A few Apple-related updates are floating around CNET today, including a review of the Mac Mini which discusses how it compares to competitive Windows machines, and an update to the Psystar legal battle.
Mac Mini Review
Thisof the Mac Mini compares the machine to similarly configured options from HP, Acer, Gateway, and Asus. Editor Rich Brown ran a number of benchmarks on the machines, and from the overview it appears Apple's mini performs best when managing multimedia; however, it is slowest when running Cinebench.
Overall, the review does a good job at outlining the Pros and Cons of the mini, with the main drawback being its apparent price when compared to similarly configured Windows PCs. I personally think the Mini is reasonably priced, but pricing aside, I think Apple's Mini is appealing because it works well as a central server or multimedia hub, as demonstrated by the benchmarks and Apple's release of the Mini Server. Additionally, as with every Mac it can run both Windows and the MacOS without emulation or virtualization.
Apple vs Psystar
This legal battle has been all over the tech headlines, and today the gavel fell in favor of Apple. While appeals may be in the works, Psystar must stop all production of computers with cracked versions of OS X, and pay Apple over 2.5 million dollars in fees and damages. Psystar still can sell their "Rebel EFI" firmware since the ruling did not cover this product; however, Judge Alsup warned against the continued production of the firmware as it could easily lead to further lawsuits against the company.
CNET Editor John Paczkowski wrote about this development on CNET's "All Things Digital" and includes the entire injunction as ruled by Judge Alsup. Check out his article here: