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Apple I Computer Goes For $174,000

applei-101111Remember the Apple I computer that was to go up for auction?  Well sorry to burst the bubble, but if you were hoping to get your bid in, it’s a bit too late.  A version of Apple’s first computer, called the Apple I, was sold for 4,000 at an auction in London on Tuesday.

Marco Boglione, an Italian businessman and private collector, made the winning bid, which all in all came to 0,000 after tax, via phone Tuesday at Christie’s auction house in London, reported the Associated Press.  Beforehand, Christie’s thought the computer would go for anywhere from 0,000-240,000.  How much did the computer go for during its initial release in 1976?  A mere 6.66.

Only 200 of the original computers were made, and only 30 to 50 are said to still be existing.  The unit that was auctioned was said to be a “superb example” and came in its original box with a signed letter from Apple cofounder Steve Jobs.

The other Apple cofounder, Steve Wozniak, who had hand-built each of the Apple I personal computers was in attendance at the auction.  He had offered to throw in an autographed letter in the lot.  Wozniak had told reporters that the auction was a historic moment for his work.

The Apple I wasn’t the only tech gem that was auctioned off.  According to the AP, it also included other items like an Enigma code-making machine and the writings of Alan Turing, considered “one of the founders of modern computing.”

“Today my heart went out as I got to see things auctioned off like the Turing documents and the Enigma machine – and the Apple I,” said the Woz after the auction.  “It was really an important step, (even though) I didn’t feel that way when I designed it.”

via AppleInsider

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(Image courtesy of Christie’s)



RIM Goes After The iPad With New Video


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Perhaps RIM was just feeling a wee left out of the Beatles love from this morning.  They have released a new video with a side-by-side video between their upcoming PlayBook tablet and the iPad.

The video below tries to make a comparison showing that the PlayBook can load pages faster than the iPad, and also has full Flash capabilities.

As Business Insider points out, web browsing is the number one use for the iPad, so chalk one up for RIM in emphasizing that feature.  See below and make the call yourself!

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Plants vs. Zombies Goes On Sale for the First Time Ever

Between celebrating Bejeweled’s ten year anniversary, the release of Peggle Nights, and all that Michael Jackson hoopla, we’ve been hearing quite a bit about PopCap. Well, now the usually quite game giant is pulling out all the stops. PopCap’s fastest selling iOS game, Plants vs. Zombies, has gone on sale for the first time since it was released in February. The reason? It’s Haloween!


Most iOS gamers will have downloaded Plants vs. Zombies and beat it several times by now, but anyone who hasn’t will certainly want to pick it up. If you’ve been living under a rock or just don’t keep up on your iOS gaming news, PvZ is a cheeky tower defense game with insanely colorful graphics in which you plant plants to fight off waves of zombies as they try and eat your brainz (sic).

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There’s an iPhone and iPad version, with a select few features on each, so you should probably just get both versions. Both have had price drops of 50%; Plants vs. Zombies for iPhone is sitting pretty at .99 cents, and the HD version only costs .99. But hurry–Plants vs. Zombies bumps back up to its spooky full-price after Halloween.



Podcast #162: Dual-Radio iPhones and Jailbreaking Goes Live… For Windows?

Apple is rumored to be working on an iPhone that will work on CDMA and GSM networks. Dual radio iPhone FTW!

Nic and Robbie wonder why Sprint never gets any iPhone rumor love and talk about the awesomeness of switching to any US carrier we want.

Battling hackers release jailbreaking apps and both of them are Windows only. Booo. We talk about the problems with the tools, warn users about jailbreaking and talk about the iPhone Dev Team.

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Game Center Goes Live, Ms. PAC-MAN Gobbles First Spot

With the release of iOS 4.1 today, many are scrambling to download and play Game Center games with their non-iPhone 3G using friends. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of games to choose from right now, but a member on the Touch Arcade Forums is documenting the approved games as they become available in iTunes.

Currently there are 28 games that have announced support for Game Center, but only one has been approved as of now: Ms. PAC-MAN [iTunes Link]. Currently, Ms. PAC-MAN supports Game Center’s achivements and leaderboards. With this you can show off your high score with friends and earn achivement points.

As you may know, Game Center gives games the ability to have multi-player modes, VoIP, leader boards, achievements, and more.

Stay tuned to Mac|Life for more information on Game Center and newly release games.

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Mac|Life iPad App Goes Live

Hi Everyone,

Our latest foray into the magical world of the App Store just went live. The Mac|Life Tablet Edition (iTunes Link) is ready to be installed on your iPad. But wait, before you start checking your bank account to make sure you have the enough cash for our new app, the app is free.


This initial app is called “issue Zero” and we’re asking all of you to try it out and tell us what you think. We want your feedback about what you like about the app and what you don’t like. Don’t worry, you won’t hurt our feelings. We just want to give our readers the best iPad experience we can. You can send us feedback from within the app.

So what are you waiting for? Go get it! (iTunes Link)


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Official Netflix App Goes Universal, Your iPhone Squeals in Joy

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If you love Netflix on your iPad, you’re about to love it even more if you also use an iPhone or iPod touch — the company just released an update that makes the app universal, so it finally works on all three iOS devices.

Netflix snuck an update into the App Store overnight, bringing their app to version 1.1.0. The one and only change is a big one, though — the app is now universal, which means it now works on the iPhone or iPod touch as well as the iPad.

The best news is, this isn’t simply a way to browse movies or manage your queue, although you can certainly do that. Your membership includes streaming, and that now includes playing movies, TV shows and other programs right to all of your iOS devices.

If you’re out and about and can’t finish watching your current program, just quit the app and you can resume where you left off — and that includes picking right up back at home on your Internet-equipped television, Roku box or even computer.

The Netflix 1.1.0 app is absolutely free, but requires an active membership to use. The app requires iPhone OS 3.1.3 or later and is compatible with the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

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