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Cricket Wireless offers 5 lines for $100, trade-in cash

Prepaid carrier Cricket Wireless is rolling out a handful of new perks to customers starting this Sunday. The first is a family plan that costs $100 for up to five phone lines, a deal sweetened even more by the pledge to knock $5 off the total when you pay your bill automatically online.

Cricket's plans come with unlimited talk, text, and Web. Android phones are also outfitted with Muve Music, Cricket's signature add-on that plays unlimited Music downloads and ringback tones so long as you pay your bill.

Dovetailing the new family plan is a brand-new trade-in program … Read more

Star Apps: Pentatonix

Between the success of "The Sing-Off" and "Pitch Perfect," it's fair to say that a cappella is making a comeback. Pentatonix, a five-piece vocal group fresh off a well-attended European tour, has been reaping the benefits of the increased interest. The group has garnered 4.5 million subscribers and 300 million views on the Pentatonix YouTube channel; has released a top 10 album, "PTX Volume 2"; sold out its entire North American tour, which runs from February 4 to April 10; collaborated with Lucky Charms cereal on its 50th anniversary commercial, which premieres … Read more

Adobe revamps its basic Photoshop app for Android 4.4

Adobe Systems released a new version of its Photoshop Express for Android app Thursday that brings optimizations for Android 4.4 KitKat, new editing options, more direct to effects filters, and a new engine for processing photos.

"We have made every effort to fine-tune the app for Android. As an example, Android users will appreciate accessing and processing images saved on the SD card faster than before," Adobe's Manu Anand said in a blog post Thursday.

The new Android app includes a new image-rendering engine for handling photos. "This engine greatly improves performance and enables handling … Read more

Avira Online Essentials gets it right

Avira Online Essentials attempts to give users a more approachable, more modern, more encompassing way to manage security across devices. Online Essentials has been in the works for a long time, as have many other security apps tackling multidevice management, but so far none stands above the rest.

So what exactly is Avira Online Essentials? It's not a piece of downloadable software but a polished security dashboard and download portal. Avira wanted to streamline the security experience by making an online dashboard that lets you download and monitor any Avira software for any device you own, whether it be … Read more

Sex with Glass app lets you see from your partner's POV

Sex with Google Glass -- the very name is designed to arouse attention.

It's specifically an app project in development that lets two people share their video feeds so they can see their intimate acts from each other's perspective.

The app is designed to react to the wearer saying, "OK, Glass, it's time" to share video streams. When you're done, you say, "OK, Glass, pull out." It's the techie equivalent of having mirrors all over the room. The app is designed to gather footage and then compile it into a multi-view video, which could have broad implications for leaked celebrity sex tapes.… Read more

Star Apps: Tara Summers

Tara Summers, the daughter of socialite and British Vogue editor Nona Summers and gallerist Martin Summers, was born with a silver spoon in her mouth. She had her first taste of success in the UK with an autobiographical play, "Gypsy of Chelsea," about her childhood with a socialite mother who counted numerous celebrities as personal friends. In the US, the actress first gained attention with a two-year turn on "Boston Legal." Now she hopes to find greater fame co-starring with Greg Kinnear on the new Fox series "Rake", Thursdays at 9 (8 central). Prior … Read more

Star Apps: David Alan Basche

Baby, it's cold outside, but it's much warmer now than when I talked to "The Exes" star David Alan Basche, best known for playing uptight, neurotic Stuart Gardner for the last three seasons of the hit TV Land series. It was a frigid 3 degrees (according to Basche's Weather Channel app) when he called from New York, where he lives with his wife and daughter. We talked about his favorite apps, how he's similar to his TV character, how his Shakespearean training helps on the TV Land set, and the important lesson he learned … Read more

Nokia Android phone prototype purportedly pops up online

Nokia's still-rumored Android phone continues to get more exposure via purported leaked images.

A photo from a Twitter account named @seamissu reportedly reveals what's said to be Nokia's Android phone, codenamed Normandy. The photo shows the Nokia logo at the center of the screen and a back button at the bottom and mimics photos leaked in December. The tweeted photo also appeared on China's Weibo network Web site, according to WMPowerUser.

Another photo from an account called @picturepan2 offers a peek at the entire screen filled with apps and icons.

Rumors of an Android phone coming … Read more

Star Apps: Matt Sorum

When I told friends that I was interviewing in-demand drummer Matt Sorum, I kept getting the same response: "Find out what he's actually like." The stick master is best known for keeping the beat for the Cult, Guns N' Roses, and Velvet Revolver, but he shows his softer side on his second solo album, "Stratosphere," out February 25 under the moniker Matt Sorum's Fierce Joy. The follow-up to 2004's "Hollywood Zen" is a highly personal, orchestrated acoustic album. Sorum writes about the important things in life, like family and environmental and … Read more

Keep alien invaders at bay in Ziggurat

Ziggurat is an 8-bit-inspired survival game for iOS, set during an alien apocalypse. It's the project of Action Button Entertainment founder and director Tim Rogers, a Bay Area transplant recently nominated the Most Interesting Man at PAX Prime, and a regular contributor to geek-centric content farm Kotaku.

The story: Aliens have just wiped out humanity, and you are the last man standing. Literally standing: You're atop a ziggurat, above the clouds, armed with one BFG-like firearm, making a last stand. You shoot by tapping, charge by holding the lower portion of the screen, and fire when releasing. The … Read more