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Star Apps: Michael Pitt

Actor Michael Pitt is best known for playing a gangster on "Boardwalk Empire," a murderous psychopath in "Funny Games," and a drugged-out grunge rocker in "Last Days." With "I Origins," he demonstrates range with his credible portrayal of Dr. Ian Gray, a molecular biologist studying the evolution of the eye, who makes a discovery that challenges all his deep-held scientific theories and spiritual beliefs.

This role seems like a definite departure from your previous work. What drew you to playing a scientist? Maybe that. One of the things I was really interested … Read more

Save up to 85 percent on PC games, $30 off PS4

Heads up Downloaders, you can now get a brand new Sony PS4 for just $370 on eBay. That's $30 off the regular price. This is the lowest price we have seen and most likely won't last long.

On another note, GameStop is having its PC Download Spring Sale from May 19 -- June 2. Save up to 85 percent on hundreds of PC titles.

There are almost 400 games in GameStop's sale catalog, but here are some notable deals on editors' favorites. More info over at GameStop.

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The Elder Scrolls Skyrim V -- $9.99 Mass … Read more

Original design creation review

Original design creation, or ODC, is a custom wallpaper maker that lets users combine images and background colors to create their own wallpapers. Unfortunately, the app doesn't offer much in the way of options, limiting how customized its wallpapers actually are.

Pros

Easy to use: ODC has a very basic interface, and instructions when the app first opens explain its features. You swipe left or right to scroll through the app's ten background colors, swipe up and down to scroll through the app's 21 images, and tap to change the image color. This makes it easy to … Read more

Titanfall review

Titanfall, from the original creators of the Call of Duty franchise, promises to be the next step in the evolution of first-person shooters, offering action-packed gameplay.

Pros

Basic shooter with a new twist: First-person shooters (FPS) may not change much over the years, except for more guns, better graphics, and bigger explosions. But Titanfall introduces a couple new elements into an otherwise stale genre. Parkour-style wall running and giant mechs force old-school FPS-ers to adapt or die.

Seamless mechanics: What sets Titanfall apart? Activating actions is almost completely intuitive. When you run up buildings, cling to walls to set ambushes, … Read more

Digital Deal: Up to 50 percent off EA/Origin games

From 4/17 through 11:59p.m. PST on 4/23 Origin is running its Gigabytes of Deals promotion with most games and expansions up to 50 percent off. Selected titles are available for both PC and Mac -- Origin client required. You can get Battlefield 4 for half off and discount pricing on a BF4 Premium Membership Bundle and Titanfall Digital Deluxe.

Popular Titles:

Titanfall -- $47.99 Titanfall Digital Deluxe -- $67.99 Battlefield 4 -- $24.99 Battlefield 4 Digital Deluxe -- $29.99 Battlefield 4 and Premium Membership Bundle -- $72.98 Need for Speed Rivals … Read more

Sony to debut original TV show 'Powers' for PlayStation

Sony has been talking television over the last year and now it's becoming more clear what the company had it mind. According to The Wall Street Journal, Sony is working on an original TV show called "Powers" that will be available on its PlayStation game console.

"It's about having a broad range of broadcast content to replicate the live TV experience," president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Andrew House told the Journal.

The show will be produced by Sony Pictures TV -- of "Breaking Bad" fame -- and will be … Read more

Facebook turns 10, copies Paper app name

CNET Update is bad at bird flapping:

In this episode of Update:

- Reflect on life before Facebook as the network marks its 10-year anniversary.

- Pity the original Paper app for having its name taken by Facebook's new Paper app.

- Behold the expansion of Aereo, a broadcast TV streaming service, which sold out in New York City.

- Avoid the madness of Flappy Birds. Whatever you do, don't get sucked into this game.

CNET Update delivers the tech news you need in under three minutes. Watch Bridget Carey every afternoon for a breakdown of the big … Read more

PC gaming suddenly hot at CES 2014

LAS VEGAS -- While the computer category itself was overshadowed at CES 2014 by flexible TVs and high-tech wristbands, there was one unexpected bright spot -- some inventive new ideas about PC gaming.

With the next generation of living-room consoles only a few months old, it would be easy to put PC gaming on the back burner for a while, but companies at CES are instead taking some inventive, forward-thinking approaches to this decades-old category.

PC gaming in the living room The biggest is probably Valve's lineup of Steam Machine hardware. The concept is for a compact gaming PC … Read more

Amazon Studios to begin shooting original series in 4K

As the world moves into higher and higher digital resolution, production companies have to keep up. Amazon Studios appears to be looking to one such company to lead the charge in shooting its television series with 4K technology.

The company announced Monday that it plans to shoot all of its 2014 full-length original series, as well as any new pilots, in 4K ultra HD.

"As a premium original content creator, we're excited about 4K and the future of Ultra HD technology, particularly as we move into drama series next year," Amazon Studios director Roy Price said in … Read more

Connect with an expert on Google Helpouts

CNET Update always offers expert advice:

In this episode of Update:

- Learn about Google's new service called Helpouts, which uses Hangouts video chats to connect to people with expertize in different subjects.

- Get the latest on BlackBerry's struggles, as the company fails to find a buyer to go private and appoints a new CEO. Perhaps there's still hope in the new BlackBerry Z30 smartphone, hitting Verizon later this month.

- Watch Netflix go after Oscar glory by picking up a documentary called "The Square," while Amazon plays catchup and launches its first TV series next week. … Read more