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Original Apple-1 computer fetches $365,000 at auction

Shy of auction house Christie's estimate of $600,000, one of the few original Apple computers that was assembled and sold out of late co-founder Steve Jobs' Los Altos garage fetched $365,000 at auction. The Apple-1 computer computer was named the Ricketts Apple-1 Personal Computer after original owner Charles Rickets who had acquired the system for $600 in 1976.

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DiskWarrior 5 brings faster speeds to disk repair

DiskWarrior, a popular disk utility software for the Mac platform, has received an update to version 5.0 bringing with it a new architecture, 64-bit support, and better fail detection and recovery. While DiskWarrior has been updated to support modern Macs, maker Alsoft is still supporting the older PowerPC platform with the new version 5.0. The utility ships on a bootable USB flash drive and can repair failed discs with greater speeds.

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Canada investigates Apple over anti-competitive contract allegations

Apple's Canadian branch is currently being investigated by Canada's Competition Bureau concerning allegations that it included anti-competitive clauses in its contracts with carriers in the country.

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Social awareness catapults Tim Cook to 'Person of the Year'

For his efforts in diversity, sustainability, and forging strong partnerships to propel Apple's performance, CEO Tim Cook is the Person of the Year pick for the Financial Times in 2014. The publication highlights Cook's efforts to do the right thing when it comes to Apple's commitment to social and environmental responsibility while at the same time increasing Apple's stock prices by 50 percent this year compared to a tumultuous 2013.

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Microsoft buys HockeyApp to help expand its support for iOS app developers

Microsoft has today announced the acquisition of Stuttgart, Germany-based company HockeyApp, which provides iOS developers with detailed app crash reports, along with a way to distribute beta versions of those apps. The specific financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed in the announcement.

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Sail through the air and join The Snowman on his way to the North Pole

With the festive holidays just around the corner, it's fitting to see the release of The Snowman and The Snowdog 2014 on Android, iOS and Windows Phone. Updating the 2012 version, players can experience the world of The Snowman in 3D as they journey to the North Pole passing through new locations all rendered in the same beautiful hand-drawn style as the movie. It's the perfect way to really get into the festive mood.

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Apple debuts 4G LTE-connected iPad mini 3, iPad Air 2 for China

Apple has announced that its latest tablets will be available with cellular wireless connectivity starting this week in China. The company will be debuting the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 with support for TD-LTE and FDD-LTE standards, as well as TD-SCDMA, DC-HSDPA, and HSPA+ in a single model that will work on various cellular data networks in China and around the world for globetrotting roamers.

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Chinese mobile payments platform 'Alipay' adds Touch ID support

While iPhone owners in China may not yet have access to Apple Pay, it looks like they can still look forward to using Touch ID with their mobile payments. Alipay, a mobile payments platform run by Alibaba in China, was updated Tuesday with support for Touch ID verification.

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United Airlines to equip flight attendants with iPhone 6 Plus in 2015

United Airlines has announced that it will equip its flight attendants with iPhone 6 Plus in order to better meet customer needs. In total, the devices will be rolled out to more that 23,000 flight attendants worldwide.

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Apple Stores reportedly will offer Sprint iPhone financing options

Apple Stores may soon support financing options for customers who wish to buy an iPhone and use it with wireless carrier Sprint. A new report states that support for Sprint's new iPhone for Life leasing and Easy Pay financing plans could roll out to select Apple Stores as early as today.

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