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Functional Apple 1 computer signed by Steve Wozinak to be put on auction, get your checkbooks ready!

One of an estimated six working Apple 1 computers will be going up for auction at the German auction house Breker. This rare PC, signed by Steve Wozinak himself, is expected to bring in between $240,000 and $400,000 at auction. And you thought your new iPhone was overpriced!

 

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The Apple 1 was originally released back in 1976. Only 200 were produced and somewhere between 30 and 50 are still in existence, though as mentioned above, only six are believed to be working. Apple 1's have a history of fetching large sums of money, regardless of whether or not they are working.

 

Back in December, a working Apple 1 sold for $640,000. Before that, a non-working Apple 1 went to auction with an estimated value of $125,000. Finally, before that, an Apple 1 sold for $375,000.

The Pirate Party now has three seats in Icelandic parliament

We all knew that good things were on the horizon when Iceland opened its arms and welcomed The Pirate Bay to its shores. This morning we are hearing word that The Pirate Party in Iceland has now surpassed the number of votes needed for it to gain a real seat in Iceland's parliament.

 

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The Pirate Party has managed to nab three of the 63 total seats in Iceland's parliament, including one held by the party's leader Birgitta Jonsdottir. This puts the Icelandic Pirate Party ahead of its Swedish comrades.

 

While three seats in Iceland and two in Sweden may not sound like much, it will help some come the 2014 elections when Pirate Parties all over the EU push for a larger influence in world governments.

Microsoft's latest Windows Phone ad makes fun of Samsung and Apple rivalry

Are you an Android or Apple? Samsung has long played on Apple fans standing in line to get the latest iPhone in its advertisements. Microsoft apparently doesn't want to be left out, especially as Windows Phone continues to make small increases in market share. The following video will soon air on US TV stations:

 

 

The video pits Samsung and Apple users against each other after an Apple user asks one of the Samsung users to move his enormous phone. Of course, a fight breaks out between the two with insults flying back and forth. The advertisement ends with two of the wedding's servers standing calmly and talking about Windows Phone.

 

I feel that this ad is way more effective than Microsoft's Surface beatboxing ad that they ran a few months back. What do you think of the ad?

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Kim Dotcom offers $500 to anyone who films US envoy while playing the Megaupload song

This morning everyone's favorite file sharing superstar, Kim Dotcom, announced via Twitter that he would pay $500 to anyone who managed to video US Attorney General Eric Holder or Vice President Joe Biden during their visit to New Zeeland next week.

 

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There is one catch, though. The video must contain real time playback of the Megaupload song, and cannot be added into the video after it was taken. Dotcom believes that Holder is responsible for Megaupload being seized as well as the guy behind the Great Recession financial crisis that led to a downswing in the world economy.

 

While that last part may be a bit of a stretch, Holder is directly responsible for the seizure of Megaupload (as head of the Department of Justice), the US government agency that ordered the website to be taken down.

Study suggests that voice-to-text apps aren't any safer than manually texting

Mobile device use has come under fire more and more in recent times, with numerous states outlawing talking on the phone without the use of a hands-free device. I've always contended that the action of holding a conversation is more dangerous than the act of holding the phone to your ear, but states apparently don't agree.

 

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A new study finds that using a hands-free voice-to-text app is as distracting and dangerous as texting manually. The study showed that drivers who utilized hands-free texting apps didn't spend any less time looking at the screen. The study also found that drivers were just as distracted as users who manually input the text message.

 

This means that the act of composing the text message, not the act of physically inputting it, is what is the distracting part:

 

We did not find any differences between manual texting and the two voice-to-text apps that we tested in terms of driver response time and the amount of time looking at the forward roadway. The amount of time that drivers spent looking at the roadway ahead was significantly less when they were texting, no matter which texting method was used.

 

This means you should think twice before using that voice-to-text app as you are just as likely to have an accident. However, voice-to-text apps remain legal to use while manually inputting a text message has been outlawed in numerous states.

