eBay to auction pristine 1938 #1 Superman comic

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If you’re a comic junkie with very deep pockets, you might want to get ready to bid on this ultimate find – Action Comics #1, from June 1938 and the first time Superman is featured in a comic book. The item goes up for auction exclusively on eBay starting August 14th for 10 days.

It’s estimated there only 50-100 (fewer according to some) unrestored copies of this issue still in existence and this one is being touted as being the finest known copy available.

According to a recent announcement, the comic received a rating of 9.0, the highest ever received, from the Certified Guaranty Company (CGC), a leading 3rd party grading service.

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Applebee’s quietly going “No Tech Tuesday”

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If you’re tired of hearing the people on their smartphones at the next table yelling at the top of their lungs, you’ll be happy to know that one restaurant chain in the U.S. is planning on doing something about it – at least for one day of the week.  Applebee’s plans to introduce “No Tech Tuesday” to all of its 1,800+ restaurants in the US.  In fact, according to reports, the company is filing an application to trademark the phrase.

Installing 100,000 Tablets

What’s perplexing is that back in December 2013, just over seven months ago, the company announcedthat by the end of 2014, it would have completed installation of 100,000 Intel-based E la Carte Presto tablets in their restaurants, so customers can order their meals, pay their bills, play games and have other social media interactions.

There doesn’t appear to be any detailed information as to how the scenario will play out and whether of not those tablets will go dark – on Tuesdays only.  I do find it interesting that on one hand the chain is taking a leap forward embracing new technology but on the other hand, totally doing away with it for one day of the week.

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Apple WWDC Keynote highlight recap

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Another Apple WWDC (Worldwide Developer Conference) keynote has come and gone. While most of the rumour mills were shut down (i.e. there were absolutely no new hardware announcements), there was certainly enough fuel coming out of the Mac OS and the Apple iOS updates to fill up the two-hour live stream and then some.

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Watch Apple WWDC 14 keynote streamed live

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This coming Monday, June 2nd, will mark the start of yet another Apple WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference). Like previous years it kicks off with an opening keynote and, as per usual, no prior information is revealed.  All we know is that it’s being billed as an Apple Special Event “with exciting announcements” and it will be streamed live starting at 10AM PDT (1PM EDT).

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RMDLO Colander hi-tech kitchen strainer

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Colanders or strainers, as some people call them, take up way too much room in the kitchen. Whether one is a gourmet chef, a bachelor or a starving student, it’s one of those necessary items we always need to have around the house.

Given an implied demand and premium for real estate in most countries around the world – the creators Fred & Ran based in London, UK – set out and created the ultimate colander, a true breakthrough in kitchenware design.

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Tennis goes high-tech with Canada’s first connected racquet

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Tennis, as we know it, has been around since 1875. Today, a new door opens up in Canada asBabolat (based in Lyons France), the inventor of the natural gut string racquet (or racket if you prefer), over a century-ago, introduces Babolat Play Pure Drive in Canada offering our country’s first connected tennis racquet.

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Nomad – ChargeCard, ChargeKey makers catch their breath

It’s rare you get a personalized special update message from a company letting you know where they’re at. But this is what happened to me today. Nomad which began as Kickstarter and Indiegogo projects and the makers of ChargeCard and ChargeKey, reviewed here and G4TV.ca, chimed in to tell me that they’ve cleaned up their backorders and are now able to fulfill orders the same day.
They’ve come a long way since their crowdfunding project kickstarted back in 2012 starting with the two co-founders in their grandparent’s basement to a full-fledged operation of 15 people in the heart of San Francisco.
So far, they’ve:
- Made over $2.5M in sales since launch
- Shipped nearly 100,000 cables
- Fulfilled all Kickstarter and Indiegogo pledges and pre-sales
- Become one of the top Shopify stores, the second in gross sales in the electronics category
Glad to hear about Nomad’s entrepreneurial success and look forward in hearing about their 3rd product which they are in the process of launching.

Windows XP vulnerabilities go way beyond home and office PC

Greg-Gazin-Senior-EditorEDMONTON, AB, April 8, 2014/ Troy Media/ – Windows XP is more than just a desktop and notebook computer operation system. It is also used in a significant number of retail point-of-sale systems (POS), restaurant systems and even ATM Banking machines are running it.

And with Microsoft ending support for XP today, April 8th, all of these systems will be vulnerable to severe data breaches such as theft of credit card numbers and other personal information.

Christopher Pogue, Director for Chicago-based Trustwave, an information and security company, said that everyone still using Microsoft Windows XP – and there is a significant number of them – should be concerned. “XP has been in production since 2001 and (is the) de-facto standard in many business verticals like point-of sale systems,” he said.

But even worse, he added, are those people who don’t even know their systems are running XP.  READ MORE AT TROY MEDIA

Transporter private cloud platform now open to developers

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When Connected Data introduced Transporter a year or so ago, the idea was to be able to give you your own peer-to-peer private cloud a no-fee storage alternative and offer the functionality of cloud services like Dropbox, Box and SkyDrive and private storage options like Pogoplug.

The beauty of the product is that you have control over where the device is located and vis-a-vis where your data is stored. You buy it once and there are never any ongoing fees to pay. It’s simple to use and your data is accessible – to you and anyone you wish to share it with – on-line from anywhere, but it’s private and not stored in any public cloud.

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Curl up with 15,000 Marvel comics for $0.99

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As winter seems to never want to end, perhaps this is a good time to roll up with a good comic book – or m

aybe 15,000.  For a limited time, to celebrate SXSW Interactive 2014, Marvel is offering unlimited access to their massive collection, spanning their 75 years, for an entire month, for under a dollar.

They’re not holding back on new titles, either. Selections include the top-selling Age of Ultron and all the first issues from Marvel NOW! The company says they’re also adding new and classic titles every week with some appearing within six-months after being offering in stores.  READ MORE AT CANOE TECH BLOG