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Star Apps: Jon Favreau

Star Apps: Jon Favreau

Fear inspired "Iron Man" director Jon Favreau to produce his latest film, "Chef," a smaller-budget affair than the usual Favreau fare. After working on three "Iron Man" films, "The Avengers," and "Cowboys and Aliens," he was nervous that he'd never make another "Swingers." His fear was unwarranted -- "Chef," out today, shows just how much he's matured artistically since the 1996 cult classic. "Chef" is a warm, well-written comedy starring Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Oliver Platt, Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman, … Read more

The software week in review for May 16

The software week in review for May 16

Welcome to week two of our recaps of recent software news, opinions, how-tos, new releases, and coming attractions. For the latest reviews from our editors and new products, subscribe to our newsletters.

Apple's playbook

Cupertino fans are playing Fantasy Apple in advance of June's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). Rumors are circulating that Apple will announce the iPhone 6, though it may not be available 'til August or September. The long-rumored iWatch and Apple TV appear to be no-go for this conference, according to Re/code's sources.

Which means -- apart from that possible iPhone 6 -- that … Read more

12 apps for 12 days of Cannes

12 apps for 12 days of Cannes

From May 14 to 25, celebrities and critics take to the French Riviera for the 67th Cannes Film Festival. This much-anticipated annual event draws thousands to special screenings and VIP parties. Not going? Let Download.com soften the 400 blows with our 12 top movie apps, one for each day of the festival.

Festival de Cannes app The official Festival de Cannes app ( iOS, Android) is the closest thing to being there. Get a front-row glimpse at all the action with up-to-the-minute news, photos, and video, and share your finds on social media.

IMDb Ever wonder what year Palme d'… Read more

Star Apps: Phil Keoghan from 'The Amazing Race'

Star Apps: Phil Keoghan from 'The Amazing Race'

Phil Keoghan has always looked outward to new adventures in foreign lands. The Emmy-award-winning producer and host of CBS's "The Amazing Race" credits this to growing up on an island nation, New Zealand. He became a world traveler who shares his passion for globetrotting through "The Amazing Race." I chatted with Keoghan about the upcoming "Amazing Race: All-Stars" finale on May 18, the secrets to winning the highly competitive show, his favorite and least favorite contestants of all time, learning to seize life by the horns, and his favorite apps.

From having a … Read more

Star Apps: Zynga's Jonathan Knight

Star Apps: Zynga's Jonathan Knight

Jonathan Knight is not a new kid on the block or a New Kid on the Block. Zynga's VP of games is a 20-year veteran of the games business, leading development of CastleVille (iOS, Android) and recent release FarmVille 2: Country Escape, available on iOS, Android, and (as of May 13) the Kindle Fire. Besides offering a fresh setting, FarmVille 2 enables gamers to play on the go, with or without a connection, socially or solo. I chatted with Knight about his career, his first gaming experience, the enduring appeal of farming games, and his favorite non-Zynga apps.

What … Read more

Star Apps: Gia Coppola

Star Apps: Gia Coppola

With Gia Coppola, the grape doesn't fall far from the vine. Francis Ford Coppola's granddaughter, partially raised on the Coppola Family Vineyard in Napa Valley, is also in the other family business: moviemaking. Her directorial debut, "Palo Alto," is based on James Franco's first book, became a film-festival favorite, and opens nationwide on May 16. The movie, starring Franco and Emma Roberts, illuminates the underside of the high school experience -- sex, drugs, recklessness, and a desperate need for approval. I chatted with Gia Coppola about transforming the book to a film, which character she … Read more

Star Apps: Devo's Gerald Casale

Star Apps: Devo's Gerald Casale

Devo co-founder Gerald Casale dates his wine interest to 1978, after the band signed to Warner and moved to Los Angeles, during California's food and wine revolution. There the new-wave band member met and befriended many of the new-wave chefs -- Michael McCarty (Michael's), Bruce Marder (Brentwood Restaurant), Wolfgang Puck (Spago), Piero Selvaggio (Valentino), and Jeremiah Tower (Stars) -- as well as a new breed of sommeliers and winemakers. These soon-to-be culinary superstars often invited Casale to home dinners and encouraged him to try everything.

Devo went on to produce hits like "Freedom of Choice, "Whip … Read more

The software week in review

The software week in review

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Threatdown

Heartbleed remains an open wound. Ars Technica reports that a month after the flaw's discovery, half of affected systems remain vulnerable to Heartbleed. Meanwhile, Pew Research finds that only 39% of Internet users changed their passwords because of Heartbleed.

Bitly accounts have been compromised -- go reset your passwords.

Symantec VP Brian Dye told the Wall Street JournalRead more

Star Apps: Todd Rundgren

Star Apps: Todd Rundgren

Seminal blue-eyed soul and prog-rock artist Todd Rundgren is best known for his enduring singles "I Saw the Light," "Hello It's Me," "Can We Still Be Friends," and "Bang the Drum," as well as his state-of-the-art production on Patti Smith, Cheap Trick, and Hall and Oates albums. Rundgren was also responsible for the first interactive TV concert, color graphics tablet, commercially available music downloads, and direct Internet music-subscription service.

Rundgren credits much of his success to music classes, and today, through his Spirit of Harmony foundation, he works to ensure that … Read more

Star Apps: Soleil Moon Frye

Star Apps: Soleil Moon Frye

"Punky Brewster" made actress Soleil Moon Frye an idol to millions of young children growing up in the 1980s, and now grown-up Frye has become a role model to moms. The mother of three opened the first eco-friendly baby store, The Little Seed, in 2007, then developed a successful kids' clothing line for Target and released children's book "Let's Get This Party Started." She offers mothers inspiration and information on her Moonfrye.com Web site, Facebook, and Twitter. Through Moonfrye, her tech startup, she and veteran tech entrepreneur Kara Nortman have developed the MoonfryeRead more