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Star Apps: Michael Franti

Singer and musician Michael Franti's activism is a mainstay. What's changed over his almost 30-year career is his perspective on how best to effect change. "As I've grown, I want to be part of the solution, and I want to be not just pointing the finger at things that are wrong but saying how we can be part of fixing it," he says. I chatted with Franti about his tour, how he creates change at home, how we can be part of the solution, and the app that's become a positive force in his … Read more

9 apps for the 4th of July

We celebrate the Fourth of July with backyard BBQ and "Independence Day" reruns. But the holiday's about honoring America's fiercely independent spirit and the patriots who fought for our enduring political freedoms. Nothing symbolizes the spirit of independence better than fireworks, which have been part of Fourth of July festivities since 1777. To find, photograph, or even play with fireworks, check out our picks for the best fireworks-themed apps.

Eventful

Not sure where to go for the best view of the fireworks? Eventful (iOS) is like Yelp for local activities. Get alerts and search for nearby … Read more

7 sizzling summer apps

Can you taste the summer -- the salty ocean air at the beach, the snow cones at a music festival, and a big gulp of air on a thrill ride of a roller coaster? Sate your adventurous appetite with our seven sizzling apps for beach, barbecue, road trips, and more.

At the Pool

At the Pool does what a social media app should do: act as a springboard for offline interaction. So rather than posting your every move, you "shout" at nearby friends or strangers about what you want to do. Reconnect with old friends for a drink … Read more

8 Father's Day apps for Dad

Call us sentimental, but we think Father's Day gifts should be meaningful. So before you pick up that typical tie or boring bottle of cologne, check out these eight fun, free (or low-cost) apps to keep your pappy happy and create lasting memories. For some gadgets to go with those apps, check out CNET's Father's Day Tech Gift Guide.

Golfshot Clubs bring people together, and that includes those of the golf variety. Spend a day bonding with Dad on the golf course. Show up with Golfshot and you'll get GPS distances for hundreds of thousands of … Read more

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

Modify Web image text with Project Naptha

In what appears to be nothing short of JavaScript black magic, Project Naptha allows you to select and modify text from any Web image. Using character-recognition technology derived from several sources, such as Microsoft Research Lab and Google's Tesseract open-source OCR engine, the Project Naptha extension also enables you to remove, translate, and edit text in Web images. You simply move your cursor over text to highlight and start editing.

Project Naptha will help when you want to search terms or words inside an image. You can also translate directly onto pictures -- great for maps and travel planning … Read more

Star Apps: Josh McDermitt of 'The Walking Dead'

The record-breaking "Walking Dead" Season 4 finale did not disappoint -- unless you happened to be one of the hapless human survivors trapped in the train car of death. A few days later, I chatted with actor Josh McDermitt, who plays mulleted scientist Dr. Eugene Porter, about the hit AMC series, the finale, transitioning from sitcoms to "The Walking Dead," why zombies continue to dominate in pop culture, which app would help him survive a zombie apocalypse, and his favorite mobile software.

What are your thoughts on "The Walking Dead" season finale? I thought … Read more

How to check memory usage of Chrome extensions

The Chrome Web Store is both awesome and horrible. While you can find many new extensions to enhance your Web browsing experience, you can also slow things down by adding too many. If you're having trouble picking which ones to keep, taking a look at how much memory each one is using might make the decision a little easier.

Fortunately, Chrome has a built-in tool that will show you the memory usage of each extension. Here's how to open and use it:

When you have a Chrome window open, just click on the menu icon on the toolbar … Read more

What is Google Schemer?

Schemer is an underrated, underexposed Google app that helps you plan and discover plans based on your location. It'll integrate with your contact list and display what's essentially a social to-do list, or "schemes," that might be interesting or fun to do.

For example, if there's a particular food truck that you've been dying to try, you can add it as a "Scheme" and keep track of your social bucket list. Schemer will also scrape other friends' schemes based on shared locations.

Each user profile displays some pretty useful info., like the … Read more

CamFind turns your iPhone camera into a search engine

Your iPhone's camera is good for a lot more than just snapping photos. For example, it can translate foreign-language signs, menus, and other printed materials in real time. And grade the foods at your grocery store. And scan documents on the go.

CamFind turns your camera into a search engine, allowing you to look up information just by pointing the lens at any real-world object or location. And it's pretty darn cool.… Read more