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Original Apple co-founder Ronald Wayne auctioning off early Apple documents

The story of Ronald Wayne almost sounds like the plot of a screwball comedy. One of the three original co-founders of Apple, Wayne sold his 10 percent stake in the company for $800 early in the company's life, and then forfeited any future claims towards profits for $1,500 later on. Despite these...

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Video of Steve Jobs calling out Michael Dell: "We're coming after you buddy"

On October 6, 1997, Dell CEO Michael Dell was asked what he would do to help what was then an ailing Apple. Dell famously responded, "What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." Dell's quip, in a few years time, would eventually take on a life of its own ...

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Apple ceases development of Aperture

During this year's Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple briefly mentioned a brand new Photos app that will introduce editing tools and iCloud sharing. Today there's a bit of follow-up news, as Apple has confirmed it will cease development of Aperture, its professional photo-editing application. ...

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Apple hires Alex Hsieh from Atlas Wearables

Apple has hired Alex Hsieh, formerly of Atlas Wearables. According to Hsieh's Linked profile, he began working for Apple in June, 2014 as a firmware developer. No other details about his current role or assignment are available. Here's a video of the Atlas wearable in action. As MacObserver note...

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Susan Kare discusses icon design

Iconographer and graphic designer Susan Kare is a graphic designer and was a member of the original Macintosh team. Susan created -- if you'll forgive me -- some of the most iconic images in the history of personal computing, including the "Happy Mac," its companion the Sad Mac, the original Macin...

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Apple's success begets success

Last week, Daring Fireball's John Gruber published a great post detailing the myriad of ways in which Apple, under the direction of Tim Cook, is thriving in ways that would have perhaps not been possible with Steve Jobs at the helm. Gruber articulates that Cook's October 2010 memo (or perhaps man...

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When Apple in 2000 quickly shifted its focus to music

If you pay attention to the cynics out there, Apple's $3.2 billion acquisition of Beats reeks of desperation. Apple, the argument goes, completely missed the boat on streaming music and is now just grasping at straws with Beats in a last ditch effort to reclaim musical relevancy. Some even take th...

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Little did they know, it was about to replace them all

Looking back at photos of the original iPhone reveal is quite a trip. Look at all those flip phones and tiny point-and-shoot cameras snapping images of the device that would eventually make them all obsolete. [Photo credit: Tim Malabuyo]...

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After 14 years, the "Preview Kid" on OS X's Preview icon is no more

Earlier this week we covered many of the new icons users can look forward to in OS X Yosemite. As opposed to iOS 7, the iconography in Yosemite is rather impressive. Instead of blindly adhering to a flat design aesthetic, OS X Yosemite's icons appear a bit more nuanced and elegant, seemingly an in...

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Charting Apple's growing stockpile of cash

With about US$151 billion in the bank, Apple has more money than it knows what to do with. All the more impressive is that two-thirds of Apple's cash hoard was generated during the past four years alone. The above chart maps out Apple's cash on hand on a year-by-year basis. From October 2011 to ...

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This is Apple's first "smart watch"

We're all waiting for Apple's seemingly inevitable foray into the world of smart wearables, but you might not know that the company dabbled in the idea of a wrist-worn computing device as far back as the 1980s. The peculiar contraption you see above was designed to be wrapped around your wrist and...

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What ever became of Microsoft's $150 million investment in Apple?

In August of 1997, Apple and Microsoft decided to put the past behind them and focus on the future. At that year's Macworld event, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates announced that the two companies had entered into a historic agreement. In addition to agreeing to a broad patent cross-licensing agreement, ...

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Original Apple rainbow signs from old Apple HQ for sale

You might think you're a true Apple fan, but one lucky bidder is definitely going to have you beat in June. That's when bidding will take place for Apple's original rainbow logo signs that once graced the company's Cupertino headquarters, with bidding expected to reach north of US$15,000. As the ...

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Apple potential acquisition of Beats Electronics and other news for May 9, 2014

In this morning's Apple news, Nokia's photography lead has moved over to Apple and a little bit of music news. Stop me if you've heard this one. The Internet exploded today with news of Apple's potential acquisition of Beats Music. Note that this is not a formally-announced deal as of this writin...

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Apple PR head Katie Cotton to retire

Re/Code is reporting Apple's long time VP of worldwide corporate communications, Katie Cotton, is retiring after almost 20 years with the company. The departure appears to be amicable as Cotton simply wants to spend more time with her family. During her nearly two decades at Apple, Cotton served ...

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