A Collection of Classic Apple Computers Is Up For Bid

Before there were Genius Bars, Tekserve was New York City’s top spot for Apple users to take their misbehaving tech products. On August 15, the repair shop closed its doors for good after nearly three decades in business, and now they’re looking for a new home for their collection of classic Macs, Gizmodo reports.

Live Auctioneers will be selling 35 computers from Tekserve’s Mac Museum in an online auction on August 23. Highlights from the collection include a NeXTcube, a 20th Anniversary Mac, and a Macintosh Color Classic. The most noteworthy item of the bunch is the Macintosh 128K, which bears a signature from Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak.

The Macintosh collection is valued at $12,000 to $14,000, but bids have already risen to $29,000. If you don’t have room in your home to display dozens of old-school Apple products, individual pieces from the repair store (like this “Think Different” Jim Henson poster and this melted Macintosh) are also up for sale.

[h/t Gizmodo]

All images courtesy of Live Auctioneers.

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Your Apple Watch Can Now Be Paired With an FDA-Approved EKG Monitor

In addition to being able to tell time and message friends, the Apple Watch serves as a wearable health and fitness tracker: It can offer workout suggestions, monitor your heart rate, and even help detect sleep apnea in sufferers.

Now, when paired with a third-party band dubbed the AliveCor KardiaBand, it can offer something new to the Apple line: functionality as part of an FDA-approved medical device for EKG monitoring.

To be clear, the Apple Watch itself wasn’t subject to FDA approval: The company doesn’t want to slow down its development schedule by seeking the stamp of a government review process. The approval was granted to the KardiaBand wrist strap accessory, which delivers EKG monitoring that can detect signs of atrial fibrillation (heart arrhythmia) or abnormal heart rhythm by having wearers place a thumb on the band sensor and wait 30 seconds. Unusual readings can then be passed along to your doctor. (The device can differentiate between a high heart rate due to exertion and one outside the boundaries of a body at rest.)

EKG, or electrocardiography, is typically performed only in hospitals, where the heart’s electrical activity can be continuously monitored via skin-placed electrodes. Having the ability to perform the same function at home could provide early warning signs of serious complications stemming from atrial fibrillation, like a heart attack or stroke.

The KardiaBand is available now for $199. While not required, a subscription to AliveCor’s monitoring software adds cloud storage and monthly physician reports and costs $99 annually.


That A[?] Autocorrection Isn’t the Only Glitch Bugging iPhone Users

If you’ve spent the past several weeks retyping and explaining the weird iPhone 11 glitch that’s turning your “I”s into “A[?]”s, there’s a pretty easy fix for it. But prepare to find yourself annoyed all over again, as the phones are making yet another frustrating autocorrection by changing the word it to I.T.

Though Mashable reports that the problem is not as widespread as the bizarre A[?] problem, the fact that it's regularly changing such a common word is understandably maddening for users affected by the bug. Some people have also reported that their smartphones are automatically changing is to I.S., which is even more nonsensical.

As with the previous issue, MacRumors reports that there is a workaround—two of them, actually:

A temporary workaround is to tap Settings > General > Keyboard > Text Replacement and enter "it" as both the phrase and shortcut, but some users insist this solution does not solve the problem.

A less ideal workaround is to toggle off auto-correction and/or predictive suggestions completely under Settings > General > Keyboard.

The company has yet to say whether iPhone users will have to update their software in order to ensure that this doesn’t become an ongoing problem.

[h/t: Mashable]


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