PA laptop spying settlement: Student gets $175,000, lawyer gets $425,000

Well, this makes sense. Remember that case in Pennsylvania where a school district secretly took pictures of students in their homes via their Macs’ built-in iSights? Well, the Chicago Tribune is reporting that the Lower Merion School District has settled the suit for a whopping $610,000. Well deserved to be sure, given how creepy the prospect of the IT guy at a high school being able to check out the student body whenever he wanted. But what’s interesting here is... Read More

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There is so much going on here that it’s hard to really pick out individual things to make fun of, so I’ll let you do that in the comments. Thanks to faithful Macenstein reader Justas for the tip!  Read More

Acrobatic Apple thieves “steal different”

In a world of “Smash and Grab” Apple thefts and gun-totting thugs, it’s nice to see a professional Apple Heist where no-one gets hurt. Case in point, the theft of 20 Apple laptops from a South Brunswick, NJ Best Buy where the thieves apparently pulled a Tom Cruise, descending from ropes in the ceiling to avoid setting off alarms, and then jumping up and down on Oprah’s couch proclaiming their love for Katie Holmes. On top of the building, they used a... Read More

“The 12 Days AFTER Christmas” Giveaway: Day 19 – Any Speck laptop case you want

This contest is closed. Congrats to faithful Macenstein reader Howard. On the Nineteenth Day After Christmas, Macenstein gave to you (or, more accurately, gave you a chance to win…) Any Speck Apple laptop case you want! In the past we used to give out specific cases, say, a pink 17-inch MacBook Pro case. Problem was, if you didn’t have a 17-inch MBP, or didn’t like pink, well, you pretty much didn’t care. But this year the good folks at Speck came up... Read More

Review: Tyme Machines Star Wars flash drives come to a galaxy very, very close

When it comes to giving geeks presents, nothing says “I love you and respect your need to move large files quickly” like a USB flash drive. And nothing says “I am a geek too” like giving them a flash drive that looks like a bobble-head Star Wars character. Each drive consists of a 3-inch tall figure from the original Star Wars movies (aka, the good ones). Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Yoda, and a Storm Trooper are all available in capacities ranging from 4... Read More

Israel hates Jennifer Garner

How else can you explain Israeli airport security firing three shots into the MacBook of Lily Sussman, which just happened to be sporting an Elektra Stamp? (2005′s Elektra of course being the 3rd worst Marvel comic movie of all time, and starring Jennifer Garner in the title role). Above: Elektra proved as hard to kill as the Elektra movie was to watch. In the airport security’s defense, technically it WAS a bomb… (can I get a rimshot?!) If I were Jenn,... Read More

Celebrity Mac Chick sighting: Tyra Banks

The always fashionable Tyra “I have a fear of dolphins (4:20)” Banks, and her Speck-covered Mac. And her giant shoes. Who sits like this? Thanks to faithful Macenstein reader Pao-Lung for the pic! [via ekstrabladet]  Read More

Identify my MacBook, win a prize!

[OK, I am giving the prize to James, because he was the first one to actually give me the real model number and RAM capacity in a convincing manner, but thanks to all of you who were nice enough to try to help me. For money. Oddly, the prize is going to cost me almost as much as the RAM.] OK, normally I don’t like using the mighty power of this site to just ask a self serving question of my readers, but I am well and truly stumped. I am trying to buy RAM for a November... Read More

Jonathan Ive is rolling over in his highly stylized, brushed aluminum grave

Yeah, I know Ive isn’t dead yet, but this might kill him. Behold the Hoffbook. [via Flickr] The white MacBook iBook was never going to win awards for manliness before, but this takes “ghey” to a whole new level. Personally, I have the much manlier, drunk bloated Hasselhoff eating a cheeseburger on my MacBook Pro (see below). It just seems more professional.  Read More

Celebrity Mac Chick Sighting Revisited: Heidi Montag

Look who’s rocking out on iTunesl? It’s Heidi Montag, she of The Hills, and a confirmed iPhone owner. Looks like she’s the real deal when it comes to Celebrity Mac Chicks (if not actresses). Oh, and that things in the background with arrows pointing to it. Yeah, that’s a bong. [via Celebslam]  Read More

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