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Today is Apple's 38th birthday

On Thursday April 1, 1976 Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne started Apple Computers. Their first product was the Apple I computer kit, built by hand by its designer Steve Wozniak. The Apple I consisted of just a motherboard, leaving users to provide their own keyboard, monitor, and case....

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Apple Q2 investor call and other news for April 1, 2014

Sourcing news on April 1 sure is fun, let me tell you. But just to prove that I'm not a total curmudgeon, let me congratulate Think Geek on winning April Fool's Day. As usual. Rosetta Stone for Klingon? Qapla'! Meanwhile... Apple has announced that its Q2 2014 financial conference call will...

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Apple announces Q2 2014 earnings call, increases App Store pricing for some countries and other news from March 31, 2014

Apple has announced its earnings call for the second fiscal quarter of 2014. The call will be April 23 at 2 p.m., and an audio webcast will be available. In addition to this, Apple also sent out an email to developers letting them know that because of changes in the foreign exchange rate, price...

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Apple's failed attempts at taking over the camera industry are now collector's items

The iPhone remains one of the most popular "cameras" on the planet, and Apple's smartphone has indeed conquered consumer photography, but it wasn't the company's first attempt to do so. In the mid '90s, Apple was going through its "see what sticks" phase. You remember: It was around this time...

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This Apple portable desktop prototype would make you the ultimate hipster at Starbucks

MacBooks are great and all, but this 1980s prototype for a portable computer definitely challenges today's portable Macs for overall cool factor. Less a laptop and more of a desktop-on-the-go, the prototype is housed at Frog Design in San Francisco. You'll never get your hands on it, but just...

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Join us for the Macworld/iWorld 2014 State of Apple Technology panel liveblog

When it rains, it pours. Sure enough, it has been raining here in drought-stricken Northern California, so much so that numerous flights were delayed coming into the city yesterday. And after a drought of Apple-related liveblogs, we actually have two that will be happening simultaneously. Mike...

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Apple, Comcast, and net neutrality

Last night, the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple may be courting Comcast for a streaming TV service that would deliver content from the cloud to an Apple set-top box. The report notes that Apple's (alleged) plan would be for its video content to get priority treatment from Comcast to the...

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Apple touted as most valuable billion dollar brand in the United States

Apple is currently the most valuable billion dollar brand in the United States, this according to a recent report published by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. According to the chart above, which was compiled by Brand Finance, Apple's brand today is worth $104.6 billion. That's well ahead...

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For the secret agent with an iPhone

Unfortunately, you won't be scoring a pair of these Apple cufflinks yourself, as their owner, Jakob Skjerning, notes that his wife had them custom made for their wedding. She's definitely a keeper! [Photo credit: JakobS]...

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Starbucks app gets digital tipping and other news from March 13, 2014

Starbucks is handing out cards and emailing patrons to advise them of a major update to the company's iOS app, coming on March 19. I received one of the cards when I got my mocha fix on Thursday. The app update will feature digital tipping (at US company-operated locations), for well-meaning...

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Flickr find: A mischief of Apple mice

Flickr user Damien Ward has shared this collection of old-school Apple mice. How many can you name? Current models are missing, like the Magic Mouse, but many of us will recognize the good old "hockey puck." Recognize and shudder, that is. You can contribute to our Flickr pool here. We'd love to...

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Why what you think about that "new category" thing may be all wrong

Spectacle. We love it. That moment when technology changes and our minds are blown. It's easy to forget that many "one more thing" things were actually pretty boring: the iPod mini, Safari for Windows, the Power Mac G5. Our current obsession with "new categories" derives from the heroin-like...

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iOS 7.1's new shift key icons are rad

"What's the matter with the shift key icon, honey? It's still Rock & Roll to me" -- Surprisingly not actual lyrics by Billy Joel Today, as 7.1 rolled in, major complainage could be heard echoing through the TUAW back channels. "OMG," the afflicted cried, "The world is at an end -- Apple...

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Apple would have made Forrest Gump a multi-billionaire

Everyone loves Forrest Gump, but thanks to Apple's role in the character's life being relegated to a simple letter in the mail, it's easy to forget that the non-fictional company made this fictional man very, very rich. Gump notes in the film that he "doesn't have to worry about money anymore,"...

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Poll: Tim Cook promises new product categories

The Wall Street Journal recently interviewed Tim Cook, who revealed "that Apple plans to enter a new category this year." "There will be new categories. We're not ready to talk about it, but we're working on some really great stuff," Mr. Cook said. When asked whether a new product category could...

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