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Apple Celebrates, Google 4 Samsung, NSA Children, Xbox Fire [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 27-01-2014

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 Illegal NSA, Mac At 30, Facebook Vs Princeton, Top Gear Street View [Tech News Digest] NSA activities branded "illegal," Microsoft posts record revenues, Apple celebrates Mac turning 30, Hunter Moore arrested, Facebook and Princeton argue, Twitter celebrates 'A Year On Vine', and Top Gear test track on Google Street View. Read More 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

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

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

There are some amazingly rare and valuable retro games 3 Insanely Rare and Valuable Atari 2600 Games You Wish You Owned Did you know rare video games can cost thousands of dollars? Here are three of the most sought-after Atari 2600 cartridges and why they're so valuable. Read More 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 Now They're Serious: Pinterest Adds Support For Animated GIFs Pinterest has just announced that they will be rolling out animated GIF support to all users. Should Tumblr be worried? Read More , which will be either a blessing or a curse depending on your opinion of these moving images that are slowly taking over the Web The 5 Best Sources For Animated GIF Images I’m convinced that the animated GIF reveals something about humanity. Present your average person with a repetitive moving picture and they’ll become absolutely entranced. I’ve lost many hours of my life to dancing bears and... Read More . 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 Google Search Uses Dropdown To Reveal More Information On Relevant Websites Google now adds some more information under each individual search result. A little dropdown menu just below the search results tells you more about the websites you see in the search results page. Read More (including MakeUseOf) to its Knowledge Graph An In-Depth Look at Google's New Knowledge Graph Read More . 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 Microsoft Xbox One Review And Giveaway The console wars are officially raging, and we've had sufficient time with both of them. That begs the question: how does the Xbox One compare? Read More 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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  1. Koshy G
    January 27, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Dave LeClare were you the one that spent the 100,000 Dollars on that NES game ?

    • Dave P
      January 27, 2014 at 6:53 pm

      Ha, you should definitely ask him during this week's Technophilia.

  2. Tom W
    January 27, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Did Dave L. bid on that NES game? It would be a good addition to his collection :)

    • Dave P
      January 27, 2014 at 6:52 pm

      He wishes! MakeUseOf pays well, but not that well ;)