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The Apple 'garage startup' history isn't exactly correct

Steve Jobs was said to begin his Apple enterprise in his parents garage, located in Los Altos, California. This 'birthplace' of Apple was conducted throughout the spring of 1976. However, Apple's original co-founder Steve Wozniak has just let slip a little more truth to this claim, stating that it's not exactly 100% correct that this dingy garage location was where the Apple I and Apple II products were designed, developed and eventually presented to the world.

 

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In a chat with Bloomberg Businessweek, he told Brandon Lisy that "The garage is a bit of a myth", further commenting that "We did no designs there, no bread boarding, no prototyping, no planning of products" and "We did no manufacturing there. The garage didn't serve much purpose, except it was something for us to feel was our home".

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Aussie companies Foxtel and Channel Seven are fighting Netflix

Foxtel and Channel Seven (Seven West Media) are teaming up to support a Netflix-competitor option, Presto. We've recently broken the news that Netflix is looking to launch down under early in 2015, set to provide competitively-priced online streaming of popular movies and TV shows - this news comes to light as local offerings show a desperate need to 'keep up with the times', continue generating profit and maintain their market share.

 

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In response to Netflix's coming, popular Australian cable company Foxtel have teamed up with 'Free TV' Channel Seven to provide their content on top of the library already offered by Presto. There haven't been any TV shows officially announced for this new service yet, however according to their release they will provide a "broad range of locally commissioned and internationally acquired content including drama, comedy, factual and entertainment programming."

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EB Games Mad Monday sales with a mixed response - what's the issue?

Surrounded by a Steam-like frenzy, Australian game and accessory retailer EB Games has launched their 'Mad Monday' sales to a mixed reception.

 

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Offering up some crazy discounts like last-gen consoles including the PS3 for $198 AUD with 8 pre-owned games, all the way to a massive $70 AUD discount on one model of Audio-Technica headphones throughout their one day sale, set to help you kick off your working week.

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11th annual Eggie awards by Newegg announced

Retail giant Newegg have just sent out their first-round of invitations to their 11th Annual Eggie Awards today, stating the date of January the 8th 2015 - during CES Las Vegas' event.

 

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There is an official invite to follow, with this announcement not containing too much information. For those who don't know, the Eggie awards is based around promoting and honoring Newegg's vendors, partners and customers efforts throughout the previous year.

 

Set as an invitation only event, it will take place at night in Las Vegas, NV at XS Nightclub which is located within the Encore Resort - so if you're looking to see some big names in tech face to face, it's the time and place to be. CES Las Vegas has a long-held history of illustrious and outlandish company parties, much as is seen yearly at Computex in Taipei, Taiwan. Expect no holds to be barred at this event, with Newegg set to impress and flex some financial muscle to show their support to their partnered companies and individuals.

Barnes & Noble do it different, submit your best cookie recipe to win

Barnes & Noble hit the Black Friday sales hard last week, listing their 7" Galaxy Tab stock for sale at only $129 - offering a large range of extra's to be included with the sale.

 

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As according to their latest press release, they're about to start running a competition where users will bid their best cookie recipes in the hope to win the grand prize of $2,500 and their specialty baked good to be made and sold in-store over the 2014 holiday period. The top three entrants will win a trip to New York City, baking their cookies with a renowned chef and see them judged by an official panel. Alongside this, all top 75 recipes will be featured in 'The Barnes & Noble Cookie Bake-Off Book', set for release in 2015.

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EU and US authorities crack down upon and seize 292 domain names

In an effort to diminish counterfeit product sales, United States and European authorities have conducted a large-scale seizure of domain names just in time for the Christmas period.

 

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Codenamed "Project In Our Sites Transatlantic V", this operation saw 292 domain names seized in total by police across several countries within Europe and including the United States. Based mainly around websites selling counterfeit luxury goods, sportswear, electronics, pharmaceuticals and pirated movies and music, this information has come about by a direct statement thanks to Europol.

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Apple's market value tips over $700 billion

Apple has become the first company to jump over the $700 billion milestone, thanks to a rise in shares pushing them to this evaluation earlier today.

 

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Apple shares experienced an almost-one percent rise this morning in the US market, seeing them now valued at $119.75 and meaning their market capitalization was made equal to around $701.7 billion.

 

This marks a massive 48% rise in 2014, with constant improvement seen since April. Reportedly due to Apple claiming they will go to extra measures to boost their share price, they announced its first stock split in nine years - claiming it would buy back another $30 billion in stock. This coupled with a quarterly dividend raise has shown massive success for the tech giant.

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IM app 'Slack' lets employers tap their staff conversations

Sometimes as a boss, you've got to be sitting there in your executive chair wondering what your staff are doing at that exact moment. Are they planning world domination, are they doing hard work or are they on Reddit?

 

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Well, if they're discussing that "ludicrous display last night" (See: IT Crowd) over instant messaging app 'Slack' - they could now be in some hot water. Slack's upcoming paid Plus plan includes a handy new feature named "Compliance Exports".

 

Announced to the public on Monday, Compliance Exports will make you feel like more of a vicious dictator than ever before, allowing management to peak into their employee's private communications - public and private. They've also included the ability to edit your workers messages or mark them for deletion - helping manage any conversation as you see fit.

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Apple supports world AIDS Day with Black Friday Sales

(RED) is a nonprofit organization that was originally founded by U2's lead man Bono to combat the rise of HIV/AIDS in Africa. Apple will be supporting this cause in the upcoming Black Friday sales and beyond/

 

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Set to be providing (RED)-branded iTunes gift cards with every purchase of selected Apple products on Black Friday, they will also be providing proceeds from every Apple sale on Cyber Monday towards the charity. Cyber Monday falls on World AIDS day, which is a convenience and a blessing for (RED).

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Ferguson Grand Jury reaches decision

The grand jury empaneled to decide whether to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown has reached a decision, which will be released later today. Local, state, and federal law enforcement have been bracing for a spate of renewed protests and violent actions in the wake of the pending announcement. Ferguson law enforcement has been asked by community groups to warn them 48 hours prior to the release of the decision so they could brace for public reaction. Many have also decried that as merely a plan for protesters to get organized and prepared for mass violent protests.

 

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Ferguson officials are apparently not providing the aforementioned warning, and plan to announce the verdict this afternoon. Businesses have been boarding up storefronts over the weekend in anticipation of the ruling, which is due any hour now. Even if there is a decision to indict Darren Wilson it may not be enough to assuage protesters.

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