fry? You ain’t tasted nothin’ yet! Research chefs have inveted
a new way of cooking fries that supposedly made them taste so much better.
The secret? A little ultrasonic wave:
Maxime Bilet, Johnny Zhu and the other research chefs (including
Young) at our culinary lab in Bellevue, Wash., explored a variety
of techniques for doing better still. The winning combination is simple
in its ingredients but quite fancy in its execution. The potato batons
are vacuum-sealed with 2 percent salt brine in bags to keep them intact
during boiling. They are then bombarded with intense sound waves from
the same device that dentists and jewelers use. A lengthy ultrasound
treatment at 40 kilohertz causes the surface of each fry to crack and
blister with myriad tiny bubbles and fissures.
The cook next vacuum-dries the pretreated potato sticks to adjust
the water content of the exterior and then briefly blanches them in
oil at 340 degrees Fahrenheit to tighten their network of interlaced
starch molecules. After cooling comes the final step: a quick plunge
into hot oil at 375 degrees F. Water flashes to steam inside each minuscule
bubble on the surface of the fries, expanding in volume by a factor
of more than 1,000 and forcing the bubbles to puff up. In just a few
minutes of deep frying, the french fries take on an almost furry appearance.
Listen to a rare Stereolab remix from the redux now
It’s been so long since the release of Australian cut-and-paste collective the Avalanches’ immaculate 2001 debut Since I Left You that a proper follow-up seems like some sort of fantasy. Latest rumors have the new album coming out early next year, but while we wait,Modular are planning a two-disc Since I Left You reissue.
The redux features the original album and a bonus disc that includes unreleased early B-sides and demo tracks, remixes from El Guincho, MF Doom, and Black Dice, along with Avalanches remixes of other artists, and more. For now, Modular’s offering an old remix ofSince I Left You’s title track from Stereolab; check it out above. There’s no release date for the reissue just yet.
Posted by Larry Fitzmaurice on July 7, 2011 at 10 a.m.