Apple Celebrates, Google 4 Samsung, NSA Children, Xbox Fire [Tech News Digest]
Today in Tech News Digest, Apple celebrates 30 years of Mac, Google and Samsung form a patent partnership, the NSA’s attempt to woo children is revealed, a rare NES game is sold for $100k, Pinterest adds support for animated GIFs, Google adds context to websites, and a man runs into the midst of an inferno to rescue his beloved Xbox.
Apple Celebrates Mac Anniversary
As previously noted, January 24, 2014 saw the Macintosh computer turn 30 years old. Apple celebrated this fact with an event held in Cupertino heralding the work of the original Macintosh team.
CNET reported on the event, during which Rod Holt, the Jony Ive of the time, suggested the creation of the Mac was never about money, “If Steve said, ‘How about you guys don’t get paid?’ We would have still had a group. But there would have been a lot of grumbling.”
As well as the event, Apple added a tribute to the Mac on its homepage, and released a video that we have embedded above to save you having to look for it for yourselves. Harry McCracken turned up an even more interesting video — which shows Steve Jobs demonstrating the first Macintosh computer in 1984 — that hadn’t previously been uploaded to the Web.
Google & Samsung Team Up On Patents
Wondering if this Samsung-Google patent deal keeps Samsung from departing too far from Google’s ecosystem.
— Ben Bajarin (@BenBajarin) January 26, 2014
Google and Samsung, who are already close partners thanks to Android, have forged a deal that sees them sharing their patent portfolios for a full decade. The statement announcing the deal makes clear that “the agreement covers the two companies’ existing patents as well as those filed over the next 10 years.”
This deal not only reduces the likelihood of Google and Samsung battling it out in court over mobile technologies, it also strengthens both companies against legal challenges from Apple.
The NSA Educates Children
When I heard about the NSA’s child propaganda website, I assumed it was an Onion story. Alas, CryptoKids is a thing. http://t.co/x1ViavJu9O
— Thomas Keeling (@SrslySirius) January 25, 2014
The NSA (National Security Agency) has been in the news rather a lot recently thanks to revelations emerging from Edward Snowden’s leaked documents. Which makes viewing its child-friendly website an eye-opening experience.
CryptoKids isn’t new, having been online since 2005 in order to comply with Bill Clinton’s effort to make government organizations more accessible to youngsters. But its content is more relevant now than ever before. For example, “there are people out there who don’t have your best interests in mind — stop and think before sharing private information, especially on social networking websites.” Ironic, huh.
Rare NES Game Sells On eBay For $100k
A NES game for $4,999? Man, I need to go to thrift shops and garage sales more often. http://t.co/1siIpwOeR8
— Gieson Cacho (@gcacho) January 23, 2014
There are some amazingly rare and valuable retro games out there, one of which recently sold on eBay for $99,902. The game in question is ‘Nintendo World Championships’, and this copy managed such a high figure despite being in bad condition thanks to just 112 copies being made. Time to start looking in attics and cellars for more copies, methinks.
Pinterest Now Supports Animated GIFs
Pinterest has started supporting animated GIFs , which will be either a blessing or a curse depending on your opinion of these moving images that are slowly taking over the Web . Pinterest is at least insisting you click to play the GIF rather than having them autoplay. Which I, for one, am thankful for.
Google Adds Websites To Knowledge Graph
Google has added a potted history of major websites (including MakeUseOf) to its Knowledge Graph . A dropdown menu containing relevant information about the website in question will give users an opportunity to know what part of the Web they’re about to visit. Not an essential addition to Google’s search results, perhaps, but every little bit of contextual information helps.
Man Risks Fiery Death For His Xbox
And finally, a man in Kansas ran back into his fire-infested home to save his Xbox. He survived, suffering only from smoke inhalation. Therefore, he didn’t die in a fire, though if he’s a typical Xbox gamer he’s probably wished such a fate on many an Xbox Live opponent.
It’s not been revealed what model of Xbox was at risk here. If it was an Xbox One then I can fully understand the rescue attempt. But if it was an original Xbox then this is madness; you can buy one on eBay for $30! Which is a drop in the ocean compared to the $80,000 worth of damage caused by the fire.
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