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Want a cheaper MacBook or iPad? Head to Malaysia

Earlier this year, Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked why Apple products weren’t less expensive. His response: Apple doesn’t want to sacrifice quality for price.<p>Curious then that Apple products in Malaysia are the cheapest in Asia, and cheaper than those in the US or Europe. According to this breakdown …

MacBook Air

Saying goodbye to PCWorld in print

Harry McCracken is calling it: the era of the PC magazine is over. <i>PCWorld</i> announced Wednesday that after 30 years in print the issue on stands now will be its last. McCracken, who worked at <i>PCWorld</i> from 1994 to 2008 as both an editor and a writer, has written what is essentially an obituary for the …

Microsoft is cutting the price of its Surface RT tablets, base model to cost $349

Microsoft is planning to cut the price of its Surface RT tablets. Sources familiar with Microsoft's Surface plans have revealed to <i>The Verge</i> that the price cut could occur as early as next week, with each model being cut by $150. Microsoft's move to cut prices on its Surface RT tablets follow slow …

NPD: Chromebooks take 20 to 25 percent of sub-$300 laptop market in the US

Snapped up a Chromebook for less than three Benjamins? If so, NPD thinks you've made Page and Co.'s devices account for 20 and 25 percent of laptops sold for under $300. Stephen Baker, an NPD analyst, told <i>Bloomberg</i> that the research firm was initially skeptical about the cloud-tied laptops, but …

Celebrate The Death Of Print With This 3D Printed Texture Book

A designer named Tom Burtonwood has designed a book that contains 3D-scanned textures he has grabbed from museums and architecture in his home city of Chicago. The book, which is in the form of an accordion, is called an orihon and can be made on nearly any 3D printer.<p>He writes:<p>The impetus for this …

The 25 Best Tech Companies To Work For In 2013

With help from Glassdoor.com, we've put together a list of the 25 tech companies whose own employees rate them most highly.<p>The reviewers account for culture, lifestyle, and what you can learn while working there.<p>All the reviews and ratings taken into account are from the past 12 months, and only …

The Workplace

In Chicago, 3-D Printers Are Available To Anyone With A Library Card

The Harold Washington Library's new Maker Lab is free and open to the public. Get making!<p>3-D printing may be the way of the future, but for the average Joe, actually getting ahold of a 3-D printer to use on the cheap remains somewhat challenging.<p>Starting this week, though, 3-D printing will be as …