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Star Apps: The Glitch Mob

Electronic trio the Glitch Mob's sophomore album, "Love Death Immortality," lives up to its epic title. The 10-track recording's grand, encompassing sound was honed onstage at some of the biggest worldwide venues over the past couple years, and the themes explored -- captured in the title -- are universal. In contrast to the group's debut album, "Drink the Sea," "Love Death Immortality" is richer, with real instrumentation, and more robust, with strong female guest voices. The band's live show is equally massive, with spectacular interactive concert visuals that the musicians … Read more

How to spy on your lover, the smartphone way

Trust is like love.

You want to believe in it, but then your rational side kicks in and dents your faith.

Here at the Ministry of Failed Relationships, we understand this. There is nothing worse than committing yourself to someone who poses as your soulmate, only to discover that their soul has drunkenly mated with a passing half-sized halfwit.

One company has -- perhaps inadvertently -- stumbled upon a notion that might ease your worried brow. Or confirm your dearest fear. For it is now offering phones that have built-in spyware.

mSpy created its software with a mind to, say, … Read more

Courtney Love: I may have found missing Malaysian plane

Rarely have so much knowledge and so much ignorance melded to produce so much speculation.

Malaysian Airlines flight 370 might be somewhere or nowhere. It might have crashed or been hijacked. Extraterrestrial explanations seem not too far-fetched.

In confusion such as this, what you need is an enterprising attitude and a level head. Unsurprisingly, Courtney Love has stepped in to offer her services.

In a post to her Facebook page, Love says she has participated in the Tomnod challenge to see whether she can scour the seas to find evidence of the plane.

Lo, she believes she might have beheld … Read more

Star Apps: David J

If you want to hear David J's new album, "An Eclipse of Ships," but can't make it to Austin for his three SXSW shows (March 12-16), you'll have to wait till spring. The acoustic album features musicians on violin, acoustic piano, Rhodes, stand-up bass, mandolin, oboe, percussion, and a bevy of acoustic guitars. It's a celebration of women -- some known to the artist and some conjured up in fantasies.

David J's time as founding member of death rock band Bauhaus ("Bela Lugosi's Dead," "Dark Entries," "Kick … Read more

Tell your friends their relationship sucks? Here's an app for that

"I give it 12 months," we say, while sitting in a dusty church pew wearing our oversized hat or only clean suit.

"Oh, I don't know. She's a bit friendly with the best man, if you ask me. Six months at best," someone will mutter, just before singing a love song specially chosen by the newlyweds.

We fancy ourselves as knowing just how long it will take before a happy couple becomes an it's-your-fault-you-lazy-faithless-farm-animal couple. We'd put money on it.

So sing hosannas to a disruptive tyke of an iOS app called ForeverNOT. This entirely helpful social service allows you not only to bet on the potential length of your own friend's relationships, but also those of famously true lovers. … Read more

Happy Valentine's Day, from Mars

Mars loves us. And how do we know? Because it's covered in heart-shaped features that are obviously there to tell us how much we're loved by our red neighbor.

Today, as a special NASA Valentine, the space agency shared a set of photographs of the various Martian hearts, images it gathered over three Martian years, and first published on Valentine's Day 2004.

The imagery was gathered by the Mars Global Surveyor Mars Obiter Camera team.

Among the photographs are hearts located in various Martian mesas and depressions.

The imagery may be more than ten years old, but … Read more

Kickstarter-funded film reunites Joss Whedon's 'Dollhouse' cast

A film funded through Kickstarter donations is making its online debut today with a cast that should bring a smile to the face of many a Joss Whedon fan.

Written and directed by Australian filmmaker Anton King, "Lust for Love" tells the tale of Astor, a man who enlists the former best friend of his lifelong crush to teach him how to attract women. As he awkwardly goes through the motions of trying to pick up women, the film promises to confront the "conceptions about love" on the part of Astor, the woman who earned his … Read more

Skype helps keep half of long-distance relationships alive, survey says

Ten years ago most people would caution someone from entertaining a long-distance relationship -- they're almost always doomed to fail. When significant others can't see each other the heart can grow cold.

However, new research shows Skype could be lessening long-distance relationships' bad outcomes. Microsoft's Idea Lab conducted a survey of Skypers in the US and UK in January and found that 96 percent of respondents said the video call service gives them a closer connection to their far-away loved one.

It's not only about a closer connection, however, because one could argue a phone call … Read more

Too much Facebook can make you unfaithful

They always told me that freedom was all about choice.

Then I got that choice and realized that things weren't so easy.

How is one supposed to choose when one has 300 TV channels or 150 bars or 500 million members of one's target sex on Facebook?

We are not equipped for discernment. We are mere chemicals trying to get through the day.

Now, the worst has been confirmed by science. A study published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking says that the more time you spend on Facebook, the more your eyes will wander toward … Read more

Part-time love? There's a dating site for that

I need to tell you about my dishwasher.

Sometimes it washes every dish, giving me a radiant feeling in several places. On other occasions, it spits, pouts, and leaves red plates brown.

There seems no reason why. It's just like that.

If it was a person, my dishwasher would be on Part Time Love. This is a dating site with an alluring promise: "Meaningful romance without everyday commitment."… Read more