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An anonymous bidder laid out a cool $91K and change in an online auction to put an extra-special Iron Man Limited Edition Galaxy S6 Edge in their pocket, agreeing to pay 100 times the retail price for the device due to its 66 serial number (in China six is considered a lucky number, and thus 66 is doubly so). Yes, you read that right, and no, it is not the 1st of April, not in the U.S., China, or anywhere else today on our spinning blue rock.  The JD.com auction for the devilishly cool Iron Man Limited Edition Galaxy S666 Edge comes just two weeks after another one of the Edge-y... Read more...
If you have a ton of money to throw at a computer, you can go in one of two directions -- either all out and load it up with the latest and greatest cutting edge components, or old school (as in, really old school) and pick up a vintage system that's so dated and rare that it's now become a high-priced collectible. The Henry Ford museum complex took the latter route by winning an auction for one of the first Apple-1 computers. The winning bid was $905,000, shipping not included. That bid qualifies the auctioned off Apple-1 as the most expensive Apple computer ever sold, trumping the $671,400 price... Read more...
Online auction site eBay announced today that its board of directors approved a plan to split eBay and PayPal into independent publicly traded companies in 2015. By spinning PayPal off into its own business, the board feels both companies will be in a better position to capitalize on their respective growth opportunities. "eBay and PayPal will be sharper and stronger, and more focused and competitive as leading, standalone companies in their respective markets," said eBay Inc. President and CEO John Donahoe. "As independent companies, eBay and PayPal will enjoy added flexibility to pursue new market... Read more...
Attention all eBay users, go ahead and change your password to the auction site. Like, right now -- we'll wait. Take your time, we'll be here when you get back. Finished? Good! Don't worry, it wasn't an arbitrary exercise -- eBay later today will be sending out emails and posting notices asking you to change your password due to a security breach. Some placeholder pages were spotted online by savvy web users that seemed to suggest a notice was forthcoming. The folks at The Wall Street Journal got in touch with eBay and found out that a cyberattack compromised a database containing encrypted passwords... Read more...
It might seem hard to fathom, but $300,000 is hardly the most expensive lunch date ever. In fact, it's not even the most expensive lunch date with Tim Cook, CEO of Apple. In a charity auction last year, the winning bid to spend some time with Cook eating and chewing the fat came to over $600,000, which obliterated what had been a record $255,000 winning bid for a sit down with former U.S. President Bill Clinton. By comparison, this year's winning bid is a steal. The CharityBuzz auction for lunch with Tim Cook this year brought in $300,001 for the RFK Center for Justice and Human rights. That's... Read more...
Ever since terrestrial broadcasters shut down their stations and went off the air, the FCC has been mulling what to do with sections of spectrum and how that wireless space should be allocated between wireless broadcasters and other types of use. It's a complicated issue, in that much of the frequency in question is in the valuable 1GHz band. Verizon and AT&T have both expressed a great deal of interest in sucking that bandwidth down -- but given the strength and reach of the two carriers, the FCC is evaluating rules that would limit their spectrum purchases in order to encourage competition.... Read more...
It's unfortunate that today's generation is more likely to associate David Hasselhoff with his drunken attempt at eating a cheeseburger off of the floor than with his portrayal of Michael Knight, a high-tech crime fighter who rode around in one of the coolest cars of all time, a 1982 Pontiac Trans Am, otherwise known as KITT. What made KITT so awesome was the integrated artificial intelligence. Long before Siri, Google Now, or Cortana existed, KITT was giving Knight directions and saving his bacon time and again. Good news if you're a fan of the original Knight Rider series - KITT is for sale.... Read more...
The auction price for one of the original (and still working) Apple-1 computers started at $116,000 and was expected to fetch somewhere between $260,000 and $400,000 when Christie’s put it on the block in Germany. Instead, it set a record: $671,400, or about $520,000 euros. The previous record, according to the New York Times, was set at an auction of another working Apple-1 last year at $640,00. (We’ll resist the urge to make an “Apple tax” joke here.) Originally, the Apple-1 sold for $666.66 back in 1976 (or roughly $2,700 when adjusted for modern-day inflation). It’s... Read more...
History tells us that when the next Apple I (or Apple-1, if you prefer) goes up for sale this weekend at an auction house in Germany, it will fetch an obscene amount of money for what amounts to an obsolete system. It's not that anyone is buying these things to run legacy software, mind you, they're doing it to own a piece of history, and they're paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in the process. This is the same auction house that sold a working Apple I computer on November 24, 2012 for a record $640,000. Prior to that, the record sat at $374,500 for a system that was auctioned off by Sotheby's... Read more...
eBay announced that it's restructuring its fees for sellers on its online auction site, the timing of which has everything to do with Amazon recently raising fees for merchants on its e-commerce portal. As the price of doing business through Amazon goes up, eBay hopes to attract disgruntled sellers looking to jump ship. In order to do that, eBay needs to make its online auction site a more desirable location to sell products, which entails lowering fees and making its fee structure less complicated. Both are on the top of eBay's agenda. Rather than a tiered fee structure, eBay is transitioning... Read more...
Back in October 1976, an introductory ad invited computer users to "Byte into an Apple" for a devilish $666 (and 66 cents). Taking into account inflation, such a system would cost a little over $2,500 today. Throw nostalgia into the mix, however, and the price balloons, as an original Apple I system is expected to rake in as much as $127,000 when it goes up for auction in a couple of months. Auction house Christie's is handling the the sale, and according to the description, this particular unit is a "rare original" that once belonged to Joe Copson, a former Apple employee. The serial number on... Read more...
Still pissed at your parents for trashing your vintage baseball card or comic book collection when you were a teen? Hey, it could worse. Imagine if they would have tossed a barrel of old Apple gear into the garbage bin. Apple nostalgia is apparently commanding premium prices these days, as evidenced by an Apple I motherboard and an old handwritten letter by Steve Jobs from back when he worked for Atari. The working Apple I motherboard fetched $374,500 dollars from the highest bidder at auction house Sotheby's. It's a working piece of history that also includes a couple of user manuals, circuit... Read more...
Ultimate NVIDIA Themed Gaming System for Auction on eBay – 100% of proceeds going to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society!One of the fastest and most tricked out PCs ever built is up for auction on eBay What: One of the fastest, most tricked out PCs ever built has just been put up for auction on eBay. With a one of a kind NVIDIA themed paint job created by Smooth Creations, the system features two watercooled GeForce GTX 295 graphics cards in SLI, NVIDIA 3D Vision Glasses and Samsung 2233RZ 3D Vision Ready Display, an Intel Core i7 975 Extreme Edition CPU, 12GB of Crucial Ballistix DDR3 Memory,... Read more...
Watch out eBay: there’s a new Web auction in town. Rockybid.com launched its unique online auction service earlier this week. This auction service has a business plan that’s like no other auction service we’ve seen to date. In traditional auction fashion, Rockybid starts auctions with a set price (in this case, $0) and sets a time limit for the auction. The auction site differs from eBay and other popular auction outlets in that it adds 15 seconds to the auction countdown clock each time a bid is placed. In addition, prices increase by just $0.01 or $0.15 depending on the auction. The winner of... Read more...
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