New Mac minis Join Mac OS X Lion, Have No Optical Drives

Boom. Just like that, the DVD drives in the Mac minis are gone. Each Mac mini now has updated Sandy Bridge technology, which in the $599 base mini now includes a 2.3GHz dual-core Sandy Bridge Core i5 processor with integrated Intel HD 3000 graphics (capable of HD viewing and light video editing), 2GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive. The upgraded (and thus more expensive) $799 model jacks it up to a 2.5GHz dual-core Core i5 with AMD Radeon HD 6630M discrete graphics and 4GB of RAM, and the $999 dual-500GB drive server configuration gets a quad-core 2.0GHz Core i7 Sandy Bridge processor with 4GB of RAM and integrated graphics. Is it just me, or is the Mac mini now quite a little powerhouse? All of the new models are available for purchase today.

Macbook Airs Updated With New Sandy Bridge Processors, Thunderbolt, And Backlit Keyboards

It’s finally that time of year where Macbooks get updated, and this time it’s the Macbook Air line. The new 11-inch model priced at $999 (and kills off the old, white Macbook) comes with a new 1.6GHz Core i5 processor (a big bump from the last-gen’s 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo), 2GB of RAM, and a 64GB solid state drive. The larger and more spacious (to say the least) 13-inh 1,299 base model now boasts a 1.7GHz Core i5 processor (up from a sucky last-gen Core 2 Duo), 4GB of RAM (up from 2GB), and a 128GB SSD. Give Apple $1,699 and you’ll grab a 1.8GHz Core i7 processor and 256GB of space, if you want. All the new Macbook Airs contain backlit keyboards, Mac OS X Lion (which also launches today), and a Thunderbolt port for super fast data transfers. PR after the chop, folks.

Apple Had Amazing Q3 Results, As Is to Be Expected

Think of this: Apple has iOS 5 and Mac OS X Lion coming around the corner further stabilizing their dominance in proiding amazing user experiences on their hardware, and further advancing their monopoly of making the nearly-perfct software. But what about hardware? Well, for the third of 2011, Apple sold 20.34m iPhones, 9.25m iPads, and 3.95m Macs. Those numbers are well above the estimates made by analysts and Wall street. PR after the break for your analysis.

More Minecraft 1.8 Screenshots Added: Cooked Chicken And Taller Maps

So while the release to the monumental Minecraft Beta 1.8 nears, more screenshots have been outed by both Notch and Jeb, this time displaying cooked chicken (seen after the break) and taller natural formations. Also an experimental bug launcher is available for those who would like to stress-test it and give the geeks at Mojang AB an easier time at getting the new launcher ready for Minecraft Beta 1.8. Via: MC Forums

Google Has Acquired G.Co For Shortening Their Products

Tired of long URLs for Google’s products and pages (like Google+ profiles)? Well, Google is too, so they have now, much like Twitter’s, and Amazon’s Apparently the link will go online later today, and will be the ultimate form of verification that you’re visiting a true Google page or product, in the format of[XYZproduct/service]. As for the price of said TLD, .Co founder Juan Diego Calle states a domain like costs more than $1.5 million, and as part of this monumental addition to the .Co portfolio, the 500 Startups will become, therefore giving the “.Co” branding the true definition of “company”.

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