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Star Apps: 'Big Hero 6'

Marvel comic turned 3D animation "Big Hero 6" began production in 2012, and since then its health-monitoring robot has come a little closer to reality thanks to wearables and health apps. But unlike an app, Baymax the robot cares, looking after prodigy Hiro's physical and emotional well-being after his brother Tadashi's tragic death. Directors Don Hall ("Winnie the Pooh") and Chris Williams ("Bolt") talk about compassionate health care, drawing, and their favorite apps.

The thing that struck me most about the film is how much Baymax replicates the experience of Apple HealthKit … Read more

Apple's new iPhones, Watches, and apps

Today Apple announced a bushel of new products: not one but two iPhone 6s, three Apple Watches, iOS 8, Apple Pay, and assorted other apps. Here's what you need to know about the goods.

iPhone 6

What: iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch screen; iPhone 6 Plus with a 5.5-inch display.

When: September 19 (preorders begin Friday, September 12).

How much: iPhone 6: $199 for 16GB, $299 for 64GB, $399 for 128GB; iPhone 6 Plus: $299 for 16GB, $399 for 64GB, $499 for 128GB -- those are US prices, all with a two-year contract. (Bargain hunters can now … Read more

eBay launches Sell Your Phone campaign

iPhone 6 will be available starting September 19, so future adopters have a little over a week to sell their old phone and get in line for the new iOS 8-compatible phone. But if haggling with sketchy strangers from Craigslist over the best price for your existing phone isn't your cup of tea, then let eBay do the work for you.

Let eBay unload your phone

Check the eBay tracker to see how much your device is worth. The price calculator covers a variety of brands: Apple, Samsung, HTC, Motorola, and more. Choose your phone model, carrier, color, extra … Read more

DesktopLyrics for Mac review

A light iTunes utility, DesktopLyrics for Mac makes it easy for you to sing along with the lines of songs you listen to on iTunes. It's not quite a karaoke machine replacement, but it's a good little app that can help you memorize lyrics and avoid the embarrassment of singing misheard lines.

Pros

Customizable lyrics and song information: With DesktopLyrics for Mac you can adjust the font size, color, and shadows of the lyrics. You can also display the album art as well as details about the currently playing track.

Multiple page display: If you have lyrics that … Read more

OmniGraffle for Mac review

Considered by many Mac users a classic diagramming application, OmniGraffle for Mac helps you visually represent ideas, tasks, activities, and other things. The new 6.0.5 version introduces a revamped interface that addresses the dated look of its predecessor while improving on functionality and intuitiveness.

Pros

Great new interface: An approach similar to how Microsoft made the Office ribbon tidier might have been preferable, but Omni Group's revamping of the OmniGraffle interface isn't bad -- the UI now sports dynamic sidebars that appear when needed and disappear when not in use.

Free syncing with OmniPresence: Your projects … Read more

Cocktail for Mac review

Cocktail for Mac offers a combination of cleaning, repairing, and optimizing tools to help you improve and maintain the performance of your Mac. It can also implement interface changes.

Pros

Comprehensive set of tools: Cocktail features five sets of tools for managing your system, disks, files, network, and interface. It can perform disk permissions repair, manual and automatic memory purging, Spotlight cache cleaning, Trash management, network optimization, and interface modifications. The tools work decently enough -- not too fast but not too slow, either.

Lightweight: This utility does not drag your Mac down, hardly causing any performance slowdowns even with … Read more

Free MP3 Cutter Joiner review

Free MP3 Cutter Joiner gives you the ability to merge audio files through its uncomplicated cutting and joining tools. The visual display and compact design are enjoyable and helpful, but you'll find yourself unhappy with the limited selection of supported formats.

Pros

Top-notch production: All MP3 files that we created with Free MP3 Cutter Joiner had the same quality as the original file. Producing new files was very fast, with most MP3s only taking less than 30 seconds to create.

Pleasant design: You will enjoy the plain, comfortable design of this program. There are only a handful of objects … Read more

XCOM: Enemy Unknown review

XCOM: Enemy Unknown places you in command of an elite group of soldiers tasked with stopping alien invaders before they destroy Earth. In this move-based strategy game, you'll have to learn about the alien technology and come up with a way to defeat your enemy while simultaneously responding to attacks in multiple locations around the globe.

Pros

Amazing graphics: The graphics in this game are really spectacular. You might feel more like you're watching a movie than playing a video game at times. And because images are so crisp and detailed, you can play quite easily, even on … Read more

Fifa 14 by EA Sports review

Fifa 14 by EA Sports gives you the chance to create your own dream team led by one of the game's current superstars. You can mix and match players to get the best possible team chemistry, and then start working your way up through the ranks until you reach the top level of competition.

Pros

Control options: When it comes to controlling your players in this game, you have several options to choose from. If you favor the pure touchscreen experience, there are various gestures you can use to get your players to pass, sprint, shoot, and tackle. Or … Read more

Outwitters review

Outwitters is a strategy game that challenges you to advance across the board to try and destroy your enemy's base. You command an army made up of cute little characters that each have their strengths and weaknesses, and you have to make sure they're each in the right place at the right time to counteract your opponent's movements.

Pros

Rules and tutorial: If you're new to the game, you'll find a complete write-out of the rules, as well as a thorough tutorial to help you get a feel for how it all comes together. The … Read more