Backed With Extra Millions Through Crowdfunding, Reading Rainbow Launches Online as Skybrary

LeVar Burton and other talented actors read the books in Skybrary to kids. (Photo: Skybrary)

LeVar Burton and other talented actors read the books in Skybrary to kids.
(Photo: Skybrary)

Last summer, Reading Rainbow, the beloved TV series-now-app, shocked the financial community when it raised over 6.4 million in a crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter in just 35 days. It shattered previous Kickstarter records when over 105,000 people contributed to the campaign.

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Swiss Watchmakers Go ‘Smart’ to Compete With Apple’s New Gadgets

Montblanc managing director of watches Alexander Schmiedt demonstrates the Montblanc TimeWalker Urban Speed e-Strap wristwatch during an interview at the Montblanc watch factory in Le Locle, Switzerland, on Monday last week. (Photo: Bloomberg)

Montblanc managing director of watches Alexander Schmiedt demonstrates the Montblanc TimeWalker Urban Speed e-Strap wristwatch during an interview at the Montblanc watch factory in Le Locle, Switzerland, on Monday last week. (Photo: Bloomberg)

By the end of the decade, smartwatches from Apple Inc and others might elicit guffaws rather than envy. At least, that is the view of Montblanc International GmbH’s Alexander Schmiedt, who has developed an electronic watchband for Swiss luxury timepieces that tracks steps, reads e-mail and even helps take selfies. Continue reading

Pac-Man Turns 35

PHOTO CREDIT: Yvonne Hemsey/Getty Images

PHOTO CREDIT: Yvonne Hemsey/Getty Images

Thirty-five years ago today, Namco’s Puck Man burst into Japanese arcades… and didn’t make much of an impact. In October 1980, the game was quietly released in America with a slight name change, for fear that the word “puck” could easily be altered into, well, you know. Pac-Man was born, and unexpectedly, Pac-Mania soon swept the nation, forever altering video games, pop culture, and breakfast cereal as we knew them.

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