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Steve Jobs Gift

From 1981 to 1986, Ron Givens was Apple's director of quality, his office just two doors down from the company's founder. He recalls one day when a secretary was late, and Jobs demanded to know why: "(She was a) single mom, good secretary. She said, 'My car wouldn't start.' So, that afternoon, (Jobs) walks into her office, throws a set of keys to a brand new Jaguar and says, 'Here, don't be late anymore.' He was always doing things like that, surprising people." Continue reading for more interesting facts.

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Be My Eyes App

Be My Eyes is a new app with a simple, yet fun, concept: visually-impaired people use the camera on their mobile device to shoot live video of whatever they need help seeing, and a sighted volunteer on the other end tells them what they need to know. CEO Thelle Kristensen says if users get reported enough times for misuse, they won't be able to connect to anyone through the app anymore. On the other hand, if you're a sighted user and a notification is left unanswered, the request will automatically go to someone else. There's currently more than 17,800 sighted people and 1,500 blind people using the app. iTunes page. Continue reading for a video demonstration and more information.

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Apple Macintosh 2015

If Apple were to release a limited-edition Macintosh for nostalgic purposes, based on the iPad Air, it'd probably look something like this design from CURVED/labs. It's officially called "Mac" and uses the same aluminum casing found on the company's current MacBook, iPhone and iPad lineups. The main difference is its 11.6-inch touchscreen that can also be controlled with a mouse and keyboard via Bluetooth. Available in silver, gray and gold colors, it also features SD card slots, a FaceTime camera, speakers, USB port and a Lightning port. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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12-inch MacBook Air

Marc Gurman of 9to5 Mac gives us a first look at the redesigned 12-inch MacBook Air, which is reportedly to have only one port. The company is aiming to make this model even slimmer than the 11-inch model, or to be more specific, a quarter inch narrower with just a headphone jack and a single USB Type-C port. There are also rumors that the 12" will come in both slate gray and silver, but no pricing or technical specifications have yet been announced. It will most likely be announced at WWDC at the Moscone Center on June 8, 2015. Continue reading for a picture of the keyboard and additional information.

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iBeats

Photo credit: Martin Hajek

Graphic designer and 3D modeler extraordinaire Martin Hajek is no stranger to Apple products, so much so that he comes up with future designs for the company, including iBeats. the iBeats come in slate gray or champagne gold and feature built-in music controls as well as a light-up Apple logo. On a related note, did you know that Beats (now Apple) has also licensed audio technology to other companies for use in their own products? That's right, partners include HTC and Chrysler. Continue reading for more images.

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iPhone 6 Tips

Got a new iPhone 6 for Christmas? Here are some cool tips and tricks that just might come in handy. First up, we start with the camera. Both the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus offers users the ability to record 1080p footage at 60fps, but it's off by default. Simply go into Settings > Photos & Camera > Record Video at 60 FPS to enable it, and you'll gain the ability to switch between 30 fps and 60 fps click on the icon in video mode when you go to record. Continue reading for more.

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Apple 9:41 Secret

Ever wonder why all the devices in Apple ads, including print and television commercials, are set to 9:41? Well, there's actually a simple reason, and it doesn't involve some government conspiracy. Originally, the time used to display 9:42, but that's the time Steve Jobs unveiled the very first iPhone one the morning in 2007. More specifically, it happened approximately 42 minutes into his keynote address, when he said, "Today Apple is going to reinvent the phone," and the device popped up behind him with that time. Continue reading to watch the iPad unveiling and to see why it changed to 9:41.

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Apple Prototypes

Photo credit: Twisted Sifter

Keep it Simple by frog design founder Hartmut Esslinger showcases some rarely seen Apple prototypes. If you've never heard of Esslinger, he collaborated with Steve Jobs in the 1980s and by way of this parntership, Apple grew from an originally tech-focused company into one of the world's most successful, global brands, thanks to intelligent design. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the streets of Japan and its supercars, in 4K.

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Power Mac G5

Designer Klaus Geiger unveils BENCHMA, a line of sleek furniture made from old Power Mac G5 cases. After the internals are removed, he adds in drawers to the cases and / or wood planks, as well as glass, to form furniture. The Power Mac G5 is Apple Inc.'s marketing name for models of the Power Macintosh that contained the IBM PowerPC G5 CPU inside an anodized aluminium chassis. The professional-grade computer was the most powerful in Apple's lineup when it was introduced, widely hailed as the first 64-bit PC, and was touted by Apple as the fastest personal computer ever built.

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iPad Mini 3

Priced from $399, the iPad Mini 3 is not much different from its predecessor, aside from the new gold color and TouchID fingerprint sensor. Other features include: 7.9-inch (4:3 aspect ratio) Retina display, an A7 CPU with 64-bit architecture, and a 5.0-megaipxel iSight camera. Pre-orders begin October 17th and will begin shipping October 24th. Continue reading for more hands-on pictures, a video overview and additional information.

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