Top Stories: Wednesday July 20, 2011 Apple’s Refreshes and Releases | Apple refreshed its Macbook Air and Mac Mini lines and released the latest OS X—Lion.

Top Stories: Wednesday July 20, 2011The OS X Lion Survival Guide

Okay, so OS X Lion isn’t perfect. But chances are, that probably isn’t going to stop you from picking it up today. With that in mind, here’s our guide to help you make the most of Apple’s new OS. More »

Top Stories: Wednesday July 20, 2011New MacBook Airs Get Hit With a Thunderbolt

Apple’s brought both sizes of the MacBook Air line straight up to what you’d expect from a laptop in 2011, adding a Thunderbolt port, but more importantly some sweet Sandy Bridge i5 and i7 chips—and backlit keyboards. More »

Top Stories: Wednesday July 20, 2011Toshiba Thrive: Do Big Tablets Need Love Too? (No.)

A mother rushes to comfort her sobbing child. Choking through the sadness, he explains: “It’s… it’s tablets, mama. They have so few ports.” That’s when the Toshiba product manager wakes up, and sets back to finish his work on Thrive. More »

Top Stories: Wednesday July 20, 20115 Best Alternatives to Apple’s New Product Lineup

Shocking as this news may be, not everybody uses a Mac (*raises hand*). For those of us not drinking the Cupertino Koolaid, here are 5 solid alternatives to the new products from today’s Apple announcement. MacBook Air = Samsung Series 9 The Series 9 is like the MBA, just slightly bigger. More »

Top Stories: Wednesday July 20, 20117 Ways Google Labs Changed the Internet Forever

Google closed the doors on Google Labs today. The ongoing projects aren’t disappearing; they’ll be absorbed into other departments, and many have already “graduated” into full-fledged products. More »

Top Stories: Wednesday July 20, 2011We’ll Miss You, Little Plastic MacBook

Apple stopped loving the MacBook a long time ago. It was obvious to everyone, perhaps, but the MacBook. And now Apple’s decided to stop even pretending. More »

Top Stories: Wednesday July 20, 2011The World’s Most Gargantuan Diesel Engine

It may shock you that a lot of the stuff we buy is made in China. In order to keep up with the mammoth demand for Snuggies, Shake Weights and other trappings of modern society, the Emma Mærsk makes the trip in four fewer days than the average container ship on a China-to-California run. More »

Top Stories: Wednesday July 20, 2011Sonos’ Play:3 All-in-One Speaker Is Their Cheapest Box of Awesome Yet

At $300, the Play:3 all-in-one speaker is the cheapest box Sonos has put out—something to be happy about. More »

Top Stories: Wednesday July 20, 2011Buzz Aldrin Was the First Man to Pee on the Moon—42 Years Ago Today

42 years ago, American space hero Buzz Aldrin was the first man to pee on the Moon. Armstrong was the first to set foot on it but, like, whatever Neil, Buzz was the first one to take a leak. More »

Top Stories: Wednesday July 20, 2011The Roku 2: At Least It Plays Angry Birds, I Guess

The Roku—in all flavors—is a great little streaming box. Sticking it into your TV to watch tons of streaming video has been enough for many people to kick the cable habit. More »

Top Stories: Wednesday July 20, 2011I Just Can’t Believe This Is a Real Photo—or a Real Animal

This is not a Photoshop. Or a 3D rendering. It’s a photo of a Glasswinged butterly, “a member of the subfamily Danainae, tribe Ithomiini, subtribe Godyridina.” It sounds like a fantastic beast, but it’s real. See the other images. More »

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