WikiLeaks releases five-hour conversation between Julian Assange and Google's Eric Schmidt

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt made a secret trip to meet with the infamous Julian Assange while he was under house arrest in 2011. The reason for the meeting? Schmidt was researching information for his soon to be released book The New Digital Age.

 

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The conversation covered topics from Assange's thoughts on Bitcoins, to Assange's seemingly never ending list of "crazy female visitors", and even Schmidt's past experiences with Delta Airlines. Schmidt asks Assange about his feelings on the damage that is caused by his website's information leaks, to which Assange compares WikiLeaks to YouTube. He says that like Google, WikiLeaks cannot review every piece of information uploaded to its site.

 

Assange went on to suggest that Google could provide WikiLeaks with some information on requests made by the US government under the Patriot Act. Schmidt responded by telling Assange that that would be illegal, but he would have Google's lead council forward future request notifications to WikiLeaks.

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Psy's new video 'Gentleman' hits 100M views in 3 days, tying previous record set by Russian Meteor

Showing that he isn't just a one-hit-wonder, Psy's Gentleman has rocketed up 100 million views in just three days, tying a record previously set by the Russian Meteor in February of this year. Meanwhile, Gangnam Style has shot past 1.5 billion views, an impressive feat as well.

 

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VisibleMeasures has created the graph seen above that compares various videos and the time it took them to reach 100 million views. In comparison, Gentleman has moved at a much faster rate than Gangnam Style, likely due to Psy having gained a large audience from Gangnam Style.

 

If you're curious about several other metrics regarding Gentleman, check out source #1 below.

Psy's Gentleman video hits 67 million views in two days

Psy's new single, Gentleman, has seen its YouTube video watched a record 67 million times in just two days, beating out the records of Justin Bieber and Gangnam Style. Bieber previously held the record for most YouTube views in a day, which was bested by Gentleman with 22 million views in 16 hours.

 

 

Those are impressive figures. Gangnam Style took 60 days to hit 350 million views. An interesting note pointed out by VentureBeat is that, proportionally, Gentleman isn't nearly as well received as Gangnam Style. Gangnam Style has around 10 likes for every one dislike. Gentleman, on the other hand, has only six likes for every dislike.

 

What do you think of Psy's new single Gentleman?

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Psy's new single Gentleman to debut April 13 on YouTube

We know you all loved Psy's hit single Gangnam Style. After all, it was the first YouTube video to surge past one billion views on YouTube. Not wanting to be forgotten, Psy has announced that his next single will be livestreamed from Seoul World Cup Stadium via YouTube on April 13 at 5:30 a.m. EDT.

 

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If you're not going to be awake at that time, YouTube will rebroadcast the event for 24 hours after it first airs. Psy has promised that Gentleman will feature a new dance move. "I can't tell you about the dance but all Koreans know this dance - but [those in] other countries haven't seen it," Psy said.

 

If you want to hear the song ahead of the live event, you can check it out on Soundcloud. Let us know what you think of the song in the comments.

Kim Dotcom is #2 on the Time.com Top 100 influential people poll, tells the FBI to "Eat This"

Kim Dotcom, the founder of the popular Mega file locker service, has yet another reason to taunt US authorities who wish to see him jailed. This morning the file sharing guru is amongst the most popular people in America, landing him the number two spot on Time.com's top 100 people list.

 

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For those unfamiliar with the Time.com Top 100 list, it is a list in which you cast your vote for the leaders, artists, innovators, icons and heroes that you think are the most influential people in the world. With 108,263 votes, Dotcom is second only to Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi.

 

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Dotcom has been very vocal about his appearance on the list and at one point yesterday he was sitting at the top of the chart and tweeted telling the FBI to "Eat This." I for one am personally a big fan of Dotcom for his innovation on creating Mega, a service I use on a daily basis for image backups and code storage.

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