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A 38-year-old working Apple-1 personal computer sold Wednesday at auction for a record $905,000, almost double the auctioneer?s high-end estimate.
The aged Apple-1?the first pre-assembled personal computer, although it lacked such amenities as power supply, keyboard or display?was sold by auction house Bonhams in New York to The Ford Foundation, which will put it on display at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich.
The final gavel price was $750,000, but including Bonhams? commission of $175,000 and taxes, the total was $905,000. That easily beat the record of $671,000 for another working Apple-1, set in May 2013.
German publishers said they are bowing to Google?s market power, and will allow the search engine powerhouse to show news snippets in search results free of charge, at least for the time being.
The decision is a step in an ongoing legal dispute between the publishers and Google. Publishers are trying to get compensation from the search engine for republishing parts of their content. Google however, refuses to share revenue with the publishers.
The move follows a Google decision earlier this month to stop using news snippets and thumbnails for some well-known German news sitess of Thursday. Google said it that as of Thursday it would just show a link to a story along with the headline, to avoid legal risks. However, the publishers, represented by copyright collective VG Media, said on Wednesday that they are being forced to give Google the ?revocable? right to republish their content due to Google?s ?overwhelming market power.? This ?extraordinary step? was made to prevent revenue losses for the publishers, VG Media said.
Google-centric Chromebooks are turning out to be a big deal and they?re only getting bigger. Shipments of laptops running Chrome OS increased 67 percent in the third quarter of 2014 compared to the previous quarter, according to market research firm ABI Research.
A big jump like that should be expected, however, when comparing a spring-summer selling period to the back-to-school season. What?s really interesting is that ABI expects Chromebook shipments to double in size for 2014 compared to 2013. ABI also predicts that North America will account for 78 percent of worldwide Chromebook sales for 2014.
Nvidia is bringing ?Dynamic Super Resolution? to older graphics cards, letting users enjoy 4K-like visual smoothness on 1080p displays.
Dynamic Super Resolution, or DSR, is one of the main features of Nvidia's latest GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 processors, based on the company's Maxwell architecture. A new driver update brings the same feature to Fermi- and Kepler-based GeForce GTX 500, 600, and 700 series cards.
With DSR, Nvidia essentially runs the game at a higher resolution in the GPU's frame buffer, then downsamples the image to match the monitor's native resolution. Nvidia also applies Gaussian filter aliasing to eliminate some of the artifacts that are typically associated with downsampling. All told, Dynamic Super Resolution makes image crisper than they appear at native resolution, though the smoothing effect is most pronounced in narrow objects such as blades of grass?especially when in motion.
Hoping to speed up his PC, Elijah Kinch Spector (yes, we?re related) asked about adding more RAM.
The amount of Random Access Memory (RAM) in your PC may or may not be the machine?s major bottleneck. But it will likely speed things up, and it?s easier to install than an SSD, which requires you to move your operating system and other files.
But you have to know not only what kind of RAM your PC can take, but also how much of it.
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Many companies set up subdomains for use with external services, but then forget to disable them when they stop using those services, creating a loophole for attackers to exploit.
Because many service providers don?t properly validate the ownership of subdomains pointed at their servers, attackers can set up new accounts and abuse subdomains forgotten by companies by claiming them as their own.
Removing or updating DNS entries for subdomains that are no longer actively used sounds like something that should be common procedure, but according to researchers from Detectify, a Stockholm-based provider of website security scanning services, this type of oversight is actually quite widespread among companies.
Upstart social network Ello's has pegged a big part of its appeal on the promise that it will never sell ads to users. Now, it's used a novel legal maneuver to ensure that the company will live up that promise.
The post ‘Facebook Killer’ Ello Hatches Plan To Stay Ad-Free Forever appeared first on WIRED.
When Malaysia Airlines flight 17 went down over Ukraine in July, the graphics team at The New York Times sprang into action. Because of the ongoing conflict on the ground, they already had lots of maps of the area. But they wanted to show more than just the crash site.
The post The Speedy Cartographers Who Map the News for The New York Times appeared first on WIRED.
In her new book, Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates, The Backbone of Life, Susan Middleton gives jellyfish, nudibranchs, and anemones (among many others) the type of photographic treatment usually reserved for sports stars and heads of state. Shot against plain black or white backgrounds, the weird beauty of these creatures---many of them rare species seldom seen by human eyes---really stands out.
The post Striking Portraits Bring the Bizarre Beauty of Marine Invertebrates to Life appeared first on WIRED.
In the nine months since Satya Nadella took over as CEO of Microsoft, the company has been getting unprecedented love from Office 365 users and Wall Street alike. Meanwhile, Box CEO Aaron Levie, one of Microsoft?s perennial detractors, has been quiet. But not because he's been sulking. He was busy looking for Ethan Batraski.
The post How Box Plans to Use Design to Beat Microsoft (And Everyone Else) appeared first on WIRED.
Each device proposes some small new way we might interact with email. And it turns out the old messaging standby is potentially much more interesting than we give it credit for.
The post An On-Off Switch for Your Inbox, and 5 Other Smart Email Gadgets appeared first on WIRED.
A game designer creates software that could auto-generate complex cities, from street maps to skyscraper architecture.
The post A Sprawling Videogame City Filled With Buildings Made by Generative Algorithms appeared first on WIRED.