Ep. 58: Apple vs. Psystar Video
Armed with one of the most eye-catching designs around, the Booq Boa Squeeze is one of the most compact yet capacious laptop backpacks we've seen.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii is a modern update to the classic side-scrolling action games that made the franchise famous.
Leaked from today's episode: Bridget Carey previews her new show CNET Update, dissecting the 1991 "Super Mario Bros." movie, and a collection of the most outdated technology you can still buy today.
The Psystar Open Computer's hardware isn't made by Apple's design team, it will likely never work as a full member of the greater Apple ecosystem, and one ill-intended software update could turn it into a $750 brick. But get past all of that and you'll find Psystar's OS X-based Open Computer a fast and otherwise compelling lower midrange desktop.
We commend Psystar for pushing ahead with its mission to sell its own PCs with Apple's Mac OS X operating system. We're also impressed by its continuing efforts to ensure reliability. And although the OpenPro is a better deal than any PC currently offered by Apple, you can get a faster PC overall from traditional Windows vendors.
If you've heard of Psystar, chances are you know the risks involved with buying its systems. You might also have guessed, correctly, that in this OS X Snow Leopard-based Open(Q) system, Psystar once again shows up Apple in the price-performance department. There's little else to recommend this spare system, but if fast and cheap OS X is what you need, Psystar has you covered, at least for as long as it's still around.
While the desktop is still legal, Rich Brown unboxes the first Mac clone in years: the Psystar Open Computer.
On today's episode of The 404 Podcast, we discuss the future of video games and how students at the Imperial College in London are developing a pair of special glasses that allows players to control paddle movement using their eye movements! The new technology holds particular promise for people with physical disabilities that might soon get the chance to join the gaming community. The glasses are fitted with infrared light sensors and a webcam that links a laptop to the player's eyes, and although the hardware only costs $35 to make, the eye movement system itself costs around $36,000, so don't expect to control Modern Warfare with your eyes anytime soon.
Google's Chrome operating system is rumored to launch as soon as this week, we finally get a look at the Dell smartphone, and a judge rules in Apple's favor in its case against Mac clone maker Psystar.
Apple's famous about keeping a tight rein over its proprietary technology and now it's suing Mac clone maker Psystar. CNET News Charles Cooper and Ina Fried discuss the implications of what may turn out to be a landmark case.