Star Apps: 'Jersey Boys'

"Jersey Boys" actors John Lloyd Young (Frankie Valli), Erich Bergen (Bob Gaudio), and Michael Lomenda (Nick Massi) play three-fourths of '60s rock group the Four Seasons ("Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Walk Like a Man," "Dawn," "Who Loves You") in Clint Eastwood's big-screen adaptation of the Tony-winning musical. The Four Seasons longed to shoot up from their blue-collar New Jersey neighborhood to the top of the national charts. Likewise, this trio of theater actors, mostly known for playing the Four Seasons in the "Jersey Boys&… Read more

Kids Math Games for Girls and Boys review

Kids Math Games for Girls and Boys scores kids on addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems solved via a colorful interface. As kids develop their skills, they can test themselves on harder levels, as well, making this a good tool for tracking progress and improving skills in math.

This isn't really a game, but the colorful nature of the interface makes it fun, and the fact that the sets of problems are timed lets users compete against themselves to get better results. Otherwise, though, the program is basically sets of 15 multiple choice questions that consist of an equation, … Read more

The best Game Boy Advance emulator for iOS is available now, no jailbreak required

Independent developer Riley Testut released on Wednesday a long awaited update to his polished Game Boy emulator, GBA4iOS, and it's far and away the easiest and best looking way to power up your childhood nostalgia and do some classic Nintendo gaming on the iPhone. The emulator now supports Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Color, and original Game Boy games.

Beyond its game playing capabilities, the 2.0 update contains all new features, a refreshed design, and, as was the case with Testut's previous effort and the primary source of its notoriety, it can be downloaded on any iPhone … Read more

Sesame Street, Fall Out Boy Flappy Bird clones arrive. Where's yours?

Everyone! Stop what you're doing and clone Flappy Bird, the recently departed mobile gaming sensation, before...

Oh, sorry. I got distracted there for a second. I had to address a bug that popped up in a new app I'm working on, a hipster-themed Flappy Bird clone called "Flappy Beard." It's going to be great -- old-timey looking facial hair styles flap their way through corncob pipes.

Anyway, as I was saying, it's not too late for you to join the party! If we all get busy creating and then playing everyone else's Flappy Bird clones, it will solve climate change...I think.… Read more

The startup that won itself a Super Bowl ad

So you're a little startup.

You employ 15 people and you think you've got a great idea. Oh, and then someone has the bright idea to run an ad during the Super Bowl.

Are they insane? Not at all. All you have to do is enter a competition against 15,000 other small businesses, sponsored by Intuit.

But then GoldieBlox wins, and it feels like the three bears might eat its lunch.

GoldieBlox is a company that makes engineering toys for girls. The company became something of a love object for Kickstarter donors in 2012 and now looks … Read more

Star Apps: Boy George

Hair, makeup, and gender-bending fashions aside, what singer/songwriter Boy George does best is write a prime pop tune. I'm thinking about chart-topping '80s singles like "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me," "Time (Clock of the Heart)," "I'll Tumble 4 Ya," "Church of the Poison Mind," "Karma Chameleon," "Miss Me Blind," "It's a Miracle," and "The War Song." His later, more dance-oriented solo material and DJ gigs won a club following.

With the March 25 release of "This Is … Read more

10 must-see videos of the week

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and boy do we have a lot of tech awesomeness to be thankful for this week. Hot on the heels of the PS4 release, Microsoft has just launched the Xbox One. It might have the higher price tag, but does it matter? We get our mitts on the shiny new gaming console and offer up some of our highs and lows. We also checked out the world's first (deeply) curved display smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Round. Crazy, gimmicky, or brilliant? We'll let you decide for yourselves.

You know what else we're … Read more

Forget Xbox One and PS4, nothing beats Game Boy (video)

Behold, Internet mortal, the first episode of Adventures in Tech, CNET's new show that takes you on a visual safari, directly into the untamed jungle of your favourite tech topics.

Our premiere feature takes a look at Nintendo's late '80s icon: the magnificent Game Boy, which deployed smart hardware and one shape-spinning supergame to became the industry's most unlikely success story.

Hit play on the video above to dive inside the Game Boy's four-colour folklore, nab yourself some impress-your-pals knowledge, and have your nostalgia gland massaged by some of Nintendo's classic '90s adverts. Go on, … Read more

Author behind 'Mean Girls' focuses on 'boy world' (podcast)

Rosalind Wiseman is known for writing "Queen Bees and Wannabes," a book about teenage girls that was the basis for the movie "Mean Girls." But now she's focused on boys. Her new book, "Masterminds and Wingman," is something of a user manual for parents of boys, with insight into how they think, how they interact with each other, and how technology -- including social networking and gaming -- helps shape their lives for better and worse.

Wiseman's new book is about boys and parenting, not technology. But it wouldn't be possible … Read more

Apple store crazy lady immortalized by Backstreet Boys

Tone is everything. I say that to all my exes as they're telling me that I'm a no-good worm that turns every apple rotten.

It's also something that must have been learned by the lady who walked into an L.A. Apple store recently. Yes, the one who screamed her head off because she couldn't just get the part she required to complete her computing life.

The poor lady didn't have an appointment -- other than with fame, of course.

It wasn't her fault that actress Porscha Coleman made a Vine out of her performance. (… Read more