Technology

  • Prices for the original iPhone keep getting more and more absurd

    If you happen to have an iPhone 2G laying around, you might be sitting on a nice little payday, especially if you somehow never bothered to take it out of the box. Prices for the original grandaddy of Apple smartphones have steadily climbed over the years, but it's starting to get a little bit crazy. Like many Apple products, pristine examples of old models are often sought for their collectors value, even if the device itself is painfully obsolete. The iPhone is no exception. In fact, it might be the best example yet of just how crazy collector's are willing to go for a boxed, sealed Apple gadget from yesteryear. Sealed in shiny glass cases and wrapped in red ribbons, the last remaining new-in-box original iPhones are selling for thousands upon thousands of dollars, with seemingly no ceiling in sight. The "cheaper" examples are typically mint condition phones in opened boxes, and sell for a few thousand dollars, but don't expect to score a still-wrapped iPhone 2G for less than about $8,000. If you want the top-of-the-line, "display worthy" examples you can plan on a total of $15,000 or more. And no, these aren't just the listed prices for the phones; these are the prices that people are actually paying for the phones, as shown by eBay's completed listings filter. What exactly a person would do with a never-opened original iPhone that they paid $15,000 or more for remains a mystery. Perhaps it looks nice above the fireplace, or maybe it's just a really fancy paperweight. Whatever the reason, people with money to burn clearly love old iPhones.

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  • Microsoft is serving up Windows 10 tablets for $49 and $59, but only on Friday

    As part of Microsoft's 12 Days of Deals, Microsoft has slashed the prices of Windows 10 tablets and 2-in-1 PCs. This particular sale is for Friday only, offering two tablets with $49 and $60 price tags, and 2-in-1 PCs starting at $179.

    Digital Trends
  • A ridiculous plan to produce unlimited clean energy actually seems to be working

    Humans need energy because that's the only thing that powers our smartphones, and without them we'd have to actually talk to our relatives at family gatherings, so it's a pretty big deal that we have an energy plan for the future. The sun is a great source of energy, but it's just too far away. So, scientists have been working on a way to create an energy source like the sun, but here on the surface of our planet. Somehow, it's actually working. The idea isn't simple, but I can pretend like it is by describing it in a few short sentences, like this: Instead of nuclear fission, which is essentially the splitting of atoms to produce energy while also creating nuclear waste, scientists want to use nuclear fusion. Fusion, which is the joining of atoms, produces heaps of energy, but without radioactive byproducts. A device called the Wendelstein 7-X, or W7-X for short, has made this possible. In a fusion reactor, hydrogen must be superheated into plasma, but that's a real problem because, as plasma, the substance is so ridiculously hot that it will burn straight through pretty much anything it touches. The W7-X, a stellarator is used to suspend this hot hydrogen in a vacuum using magnetic fields produced with supercooled coils. If the plasma doesn't touch anything, it can't burn it, and the system works. In a paper recently published in Nature Communications , the team behind the W7-X along with several other scientists confirmed that things are moving along smoothly, and that the magnetic field system works as intended. That's big news, not just for the group, but for humanity as a whole. What's particularly neat about the entire project is that the only fuel that is need is seawater, which can be used as a source of hydrogen. With no radioactive waste on the backend, a fusion reactor has the potential to provide the world's with virtually unlimited clean energy. Maybe 2017 will be okay after all.

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  • Russia actively tried to help Donald Trump win the election, CIA report says

    A secret assessment conducted by the CIA determined that Russia’s interference in the 2016 election was intended to help put Donald Trump in office, The Washington Post reported this evening, using anonymous sources. The US Intelligence Community — which is made up of 16 different government agencies — had already concluded that the Russian government was behind the hacking of the Democratic National Committee, as well as the email hack of Clinton campaign chief John Podesta.

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  • Watch the first trailer for ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ right now

    Reboots of classic movies don't have the best track record (see: Alice in Wonderland , Godzilla , The Karate Kid ), but the Planet of the Apes reboot series from 20th Century Fox has been a pleasant surprise. Rise of the Planet of the Apes was both a critical and a commercial success, giving Fox the confidence to invest in a sequel, which ended up grossing over $700 million at the box office. Now, two years after the launch of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes , director Matt Reeves has returned with the third chapter of the story, titled War for the Planet of the Apes . The sequel isn't scheduled to arrive until next summer, but on Friday, Fox shared the first trailer for the climactic third act: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEP1Mk6Un98 Here's the synopsis for the upcoming movie: "In War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet." It might sound like a conclusion of sorts, but Reeves has said in interviews that he "absolutely" has ideas about where the story will go in future installments. War for the Planet of the Apes will hit theaters on July 14th, 2017.

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  • Spider-man: Homecoming’s sequel gets a 2019 release date

    Marvel/Sony The long-awaited trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming arrived just the other day, and while the film isn’t due in theaters until July, Sony has announced that it will be releasing its sequel on July 5th, 2019. Deadline revealed the date last night, noting that the date was a response to the success of the trailer launch on Thursday. The film bumps Sony’s other big summer blockbuster, Bad Boys 4 to Memorial Day 2019. Read more Watch the first Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer

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  • What’s behind Obama’s election hacking probe?

    Fox News Contributor Lisa Boothe and Heat Street Political Editor Jillian Melchior weigh in on President Obama ordering a review of election-related hacking.

