Fancy frankenwatch combines analog timepiece and Apple Watch

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The posh Pinnacle analog timepiece from Nico Gerard integrates an Apple Watch into the bracelet. Prices start at $9,300 for the basic stainless steel model, but the 18k gold Sunrise edition, at $112,000, is obviously the one to get. Read the rest

Proof-of-concept firmware worm targets Apple computers

It's like Bad USB, with extra Thunderbolt badness: Web-based attacks can insert undetectable malicious software into a Mac's UEFI/BIOS, which spreads to other machines by infecting Thunderbolt and USB devices. Read the rest

An elegant computer for a more civilized age

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Somewhere, nestled in the woods near Santa Rosa, California, Ryan Powers came across this relic from a time better left forgotten.

This Apple /// serves as a dark reminder of the days when computer science pioneers were outcasts, and forced to hide in the wild, with little more than a 6502 assembler to keep them warm. Read the rest

Watch the trailer for new Steve Jobs documentary

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"His stuff was beloved, but it wasn't that he was beloved." Read the rest

With stolen iPhone, burglar accidentally posts selfie video online

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Los Angeles police are searching for the identity of this burglar, who accidentally shot and published a selfie with his victim's iPhone. Read the rest

Apple's iOS ad-blocking is a net, not a gun

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Joel Johnson, freshly out of Gawker's top editorial role, reports on what Apple may achieve by facilitating ad- and content-blocking in the next version of iOS: leverage over publishers. Read the rest

Apple 1987 predictions of what 1997 would be like

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They got everything right! [via, via] Read the rest

Watch this '80s vision of future tech from Apple, and be glad for what didn't come true

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This 1987 video from Apple imagines a future world in 1997 made richer and more wonderful by all the sweet Apple products Apple was going to build. Read the rest

Watch the first trailer for new Steve Jobs biopic

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That's Michael Fassbender as Jobs and Seth Rogen as Woz. Directed by Michael Boyle and written by Aaron Sorkin based on Walter Isaacson's book. Due out October 9. Read the rest

How to make a working quadcopter out of the Apple Watch packaging box

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“I Watch You,” a most nifty hack by Eirik Solheim. Read the rest

Monster Cable founder sad about getting $0 from Apple's $3 billion purchase of Beats By Dr. Dre

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Noel Lee says he invented the headphones that are marketed by Beats by Dr. Dre. In May 2014, Apple paid $3 billion to buy Beats by Dr. Dre.

Dr. Dre and music producer Jimmy Iovine got most of the proceeds of the sale and Lee got $0

. Now Lee is suing for at least $150 million. Lee is the founder of Monster Cable, a company with an obnoxious reputation for threatening to sue any company that uses the word "Monster." I can't help feeling a bit of schadenfreude towards Lee, who has made many people miserable by hitting them with time- and money-wasting legal threats. Read the rest

Should Apple can the Mac?

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The Wall Street Journal's Christopher Mims wants the Mac put to death: "Ditching its most-refined brand will allow Apple to focus on products that represent the future." Read the rest

Apple introduces new font: “San Francisco.” Shoulda been called “Francisco Sans.“

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The new sans-serif was today made available to devs working on next-gen apps for iOS 9, OS X El Capitan and watchOS 2.

If the FBI has a backdoor to Facebook or Apple encryption, we are less safe

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It seems pretty clear the next battle in Congress will almost certainly be over encryption.

Why we can't remember ubiquitous logos, even Apple's

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UCLA psychology professor Alan Castel ran an experiment where more than 100 students drew the Apple logo from memory, and the results were surprisingly terrible. Why? Read the rest

Apple announces Apple Music and native Watch apps

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Its own News app and updates to OS X and iOS filled an unusually-packed lineup of new software

The inside story of how the iPhone crippled BlackBerry

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The Wall Street Journal has a juicy excerpt from Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff's new book, Losing the Signal: The Untold Story Behind the Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall of BlackBerry.

The next day Mr. Lazaridis grabbed his co-CEO Jim Balsillie at the office and pulled him in front of a computer.

"Jim, I want you to watch this," he said, pointing to a webcast of the iPhone unveiling. "They put a full Web browser on that thing. The carriers aren't letting us put a full browser on our products."

Mr. Balsillie's first thought was RIM was losing AT&T as a customer. "Apple's got a better deal," Mr. Balsillie said. "We were never allowed that. The U.S. market is going to be tougher."

"These guys are really, really good," Mr. Lazaridis replied. "This is different."

"It's OK -- we'll be fine," Mr. Balsillie responded.

RIM's chiefs didn't give much additional thought to Apple's iPhone for months. "It wasn't a threat to RIM's core business," says Mr. Lazaridis's top lieutenant, Larry Conlee. "It wasn't secure. It had rapid battery drain and a lousy [digital] keyboard."

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