In today’s Remainders: impressive feats: Superman’s first comic book appearance sells for $US1.5m at auction; RIM posts its most impressive quarter ever; Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet performed… over Twitter; researchers create a full-screen Braille display; and more.
• An issue of Action Comics from 1938 that saw Superman’s first comic book appearance was sold for $US1.5 million today at an auction. The buyer wished to remain anonymous, because he wanted to avoid the mob of women that will undoubtedly flock to him in coming weeks. [Wired UK]
• A new version of MobileMe’s Gallery app has a new contacts feature that lets you sniff out your friends’ galleries for perusal on your iPhone or iPod Touch. [MacWorld]
• RIM quietly keeps on raking money into piles – their Q4 2009 results reported that their net profits were up 37 per cent year-over-year. In Q4 they sold 10.5 million BlackBerries, breaking their previous record of 10.2 million that they set last spring. Doesn’t change the fact that they’re making their piles with the most boring rakes on the market. [Electronista]
• Using a “hyrdaulic and latching mechanism”, researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a new Braille system that could make for cheaper gadgets will full-screen Braille displays. Current devices use an expensive piezo-ceramic system that can only display one 80 character line at a time. [Wired]
• Starting April 12, in a collaborative effort between the Royal Shakespeare Company and Channel 4 in the UK, Romeo and Juliet will be performed… on Twitter. They’re keeping the details under wraps until its closer to the Tweet-date, but hopefully it will get kids to appreciate the timeless *X’d <3ers. [Guardian]