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  • Netflix’s ‘Mythbusters’ spinoff is available to stream right now

    Nerds the world over were left weeping when Discovery's long-running  Mythbusters  franchise ended earlier this year. But as it's now accustomed to doing, Netflix has stepped into the void with a similar, less safe-for-work version of the science show. White Rabbit Project  is legally the closest thing to  Mythbusters  that Netflix could pull off. The format of the show is nearly identical: there's myths and rumors that the team put to the test. The only real difference is the cast, as Jamie and Adam aren't returning. Instead, we get the  Mythbusters  build team of Tori, Grant and Kari goofing around once again. https://youtu.be/ohb5k3_vQcE All ten 45-minute episodes are available to stream (and download offline!) on Netflix right now. As a longtime  Mythbusters  fan, I'm seeing a lot to love here already. The on-screen chemistry is still there, but with Netflix's budget and lack of control, things are a little more wild, it would seem. One other big benefit over Discovery: no ad breaks, which means we aren't subjected to the endless "what you missed earlier" segments. In the first episode, they tackle some crazy myths about World War II weaponry, which is as good as it sounds. Other things I'm looking forward to seeing later this evening include testing ingenious heists, traffic lights, and the hoverboard.

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  • Start-up Magic Leap said to fall short of hype

    The Information's interview with the CEO raises questions as to whether Magic Leap is as advanced as some people might think.

    CNBC
  • Best Buy is running a big two-day sale on Apple gear, including the iPhone 7

    Black Friday and Cyber Monday are now behind us, but if you’re still looking for great deals on Apple gadgets you’re in luck. There are plenty of holiday deals still available from a variety of retailers. On top of that, Best Buy is hosting a special two-day sale on Apple gear, and it covers some of the hottest products Apple launched this year — including the iPhone 7. The two-day sale kicks off on Friday, and the promotion runs through the end of the day on Saturday. Best Buy is putting up discounted iPads, Macs, Apple Watches and iPhones. Yes, the iPhone 7 is included, so if you still haven’t gotten a new iPhone 7 you should head over to Best Buy to check it out. Here are Best Buy’s Apple-only deals: iPhone Get a minimum $100 Best Buy Gift Card with installment billing agreement on an iPhone 7 Get the iPhone 6s for $14.99/month Get the iPhone 6s Plus for $19.99/month iPad 9.7-inch iPad Pro – Save $125 12.9-inch iPad Pro– Save $100 iPad mini 2 – Save $50 Mac 13-inch MacBook Pro Non-Touch – Save $100 MacBook Pro – Save $200 on select models MacBook Air – Save $200 on select models  iMac – Save $200 on select models Apple Watch Save up to $500 on select models Select accessories for Apple Watch – 50$ off The special Apple sale is already available on BestBuy.com at this link , where you'll find all the deals mentioned above as well as discounts on accessories to go with your brand new Apple toys.

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  • Microsoft’s latest Insider update lets you shut down your PC by voice command

    Whether you're in the fast ring, or hanging back in the slow ring, there are lots of new features in Microsoft's latest beta update to Windows 10. Highlights include more Cortana voice commands, and less intrusive updates.

    Digital Trends
  • Samsung May Send Out an Update That Would Permanently Disable Galaxy Note 7 Smartphones

    Severe measures are now being considered to get the last remaining phones out of customers' hands.

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  • Michigan lets autonomous cars on roads without human driver

    Companies can now test self-driving cars on Michigan public roads without a driver or steering wheel under new laws that could push the state to the forefront of autonomous vehicle development. The package ...

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  • When mom becomes Big Brother

    I am Big Brother. I run a surveillance program the likes of which George Orwell could have only dreamed of. I have a minute-by-minute account of how my subjects spend their time, and an iron grip on their sources of information. With a single switch, I can cut off access to the outside world.

    Christian Science Monitor
  • How entrepreneurs are bridging the gap between the world's two Internets

    The internet links the entire world creating all sorts of global opportunities for business, right? Andy Huang is CEO of OTVCloud, a company that looks to connect TV watching to the web is working on it.

    Yahoo Finance
  • Obama orders review of 2016 election cyber attacks

    By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama has ordered intelligence agencies to review cyber attacks and foreign intervention into the 2016 election and deliver a report before he leaves office on Jan. 20, the White House said on Friday. In October, the U.S. government formally accused Russia of a campaign of cyber attacks against Democratic Party organizations ahead of the Nov. 8 presidential election, and Obama has said he warned Russian President Vladimir Putin about consequences for the attacks.

    Reuters
  • Intel Might Have Just Given Us Its Long-Term Data Center Growth Goal -- The Motley Fool

    A long-term compounded annual revenue growth rate in the double-digit percentage range may be in the cards for Intel's most important business.

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  • Bluetooth 5 set to boost the Internet of Things in 2017

    Promising a serious increase in performance, Bluetooth 5 is ready to meet the needs of a new generation of connected gadgets with even faster data sharing. Bluetooth is a widely used wireless communication standard for securely sharing data over short distances between two electronic devices via a specific set of radio waves. Today, Bluetooth plays a key role in the development of the Internet of Things (IoT).

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  • Apple Finds Its Second Wind in Apple Pay and Apple Music

    Will the new services provide viable support for iPhone sales?

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  • Samsung limits Galaxy Note 7 battery to 30% charge

    Samsung is planning to release an update for faulty Galaxy Note 7 smartphones still in use that stops them being charged past 30%.

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