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Steve Jobs’ original Apple 1 computer prototype is up for auction

July 27, 2022

An historic computer prototype that once belonged to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has been listed for auction, reports Fox Business. 

The 1976 prototype—which was called the  Apple 1  —was hand-soldered by co-founder Steve Wozniak, according to RR Auction—a Boston-based auction house.

Jobs reportedly presented the Apple 1 to Paul Terrell, the world’s first personal computer retail shop owner.

The Apple 1’s demonstration is said to have happened at Terrell’s computer store, which was named The Byte Shop, in Mountain View, California—and the demo led Terrell to request a fully assembled computer that would later be sold for $666.66.

Eventually, Terrell submitted a purchase order of 50 Apple 1 computers.

“That was the biggest single episode in all of the company’s history,” said Wozniak, the computer engineer who designed the Apple 1 and Apple 2.

“Nothing in subsequent years was so great and so unexpected,” he told RR Auction.

The current owner of the Apple 1 prototype hasn’t been named, but RR Auction reports that the anonymous seller obtained it from Jobs approximately 30 years ago. RR Auction said the prototype was soldered onto a “unique ‘Apple Computer A’ printed circuit board” and matches Polaroid photographs Terrell snapped in the 1970s.

“The board’s present condition lends some insight into Jobs’ opinion of it: He saw the prototype not as something to be enshrined, but as something to be repurposed,” the auction house wrote in its product listing. “Several of the ICs have been plucked from their sockets, as have the microprocessor and other components—presumably for use on early production Apple 1 computers.”

Although the prototype is missing pieces and has visible cracks on its upper right side, RR Auction said the computer’s new owner can recreate components based on the photographs Terrell captured.

The auction for the prototype will close on Thursday, August 18, at 7 p.m. (EDT).

RR Auction estimates the prototype has a $500,000 value. So far, 15 bids have been placed.

“There is no Apple 1 without this prototype board — it’s the holy grail of Steve Jobs and Apple memorabilia,” said Bobby Livingston, executive vice president at RR Auction, in an email to Fox Business.

As of Monday, July 25, the leading bid is $278,005.

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Ringo Starr to auction off NFT digital artwork: ‘Spreading peace and love in the metaverse’

May 31, 2022

Ringo Starr is drumming up some digital dollars with his NFT collection Julien’s Auctions recently announced that it is kicking off an exclusive auction offering one-of-a-kind digital works of art with its accompanying signed canvas prints created by the artist—making him the first member of the Fab Four to do so, reports Fox Business.

The auction, “Ringo Starr NFT Collection—The Creative Mind of a Beatle,” will take place on Monday, June 13. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Lotus Foundation, which supports charitable projects “aimed at advancing social welfare in diverse areas,” including cancer, homelessness and animals in need, among others.

I only ever wanted to be a drummer, yet you never know where a new idea or path will lead you,” the 81-year-old said in a statement to Fox Business. “This new technology is so far out it’s inspired me, and I loved creating these NFTs combining my art and music. Who’d have thought I would be spreading peace and love in the metaverse?”

The collection features five original art pieces made by Starr, including two paintings, one self-portrait and two hybrid works. Each piece will also come with an audio recording of Starr performing an original composition inspired by the piece on the drums.

Ownership of the NFT grants the owner access to join Starr on a virtual tour of his digital gallery experience, RingoLand. All the winning bidders can also join Starr in this virtual hangout created by Spatial.io on webv, VR or mobile via private invitation after the auction. Each of the 20 NFTs has a starting bid of $1,000.

The musician took to social media to announce the auction.

“I am excited to join this digital art community and look forward to continuing to learn and build in Web3,” said Starr. “I’ve been doing art for many, many years, with paint, stencils, digitally, spin art … I’m honored to be part of this community.”

“It’s really important to have a platform to display your art and to be in control of how it is shared and appreciated,” he added.

The metaverse has been depicted as the internet brought to life or at least rendered in 3D. Mark Zuckerberg has described it as a “virtual environment” you can go inside—instead of just looking at it on a screen.

Essentially, it’s a world of endless, interconnected virtual communities where people can meet, work, and play; using virtual reality headsets, augmented reality glasses, smartphone apps or other devices.

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Ritz and Oreo collaborate on limited-edition sweet-and-salty snack

May 31, 2022

Have you ever had a craving for something sweet and salty?  Then, a new limited-time offer might be the right snack for you, reports Fox Business.

