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ComiXology Unlimited lets you binge on comics like Netflix

ComiXology Unlimited lets you binge on comics like Netflix

Digital comics service ComiXology is adding a new way for readers to get their fix of sequential art in the form of ComiXology Unlimited, a subscription service that opens up thousands of graphic novels, single issues, and collections for a single monthly fee.

Priced at $5.99 a month, ComiXology Unlimited is certain to turn some avid readers’ heads. At $3 to $5 a pop, subscribing to multiple series à la carte can quickly drain wallets each Wednesday (when new books release).

Books “borrowed” from ComiXology Unlimited’s can be downloaded and read offline on mobile devices, just like any comic bought outright on the service.

ComiXology’s subscription plan isn’t as unlimited as the name suggest, however, with only a curated selection of books across publishers such as Dark Horse, Image, Archie, BOOM!, and Oni Press being eligible for free reading.

That said, the list does contain some contemporary must-reads, like the the beautifully somber mythical Western Pretty Deadly, the kid-and-adult-friendly Lumberjanes, the better-than-the-show-trust-me horror epic The Walking Dead, sci-fi/fantasy hotness Saga, the retro-flavored chronology Hip-Hop Family Tree, and Mark Waid’s surprisingly hip and earnest Archie reboot.

Best for beginners

However, only the first volume or two of each series is available for free, meaning that getting hooked on any particular book will require dropping more money on top of the Unlimited subscription fee.

Superhero fans will also notice that Marvel and DC books are absent from the list. While DC doesn’t offer much of a digital contender, Marvel has had its own take on a comics subscription – Marvel Unlimited – since 2007.

Additionally, ComiXology Unlimited is currently exclusive to the US, and iPhone owners will still have to deal with Amazon taking out in-app purchases from the iOS app following the company’s buy-up by the retail giant in 2014.

However, for half the price of a trade paperback, ComiXology does offer an amazing starter pack of critically acclaimed books that are sure to result in readers expanding their pull lists.

ComiXology also offers a decent recommendation guide on its website, if you’re looking to make the most of Unlimited’s 30-day free trial. Seriously, though, give that Archie reboot a look.



Polaroid – yes, that Polaroid – is making a 4K smart TV

Polaroid – yes, that Polaroid – is making a 4K smart TV

Polaroid is getting into the smart TV market with a brand-new series of 4K Ultra HD TVs that will start – believe it or not – at only $499. Seriously.

As incredulous as that sounds, it’s all thanks to a partnership with Google that was announced last week at Google’s I/O Developer Conference.

The fruit of the pair’s partnership is that the new Polaroid 4K connected TV line will incorporate Google Cast, a super basic operating system that lets you stream content from your phone or tablet instead of through native apps built into the TV.

The TVs will ship this summer in 43″, 50″, 55″ and 65-inch iterations, with a massive 75-inch model to come out towards the end of the year.

While Polaroid was the most surprising partner Google talked about at the conference, the Mountain View-based company also announced that Philips, Toshiba, Polaroid, Magnavox, Westinghouse and others will launch Google Cast TVs in the near future, too.

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Lyft will now let you schedule trips ahead of time

1df88adf-52a2-4063-8af3-5df21beb59b4 Ridesharing platform Lyft heard the people and the people wanted to schedule rides ahead of time. Starting today, Lyft is adding a new feature to let you schedule in advance that ride to the airport or crucial business meeting for which you need to be on time. Gett, a ridesharing service in New York, has offered this feature for more than a year and we’ve heard rumors Uber has toyed… Read More



No more mad dash: Lyft is testing 24-hour reservations

No more mad dash: Lyft is testing 24-hour reservations

Ride sharing company Lyft has announced plans to begin testing scheduled rides, starting first in – where else? – San Francisco.

The company has long resisted adding scheduling to its service, arguing there wasn’t a need to schedule rides since most of its drivers could get to you that quickly. The addition of ride scheduling will help Lyft close the gap between its service and for-hire services, like black car and limo companies.

Booking a Lyft will only add one more step to the process. Riders will hail a car like normal, but instead of requesting the car immediately, there will be a clock icon that will pull up a list of times you’d like the car to show up.

Lyft ride scheduling

Riders will be able to schedule a car up to 24 hours in advance, and can also cancel a reservation up to 30 minutes before. It’s unclear what happens if you cancel a ride too late.

“While on-demand rides remain core to our platform, we’re thrilled to offer even more options to passengers – as well as another opportunity for drivers to earn,” says Lyft in an announcement blog post.

In addition to on-demand and scheduled rides, Lyft offers ride-sharing for certain cities.

In the (far) future, riders will likely be able to summon an autonomous Lyft, as GM and Lyft formed a partnership to bring a fleet of autonomous cars to life.



Startups to Congress: Strong data security keeps us competitive

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Camellia Labs debuts single-cup chai brewer, Chime

Camellia Labs' Chime, a single-cup brewer for traditional, Indian chai. In the world of kitchen appliances, everyone wants to be the next Keurig, it seems. First, there were single-cup coffee brewers that followed and claimed to be better than Keurig, from Nespresso, Mr. Coffee and Lavazza to name a few. Later came cold drink machines like the Bartesian for cocktails, or PicoBrew for craft beer. And most recently, the Juicero cold press juice machine promised to… Read More



Camellia Labs debuts single-cup chai brewer, Chime

Camellia Labs' Chime, a single-cup brewer for traditional, Indian chai. In the world of kitchen appliances, everyone wants to be the next Keurig, it seems. First, there were single-cup coffee brewers that followed and claimed to be better than Keurig, from Nespresso, Mr. Coffee and Lavazza to name a few. Later came cold drink machines like the Bartesian for cocktails, or PicoBrew for craft beer. And most recently, the Juicero cold press juice machine promised to… Read More



Twitter and Betaworks are teaming up in a new fund

Twitter We’re hearing from multiple sources that there’s a new fund coming out of Betaworks, and Twitter is chipping money into it. Twitter is investing at least $10 million in the new fund, according to one source. We don’t know the total size of the venture. In the past, Betaworks has focused on smaller seed investments and has stayed away from outsized funds. Another previous… Read More




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