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Apple’s First WSJ Mention: Just Three Words in 1978

7:56 PM, Apr. 17th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Three words in 1978: "Apple Computer, Inc." Those words are thought to be the first mention of the today's most valuable company in The Wall Street Journal. In an article about using "so called personal computers" in investing published 36 years ago today, Apple warranted a mention merely as one of the more popular brands. That's interesting in and of itself, but what's fascinating is that none of the other companies—Imsai Manufacturing Corp, the MITS division of Pertec Computing Corp., and Processor Technology Corp.—are left. The article also mentions Commodore, Western Digital Corp., IBM, Altair, Radio Shack (the TRS-80), Floppy Disks ("which look like very thin 45-rpm records"), and a few other relics from that era. (There's a PDF version of the article if you want to read the original.)

RadioShack Planning iPhone 5s Discount this Friday

5:51 PM, Apr. 17th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

iPhone 5s

RadioShack is planning a promotion on Apple's iPhone 5s for this Friday, according to online reports. The electronics retailer will drop the price of a 16GB iPhone 5s to US$99 with a two year contract in the U.S., a discount of $100 off of the normal $199 price.    Bring in an eligible iPhone 4s to trade in, and you can get it for free.

HTML 5 Crash Course for Beginners - $29

4:42 PM, Apr. 17th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

HTML 5 Crash Course for Beginners

We know that our readers love the training courses and tutorial deals our friends at StackSocial have put together, and today's a good one for the future, HTML 5 Crash Course for Beginners, and it's priced at only $29. That's a 70. percent discount from the regular price of $99, and you're getting 46 lectures and 9.5 hours of content, including:

  • 15 lectures introducing HTML for newcomers
  • 15 lectures on accessing the HTML5 canvas for drawing
  • 6 lectures on using geolocation, local storage & advanced forms
  • 4 lectures on embedding HTML5 audio & video
  • 2 lectures introducing microdata, web workers and offline web apps

If you've been saying to yourself, "I should learn HTML 5," this is your chance, so giddy up!

The Mimimalist Aluminum RADIUS iPhone 5/5s Case

6:28 PM, Apr. 15th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Check out the RADIUS iPhone5 Case for iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s from REIGN23. It was originally and successfully funded through Kickstarter, and I think it's a study in minimalist design intended to protect the corners of your iPhone. It's made of T6061 Aluminum (an alloy with magnesium and silicon) and it's assembled with stainless steel screws. Better yet, it weighs just 5 grams—for those of us in the States, that's 0.20 ounces. It comes in Red & Slate/Black, Gold, Natural/Silver, or Slate/Black, and it's priced at US$69.99. I think it looks sexy as heck, and I might even review it.

LaCie Warns Customers of Year-Long Credit Card Breach

5:25 PM, Apr. 15th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Oops

LaCie warned its customers on Monday of a credit card breach that lasted almost a year. The company said that unauthorized persons gained access to customer transactions that took place between March 27th, 2013 and March 10th, 2014, and that it was taking its ecommerce service offline while, "we transition to a provider that specializes in secure payment processing services."

Entry-Level Bitcoin Mining Gear for Mac, Windows, and Linux [Update]

11:11 PM, Apr. 14th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Link

Entry Level Bitcoin Mining Gear

The world of Bitcoin mining can be confusing if you're new. You'll need to buy specialized mining gear based on ASICs, but the good news is that there are several entry-level options available, and you can run them from your Mac, a Windows PC, or a Linux box. Bryan Chaffin has the details. [Updated with current pricing information on 4/14/2014]