Starting on Thursday, May 26, “RITZ x OREO” became available for online purchase at a special website (www.oreo.com/ritz).

The two brands, both owned by Mondelez International, have joined together to create a new sweet-and-salty snack: One side is an Oreo cookie with cream filling. The other side is a Ritz cracker with peanut butter.

Oreo announced the collaboration just days ago—and left fans with mixed feelings. One user responded to the announcement on social media by saying, “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.”

Another took a different stance, responding, “Look, y’all need to stop!! I don’t need another reason to love OREOS!!!”

Alexis Yap, senior brand manager at Ritz, released a statement about the collaboration.  “Over the past few years,” she said, “RITZ has been exploring innovative partnerships and experiences to spark excitement around our iconic, buttery cracker. We couldn’t resist the opportunity to collaborate with our friends at Oreo on a snack that’s part salty cracker, part chocolate cookie and entirely delicious.”

Customers can go to the website to order any exclusive packs. What’s more, Ritz and Oreo are releasing an Instagram filter that will enable customers to see just how sweet or salty they are.

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Tom Brady offers Bitcoin to fan who spent over $500,000 on ‘last’ TD football

March 31, 2022

Most of us feel sorry for the unlucky NFL fan who bid $518,628 to own the football that was hurled by Tom Brady in his last career touchdown pass before announcing his retirement early in February.

But those tears are turning to cheers, according to a report by Fox Business. The super fan is now going to be getting some reimbursement after the reinstated Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback made a plea on their behalf.

Brady, 44, announced last week that he would be coming out of his brief retirement after realizing that his place is “still on the field and not in the stands.” But while most fans were likely elated by the news, the unfortunate bidder had spent half a million on Brady’s final touchdown pass just hours earlier.

“The value of the ball could drop dramatically,” Darren Julien, president and CEO of Julien’s Auctions, which was not involved in the sale, told Barron’s. “It’s a unique situation, and the buyer has no recourse to return it.”

Hearing about the unfortunate bid, Brady took to social media to make a plea on behalf of the buyer. “Hey @FTX_Official …could we donate a Bitcoin to the charity of this person’s choice?!” he said on Twitter, addressing the Crypto firm that he and his wife Gisele hold equity in. 

The firm responded back with an even better offer.

“Let’s make it happen, Brady. But what do you say, we give him a bitcoin too?” 

With the value of bitcoin at around $40,000 apiece, the unknown buyer isn’t anywhere close to recovering his losses-but at least he knows that Tom cares.

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Inside 2022 Oscars’ swanky, six-figure bags that A-list stars will take home

March 24, 2022

Academy Award star nominees will be receiving gift bags of epic proportions at the 2022 Oscars on Sunday, March 27, reports Fox Business.

Titled “Everyone Wins,” the six-figure swag bags will go to acting and directing nominees in attendance at the 94th Academy Awards, according to Los Angeles-based Distinctive Assets—the company that has been tasked putting together the cornucopia of carefully curated goods for some 20 years. It is not affiliated with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

The likes of Denzel Washington and Steven Spielberg, as well as Kristen Stewart and many others, will be handed vouchers and items—ranging from the tamest giveaways in the form of flavor wrapped popcorn kernels from Opopop to Ariti gold-infused olive oil, to biscuits and wafers from Bahlsen Biscuits; to sizable plots of land in Scotland, courtesy of Highland Titles, in which the title of new landowner also comes with the distinction of being called Lords and Ladies of Glencoe.

“The companies we feature have amazing products and services while also embracing diversity, inclusion, health, and philanthropy,” Lash Fary, who created the original gift bag, said in a statement obtained by Fox Business. “We are not only celebrating these incredible nominees but also a return to normalcy in a post-pandemic world.”

Gift bag recipients also will receive an all-inclusive stay at Turin Castle in Scotland. “Turin Castle was built in 1659 and stands majestically in the heart of Scotland,” a gift guide obtained by Fox Business reads.

“Exclusive and by invitation only — a stay at the Castle will transport you back to the 17th century, but with all the luxuries of modern life. The nominee’s stay will include: private use of the entire ten-bedroom Castle for two guests for three nights, fully-inclusive butler service and dining, bagpiper welcome on arrival, private gin tasting, and fully-personalized concierge service.”

