The Playboy Mansion, a cultural icon that has stood for years as a sort of male Shangri-La for the fantasy brand, has been put up for sale. But there are two major caveats involved with this era-ending sale: The mansion will cost the buyer a whopping $200 million, and 89-year-old Playboy founder Hugh Hefner gets to stay, according to a report from TMZ.An official real estate listing for the West Hollywood home will take place sometime in the next month. Located on a 6 acre estate in the Holmby Hills, the home was first constructed in 1927. The exorbitant price tag for the historic home would make it among the most expensive private residences in the United States. That said, it is definitely worth an insane amount of money, even without its hallowed history. A comparably-sized lot in the area recently sold for $60 million. Playboy reportedly paid just $1 million for the home when it was purchased 45 years ago.While it may seem odd to buy a place in which the … [Read more...] about End of an era: The Playboy Mansion is up for sale at $200M, but Hef gets to stay
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Today on DT Daily: How to check the weather… everywhere, Apple cleaned up this Christmas, and a seriously cool vintage Corvette is up for sale.A million years ago, if you wanted to check the weather, you either went outside and took your chances or you waited until the 5 o’clock news to get a typically inaccurate forecast.Smartphones changed all that, of course. Now you can use any number of apps to get an instant forecast. But the BloomSky device takes things a step further. The little weather-sensing globe measures wind, humidity, temperature, precipitation and more, and then sends the data to your phone so you know exactly what the weather is like where you live. Plus, it takes a timelapse video of the sky each day. The video and all that info then goes into the cloud – the techie cloud, that is.If there are other BloomSky units in your area, you can tap into them as well. A basic Bloomsky module is $150 on preorder, but we recommend the solar kit with an indoor … [Read more...] about DT Daily: Hyperlocal weather gadget, Apple dominates, rare Corvette for sale
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) flat-out denied reports that the National Security Agency had been quietly exploiting a widespread flaw in Internet security called the Heartbleed bug for years, as reported by Bloomberg news on Friday — accusations that sent shock waves of concern and frustration through Internet users.“The Federal government was not aware of the recently identified vulnerability in OpenSSL until it was made public in a private sector cybersecurity report,” reads an official statement posted Friday to a blog maintained by the government agency. “If the Federal government, including the intelligence community, had discovered this vulnerability prior to last week, it would have been disclosed to the community responsible for OpenSSL.”The alarming Bloomberg report claimed that the country’s top spy agency had discovered the security vulnerability shortly after it emerged, and has routinely used it to collect … [Read more...] about Did the NSA exploit the Heartbleed bug for years?
In 2006, California Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Assembly Bill 32 into law, which made the Golden State the first to limit greenhouse gases and was a huge step toward the 2025 54.5-mpg fuel economy standard embraced by the U.S. auto industry.Not too long after, he was picking up the keys to a 5-ton harbinger of death called the Unimog U1300, which has a 6.4-liter diesel engine that is sure to keep environmentalists up at night. Arnie’s big book of one-liners is already bursting at the seams, but “Do as I say, not as I do” needs to be in there somewhere.Now, according to Mercedes-Benz Passion, the behemoth Unimog has been put up for sale, giving any would-be action stars the chance to send Prius drivers scurrying.Listed at 208,250 EUR ($273,250), the Unimog was customized specifically for Schwarzenegger and is road-legal both in the U.S. and Germany. The 320-horsepower engine churns the U1300’s massive 22-inch wheels up to a top speed of around 60 mph … [Read more...] about Get to da Unimog! Schwarzenegger’s military-grade Mercedes U1300 is up for sale
2013 kicked off not with an explosive bang in the video game industry, but a sucking implosion that resulted in one of game publishing’s heavyweights dissolving in spectacular fashion. The once mighty THQ was, after many attempts to stay open, forced to shut the whole thing down and liquidate its assets. Those assets were gobbled up in short order. Ubisoft walked away with the Obsidian-developed South Park: The Stick of Truth; Crytek held onto the Homefront license it was already working with; Koch Media snagged Volition Studios and its Saints Row series. The biggest pieces of the pie were split up and are now being worked into future plans. THQ was a big company, though, and many properties were left unclaimed, including series like cult hit Darksiders. That property and others go up for sale in April.As reported by Kotaku, everything left in THQ’s once formidable war chest of intellectual properties will be sold to the highest bidders between April 1 and April 15. The … [Read more...] about Darksiders, Red Faction, and the rest of THQ’s library up for sale in April
It’s time to talk about another Google+ – the +1 button Google fairly recently introduced. The feature was officially rolled out in early June as an answer to the Facebook Like, allowing users to recommend content that their friends will then see via Google’s social search.The +1 button launch brought concerns as to how the application would affect SEO. And while exactly how it affects page rank isn’t entirely obvious yet, we know it does. Which is why it makes perfect sense that +1s are now for sale.A report in The Atlantic brought our attention to a site called Plussem.com, which is offering +1s to boost your site. At Plussem, for $20 you get 50, $70 nets you 250, all the way up to $360 for 2,000. The site describes itself, saying: “Google are [sic] now striking back at Facebook with there [sic] version of the Like button. This will be used to judge contents [sic] worth [sic] by using real people to rate it rather than there [sic] own bots. To … [Read more...] about Google ‘+1’s for sale!
