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Star Apps: Taylor Kitsch

For Canadian actor Taylor Kitsch, playing hockey offers a great escape, and so does playing a diverse range of characters. Kitsch is best known for his roles in "Friday Night Lights," "Savages," "John Carter," and "Battleship." In his new film, "The Grand Seduction," he plays urbane Dr. Paul Lewis, a reluctant suburbanite won over by the townsfolk of a small fishing village, who want to land a lucrative business contract.

The role of Dr. Paul Lewis, an eccentric doctor with a penchant for cricket, is not your typical action hero … Read more

Star Apps: Needtobreathe

When Needtobreathe recorded its latest album, "Rivers in the Wasteland," the Southern rock band grappled with which direction to take after the departure of drummer Joe Stillwell. The band members, suffering inner tensions and the pressures of fame, felt the need to make bare-bones, from-the-heart songs to satisfy their collective soul and re-energize. The 10-time Dove-winning band chose wisely: The album landed at No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Album and Rock Albums charts, and No. 3 on the Billboard 200. I chatted with Needtobreathe guitarist and backing vocalist Bo Rinheart about the new album and tour, getting … Read more

Flickr review

Flickr on Android seems like a perfect match, doesn't it? Millions of people have been uploading, storing and sharing their digital snapshots, scans, and other images on Yahoo's Flickr site for years. Android devices, chiefly phones, have eclipsed digital cameras as primary snapshooters, and more photos than ever are being uploaded to Flickr. Flickr's free Android app makes the whole process much, much easier.

Pros

Soul mates: Think about it: Your phone is where Flickr needs to be. It's almost like Flickr has been waiting all along for Android.

Too easy: From the Get Started screen … Read more

Star Apps: Steve Harwell of Smash Mouth

Smash Mouth, the alternative rock band best known for such hits as 1997's "Walkin' on the Sun" and 1999's "All Star," celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, Smash Mouth will release a greatest hits package and a live album, featuring tour performances from earlier this year. The band hits the road again in June for the Under the Sun Tour, a '90s flashback outing that also featuring Blues Traveler, Uncle Kracker, and Sugar Ray.

Any special surprises for fans on tour? We're going to do something special. Me and … Read more

MovieSherlock for Mac review

With MovieSherlock for Mac, you can search for videos and audio content online and download it without the need to open a Web browser. It's a helpful albeit not free application.

Pros

Easy and intuitive: MovieSherlock for Mac lets you download HD and HQ YouTube videos with just a few clicks through its clean, accessible main window. Results are displayed with their respective thumbnails and duration information. You can also download YouTube videos via Safari by just clicking on the integrated button on the browser.

Instant conversion: You can quickly convert FLV or MP4 Web videos into the native … Read more

App Lock review

App Lock promises to lock your applications behind a four-digit passcode, so that others may not access them, but it fails to deliver. Not only does the basic app-locking functionality not work, but the interface is old-fashioned and drab, and some menus within the app are displayed in a perplexing language.

Pros

Quick and easy app selection: App Lock features an App List section, which displays all the software on your device. Through it you can easily select an app to be locked with just one tap, which means that you can pick out dozens of apps in no time.… Read more

Feedly review

A lightweight and elegant RSS news reader, Feedly does a good job at aggregating content from your favorite Web sites and presenting it in a mobile-optimized format, saving you the trouble of having to switch between browser tabs. You'll love its good looks and intuitive controls, but expect to run into problems when trying to watch videos.

Pros

Streamlined interface: Feedly provides a scrollable feed view, which displays article headlines and previews -- tap on a headline and you enter an ad-free article view mode where you can read the content without the distraction of a sidebar. You'll … Read more

CallApp Social Dialer CallerID review

CallApp Social Dialer CallerID scans social sites and retrieves information about the person who's calling you, including photos, workplace details, Facebook status, latest Tweet, and more. If you get a lot of calls every day, this app can help you figure out which you should answer right away and which you should avoid.

Pros

Comprehensive: CallApp Social Dialer CallerID provides social, business, and personal info about callers and contacts that you would need at least 15 minutes to gather manually via your Web browser, not to mention that it scans yellow-pages, white-pages, and other sources you'd probably not … Read more

Star Apps: Miss America 2014, Nina Davuluri

Miss America 2014, Nina Davuluri -- the first winner of Indian descent -- wasn't always celebrated by her peers. In middle school, the future pageant pioneer felt misunderstood by her classmates because of her heritage. That's why her candidate platform for Miss New York (and later Miss America) was "Diversity through cultural competency." On Wednesday, she spoke about the value of social diversity at Macy's in San Francisco. I spoke to Davuluri about the event, feeling misunderstood, her proudest moment in the Miss America competition, pageant queen misconceptions, and her favorite apps.

Why is this … Read more

Star Apps: Journey

It's been 40 years since Journey formed in San Francisco, and the band seems to keep getting bigger. "Don't Stop Believin'" was used in "The Sopranos" series finale and was covered in "Glee," and it's the biggest selling song from the 20th century in iTunes history. Journey's 2011 tour was one of its best attended. Next the diamond-certified rock band will mark its anniversary with a national tour with fellow Bay Area group the Steve Miller Band (whose No. 2 album, "The Joker," turns 40 this year) and … Read more