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One of first Apple computers sells for close to $1million at auction

Published by on Oct 24th, 2014, No Comments

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Everyone knows that Apple computers are expensive. Whether its a MacBook or an iMac or Mac Mini, you’re sure to be paying a pretty penny for one of these products.

But have you ever heard of someone paying close to $1 million for a Apple computer – and one that doesn’t even have Retina display? Probably not.

The computer in question is actually much older than you’d expect. In fact, it is a rare, Apple 1 computer that was built in 1976 by Steve Wozniaki himself.

The computer is part of the first 50 computers ever developed by Apple, from the batch that was sold to electronics store, the Byte Shop. This computer was built by Wozniaki in the – now famed – garage of Steve Jobs’ parents’ house in Palo Alto, California.

This Apple 1 was auctioned on Wednesday by famed auctioneers, Bonhams New York for a whopping $905 000.  (more…)

LG G3 Beat Review: The prince of the kingdom?

Published by on Oct 24th, 2014, 4 Comments

LG G3 Beat-006It has been full steam ahead for the LG train this year with the release of quite a few significant mobile devices. So far we have seen the G-Flex, G3, G-Watch (as well as G-Watch R) and of course the G-Pad hit our South African shores. Now, just in time for the festive season LG is introducing their mini flagship smartphone the G3 Beat. The Beat joins the mini market which already contains the likes of the Alcatel Onetouch Idol Alpha (see review), Motorola Moto G as well as the Sony Xperia Compact (and many others). But the Beat, with a 5-inch screen, can’t exactly be called a mini even though it is smaller than its big brother the G3. Earlier this year the G3 had everyone abuzz with its sleek style, Quad-HD screen and super thin bezels, will the G3 Beat follow in those illustrious footsteps? We got out hands on one to answer that question… (more…)

PhotoMath solves math equations with your phone’s camera

Published by on Oct 23rd, 2014, 7 Comments

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With our education system in such disarray I sincerely hope tech savvy kids don’t get their hands on this application. A company called MicroLink has developed an app that can easily solve mathematics equation with the click of a button – it takes a photo of the equation and calculates the answer for you.

MicroLink’s newly unveiled PhotoMath for iOS and Windows Phone – with an Android version expected in early 2015 – uses your smartphone’s camera to scan math equations and not only solve them, but show the steps involved. (more…)

Sony lowers sales target once again

Published by on Oct 23rd, 2014, No Comments

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One of the biggest reasons for Sony’s lack of success is their inability to properly support the US market and it is leading to less than favourable sales figures. We believe Sony makes really good smartphones, but are unable to solve the puzzle of how to get them flying off the shelves. (more…)

Bank of America account holders charged double with Apple Pay

Published by on Oct 23rd, 2014, No Comments

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Multiple media reports stated that a glitch in Apple’s new mobile payment system, Apple Pay, resulted in double charges for some Bank of America customers.

According to a Bank of America spokeswoman, the issue affected about 1 000 translations.  No details were given regarding the glitch.

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Android 5.0 Lollipop release date revealed

Published by on Oct 23rd, 2014, No Comments

android-5-0-lollipopSo the long anticipated Android 5.0 Lollipop is nearing the end of its development cycle and is preparing to launch as the latest public version of Google’s mobile operating system. As with previous Android releases the Nexus range (in this case Nexus 6 and Nexus 9) will run Lollipop straight out of the box. Updates for the existing Nexus devices will follow closely and the other OEMs (Samsung, LG, Sony) have already started planning their individual releases for the all new OS. So when will Google get the ball rolling?

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Google updates email with the launch of Inbox (video)

Published by on Oct 23rd, 2014, No Comments

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It’s somewhat unnerving to think that Gmail is over ten years old, but it is. The service spread like wildfire and Google boasts billions of active accounts around the world. But now, Google is taking a fresh look at the emailing services available to users, and introducing a new service designed to merge email with all the modern conveniences, called Inbox by Gmail. (more…)

Daimler sells its stake in Tesla

Published by on Oct 23rd, 2014, No Comments

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Tesla has grown up, and done so extremely quickly. The Daimler Group has realised this and found no compelling reason to hold on to its stake in Tesla. One problem they are facing is that the Tesla is showing it can compete with their Mercedes S-Class.

Daimler owned 3.9 percent of Tesla, according to data compiled by Bloomberg, and the sale of this stake will net them a cool $780 million. (more…)

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