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Star Apps: 'NCIS: Los Angeles'

On CBS's "NCIS: Los Angeles," the running and gunning are great, but now and then it's nice to get a little comic relief from the show's resident techies, Eric Beale and Nell Jones, played by Barrett Foa and Renée Felice Smith.

Barrett, you have a theatrical background, and Renee has a comedy background. How does that play into your roles on "NCIS: Los Angeles"? Barrett Foa: Good question. I think that we kind of bring a fun, goofy, comedic vibe to the proceedings, which is a great foil for all the … Read more

Star Apps: David X. Cohen

When David X. Cohen was in graduate school, he hit the proverbial fork in the road. The Harvard graduate had a degree in physics and was studying theoretical computer science at U.C. Berkeley. Would he opt for a career in mathematics and computer science or take a gamble and become a comedy writer? Fortunately for "The Simpsons" and "Futurama" fans, he took the comedy route. Now an expert in three disciplines, Cohen will chat about the intersection of math, technology, and comedy writing at Moogfest 2014 (April 23-27).

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1Mobile Market review

1Mobile Market brings you a selection of some of the best and most interesting Google Play apps as chosen by a group of editors. With its extensive yet specific categories and helpful autocomplete search feature, it can make it easier for you to discover and install top apps.

Pros

Fast and accessible: Because it features only free, mostly top-rated apps, 1Mobile Market proves easier to digest than Google Play, helping you to discover interesting titles that you might otherwise miss.

Powerful search: The autocomplete feature for the search bar, rather than showing you suggested keywords like in Google Play, provides … Read more

Summer Snaps Photo Sticker App review

Summer Snaps Photo Sticker App lets you decorate your photos with summer-themed frames and stickers, and then save or share them. Whether you're just wishing you were on a beach while you're stuck inside in the middle of winter, or you're looking for a way to perfectly memorialize your summer vacation, this app has plenty of options for you to choose from.

When you first open the app, a small Help screen opens with tips on how to use the available features. You can also access this screen anytime from the Main Menu. To start decorating photos, … Read more

Star Apps: Tasha Smith

Tasha Smith is best known for playing Angela on Tyler Perry's TV series, "For Better or Worse" (OWN), as well as for her work in Perry's box-office hits "Why Did I Get Married?" and "Why Did I Get Married, Too?" She has certainly played the reactive woman onscreen, but the actress, acting teacher, and entertainment manager takes umbrage at the "angry black woman" stereotype often perpetuated by reality TV shows. Soon you can see Smith -- who has conquered addiction herself -- in feature film "Addicted."

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Star Apps: Sal Vulcano of 'Impractical Jokers'

Sal Vulcano, one-fourth of the "Impractical Jokers" team, chats about the hit series, his most intimidating prank, and his favorite apps.

Start with four high school friends and improv veterans from Staten Island -- Brian "Q" Quinn, James "Murr" Murray, Joseph "Joe" Gatto, and Salvatore "Sal" Vulcano -- who've been playing pranks on each other for years. Then give them a TV show so they can embarrass each other on-air, and you get "Impractical Jokers." The hidden-camera show, now in its third season, has been tickling viewers' … 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

Google Translate review

One of the most accessible translating apps currently available on Android, Google Translate does a great job at translating individual words but stumbles often when it comes to sentences, especially longer ones. Still, it remains a highly convenient real-time translator with support for all the major languages of the globe and great features like speech and camera translation, as well as offline support.

Google Translate comes with a polished, streamlined interface that's a pleasure to use. The real-time conversion means that if you don't get a word right, you can quickly try a synonym. But that won't … Read more

Star Apps: Jason Bateman

Jason Bateman is best known for his acting: "The Hogan Family" and "Teen Wolf 2" if you grew up in the '80s, and "Arrested Development" and "Identity Thief" if you're watching him now. But he's also been recognized for directing. Bateman ran an episode of the "The Hogan Family" at the age of 18, thus becoming the youngest person inducted into the Directors Guild of America (DGA). Recently he has capitalized on both talents with the feature film "Bad Words," in which he plays Guy Trilby, … Read more

Use Link Bubble to open links in the background on Android

While many apps are starting to display in-line media (showing content of a link without opening a new window), this capability isn't omnipresent across Android. Instead, when catching up on one of your feeds, like Twitter, you have to click the link, and then wait for it to load in Chrome. Link Bubble is an app that seeks to bridge the gap between your apps and the Web by letting you queue up a link to read when you're finished catching up on social media or RSS feeds. It's similar to when you open tabs in the … Read more