Woz’s job goes up in smoke after startup burns through $100 million

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Woz was employed as the company's chief scientist.
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Primary Data, an enterprise storage startup which employed Steve Wozniak as its chief scientist, appears to have shut down. At time of writing, the company’s Twitter and Facebook appear to be down, although its webpage is still working. Its operating status is described as “closed.”

Steve Jobs’ ‘phone-phreaking’ blue box is going up for auction

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This is an ultra-rare piece of unofficial Apple history.
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What was the first gadget Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak ever manufactured and sold? No, we’re not talking about the Apple-1, but rather the “blue box,” a device which allowed users to make free long-distance phone calls by reproducing specific dial tones.

One such device is up for auction this month, where it is expected to sell for upwards of $67,400. That’s roughly 67 brand new iPhone X handsets if you want to do the math!

Woz rubbishes reports of AR app partnership with Gronk

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Apple's co-founder says he's not teaming up with the New England Patriots star.
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Steve Wozniak has categorically denied being an adviser for a new augmented reality chap app launched by New England Patriots tight end Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski.

Called Mojiit, the forthcoming mobile AR chat app lets users create, “a stunning, 3D animation of yourself that you [can] send to your friends in augmented reality.” However, despite having made frequent mentions of having Woz on board, Apple’s co-founder denies that this is the case.

Catch the best iPhone X deals plus our favorite gadgets on The CultCast

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We'll tell you how to save up to $500 on your iPhone X.
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This week on The CultCast: We’ll tell you how to get the best deal on your iPhone X, saving yourself some serious cash money. Plus: Why Woz says the iPhone X will be the first iPhone he won’t buy on Day 1. And we discuss Amazon Key, the new service that lets your delivery man into your home when you’re not there. Then stay tuned to hear what we like and don’t about the gadgets we’re currently testing in an all-new Under Review!

Catch the iPhone X preorder strategies you need to know about, on The CultCast

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We've got the strategies you'll need to lock down your iPhone X.
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This week on The CultCast: You’ll have mere seconds to lock down your iPhone X preorder on October 27. If you’re not ready, you’ll be waiting months! We’ve got the strategies you’ll need to employ to have your order placed seconds after the X goes live. Plus: Steve Wozniak just launched his first new product in years, and it’s actually pretty cool; the really dumb Mac accessory you’ll definitely want; Apple taps one of Hollywood’s best for a new TV series; and stick around for Leander’s new $10,000 bike, Buster’s new affordable action camera, and a new movie service you’ve GOT to try in an all-new Under Review.

Woz: Aspects of Steve Jobs’ personality were ‘very Trumpish’

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Steve Jobs had one or two things in common with our current President, Steve Wozniak says.
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Aspects of Steve Jobs’ personality strike former Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak as, “very Trumpish,” Woz reportedly told an audience Tuesday night at Carnegie Music Hall as part of the American Middle East Institute’s 10th Conference.

Specifically, Woz seems to have been referring to Jobs cheating Woz out of some of the money for an early project the two collaborated on at Atari, his failure to listen, and tendency to say nasty things to people.

Nestlé is sued over a game designed by Apple’s co-founders

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Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak make important connections at the Homebrew Computer Club.
Breakout is a Silicon Valley classic.
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A video game co-created by Apple founders Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs is at the center of a lawsuit between Atari and confectionary company Nestlé, concerning an ad which screened in the U.K.

The 30-second advert was intended to promote Kit Kat, a chocolate bar made by Nestlé in the United Kingdom (in the U.S. it is manufactured by the Hershey Company). It showed a modified, unlicensed version of the 1975 Atari game Breakout — only with chocolate instead of bricks.

And Atari’s none too happy about it!