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21/10/2010

Apple Unveils 11.6-Inch MacBook Air, New 13.3-Inch Model

Apple on Wednesday announced a new, 13.3-inch MacBook Air as well as a "younger brother" model that comes in at 11.6 inches. Both devices are available today, Apple chief executive Steve Jobs said during a press event at the company's Cupertino headquarters.

The 11.6-inch MacBook Air weighs 2.3 pounds and boasts five hours of battery life. It includes a 1.4-GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 1366-by-768 resolution, Nvidia GeForce 320m graphics, a full-size keyboard, multi-touch trackpad, and a camera that supports FaceTime video chat.

The 64GB version will start at $999 while the 128GB model will sell for $1,199.

The 13.3-inch model, meanwhile, includes many of the same features as the 11.6-inch MacBook Air except that it has 1440-by-900 resolution and a 1.86-GHz processor, Jobs said. That's up from the 1,280-by-800 resolution on the previous Air.

It also has seven hours of battery life; almost twice as much battery life as the original MacBook Air, Jobs said. The 13.3-inch also includes two USB ports, and weighs 2.9 pounds. At its thinnest, it is 0.11 inches.

A 128GB 13.3-inch MacBook Air will start at $1,299, while a 256GB model will sell for $1,599.

With the new MacBook Airs, Apple has gone to complete solid-state storage. As a result, the devices are two times faster than hard drives, much more relaible, and 90 percent smaller and lighter, Jobs said. He also promised a "completely silent operation."

Also at today's event, Jobs unveiled , , and a , dubbed Lion, with a Mac App Store.

For more details, see PCMag's live blog of the event below.

 Back to the Mac(10/20/2010) 

20/10/2010

Artist Chris LaPorte Wins $250,000 "American Idol"-Style Grand Rapids ArtPrize

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Perhaps you thought Bravo's "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist" was a bold step toward the democratization of contemporary art, with unknown contestants vying for a $100,000 cash prize, judged by art establishment heavy-hitters likeand . Well, that's like getting punched by an elitist Harvard finals club compared to the Grand Rapids ArtPrize, a much bigger $250,000 accolade awarded by everyday art-lovers voting by text message and online.

The massive ArtPrize competition this year involved 192 Grand Rapids venues, 1,713 artists, and 465,538 votes cast for a winner. The competition is strictly D.I.Y. — artists found their own venues across the city in which to stage and display their work.

The recently announced winner is , whose large-scale photorealist drawing of American cavalrymen in 1921 earned him the top payout of $250,000. "Drawing is always cool — no matter what your age or background," LaPorte writes in his artist bio, which also notes that he earns a living making commercial portraits and caricatures.

Second prize went to another photorealist work — this time in stained glass — by . The third-prize winner, , was recognized for her delicate-looking room-sized installation of red thread and needles, suggesting that the general voting public does have a taste for more conceptual, less figurative work.

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15/10/2010

Wandering Worx Music, Canada's Newest Record Label, Signs Pittsburgh Hip Hop Veteran Jasiri X

New Canadian record label Wandering Worx Music announced today the signing of Pittsburgh hip hop veteran Jasiri X, and the release of the debut single That Funk off his upcoming 2011 album Ascension.

Vancouver, BC (Vocus) October 14, 2010

New Canadian record labelannounced today the signing of Pittsburgh hip hop veteran Jasiri X, and the release of the debut single That Funk available on Bandcamp this Friday, October 15th. Scheduled for release in early 2011, the album, titled Ascension, is produced by the label’s own Rel!g!on.

Jasiri X is already a household name in the Pittsburgh hip hop community, having won six Pittsburgh Hip Hop awards including Album of the Year for his debut LP, American History X, and Song of the Year for the politically charged single Free The Jena 6.He’s also been featured on BET’s Rap City, and hosts the weekly online hip hop news program This Week with Jasiri X, now in it’s fourth successful season.

Rodney Davidson, co-founder of Wandering Worx Music, hopes pairing Jasiri X with the rising production talent of Rel!g!on, will result in a breakthrough record that catapults the artist’s career to deserved heights.

“Jasiri X has raw talent and his thought provoking lyrics are a refreshing change from the usual boasting about cars and money that permeates some of the popular hip hop out there today,” says Davidson. "Matched with Rel!g!on’s intricate production, this album won’t disappoint."

Based in Vancouver, BC, Wandering Worx Music launched in October 2010 as the official record label of .The label’s debut release, Rel!g!on’s Revelationz 1, has already garnered critical acclaim, with the record’s first single Lucid, featuring Moka Only and E.D.G.E, in rotation on Much Music.The label is also working closely with renowned Vancouver producer Chin Injeti, who has collaborated with Kanye West, Drake and 50 Cent, in addition to producing two tracks on Eminem’s Recovery.

For more information on Wandering Worx and to preview That Funk, visit: .

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