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Charity auction for coffee with Tim Cook currently at $605,000

Who would have thought a charity auction for coffee with Apple CEO Tim Cook would be worth so much. After all, the purchaser is only guaranteed 30 minutes, though it could end up being as long as 60. In fact, coffee with Tim Cook appears set to pass the previous charity auction record set by the auctioning off of a 2013 Lamborghini Aventador.


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CharityBuzz CEO Coppy Holzman:

Charitybuzz is blown away by the incredible support we've seen for the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights through our coffee with Tim Cook online auction. With 140 experiences on the auction block closing this Tuesday to benefit the RFK Center, including exclusive access to Robert DeNiro, Alec Baldwin, Peyton Manning and more, we expect to raise well over one million dollars for human rights.


Doing some quick math, that works out to over $10,000 per minute, if Tim Cook is able to stay for the full 60 minutes. You would have to have some deep pockets in order to afford this and it's not exactly clear what you would do with the time. Look for a job? Pick his brain? If you have the money, you'll need to bid at least $610,000 by 4:08p.m. tomorrow.

Disney jumps on 3-D printing bandwagon, offers to print 3-D Storm Trooper with your face

3-D printing has been making headlines the past few years and Disney is ready to jump on the bandwagon. They've announced that they will be hosting several Star Wars weekends at their Hollywood Studios. For $99.95 plus tax and shipping, you can have your face 3-D printed onto a Storm Trooper, just what any Star Wars fan would want.


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The 10-minute experience uses the world's highest-resolution, single-shot 3D face scanner created by our Imagineering scientists with Disney Research labs. That captured image is later sent to a high resolution 3D printer to create the figurine. The completed figurine will arrive within 7-8 weeks after the experience if shipping domestically (it takes a little longer if shipping internationally). Guests will also receive either a Carbon-Freeze Me light-up band or a collector button depending upon which option they choose. The Star Wars - D-Tech Me experience is $99.95, plus shipping and applicable sales tax.


The experience is available over several weekends: May 17-19, May 24-26, May 31-June 2, and June 7-9. Customers will also have the option of being frozen in Carbonite, an option that was provided last year during Disney's Star Wars Weekends. For more information, check out Disney's announcement.

The White House's Twitter account tweets 'unless you're a Native American, you came from someplace else'

Someone has taken to The White House's Twitter account, tweeting "Unless you're a Native American, you came from someplace else". This of course, has offended many, with a stream of users attacking @whitehouse with tweets.


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You can read some of the replies to @whitehouse here, but it is definitely a weirdly worded tweet. If you're aware of the show 'Veep' on HBO, I'[img]sure they're running into damage control right now and I was right, as there is another tweet, which said "we are a nation of immigrants".

Acer launches new global advertising campaign featuring DJ Tiesto

At this morning's launch event, Acer announced that it was teaming up with world famous DJ Tiesto and his personal assistant Vernon. This new campaign is a continuation of the 2012 campaign starring Kiefer Sutherland and Megan Fox in which they use Acer products to explore beyond limits and to uncover a different side of themselves.


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The campaign focuses on Tiesto's personal assistant, Vernon. We follow Vernon, who's using the new Aspire P3 Ultrabook to do both his day job and to follow his hidden passion of becoming a DJ. His newfound Djing skills come in handy when he has to come to Tiesto's rescue when a live gig temporarily goes wrong. You can check the full advert on Acer's YouTube channel. As of this writing, the video is set to private, though.


Michael Birkin, Chief Marketing Officer at Acer, commented:


"For us, advertising is a way to complement our products with a great story that reflects what people love about them: the new experiences they make possible. After last year's campaign we were convinced we were headed in the right direction and we wanted to expand on our storytelling approach. So we've gone a bit further this time, giving the Aspire P3 the starring role in a deeper story that encourages people to 'explore beyond limits' and gives them some new ways to interact with us."

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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