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How Apple laptops interfaced with phones in 1999

1999 doesn't seem all that long ago, but it was -- it really was. Here we see a PowerBook 550c (1995/1996) getting frisky with an NTT Personal PALDiO (1999) Japanese flip phone in its PCMCIA slot. Not exactly as slick as an iPhone wirelessly chatting with a MacBook, but it was probably pretty damn...

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Which iPod is your all-time favorite?

iPods come and iPods go, and there's no portable media player with more history than Apple's icon little music machine. We all have a favorite, and while some were discontinued before their time, they'll always hold a special place in our hearts. Personally, I'm partial to the 3rd gen iPod nano....

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A very Apple office

"I looked around my office and realized I have a few 'books from Apple," reads Christian M. M. Brady's photo caption for the snapshot above. "A few" is an understatement, and bonus points for the trio of retro Apple desktop bookends on the shelves. [Photo credit: Christian M. M. Brady]...

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How Apple eventually delivered on Gil Amelio's promise

Nobody really talks about Gil Amelio any more. Serving as CEO of Apple for just over a year, his tenure is overshadowed by the return of Steve Jobs and the eventual rise to greatness that the company is still enjoying today. But Gil Amelio was a smart man, and he identified a lot of what was wrong...

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If history repeats itself, Apple's next three months will be amazing

More so than many large companies, Apple is a creature of habit. That's why it's easy to recommend against buying a new MacBook or iPad if history says that a new model is just around the corner. But when the company has a particularly slow stretch, like the one Apple is currently in, the...

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Want to own the computer that inspired the Apple II? Visit eBay now

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but it's also an important part of innovation. In keeping with that idea we'd like to draw your attention to this wonderful rare eBay listing. A seller in Louisiana is offering up a working SOL-20 computer, one of only 10,000 ever produced....

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Elevation Earth for iOS is endlessly fascinating and educational

Elevation Earth is a universal iOS app (US$2.99) that displays a 3D model of our planet. You can manipulate your location with finger movements on the screen while rotating and zooming into Earth using standard iOS gestures. The app shows more than 300 annotated locations, like where the Titanic...

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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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Findery app lets you discover the world around you using annotated notes and maps

Findery (free) hit the App Store today, and I expect it is going to be a successful app launch. Findery has been in beta a couple of years, so it already has a lot of content. Many new apps launch with very little user-contributed content, which is a weakness in my estimation. Findery allows people...

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Talkcast tonight, 10pm ET: Apple's results and the week in review

New dial-in experience! Set up Fuze Meeting before the show if you want to join in live. You know what Sunday night means -- time for the TUAW talkcast! Tonight we'll be finishing our Super Bowl chili and wings as we dig into Apple's quarterly results, more celebrations from the Mac's 30th...

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Before Halo we had Marathon -- play Bungie's three Mac classics free

Mac users have always been second-string players in the world of computer gaming. For every AAA title that debuted on both Mac and Windows, a hundred games never reached for that gleaming Apple. Growing up in the '90s, I was a Windows user and never heard an end to the complaints from my Mac gamer...

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Roman Ruins HD for iPad is a terrific way to explore ancient Rome

Roman Ruins HD lets you virtually explore the remnants of ancient Rome from your favorite chair using your iPad. The Roman Empire spread throughout Europe and the Middle East at its peak, and you'll be able to see many of the sites where Rome ruled. The app supports aerial 3D views and guides to...

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iPhone used to report on Arab Spring donated to Smithsonian

In late 2010, a series of anti-government protests and demonstrations began sweeping across the Arab world. Together, these civil uprisings, which often targeted heavy handed dictators and sought political reforms, comprised what is known as the Arab Spring. Social media tools such as Twitter...

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Cinefex 'classic collection' coming to iPad in 2014

One of my favorite things in the world, Cinefex magazine, has funded the digitization of its older magazines to its iPad app thanks to a Kickstarter campaign that has become the fourth most-funded publishing project on the site to date. Cinefex, for those who don't know, is a magazine that takes...

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Apple's homepage circa 2001 shows us how far we've come

It's always fun to take a look back at the websites of yesteryear just to get a bit of perspective, and there may be no better example of this than Apple's homepage from 2001. The highlight of the site is a fancy graphic showing off the then-new iBook. The laptop was capable of interfacing with a...

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