Star Apps: Five Finger Death Punch and Hellyeah

Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory and Hellyeah vocalist Chad Gray were outcasts before joining the metal scene. Today they're at the center of an ever-growing community of metal bands and fans. This fall they'll tour with Volbeat and Nothing More, starting September 16 in Salt Lake City.

What kind of statement are you making on this package tour? Zoltan Bathory: This is the thing about the heavy metal guys, that we're not going to go away. This is here to stay. And if things get difficult, we'll figure out how to do it anyway. … Read more

Star Apps: The Glitch Mob

Electronic trio the Glitch Mob's sophomore album, "Love Death Immortality," lives up to its epic title. The 10-track recording's grand, encompassing sound was honed onstage at some of the biggest worldwide venues over the past couple years, and the themes explored -- captured in the title -- are universal. In contrast to the group's debut album, "Drink the Sea," "Love Death Immortality" is richer, with real instrumentation, and more robust, with strong female guest voices. The band's live show is equally massive, with spectacular interactive concert visuals that the musicians … Read more

The 404 1,423: Where we let that baby settle (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Bye-bye Flappy Bird -- popular game grounded by its creator.

- NYPD gets onboard with Google Glass. Relax everyone, it's just a test.

- How to hack a 3D printer into a surprisingly skilled air hockey robot.

- New study finds that moms aren't as annoying on Facebook as you thought.

- AMC's zombie stunt scared the hell out of these New Yorkers.… Read more

Death Star wall tiles: The Dark Side of home improvement

I'm imagining sitting in my home on Tatooine, relaxing with a glass of Bantha-blood fizz, watching the Galactic Broadcasting Service's latest episode of "This Old Death Star." Host Darth Vila suggests a quick and easy way to spruce up your spaceship of terror: wall tiles. Death Star wall tiles.

The wall tiles from Tom Spina Designs were created for a custom home theater project, to really give it that conquering-the-galaxy sort of look. The "Star Wars"-themed theater features 14 different tiles. Each master tile was molded and cast in tinted resin. The designs were plucked right from the surface of the Death Star.… Read more

Review: After Death dispatches nasty viruses and programs

After Death eliminates tough viruses successfully, but it seems like it would be very easy to make a mistake with it if you're new. It barely offers any information or tips on how to use it properly or what files to delete. In spite of that, it's not a bad last-ditch effort if a virus has already made a mess of things on your PC.

After Death is designed to find and kill viruses that auto-run on your drives, but it can also sniff out and get rid of any program that runs automatically on your computer. That … Read more

Does Facebook need a cemetery?

Does death disrupt your day?

By "your day," I of course mean your Facebook news feed, the place where all news happens and all feelings are expressed.

Some people feel that remembering those they loved doesn't quite harmonize with cat videos, political diatribes, and news of the latest boyfriend, job, or date.

So on Thursday they launched Sanctri, an app that gives bereaved Facebookers their own area for grief, sorrow, and remembrance.

Four million Facebook users will die this year. And Sanctri's co-founder, Jono Milner, believes: "When someone passes away, we don't know how to deal with it on Facebook."… Read more

Blue-light glitch taints PS4's hot launch

CNET Update tries turning it off and on again:

In this episode of Update:

- Learn why a pulsing blue light has some PlayStation 4 owners stressed out. A small percentage of the first batch of PS4s seem to be defective.

- Get twice as much storage in the limited-edition Ouya, sold in North America for $130.

- Fling videos from a Kindle to the TV -- and learn other new tablet tricks -- with the Kindle Fire OS 3.1 update.

- Stream live and recorded shows from a cable box to another TV using the new Slingbox Roku app. … Read more

Faulty PS4 consoles spark new Amazon exchange process

Disappointed Sony PlayStation 4 owners with broken consoles can take advantage of a new exchange process cooked up by Amazon to address hundreds of unhappy customers.

GeekWire spotted an Amazon review Monday that said the online retailer had a "special process to send replacements to those who have faulty consoles," without needing to ship the defective gadget back right away. Commenters on the review said they also were able to take advantage of the program by contacting Amazon customer service.

Amazon said that the majority of its customers who have ordered the PS4 have not been affected. "… Read more

Device can identify abnormal heart rhythm linked to stillbirth

A type of abnormal heart rhythm caused by what is called long QT syndrome -- which is present in roughly one in every 2,500 newborns -- is also linked to stillbirths and sudden infant death syndrome.

Now, researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison say they have been able to both diagnose and treat the condition while the baby is still in the womb.

"Until now, physicians were unable to diagnose a serious heart condition known as long QT syndrome until after birth," Ronald T. Wakai, principal investigator of the … Read more

The great new art trend: Selfies at funerals

I hate to state what seems to be obvious, but funerals aren't fun.

Yes, there are a lot of little black dresses and dapper suits, but things are often miserable. At least until the chardonnay starts flowing at the after party.

It seems, therefore, that some have taken to creating selfies at funerals. Just to spice up their own living existences, you understand.

This artistic subculture has been offering its creations for some time. However, it has now come to prominence thanks to a Tumblr feed entitled SelfiesAtFunerals.… Read more