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Star Apps: Fitz and the Tantrums

Don't let the name fool you: Few bands brighten a bad mood like Fitz and the Tantrums. The LA-based neo-soul group's sophomore release, "More Than Just a Dream," has already spawned hit singles "The Walker" and "Out of My League." Now the band is spreading the sunshine on its summer and fall tour. I chatted with lead vocalist Michael Fitzpatrick (aka Fitz) about how music uplifts him, musical influences and inspirations, and his favorite apps while on the road.

Your music is so celebratory. What can fans coming to the current tour … Read more

Review: Send attractive, quirky cards with justWink Greeting Cards

justWink Greeting Cards lets you personalize and send a variety of quirky greeting cards either electronically or -- for a price -- through the mail. It's a fun way to send greetings for a special occasion or for no occasion at all.

Electronic greeting cards can often be poorly designed and cheesy, but justWink cards are attractive and funny, with occasionally salty language. Cards are arranged by category, including holidays, birthdays, thanks, congratulations, baby, wedding, random notes, and more. Each card can be personalized with a note, and we especially liked that the app lets you sign your name … Read more

Stressed UC Davis students get mobile mental health help

It's finals week at UC Davis, and the campus is gearing up to help students who may find themselves in crisis mode with today's launch of a mobile-friendly Web site that directs them to the most appropriate resources on campus and beyond. The service could be life-saving, given suicide is reportedly the second-leading cause of death among college students.… Read more

Review: JustResizeIt Free for Mac resizes images quickly and easily

JustResizeIt Free for Mac allows you to quickly resize large images using default or custom-made widgets. Lightweight and speedy, this application is more accessible than traditional image resizing apps because of the ingenious way in which it uses widgets. It's an excellent choice for any Mac user, but especially for photographers and graphic designers.

The installation of JustResizeIt Free for Mac requires the installation of Adobe AIR. If you don't have this runtime system already, the installation might take a while. Once you have the runtime and the app up and running, you are ready to start resizing … Read more

Interactive Arcade Fire vid lets you control the effects

If you've ever wanted to direct a music video, you can (sort of) with a new short interactive film for Arcade Fire that lets you impact the effects with the wave of a mobile device.

Built for the Web, the film, "Just a Reflektor," features the song "Reflektor," expected to be the first single released from the band's new album of the same name. It's scheduled to debut officially Monday night at a small club in Montreal.

To get into the head-trippy action, just go to Justareflektor.com in a Google Chrome browser and a visit a companion mobile URL for the project via smartphone or tablet. The film, directed by Vincent Morisset and shot in Jacmel, Haiti, tells the story of Axelle "Ebony" Munezero, a young woman who travels fluidly between her world and ours. … Read more

The 404 1,329: Where we're black and red all over (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Thousands sign petition to remove Ben Affleck as Batman.

- Hackers crack the surprise ending of Grand Theft Auto V.

- JustDelete.me may be the Internet escape hatch you're looking for.… Read more

Why buy music when you can stream it?

I guess it's safe to assume Adele and Coldplay are making decent livings in the music business, but I wanted to talk with an average band to see how they were doing. What sort of income did they see from Spotify, Pandora, and YouTube, vs. selling CDs or downloads? So I chatted with Phil Metzler, from Just Off Turner, and he was willing to share some income numbers. The band has been featured on soundtracks on shows from ABC, MTV, E!, and Oxygen; they've toured the U.S., Europe, Brazil, Australia, and the U.K.

They made three … Read more

The 404 1,284: Where we're judged by John Hodgman (podcast)

Comedian and self-appointed judge John Hodgman reveals the secrets to surviving the apocalypse and answers your questions about National Doughnut Day, the proper way to grow a mustache, and how to deal with Internet whiners.

If you like what you hear, subscribe to Netflix and check out John's stand-up special "Ragnarok" on June 20, push play, and walk away. John's also performing in Chicago on June 13 at the Just For Laughs comedy festival. Details on all his tours can be found here and on John's Twitter!… Read more

Review: JustCloud lets you back up your files on the go

Due to the limited storage space and cost of iCloud on iOS devices, cloud storage tools are very popular. So the JustCloud app is one of many highly-competitive and well-constructed apps that provides a load of tools for anyone interested in backing up files and making them accessible anywhere. Is it on par with some of its competitors or just another option in the crowded cloud marketplace?

To use JustCloud you will need an account. You can register for a free account from your device, which gives you 100MB of storage. You'll need to download the app on your … Read more

The 404 1,216: Where we 3D print our way out of the friendzone (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- "Friendzone" added to Oxford dictionary.

- Makerlove is an online community of 3D-printed adult toys.

- New app turns your iPhone into a mobile urine lab.

- It was bound to happen: Dongiverse lets you print 3D sex toys.

- Boston frat starts Indiegogo campaign for transsexual brother.

- Oleg Berg's YouTube and Soundcloud pages rework the keys of classic songs, for better or worse. Exhibit the creepiness of "Hey Jude" in minor.Read more