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Star Apps: Tears for Fears

Tears for Fears' chart-topping, career-defining "Songs From the Big Chair" turns 30 this year. To mark the pearl anniversary of the album that spawned "Everybody Wants to Rule the World," "Shout," and "Head Over Heels " the band is releasing a rebooted super deluxe version, as well as a six-disc box set featuring remixes, B-sides, and nine previously unreleased tracks. Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal, who are currently working on a new album due later this year, talked to me about "Songs From the Big Chair," their breakup and makeup, the … Read more

Star Apps: Tommy Savas

Tommy Savas costars on NBC series "State of Affairs," which follows a CIA briefing team that analyzes the most vital security issues facing the nation. I chatted with Savas about working opposite Katherine Heigl, his time on "The Sopranos," and his favorite apps.

You're working with an amazing cast on "State of Affairs." How would you describe Katherine Heigl? Katherine is an unbelievable person. She's amazing. I've never worked on a new show before where one of your costars is also an executive producer. It is an awesome dynamic, actually, because … Read more

7 apps to beat your bad habits

Each new year brings new opportunities to quit vices like smoking and binge drinking and to cut back on indulgences like excessive carb intake, online shopping sprees, and food deliveries. Begin a journey toward better health and wealth in 2015 with these seven apps.

Quit smoking

QuitNow (iOS, Android) Smoking causes one in five US deaths, according to the American Heart Association. The good news is that quitting is possible. Ease withdrawal with QuitNow, a highly personalized app that tracks the minutes since your last smoke, the number of cigarettes you've avoided, and the amount of money and time … Read more

Star Apps: Dee Snider

In the eyes of Tipper Gore and her Parents Music Resource Center, Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider made offensive music that needed a warning label. To fans, he was a rock 'n' roll icon who made it OK for teens to rat their hair, wear makeup, and rock out. Now the singer is pushing his cuddlier side, narrating the self-penned musical "Dee Snider's Rock & Roll Christmas Tale." I chatted with Snider about the show, getting on the wrong side of the Gores and Howard Stern, keeping his family together, and the app that helps him escape … Read more

Star Apps: 'Selma'

Fifty years after the Selma to Montgomery marches, celebrated civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Martin Luther King Jr. is remembered through memorials, museums, and a national holiday. But a biopic, which has been in the works for years, is only now seeing the light of day. Actor David Oyelowo, who plays Dr. King, talks about the incredible resistance to "Selma," the continuing struggle of African-Americans in Hollywood, and his favorite apps.

The film seems to focus more on the man than the legend. Was that a conscious decision? It was absolutely necessitous. This is a … Read more

Star Apps: Chelsea Handler

Comedian Chelsea Handler spent seven years questioning celebrities about their latest projects on "Chelsea Lately." Now the retired talk show host is partnering with Netflix to create comedy special "Uganda Be Kidding Me Live" and four mockumentaries in which she gets answers to some of life's mysteries, like where apps come from.

What makes Uganda an untapped resource for good comedy material? Well, I always figure anywhere I travel is an untapped resource for material. I always end up having a good time, and I like to give America the reputation that I've given … Read more

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

7 holiday crafting apps

Nothing's more thoughtful or personal than a handmade gift or message -- and often they're less expensive than store-bought goods, too. Create holiday cards, scrapbooks, and even stylish gift wrap with these seven creative crafting apps.

Craft & Home Projects Magazine ( iOS)

With vivid photos and beginner-friendly directions, the Craft & Home Projects Magazine app is a great resource for crafting year-round. For the holidays, it offers dozens of ideas for easy-to-make decorations: wreaths, stockings, centerpieces, sweaters, and more.

ScrapPad ( iOS)

Scrapbooks capture memories to last a lifetime, but making them shouldn't take as long. With ScrapPad, … Read more

Star Apps: SoMo

SoMo, aka Joseph Somers-Morales, became a YouTube sensation covering Chris Brown and Drake. Then he became a chart sensation (No. 1 on iTunes, No. 6 on Billboard) with the release of his self-penned, self-titled debut album. Now he wants to write hits for others. I chatted with SoMo about the baby makers, his dirty thoughts in the studio, and the app that makes him feel close to his writing partners.

When did you discover that you could sing? I knew my whole life. My dad's a musician, so I grew up around it. It wasn't really ever did … Read more

Star Apps: James Iha

Guitarist James Iha has rarely had a free moment since leaving The Smashing Pumpkins in 2000. He has guested on Fountains of Wayne albums, joined A Perfect Circle, released solo material, and produced myriad artists, including Michael Stipe, Cat Power, and St. Lucia. Recently he scored Hulu original series "Deadbeat." James Iha talks about why mobile television is the wave of the future, working with Billy Corgan versus Maynard James Keenan versus Taylor Hanson, and his favorite app for rare moments of boredom.

How would you compare solo work to playing in a band or scoring a TV … Read more