If you noticed your local Apple store was closed today, that was your first clue. Tuesday is the magic day for Apple to dazzle us with new products and upgrades, and make us want to spend money.
After the introduction of the Mac Book Air, today's news was pretty anti-climactic. The MacBook and MacBook Pro lines sport new Intel Penryn chips (faster processor speeds ), a bigger hard drive, and more memory; and the Pros feature the multi-touch the MacBook Air has been bragging about.
Here are the specs you need to know:
MacBook Pro models feature the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors (running at up to 2.6GHz with 6MB of shared L2 cache), larger hard drives (up to 300GB), and 2GB of memory standard in most models. They also include the latest NVIDIA graphics processors — with up to 512MB of video memory — and an innovative Multi-Touch trackpad, first introduced in MacBook Air. \
If you have a MacBook, like me, you're going to wish you'd held out for this latest upgrade.
The three new models of the MacBook feature faster processors and hard drives: sleek white 2.1 GHz and 2.4 GHz models with 120GB or 160GB 5400 rpm hard drives and a stunning black 2.4 GHz model with a massive 250GB 5400 rpm hard drive. The 2.4 GHz MacBook ships with 2GB of memory standard, expandable up to 4GB across the line.
In the beauty realm, collagen, a protein that acts as the support structure for the skin, seems to have maintained its standing as the most valuable resource of the body. If you don't have enough of it, you can get it injected or use methods for tricking your body into producing more.
Now, you can also drink it. Toki, a Japanese product, is a supplement, that claims to replenish the collagen in your skin. Now, how does collagen that you drink make its way through your digestive system to replenish collagen in your skin? I thought this would be a good question for our friends over at The Beauty Brains website (real scientists who answer questions about beauty products). The reply I got back says there's no evidence that drinking collagen has any effect on the skin, since digesting the protein breaks it down into its constituent amino acids, just like when you eat any protein.
Here's what the Toki website has to say about how their product works: "Toki contains Active Collagen, Calcium, and Hyaluronic & Dermatanic acids. These nutrients have been combined with 47 amino acids from Hijiki seaweed to promote absorption. Unlike topical creams, Toki supports internally. "
Your aerobic exercise routine may not be a bust, but it will be more efficient and productive if you monitor your heart rate and keep it in the target zone that's right for you. But those chest straps that measure electrical voltages from your heart . . . so ugly and geeky. And using a wrist-only device to measure your pulse instead just doesn't work as well.
But suppose they made a pre-wired sports bra with tiny electrodes knitted right into the fabric, electrodes that could sense your heart's electrical signals? Suppose a tiny transmitter, snapped into a small pocket in the front of the bra, radioed readings from the electrodes to a digital heart-rate monitor/watch on your wrist? And suppose this wired device looked pretty much like a regular sports bra?
That's what NuMetrex has done with a sports bra wired to send your heart-rate data to a digital readout for real-time monitoring. Prices for the bra alone start at $49, not much more than a wire-free brand-name sports bra. An entry-level package featuring bra plus transmitter and watch (with time, date, stopwatch, alarm, and heart rate limits) is $99.
OK, now the crucial question. A sweaty sports bra can get funky pretty fast. Is this, miracle of miracles, a washable electronic device? Yes. And you don’t even have to hand-wash; machine will do fine. The company says you can rack up 100 machine washings with no effect on performance, and even after that their electronic boob job continues to work with only slight error readings. Order one in red or a pretty deep pink called razzleberry before the end of February, and NuMetrex will send $5 to the American Heart Association.
Do you know what this is? It's a "celestial watch" which, in case you didn't know, keeps perfect celestial time as the face rotates in real time.You can precisely tell the placement of the stars just by using the watch’s many measurements and rotating the dials. (I'm lucky if I know what time zone I'm in so this is not a good choice for me.)
A limited edition, there are also versions in yellow (200) and handsome blue (300.) These Astrodea models from Citizen, including the Moon Age and the 2007 “small” versions, are available at Trends in Japan. $585 for the large version; $449 for the smaller one.