Apple computer sells for record $905K in NY: Bonhams

File photo of an Apple-1 computer, built in 1976, on display at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CaliforniaOne of the first Apple computers ever built has sold in New York for $905,000, leading Bonhams auction house to declare it the world’s most expensive computer relic. The Apple-1 computer, built by hand in 1976 by Steve Wozniak in Apple co-founder Steve Jobs’ garage or his sister’s bedroom, fetched nearly twice its pre-sale high estimate, Bonhams said. It was bought by the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, the auction house said. The Apple-1 is considered a vanguard of the personal computer revolution, being the first pre-assembled personal computer ever sold.

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US stores hire big with high hopes for holiday shopping

A FedEx delivery man crosses 7th Avenue near New York's Times Square, as snow falls during the rush hour on January 21, 2014Package shipper FedEx said Tuesday it would add 50,000 temporary workers for the November-January holiday shopping season, aiming to avoid last year’s debacle when it and rival UPS were overwhelmed by the online sales surge, resulting in a huge number of deliveries missing the December 25 Christmas target. UPS earlier said it was adding up to 95,000 holiday workers to meet what all analysts agree will be another banner season for shipper-dependent online sales. The National Retail Federation is optimistic, predicting consumers will go on a $617 billion splurge this holiday season, 4.1 percent higher than last year.

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US urgent air bag warning affects 7.8 mn cars

A crash-test dummy at Takata's crash-testing facility on August 19, 2010 in Auburn Hills, MichiganUS auto safety officials expanded an urgent warning over of autos with potentially deadly defective Takata air bags to 7.8 million vehicles, 3.1 million more than previously stated. Owners of the cars should “take immediate action” to address the airbag issue, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. The agency said that recalls due to the air bag problem involved 10 different automakers, compared to six mentioned it its Monday warning. The vehicles are being recalled because of the risk an air bag could improperly inflate and rupture, potentially sending shrapnel into the car’s occupants.

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