May 27


The New York Times reports that a working Apple 1 computer has sold at auction in Germany for a record $671,400. Earlier a Apple 1 computer already sold for $640,000 last November and $375,000 six months earlier.

The high prices paid for the machines seem to be explained by the combination of scarcity, a fascination with the early history of the computer age, and the mystique of Apple and its founders, Steven P. Jobs and Stephen G. Wozniak. And some irrational exuberance in the prices, for a machine that can do very little and originally sold for $666 (about $2,700 in current dollars).

“This really confirms the value of Apple-1’s,” Uwe Breker, the German auctioneer, said in an interview on Saturday.

The buyer, Mr. Breker said, was a wealthy entrepreneur from the Far East, who wishes to remain anonymous.

The New York Times notes that the original owner of the machine sold the machine in non-working condition to a private buyer for $40,000 earlier this year. The buyer repaired the machine and flew to California to have it signed by Wozniak before placing it up for auction. » Working Apple 1 Computer Sells For $671,400

May 25


Apple has reduced prices on refurbished models of the iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad, with all models now carrying approximately 15% discounts relative to brand-new units. Apple has also knocked $30 off of the price of its refurbished Thunderbolt and LED Cinema Displays, bringing the prices down to $799 compared to $999 brand-new. » Apple Reduced Prices on Refurbished iPad Mini and iPad 4 Models

May 24


Apple has named Rovio’s Angry Birds Space App of the Week, meaning both the full iPhone and the iPad version of the game can be downloaded for free for the next seven days, for the first time ever. “Angry Birds Space features over 160 interstellar levels on planets and in zero gravity, resulting in spectacular gameplay ranging from slow-motion puzzles to lightspeed destruction. With regular free updates, new in-app purchases, brand new birds, brand new superpowers, and a whole galaxy to explore, the sky is no longer the limit!» Angry Birds Space Named App of the Week, Available for Free

May 24


Yesterday we posted a Windows 8 tablet ad highlighting iPad’s flaws & high price, today Microsoft releases a new ad that compares the iPad with the Windows 8 Tablet on thickness, weight, workflow and more. You can check out the video after the break. » Microsoft Releases New iPad vs. Windows 8 Tablet Commercial

May 24

Apple has just released a new iPhone ad called ‘Music Every Day‘. In a series of colorful clips, the iPhone is used to listen to music at school, in the city, the shower, at the gym, at a club, and more. “Every day, more people enjoy their music on the iPhone than any other phone

May 23

Microsoft has released a new Windows 8 tablet ad, called entitled “Less Talking, More Doing”,  that uses Siri to highlight a few of the iPad’s shortcomings, depicting the ASUS VivoTab Smart tablet as a robust productivity machine while implying that the iPad is more suited to entertainment. In the above ad you will see an iPad next to the VivoTab Smart showing off the system’s multitasking capabilities and its built-in office apps. Siri tells that the iPad does not support multiple windows at once and does not offer Microsoft Office apps. “I’m sorry, I can only do one thing at a time,” Siri laments. “I guess PowerPoint isn’t one of those things.” » Windows 8 Tablet Ad Highlighting iPad’s Flaws & High Price

May 23


Apple has just rolled out some updates to its online store, introducing a cleaner look for the store. The new look brings an all-feature design focusing more on product images and removed the sidebars with additional links. The German website Macerkopf.de [Google translation] noticed that Apple has also added the ability for users in the German online store to pay for their purchases via PayPal.

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