It’s been ten years in the making, but now finally official: the Fab Four have arrived into the 21st century. Today Apple began offering all 13 of the Beatles’ studio albums for sale through iTunes making the it the first and only online store to carry the Beatles’ music.Rumors began circulating yesterday after Apple posted a cryptic message on its website: “Tomorrow is just another day. That you’ll never forget.” Speculation ranged from announcements about an iTunes cloud service to “free music for everyone!” The latter of those predictions turned out to be the closest to the reality. Except replace “free” with “not free” and specify “music” as “Beatles albums.”Right now you can head over to iTunes and download “Revolution 1” and other songs for $1.29 a pop and complete studio albums for $12.99. The White Album and two compilation albums are selling for $19.99 each. … [Read more...] about The Beatles now for sale on iTunes
Legendary hip-hop producer, Dr. Dre, has pulled some material from his extensive vault of unreleased tracks, premiering a new song called Naked as well as several previously unheard freestyles and remixes on this week’s installment of his Beats 1 radio show, The Pharmacy.The new track, which features vocalists Marsha Ambrosius and Sly Piper, is a classic high-energy siren song, complete with quick-rapped bars, synth strings, and a slow boom-bap undercarriage. (You can give it a listen below.)In a vocal interlude during his weekly Internet radio show, Dre said that most of his music doesn’t see the light of day. “The majority of it is not for sale,” he said, “If you are a recording artist, or any type of artist, everything isn’t for sale.”But with hundreds of unreleased tracks in his so-called “vault,” Dre has plenty of unreleased material to choose from when he decides to make something public.In fact, Naked is likely a B side … [Read more...] about Dr. Dre releases new track on Beats 1 radio, says most of his music will never be for sale
Target announced a big Weekend Holiday Toy sale to take place on Saturday, Nov. 18 online at target.com. The Target Toy sale is only on Saturday, Nov. 18. It will be Targets biggest toy sale of the year. Save 25% on toys (excluding LEGO, Cards Against Humanity, Joking Hazard game, Exploding Kittens, WellieWishers, Barbie Dream Camper, Barbie Dreamhouse, Hot Wheels Super Ultimate Garage and Kamigami).Amazon has announced Black Friday 2017 toy deals that will launch on Friday, Nov. 17. This weekend will be a big opportunity to save on Holiday toy purchases.The Target Weekend sale continues on Sunday, Nov. 19 with a Black Friday TV sale. Target customers can take off 15% off TVs (excluding LG OLED TVs), making it Targets best deal on the largest selection of TVs all season long. Target RedCard members save an additional 5% on the weekend.The first Target Weekend sale took place last weekend and featured 25% off kitchen appliances. Black Friday 2017 is on November 24. The Black Friday … [Read more...] about Target Announces Big Weekend Holiday Toy Sale
The vulnerability that sent Microsoft scrambling yesterday and is being used by hackers now to attack Internet Explorer (IE) users may have been reported 18 months ago or more.In the security advisory it issued yesterday, Microsoft credited a pair of researchers -- Ryan Smith and Alex Wheeler -- with reporting the bug. Smith and Wheeler once worked together at IBM's ISS X-Force, although Wheeler now is at Texas-based 3Com's TippingPoint DVLabs.Wheeler confirmed that he and Smith uncovered the vulnerability, but he gave most of the credit to Smith. Wheeler declined, however, to say when the bug was reported to Microsoft. "I don't feel comfortable talking about that," he said, citing a non-disclosure agreement related to the vulnerability that he signed at the time. Instead, he steered questions to his former employer, ISS X-Force."But we worked on it prior to my time with TippingPoint," Wheeler acknowledged. Wheeler, who is the manager of DVLabs, started at TippingPoint in January … [Read more...] about Microsoft May have Known About Critical IE Bug for Months