Despite the valuation of the bag, Fary maintains “that is neither our focus nor goal” in handpicking the items.

“A great gift has nothing to do with a price tag,” he continued. “This year’s nominee package is particularly meaningful—as we pay tribute to a milestone anniversary and also celebrate the resilience of all involved after the challenges of the past two years. Despite perpetual bad news globally, it’s also an important form of self-preservation and self-care to carve out a little room for the fun, festive and fabulous.”

Other freebies include Art Lipo body enhancements from Dr. Thomas Su, healthy meal delivery from NutriFit, microwavable Warmies stuffed animals, Serucell cellular protein anti-aging serum, a “SeaWorld Blows” inflatable Orca from PETA, and a slew of other health and age-defying holistic remedies; in addition to renewable stays at the famed Golden Door, just to name a few.

Film industry’s biggest night will be hosted by Amy Schumer, as well as actress Regina Hall and fellow funny woman Wanda Sykes.

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Starbucks scraps vaccine mandate

January 21, 2022

Employees at Starbucks—all 228,000 of them nationwide— are no longer required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, reports Fox Business.

Roughly a week after the Supreme Court reversed President’s Biden workplace vaccine mandate, the coffee chain is following suit, according to The Associated Press.

“We respect the Court’s ruling and will comply,” Starbucks Chief Operating Officer John Culver wrote in a memo to employees.

Still, the coffee chain is encouraging all workers to be vaccinated and boosted against the virus.  “I want to emphasize that we continue to believe strongly in the spirit and intent of the mandate,” Culver added. “Thank you to the more than 90% of partners who have already disclosed their vaccination status, and to the vast majority who are now fully vaccinated.”

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Turkey Hill is offering ‘free ice cream for life’ if you can guess its mystery flavor

January 12 , 2022

Turkey Hill is going to be giving away free ice cream—a 48-ounce container of ice cream gratis once a month—to a limited number of people who correctly guess its upcoming mystery flavor, reports Fox Business.

The Pennsylvania-based ice cream manufacturer announced that the contest will run through Monday, March 14.

“Think you and your family can guess our new Mystery Flavor? Here’s your chance to put your taste buds to the test,” Turkey Hill wrote in a tweet on Tuesday, January 4. “You have until 3/14/22 to solve the most chilling mystery. Visit https://turkeyhill.com/mysteryflavor to enter for your chance to win ice cream for life.”

Unlike other food contests—which reserve their offers to one person at a time—Turkey Hill’s sweepstakes rules state that the company is extending a variety of free ice cream prizes to a list of winners.

There will be one grand prize, which is the lifetime supply. Turkey Hill’s “for life” offer will technically last for a maximum of 50 years, but in that time, the winner will be awarded a 48-ounce container of ice cream per month. That’s a whopping 1,800 pounds of ice cream if the winner redeems the full 50 years—a total approximate retail value of $3,859.40, according to the current suggested retail price in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

The other prizes Turkey Hill will be awarded to correct Mystery Flavor guessers include ten free ice cream offers for one year, 15 free ice cream offers for six months, and 30 free ice cream offers for three months.

“Surprising our fans with a delicious, but mysterious new flavor is what the Mystery Flavor is all about,” Turkey Hill Vice President of Marketing Kriston Ohm said in a statement. “We like to have fun at Turkey Hill and we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to bring the unexpected to the freezer aisle. Our new Mystery Flavor is sure to sneak some mystery and intrigue into homes across the nation-we can’t wait for you to try it.”

If you’re looking to put your name in the running, you can scan the QR code that’s printed on Turkey Hill’s limited-edition mystery flavor container or you can simply visit TurkeyHill.com/MysteryFlavor. Contest hopefuls can submit one guess per day along with their contact information. Putting in multiple submissions in a single day with alternative email or mailing addresses will lead to disqualification.

Contest entrants must be 18 or older, but entrants between the ages of 13 and 17 can enter if they have their parent or guardian’s permission.

Guesses for the mystery flavor guess must be submitted no later than March 14, at 11:59:59 (ET).

Turkey Hill’s winners will be selected the next day through a random drawing, and they will be contacted about their prizes through email or U.S. mail. Once the winners have claimed their prizes, their identities will be revealed on Turkey Hill’s Mystery Flavor contest page.

