Long-lost video shows Steve Jobs launching his biggest failure


Becoming Steve Jobs looks for answers in Jobs' forgotten years.
Becoming Steve Jobs looks for answers in Jobs' forgotten years.
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Only a handful of products Steve Jobs introduced to the world became flops, but three years after he was kicked out of Apple, the tech visionary unveiled his biggest failure ever: the NeXT computer.

Video footage of Jobs’ first major public appearance since he left Apple in 1985 was lost to the world until researchers for Aaron Sorkin’s movie came across two videotapes of the NeXT’s gala unveiling at San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall in 1988.

‘Motor noises’ complaint at Apple’s auto campus fuels speculation


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Apple's electric car is making a lot of noise.
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Apple is supposedly revving up the engines on its electric car project, and it’s waking up the neighbors in the process.

At least one resident who lives near Apple’s top-secret automotive campus in Sunnyvale, California, has filed a complaint with the city for what the person describes as really loud “motor noises” coming from the Apple campus late at night — even though electric cars are mostly silent.

This iPhone date bug will permanently brick your device


Apple is investigating battery issues for the iPhone 6s.
Do not wind back the clock to the 70's on your iPhone.
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There are many ways iPhone users can unintentionally brick their devices, but YouTuber Zach Straley may have just discovered the quickest way to turn your beautiful iPhone into a worthless slab of metal, glass, and silicone.

Simply set your iPhone’s date to January 1, 1970 and your device will become nothing better than a paperweight. The bug was supposedly found by a Chinese iPhone users who was trying to solve a date issue with iOS 9.3 beta 3. Not even a DFU restore will bring the device back to life once you set the time back to 1970 and reboot.

Straley posted a video of the bug in action. Needless to say, don’t try this at home:

Apple Watch could set your iPhone to just the right volume


Get ready to see plenty more of these in the coming years.
Apple's clever patent turns the watch into a volume knob.
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The Apple Watch could soon turn into an automatically adjusting volume control for your iPhone.

In a new patent filed by Apple with the USPTO, the iPhone-maker has found a way to ensure all your iPhone notifications get played at just the right volume level by using ambient audio samples from Apple Watch.