MacPro or Darth Vader?

If it ever occurred to you that Apple’s high-end MacPro might have been designed by Sith lords, you may be correct.

Apple’s marketing of the sleek, dark device utilizes close-up images that really do look quite powerful and sinister when isolated from the rest of the device. It reminded us of a certain villain…

And if you replace the images of the MacPro on Apple’s site with close-ups of Vader, it might be hard to tell the difference.

Just don’t go blowing up entire planets with your new supercomputer.

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2010: The Year in iPhone Apps

In 2010, apps became a truly significant way to stay connected on the go. So what better way to review the year than through the apps that match the biggest news stories?

The 2010: Year in iPhone Apps chart highlights the most memorable moments of the year in a colorful graph filled with applications that can still be useful in 2011.

From the earthquake in Haiti to the Chilean miners to the WikiLeaks scandals, it’s all here. Click on the image for the full-size timeline.

A Match Made in Twitter?

Twitter has begun rolling out recommendations for similar users in account profiles, but the system doesn’t seem to present users with a perfect match.

Click on the image above to take a closer look at some of the more interesting suggestions.

These are all real suggestions on the site. Here’s how the new feature looks on a Twitter page:

The tale of an iPhone jail

A good, upright iPhone user is arrested for disturbing the peace and brought to jail. Once locked in his cell, he grabs the tall iron bars before him and immediately notices that when he cups his left hand around the steel, the bars become incredibly weak. In fact, the bars bend just enough to let anyone simply walk out of the cell.

The man calls the prison guard named Mac, telling him that even though the bars are higher than ever, they’re stunningly weak.

The guard gets up from his chair, glances at the bars, and tells the man that he’s getting all worked up because there’s no problem at all.

The honest prisoner insists, but for days the guard rebuts that he’s just holding the bars wrong.

Suddenly, two weeks later, the guard announces that there’s a problem with the bars and the next day an engineering team comes in to fix the cell.

A few more weeks pass, the crew finishes and leaves, and the prisoner notices that instead of being tall, the bars have been shortened enough to step across, and are barely stronger than before.

He calls the guard and explains that while the bars might be slightly better, they’re now way too low.

The guard looks him in the eye and says, “Maybe you’re standing in the wrong place.”

Surprised to be in an Apple ad campaign

Apple’s new iPhone has Christopher Percy Collier’s name written all over it. Literally.

A former freelance travel writer published in the New York Times, Mr. Collier’s byline is in a screenshot of the newspaper’s website now being used in Apple’s national marketing campaign for the iPad and the iPhone 4.

Mr. Collier is one of several people nationwide surprised to be included in the image used to promote Apple’s new devices in television commercials, national newspapers, retail stores, Apple’s website and onstage during CEO Steve Jobs’ recent keynote address. Continue reading Surprised to be in an Apple ad campaign