Rare Mac laptop rakes in more than $16,000 at auction

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This early backlit Mac laptop sold on eBay for more than $16,000.
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An Apple prototype of an early laptop, one of only four known to exist, sold on eBay Tuesday evening for more than $16,000.

It was the second time the owner of the Apple Macintosh Portable M5126 – fully functional and with a rare-for-its-time backlit screen – tried selling the test device on the auction site. Last month, bidding closed at just over $10,000 but the buyer backed out.

Bidding for rare Mac prototype starts at 99 cents

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This early backlit Mac laptop sold on eBay for more than $16,000.
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A rare Macintosh prototype that was once rescued from the trash recently sold for more than $10,000 on eBay.

But the winning bidder backed out and now, the clear-plastic Macintosh Portable M5126 laptop is back on the auction site. Bidding started at 99 cents with no reserve.

The Side Hustle Bundle teaches how to make money online [Deals]

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We could all use a little more scratch. This bundle of courses will teach you how to earn extra money with an online side hustle.
We could all use a little more scratch. This bundle of courses will teach you how to earn extra money with an online side hustle.
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It’s 2018, the era of the side hustle. Because these days, everybody could use a little extra cash. And like everything else, you can find it online. That is, if you know what you’re doing.

You can now search eBay using images

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Find that sweet vintage guitar on eBay just by snapping a photo.
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It just got a whole lot easier to find odd items on eBay. Now, instead of typing in your search criteria, you can just snap a photo of an object, and eBay will search across the site and return any results that look like your photo.

This is great for those times that you have no idea how to describe something, but you totally have to buy it. Or when you see something in an image and don’t know how search for it on Amazon. Or when you see a super-cool vintage blouse/jacket/bag and want to find something similar.

iPhone X preorders list for crazy money on eBay

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Within minutes of iPhone X going on sale this morning, initial stock of preorder units sold out. Not everyone who secured a handset for launch day delivery plans to keep their fancy new fetish phone, however.

Lucky early birds are already listing their iPhone X preorders on eBay, with some asking for crazy money — as much as $12,000!

Cult of Mac teams up with Wired UK for 10 years of iPhone

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A lot has changed since the iPhone made its debut in 2007.
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iPhone turns 10 The iPhone is turning 10 years old this week and we’re ready to celebrate with more coverage and insight than any Apple fanboy could ever want. Every day through June 29, we’ll be publishing a batch of stories focused on the greatest device Apple’s ever made.

Cult of Mac is collaborating with Wired UK for the 10th anniversary of the iPhone. We’ll run down some of the device’s biggest innovations, failures and what’s in store for the future.

Check out what we’ve written so far:

Money to burn? Buy an original iPhone for $20,000

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A 2G iPhone never opened and under glass. How much would you pay?
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iPhone-turns-10 When the iPhone launched in 2007, the tech world went into conniptions about the device’s price tag. At a time when carriers offered most cellphones for free, the iPhone’s $500 starting price seemed downright crazy.

Well, guess how much an original iPhone costs now?

For Apple collectors, pricing is a crapshoot

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Is it worth $3,000? How about $500?
Is it worth $3,000? How about $500?
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The lucky few who have heard the audio from Apple’s new HomePod say it’s spectacular. Does it sound as good as the Hi-Fi stereo boombox Apple made for the iPod?

One way to find out is to buy one currently on eBay – for $2,999.99.