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LeVar Burton had no trouble crowdfunding Reading Rainbow for the web; now, he'd like your help bringing it to living rooms and pockets everywhere. His team has announced a $5 million stretch goal that, if reached, will port his literary initiative to mobile devices, game consoles and set-top boxes...

June 1st 2014 at 7:26pm 0 Comments
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Few things in this world are as moving as a potent mix of nostalgia and passion. Don't just take my word for it: just look at the more than 22,000 people who backed LeVar Burton's vision of bringing Reading Rainbow to the web on Kickstarter. That's more than a million dollars raised in less than a...

May 28th 2014 at 10:59pm 0 Comments
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Read-it-later apps like Instapaper and Pocket are handy for digesting large articles, but they're really just pulling up optimizing internet links. What if your favorite story disappears a few years from now? Pocket now has a solution to that long-term problem. Its new Pocket Premium service sa...

May 28th 2014 at 3:31pm 0 Comments
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If you're an iOS user, you're no doubt unhappy that Amazon made Comixology pull in-app purchases on your platform of choice. However, the service is offering a nice consolation prize: it's giving away 20 free comics over 20 days, regardless of what technology you're using. You only need to "buy" a...

May 27th 2014 at 1:59pm 0 Comments
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We can't say we know all that many people who routinely digest articles posted through Medium's social publishing platform. However, the readership is bound to go up now that the service has released an iPhone app. The mobile client is more of a story curation tool than anything else. It automatic...

March 20th 2014 at 10:09pm 0 Comments
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CNN bought the news-aggregation service Zite to get a fast track in the mobile space, but it never gained much ground versus Zite's archrival, Flipboard. Accordingly, the TV broadcaster is throwing in the towel -- it just sold Zite to Flipboard for $60 million. The deal brings a raft of previously...

March 5th 2014 at 10:44am 0 Comments
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Instapaper's already broad device support has just grown a little bit broader. The service's updated iOS app lets you send articles to Kindle for reading on one of Amazon's devices, and you can push videos to your big-screen TV through AirPlay. Even if you're happy with catching up from your iPad...

February 27th 2014 at 5:52pm 0 Comments