6 comics and manga apps for superfans

Comics aren't just for kids, and they're not just for print, either -- comics are on your TV and movie screens, in your games, and in apps as well. This week 130,000 comics fans are heading to San Diego for Comic-Con, which sold out in less than 90 minutes. If you're not one of the lucky badge holders, you can still connect to Marvel and DC's latest and greatest -- and manga, too -- with these top comics apps for your phone or tablet.

Comics by ComiXology ( Android, iOS)

ComiXology's app is hands down … Read more

Google paves the way for more wearable apps

CNET Update finds these drones stunning:

In this episode of Update:

- Get ready for more Android apps that work on smartwatches. Google is launching a software development kit for Android on wearable gadgets.

- Update to iOS 7.1, now that Apple added new features and bug fixes to its mobile operating system.

- Spoil the official reveal of HTC's new flagship phone with new leaked photos popping up online.

- Listen to what Edward Snowden said at SXSW. It was his first time speaking to a public audience since he left the country for exposing classified documents … Read more

Finally, Marvel's ready for you to hear its comics (scoop)

It's a fallacy of the superhero genre that a new costume accompanies every power boost the hero earns. That's also the case with a major upgrade to Marvel Unlimited, the preferred (and only) subscription-based comics reading app for fans of Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Captain America.

Scheduled to be announced on Sunday afternoon's Marvel panel at South by Southwest Interactive in Austin, Texas, and currently live in Apple's iTunes Store, the new version of Marvel Unlimited looks a lot like the old version of Marvel Unlimited. Don't let that fool you, though, as the changes … Read more

Don't blink or you'll miss this 'Guardians of the Galaxy' teaser

Remember when movie releases were a big deal? Nowadays, trailers for feature films are getting almost as much hype as the movies themselves. Case in point: Disney released a 30-second teaser for its full-length trailer for "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" during this year's Super Bowl. Yes, you read that right. It was a teaser for a trailer. At the end of the short spot (which was pretty cool, by the way), viewers were invited to log on at a special link to see the "world premiere of the new trailer." Not the movie. The trailer.

It must have worked for the mega movie makers, because Disney's at it again. It just released this 15-second teaser for its longer trailer for "Guardians of the Galaxy."… Read more

Artist reimagines Spock, Sherlock, Time Lords, and Avengers as cats

Catvengers? Lokitty? Purrlock? Artist Jenny Parks reimagines beloved geek characters such as Avengers and Sherlock Holmes as cats.

"What I like to tell most people when they ask me the question of my inspiration is 'I just like cats,'" Parks told Crave. "I started drawing cat versions of people when I was 11 or 12, for the simple reason that I liked drawing animals much more than I liked drawing people. Years later, after I graduated from art school, I decided to have some fun and re-draw cat versions of all of the Doctors, which I first did when I was in high school, and was also years before the new series of 'Doctor Who' started in 2005."… Read more

'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' vs. the special snowflake

The ratings haven't been that bad, but the buzz has. I know hardly anyone who admits to watching and liking "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." Well, building a TV show around a beloved but essentially one-joke character and his army of men in black was never going to be easy. Agent Coulson has been a surprise standout of the Marvel movie series, but he'd always been effective in small doses. For this they had to figure out how to make him and S.H.I.E.L.D. into a full meal. Still, Clark Gregg is great, and Joss Whedon was involved -- so what went wrong?

Mostly, the writers of the ABC show did what you'd expect. They came up with some more character traits for Agent Coulson; gave him a cute supporting cast; tried to flesh out S.H.I.E.L.D. a bit without killing its mystique; and threw in an audience identification character to ground it all. But now that character's been revealed as so much more than that. … Read more

'Hero-glyphics' reveal geek icons as Egyptian gods

What if King Tut went up against the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Or Cleopatra seduced Thor instead of Anthony? Would Anubis and Wolverine be best friends or mortal enemies? With Josh Ln's art series "Hero-glyphics," it's not too far fetched to picture some of the world's most beloved comic book and sci-fi characters mingling with Egyptian deities.

"I came up with the idea by reading too quickly," Ln told Crave. "Usually a curse, but this time I read 'hieroglyphics' as 'heroglyphics,' and then I began daydreaming of how cool that would be and which heroes would find themselves carved on ancient walls." … Read more

Intel does ARM: Citi 'identifies' another possible customer

Intel's chip manufacturing operations could take on yet another ARM customer if a Citi Research analyst's supposition is correct.

"We identify Marvell as a likely potential new foundry customer [for Intel]," Citi Research's Glen Yeung said in a research note posted this week.

Yeung goes on to say, in the research note obtained by CNET:

Yes it's ARM. Producing baseband/[application processor] chips for Marvell indeed implies that Intel will be fabricating ARM solutions on their 22nm process. This underscores the approach of Intel's new management to be agnostic to logic cores in … Read more

Dome is where the Marvel superheroes are

Want to hang out with your favorite Marvel superheroes under giant domes? Of course you do.

Set to tour the US and Canada this spring, the Marvel Experience is a roadshow that promises a range of activities for Marvel fans. Interactive games and animated films will be on tap as will "the first-ever traveling motion-based ride." Visitors also will be able to interact directly with different Marvel superheroes and SHIELD agents.

Offered by Marvel and live entertainment producer Hero Ventures, the Marvel Experience will invite fans into a complex built to mimic a SHIELD installation, aka a "Mobile Command Center." Inside the complex is a maze of domes through which you travel to interact with the various exhibits. Filling up more than two acres of space, the complex will reach into the sky at more than six stories high.… Read more

Who decides 'Star Wars' canon? Meet the Story Group

With news of Marvel taking back the reins of "Star Wars" comics, and the new film edging closer to its 2015 debut date, many fans are anxious to learn the fate of some of their favorite characters in what's referred to as the Expanded Universe (comics, books, and games).

According to recent reports by blogs such as Bleeding Cool and The Hollywood Reporter, Lucasfilm and Disney have a brand-new committee of employees called the Story Group whose job it is to tackle the rancor monster known as the "Star Wars" canon. … Read more