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Do Not Toss Your iPhone 6 in the Microwave

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Wave Hoax
Placing your iPhone in the microwave will destroy the phone, and possibly the microwave. While that might seem obvious to some people, others have fallen for the “Wave” hoax making its way around online. The fake advertisement insists that the new iOS 8 allows users to charge their iPhones by placing them in a “household microwave for a minute and a half.” Click here for iOS jobs. Microwave energy will not charge your smartphone. To the contrary, it will scorch… continue…

Microsoft’s Clippy Making a Comeback?

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Clippy
Remember Clippy? The animated character tortured many a Microsoft Office user during its late-90s heyday, popping up uninvited to “help” write letters and other documents. Microsoft finally administered Clippy a well-earned coup de grâce in the mid-2000s, but not before it had evolved into a cultural laughingstock. Click here to find Microsoft-related jobs. Like the nigh-invincible creature in a horror movie, though, Clippy is back from the dead… sorta. The next version of Office won’t feature an animated paperclip bounding… continue…

Rest in Peace, iPod Classic

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Apple iPod Classic
The iPod Classic officially passed away this week at the age of 12, a victim of inevitable obsolescence. Apple removed the iPod Classic from its online store Sept. 9, the same day it unveiled its latest iPhones and the new Apple Watch. Considered a revolutionary device upon its release in October 2001, the iPod’s mechanical spin wheel and tiny screen made it seem like an antique over a decade later. Click here to find Apple-related jobs. While it took a… continue…

Will Microsoft Wreck ‘Minecraft’ by Acquiring It?

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Minecraft
Microsoft is reportedly in discussions to purchase the studio behind the popular game Minecraft for $2 billion, according to The Wall Street Journal (which drew its information from an anonymous source). Markus Persson, who goes by the online handle Notch, wasn’t expecting to set the video-gaming world on fire when he released the Minecraft beta in 2010. The game was a side-project, something he cobbled together in his free time. Once the game became a hit, he quickly grew ambivalent… continue…

Google Employees Used Perks to Live House-Free

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In a bid to keep its employees on campus for as long as possible, Google’s Mountain View headquarters offers a variety of perks, including free food, gym facilities, and dry cleaning. But according to Business Insider (which drew its sourcing from a Quora thread), some employees are using those perks to never leave the office. “[One] guy lived in the camper for 2-3 years. Showered at the gym. Did his laundry on campus. Ate every meal on campus he could,” wrote… continue…

Apple Watch Promises New App Ecosystem

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Apple Watch
To nobody’s surprise, Apple CEO Tim Cook and other company executives unveiled two new iPhones and a “smart watch” at a high-profile Sept. 9 event in California. The iPhone 6 boasts a 4.7-inch screen (1334 x 750 pixels); its larger cousin, the iPhone 6 Plus, measures 5.5 inches (1920 x 1080 pixels). Despite the larger screens, both phones are thinner than previous iPhone models: The iPhone 6 is 6.9mm thick, while the iPhone 6 Plus is a positively slim 7.1mm.… continue…

Apple’s iPhone 6: Last-Minute Rumor Roundup

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Apple iPhone
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past few weeks, chances are pretty good you’ve heard that Apple is hosting a little shindig tomorrow, where it’ll almost certainly unveil the new iPhone. Click here to find Apple-related jobs. What’s less clear—at least to anyone who doesn’t work at One Infinite Loop—is what the next iPhone will offer in terms of features. Let’s break down the latest rumors: Size: Of all the current rumors, this one seems all-but-confirmed: Apple… continue…

Check Out This Rare Footage of Steve Jobs From 1980

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Young Steve Jobs
Back in 1980, Steve Jobs was an upstart entrepreneur with crazy ideas about what computers could do. This (rare) twenty-minute clip from that year (courtesy of the Computer History Museum) shows him talking about not only Apple’s very early history, but also predicting the evolution of personal computing. “The line between hardware and software is going to get finer and finer and finer,” he suggests at one point, “and one of the ways we’re approaching the problem of how to remove… continue…

Steve Ballmer Authored Your Blue Screen of Death

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Microsoft Blue Screen of Death
Millions of people have shrieked in horror and dismay at Microsoft’s infamous “Blue Screen of Death,” which appears in response to critical software and hardware failures. What fewer people know—at least until now—is that the text accompanying the BSoD was originally written by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, famous for his bombastic public appearances and failing to realize that mobile devices would become the Next Big Thing in computing. Click here to find Microsoft-related jobs. According to Microsoft developer Raymond… continue…

Taking the Ice Bucket Challenge… With Liquid Nitrogen

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Liquid Nitrogen Ice Bucket Challenge
As a trend, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge seems a bit played out—who hasn’t yet dumped a bucket of icy water over his or her head for charity? But that didn’t stop Canadian chemist Muhammad Qureshi from executing his own sublimely nerdy, potentially dangerous variation on the theme: After donating to the ALS Association, he proceeded to douse himself with a bucket of liquid nitrogen. Anyone who’s taken a chemistry class, or at least watched the end of Terminator 2,… continue…