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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…)

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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City of Cape Town unveils new transport app

Published by on Oct 22nd, 2014, 7 Comments

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Cape Town is proving, once again, why it is one of the best cities in the world – no offense to Northerners!

The mother of the Mother City, Mayor Patricia de Lille, unveiled a new transport app designed specifically for Cape Town on Monday, which looks to make traveling through Cape Town as easy as finding the mountain.

The Transport for Cape Town app – or TCT for short – is aimed at making traveling, through public or private transport, easy and accessible for both locals and tourists. De Lille billed the app as the “first of its kind in Africa”, but we have seen similar apps in the past year – like this one. Nevertheless, the app still looks great and will definitely (hopefully) improve traveling in and around Cape Town.

The app has two main functions. The first being a ‘journey planning’ feature which essentially enables the user to plan their trip, in detail, using the various feature and information provided by the app.

One of these features include maps of all scheduled public transport services in Cape Town. These include the MyCiti bus service, Golden Arrow bus service, Metrorail, sight seeing busses and even the UCT Jammie Shuttle.

The app will provide users with these service’s individual routes, stops and the stations that they stop at. In addition, it will also recommend to users which mode of transport – be it bus or train – to take. Or even a combination of the two.

It will also tell users where exactly they will find the closest station or stop in accordance to their current location, and will also give them directions on how to get there as well as the distance from where they are – all through GPS, of course.  (more…)

Windows 10 brings Windows Phone’s Notification center to your desktop

Published by on Oct 22nd, 2014, 1 Comment

windows10With the ever increasing drive for synchronism across product lines it was just a mere question of time before this happened. These days you can pick up your phone notifications on your tablet and smart-watch wherever you are, but Microsoft has gone a step further by incorporating the Windows Phone notification center into the upcoming Windows 10. You will now be able to check your whatsapps, mail and facebook notifications via a popup on your desktop. (more…)

Satya Nadella in hot water over sexist comments

Published by on Oct 20th, 2014, 1 Comment

Satya Nadella

Microsoft’s smiling CEO, Satya Nadella, seems like a really nice guy for the most part. He seems to care about his employees, he took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and is always well spoken.

However, sometimes nice guys do something that’s not so nice and end up putting their foot in their mouth, saying something that they probably should’ve kept to themselves. This is what happened to poor old Satya last week, when his comments about gender equality in the tech industry – specifically relating to salaries – got him into quite the bubbling cauldron of angry women.

As the CEO of a mega company like Microsoft, you should know better than to publicly say stupid stuff about gender equality and women’s salaries in public.

Gender equality – or lack thereof – in the tech industry is already a very pressing issue. Big companies, like Microsoft, are frequently under the microscope, being scrutinized for their apparent inequality when it comes to gender within the company.

And now, it seems, Satya Nadella made the issue even bigger – no doubt causing somewhat of a headache for Microsoft.  (more…)

Apple Pay launching on Monday, October 20

Published by on Oct 17th, 2014, No Comments

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Last night’s Apple event might not have been as exciting as their September event, but the company still introduced us to a new line of iPads and a beautiful, 5K display iMac.

They also announced the launch date of the highly anticipated Apple Pay payment system, which is set to revolutionize the way we pay for products and services.

Tim Cook & Co. announced that Apple Pay will launch on Monday, October 20th on conjunction with the roll out of iOS 8.1.

iOS 8.1 may even been more anticipated than Apple Pay after the software update was plagued with numerous bugs in its first update. iOS 8.1, however will bring the Apple Pay service to certain devices with the update.

Along with announcing the launch date of the service, the company also announced they have successfully signed up an additional 500 banks which will support Apple Pay – a further testament to the service’s unique lure.  (more…)

Apple introduces their new iPad range and other goodies

Published by on Oct 17th, 2014, No Comments

Apple EventYesterday Apple introduced their new line of tablet products alongside the all new iMac Retina and OS X Yosemite. Just in time for the holidays Apple has introduced the iPad Air 2, the iPad Mini 3, and a gorgeous new iMac with a Retina display. From a software perspective, OS X Yosemite arrived in the US yesterday as a free update, and iOS 8.1, which will enable Apple Pay on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, is coming Monday (US release). (more…)

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