Software week in review for June 20

Yo, have you poked your friends with two letters today? This week saw new releases from Facebook and Intel, health and fitness apps heating up, iOS 8 feature leaks, and more. Read on for our recap, and to get the latest reviews from our editors in your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletters.

Getting the message

This is the state of apps: $1 million in funding for an app that sends one word to your contacts. After an April... Read More »

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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... Read More »

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Star Apps: Paul Haggis

After overhearing erroneous reactions at recent screenings of "Third Person," the film's screenwriter and director, Paul Haggis, is nervous about whether viewers will follow his three interlocking love stories. But Haggis aims to challenge audiences, as his heroes François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, and Pier Paolo Pasolini challenged him, so he is OK with viewer uncertainty. "You have to have an emotional, visceral reaction to a movie...but you don't necessarily have to understand everything right away," he said during... Read More »

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Star Apps: Paramore

Almost a decade after releasing breakthrough album "All We Know Is Falling," Paramore's star continues to rise. The three-time Grammy-nominated rock group's latest album, "Paramore" (2013), debuted at No. 1 on Billboard and has already spawned two top 10 singles, "Still Into You" and "Ain't It Fun." Paramore co-headlines with Fall Out Boy for this summer's Monumentour, kicking off June 19 in Hartford, Connecticut. I chatted with lead vocalist Hayley Williams as she prepared to hit the road.... Read More »

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4 veteran E3 games that made history

E3 2014 featured lots of new games, as well as plenty of genre-defining legacy titles. Take a walk down video game memory lane with us to discover how four game franchises became industry leaders.

Call of Duty

Most players of first-person shooters are in either the Call of Duty or the Battlefield camp. The Call of Duty games focus on the single-player, immersive experience, while Battlefield players are expected to be a part of a team, whether team members are... Read More »

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Star Apps: Julie Benz of 'Defiance'

Picture it: The town of Defiance, 2047, seven years after war between humans and aliens has destroyed the planet. Both groups have formed a fragile peace as they work to rebuild, but that peace is threatened once more in Season 2 of the Emmy-nominated Syfy series. Julie Benz, perhaps best known as Darla on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and as Dexter's wife Rita, plays former mayor Amanda Rosewater on "Defiance." She chatted with me about figure... Read More »

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Star Apps: 'How to Train Your Dragon 2'

From "Beowulf" to "The Hobbit," men and dragons just can't seem to get along. This is certainly the case in 2010's "How to Train Your Dragon," until a young Viking dragon hunter, Hiccup, has a change of heart and eventually brings peace to warring factions. Four years later, when this amity is threatened, Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), his girlfriend Astrid (America Ferrera), and their entire island of Berk must go to war to preserve the... Read More »

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Software week in review for June 13

Last week was all about Apple's WWDC. This week saw some follow-up on iOS 8's features, but the big news was games: watching the World Cup and the video games announced at E3 for 2014 and 2015. Read on for our recap, and to get the latest reviews from our editors in your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletters.

World Cup

Olé, olé, olé! The World Cup kicked off Thursday. Find out how to stream the games, follow along on... Read More »

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Star Apps: Eric Benet

Eric Benet's sultriest singles ("Femininity," "Georgy Porgy," "Spend My Life with You," "I Wanna Be Loved," "You're the Only One," and "Sometimes I Cry") could be at least partially responsible for bringing new life into the world. But loss is what taught the R&B crooner the meaning of family. Benet talked to me about overcoming loss, his new album, romantic regrets, his most devoted female fan, and his favorite apps.

What can you tell us about your upcoming performance... Read More »

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E3 2014 recap: New PC games

Start saving your pennies and spring-training your thumbs. At this week's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), developers announced dozens of games for every platform and showed some enticing trailers to boot. Many games won't be out until fall, or even next year, but a handful come out this month, and you can sign up for some betas.

PC games with release dates Alien Isolation, October 7 Assassin's Creed Unity, October 28 Battlefield Hardline, October 21 (beta already available) Black Gold Online, June 24 Blue Estate,... Read More »

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