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Apple 1, sold by Steve Jobs in 1976, to be auctioned

Apple 1, sold by Steve Jobs in 1976, to be auctioned

Originally selling for $600, an Apple-1 is set to go up for auction soon. The computer is believed to sell for roughly $500,000, a decent return on investment if it were stock in a company. Dubbed the Rickets Apple-1 Personal Computer (so named after its original owner Charles Rickets, an early adopter if we’ve ever heard of one), you can bid on it yourself in December. It’s the only Apple-1 computer in existence confirmed to be sold directly by Steve Jobs, too.

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Android squeezes out rivals, takes 84% of smartphone shipments

Android squeezes out rivals, takes 84% of smartphone shipments

As we settle into the middle of the fourth quarter, figures from the previous quarter are starting to pour in. Last week, we got a peek at the IDC's smartphone shipment numbers, showing Xiaomi's surprising rise to the top 5 of the world's smartphone makers. This time, we're taking another look at the market but drilling down our focus on shipments by platforms. Unsurprisingly, Android takes the lead, with shipments in the three digits. Naturally, this means that other mobile platforms have taken a hit last quarter because of it.

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Apple Watch now leaked to land in Spring 2015

Apple Watch now leaked to land in Spring 2015

Holding on to Apple's every word about the coming of the Apple Watch? You might want to hold on just a bit longer and a bit tighter then. Company Senior Vice President for Retail and Online Stores Angel Ahrendts was said to have given a video message to retail employees, which isn't exactly something out of the ordinary. What isn't ordinary, however, is that her message hinted that Apple's launch of its first ever and much awaited smartwatch might happen much later than expected, all the way into spring.

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iPad Pro tipped with 12.2in display, stereo speakers, 7mm thick

iPad Pro tipped with 12.2in display, stereo speakers, 7mm thick

The last two months may have seen Apple release new iPhones, refreshed iPads, and a Retina Display iMac, but rumors and speculation are still flying fast about the "iPad Pro," an extra-large model believed to be added to the existing tablet range. The latest comes in a report from Japan's MacOtakara, with information about screen size, the device's thickness, and possible speaker placement.

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Trent Reznor working on music delivery at Apple

Trent Reznor working on music delivery at Apple

With Apple’s purchase of Beats, there’s a silent partner that has remained as much so far. Though he wasn’t a major player for Beats, Trent Reznor did hold the title of Chief Creative Officer, and that’s going to translate to Apple. Somehow. We’re not privy to what Apple and Reznor are doing, but a recent interview with Billboard points at some sort of music delivery service. In the talk, he’s very complimentary of streaming music, leading to speculation he’s working on that thing we all want from Apple.

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Russian lawmaker wants Tim Cook banned from nation

Russian lawmaker wants Tim Cook banned from nation

Yesterday Apple's Tim Cook made the brave decision to bring a piece of his personal life into the public light. He went into details about his decision, saying in part, "If hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone ... then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy." As expected, Cook's comments about his sexuality were met with a lot of commentary -- some good and, unfortunately, some bad. Counted among the bad is a Russian official's statement that Cook should now be banned from entering the nation.

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Tim Cook isn’t gay for you

Tim Cook isn’t gay for you

Let's talk about Tim Cook being gay. Or, actually, let's not talk about it at all. The Apple CEO's unexpected open letter today, discussing his reasons for suddenly talking about his sexuality and the feelings of responsibility to use his platform to further the understanding of LGBTQ issues, confirmed what many had believed for years. It also met with its fair share of "so what?" comments. The strength of reaction to who one man - even one very influential man - loves has varied widely, of course, but what's been eye-opening to me is the number of people who not only don't see why it's a big deal, but can't understand why anybody else might think differently.

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Seth Rogen will play Woz in upcoming Steve Jobs film

Seth Rogen will play Woz in upcoming Steve Jobs film

Christian Bale is a great decision to play Steve Jobs. The incoming biopic about the Apple co-founder is set to blow the pretenders (yes, you, Ashton) out of the water, and the addition of Seth Rogen will only enhance the experience. Variety is reporting that Rogen has signed on to play Steve Wozniak for the film, presenting as much of a true-to-life personality divide as we could have imagined. The movie is based on Walter Isaacson’s book about Jobs.

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Apple relaxes stance on calculator widgets

Apple relaxes stance on calculator widgets

If you’ve seen chatter about Apple blocking calculator widgets over the past few days, the news may have been a bit confusing. The sensational headline was that Apple was blocking all calculator widgets, which began with the Developer of a popular third-party Calculator app having his widget pulled. The reason given was that widgets were barred from performing any calculations, and like so many App Store rules and guidelines, made little sense. Now, Apple is changing their mind a bit, and offering an explanation on the dust-up.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook “proud to be gay”

Apple CEO Tim Cook “proud to be gay”

Apple CEO Tim Cook has publicly and openly discussed his sexuality for the first time, penning a coming out story in which he acknowledges that "I'm proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me." The letter, which begins by reiterating Cook's notorious desire for privacy - despite being chief executive of one of the largest companies in the world, and certainly one of the most visible in the technology space - not only traces his steps to talking about his sexual orientation, but touches on issues of discrimination and the ways in which he would like the news to be taken.

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