This week, the Crave crew and Admiral Sackbar recount the myriad geeky DIY gadgets and projects recently featured on the Crave blog. Also, Donald pitches his idea for a new Ewok TV special; Marvel comics take on a new dimension; and two upcoming movies, "The Lone Ranger" and "Battleship," are the subject of a healthy Geek News debate.
Marvel Comics unveiled a new way to read comic books today at South by Southwest Interactive that involves an augmented reality app and the physical comic itself.
The app, called Marvel AR, is half of the entertainment company's new push to further integrate digital and print comics, an effort it's calling Marvel ReEvolution. The other half is a digital-only line of comics called Marvel Infinite Comics, which will be available to readers from the standard Marvel Comics app for free when they buy the print comic with a digital coupon, when they buy the standard digital comic, or separately as a 99-cent digital download. The first Infinite Comics story will tie in to Avengers versus X-Men and be written by Mark Waid, with art by Stuart Immonen and colors by Marte Gracia. These are big names in the comics business, so Marvel's clearly not publishing throwaway stories, even if they are digital-only and feel more disposable. … Read more
If you're one of those people who loves the tactile feel of a physical comic book and the convenient portability of a digital comic, Marvel Comics wants to make it easier for you to get your hero on.
The publishing company revealed today a plan to include a free digital coupon with all paper comics priced $3.99. Starting in June, books such as "Avengers versus X-Men," "Spider-Men," "Invincible Iron Man," and "Ultimates" will include the coupon. For some readers, you'll no longer have to choose between print or digital for Marvel's big-ticket titles. For other readers, like CNET's Bonnie Cha, this is unlikely to sway them since they're interested mostly in reading only the digital copies.
Not all Marvel books will have the dual-copy deal, but the ones that do will cover all of Marvel's top-shelf comics. The full list of the June titles that will offer the deal is below. Currently, books that cost $3.99 retail at that price in digital and in print. Marvel has yet to reveal a similar value incentive for readers who prefer digital-only, but it wouldn't be surprising if the company came up with one sooner rather than later given their recent history of incentivizing their comics. … Read more
Nerf, "Star Wars," and Marvel gear was everywhere at Hasbro's showcase at the Toy Fair in New York City.
Marvell Semiconductor is trying to get in on the ground floor of the smart home.
Today at the Consumer Electronics Show, the company announced a chipset that can add wireless networking to home appliances and LED light fixtures. The gear is designed to make it relatively cheap for manufacturers to make connected versions of common goods, such as thermostats and dishwashers.
A smart home that lets people remotely monitor and control appliances and electronics is likely to be a theme at CES this year as it was last year.
One of the technical challenges with making household items network-aware is … Read more
One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) will show a $100 tablet at CES, a follow-on to the organization's low-cost laptop, which has been distributed to over 2 million children globally.
OLPC's mission is to provide one connected laptop or tablet to children who have little or no access to education because of insufficient resources.
"We're proud to introduce the XO 3.0 tablet, showcasing the design, durability and performance features that make it a natural successor for our current laptops, which have been distributed to more than 2.4 million children in 42 countries and in 25 languages," said Edward McNierney, chief technology officer of One Laptop per Child, in a statement. … Read more
Google is tapping Santa Clara, Calif.-based Marvell to power its new TV, which will debut next week at CES.
Marvell's ARMADA 1500 HD Media System-on-a-Chip (SoC) has been designed into the next generation of Google TVs debuting at CES 2012, the chip supplier said Thursday. That chip is based on a design from U.K.-based ARM.
"Marvell and Google have teamed up to...[transform] the TV into the command center for our connected lifestyle," Marvell co-founder Weili Dai said in a statement.
The two companies have collaborated on software and chip technologies to grow the … Read more
It's amazing to think how many comic book characters--some from decades ago--are still relevant to pop and geek culture today.
Lately, it feels like there's no end in sight to the surge in superhero-movie releases. In our gallery below, we look at the original comic depiction of several larger-than-life beings compared with their most recent movie equivalents. The differences are astounding, and truly indicate how far animation and artistic quality has evolved over the years.
While we didn't feature every comic book character who's had a makeover recently, we think you'll still enjoy our selections consisting of mostly Marvel (Stan Lee) and DC comic stars. The gallery includes Captain America, Thor, Superman, Green Lantern, Iron Man, Tin-Tin, Spider-Man, X-Men, and Batman. Think there's someone we missed that should be on the list? Leave a comment with your suggestions and we may revise the gallery down the line.
On a related note, it's worth sharing that DC Comics plans to reboot all of its franchises beginning this September.
Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty is an action-adventure game that puts you in the Cap's fittingly patriotic shoes. With trusty shield in hand, you battle your way through 24 stages, fight off Hydra henchmen, and eventually engage in supercharged fisticuffs with Mr. Anti-freedom himself, Red Skull. Plus, there are plenty of unlockable costumes and comic covers to keep you coming back for more. With its jaw-dropping graphics and surprisingly simple controls that actually enhance gameplay, this is one of the best-looking, most fun platform games we've seen for Android. It's definitely worth the nominal cost. But be … Read more
Captain America Live Wallpaper adorns your Android Home screen with the Cap's shimmery shield over an appropriately dramatic sepia backdrop. A quick tap on your screen sprays a few bullets and demonstrates that the shield's Vibranium resilience is in full effect. It's beautiful, free, and truly captures the spirit of the recently released movie. If you want to feel a bit like a superhero, be sure to download this live wallpaper now.