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Survey: 48% of teachers are considering quitting their jobs; 38% are on the verge of changing careers

January 11, 2022

A recent survey showed that nearly half of teachers are considering quitting their jobs—with about one-third of respondents admitting that they might leave the profession entirely, reports Fox Business.

Data from Teachers Pay Teachers, an online forum for curriculum content for teachers, revealed that 48% of 6,000 teachers surveyed in November said they had considered changing jobs in the past month—an increase from 32% in June, K-12 Dive reports.

The outlet noted that 34% of those teachers surveyed said they had considered changing careers in the past month and 11% said they considered taking a leave of absence. 

“Ten years ago, the program enrollment for traditional ed [education] programs started to decrease,” Dr. Heather Sparks, director of Teacher Education at Oklahoma City University, said in an interview that aired on Varney and Co. on Monday, January 10.

“People are just not valuing the profession anymore,” she added. “These are folks who put in four years and then some, continue to get training even after their degree. and yet are paid minimally compared to other professionals who have four-year degrees.”

Schools nationwide say they are dealing with significant teacher shortages, and some principals are saying the start of the school year was the most difficult one yet.

Officals are pointing to an array of factors that have converged to create the vacancies in the wake of COVID-19, and experts warn the problem may not be fixed any time soon.

Administrators are being called into the classroom in some districts dealing with teacher shortages, and several places are calling on retirees to step in and fill the voids.

As teachers continue to flee the profession, studies show fewer college students are pursuing education degrees – a trend researchers had seen long before COVID-19 hit.

Enrollment in education programs at Louisiana colleges has fallen by nearly 8,000 students over the past two decades, according to statewide enrollment data from the Louisiana Board of Regents.

The pandemic is not the sole reason why teachers are leaving the profession, but it has contributed to the burnout that has been common among educators for years.

“Teachers, because of COVID and other reasons, are under a lot of stress,” teacher and President of the Lafayette Parish Association of Educators Julia Reed said at a school board meeting last October 6, according to the Lafayette Daily Advertiser.

Reed noted that, when she speaks with teachers, “their No. 1 issue is not money; it’s workload.”

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Ringo Starr announces coffee table book for charity

December 24, 2021

Ringo Starr has announced his intention to pen a coffee table book full of photos and memories from his days as a member of The Beatles—and the signed copies, at $495 each—will benefit a charity, reports Fox Business.

Lifted–Fab Images and Memories in My Life with the Beatles from Across the Universe,” is due by Valentine’s Day 2022, according to Julien’s Auctions, the book’s exclusive retailer.

Proceeds from the limited edition book will benefit The Lotus Foundation, which is focused on “advancing social welfare in diverse areas, included but not limited to substance abuse, cerebral palsy, brain tumors, cancer, battered women and their children, homelessness, and animals in need,” per the organization’s website.

According to Julien’s, the book will offer up the 81-year-old drummer‘s “singular and revealing perspective on his time in the greatest band in music history.”

“I am not writing this book as a Beatles historian,” Starr said in a statement shared online. “I’m writing this book as a Beatle—and there’s only a couple of us who can do that.”

He added that he didn’t keep all the photos included in the book, but they’d recently circled back into his life “from here, there and everywhere—online and off.”

The pictures, he said, “have somehow helped me get back to seeing my life with The Fab Four through fresh eyes.”

“A lot of the photos in this book I spotted on my phone and on my computer and ‘lifted’ them because they brought back so many fabulous memories,” he continued.

“In recent years, I’d gather these Beatles photos that I sometimes barely remembered. After a while, I thought, how great it would be to ‘lift’ these fantastic photos and some of my other favorites for charity and tell my true tales that they inspire about what the four of us—John, Paul, George and Ringo—went through back in the day. And the best thing is that it’s all for a good cause because the money is going to our Lotus Foundation.”

“So this a book full of Beatle images that many people haven’t seen and stories that I’m sharing with a little help from my longtime writer friend David Wild,” said Starr. “We’ve all been through a pretty tough time for a lot of people who’ve been locked down, and this book has really lifted my spirits and took me back to where I once belonged in a whole new way.”

He concluded: “And in the end, that’s why this new book is called ‘Lifted.’ The Beatles changed my life forever. So it’s about getting back and giving back.”

Five hundred copies of of the book will be produced as a hardcover “signature edition” signed by Starr.

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