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Star Apps: Jeff Bridges

Star Apps: Jeff Bridges

Jeff Bridges may be an Oscar-winning actor and an accomplished musician, but he still gets performance anxiety every time he's forced to "deliver the goods." I chatted with Bridges about the counsel his mother gave him to combat this and the advice he's given his daughter, singer-songwriter Jessie Bridges, who's opening on his tour with the Abiders. We also talked about his upcoming sci-fi flick, "The Giver," as well as the one item that always travels with him.

What can audiences expect to see on your tour with The Abiders? You never know … Read more

CyberLink PowerDirector Giveaway Weekend

CyberLink PowerDirector Giveaway Weekend

Video editing has made great leaps in recent years, thanks to more powerful personal computers. No longer the domain of studios, professional-quality video creation is now accessible to all.

That is why, for this weekend only, CyberLink is offering free licenses to its widely-praised PowerDirector 11. A robust video and audio editor, PowerDirector offers the tools you need to create professional quality movies in full HD. Get this special free edition of PowerDirector now by signing up on the Giveaway Page with your email, using the code PDR4CNET.

PowerDirector 11 Special Edition's highlights:

Free to use: Completely free video … Read more

6 comics and manga apps for superfans

6 comics and manga apps for superfans

Comics aren't just for kids, and they're not just for print, either -- comics are on your TV and movie screens, in your games, and in apps as well. This week 130,000 comics fans are heading to San Diego for Comic-Con, which sold out in less than 90 minutes. If you're not one of the lucky badge holders, you can still connect to Marvel and DC's latest and greatest -- and manga, too -- with these top comics apps for your phone or tablet.

Comics by ComiXology ( Android, iOS)

ComiXology's app is hands down … Read more

Star Apps: 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

Star Apps: 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," set a decade after humanity and its power supply are nearly decimated, portrays the difficulty of rebuilding civilization without software. How would one navigate without Google Maps, see at night without Flashlight, or speak to intelligent life without FaceTime? Virtual city building via Minecraft or Civilization is also off the menu. But what if there was a way to get power from a hydroelectric dam? The only obstacle is a nation of spiteful super apes. That's the predicament for surviving humans in "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.&… Read more

Star Apps: Kiss

Star Apps: Kiss

Kiss has never been known for its humility. But there's no need for false modesty when you're one of the biggest rock bands of all time. Kiss has released 44 albums and sold 100 million of them over a 40-year career, and the band has an army of fans like no other. To mark its ruby anniversary, Kiss will hit the road with Def Leppard for a 40-plus-city tour that promises to be bigger and better than any Kiss concert before. I chatted with singer Paul Stanley about the summer tour, being inducted into the Rock and Roll … Read more

Star Apps: Frameline 38

Star Apps: Frameline 38

Gay adoption, helicopter moms, and a pioneering gay athlete are just three of the stories at this year's Frameline 38: San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, taking place June 19-29. Actor Alec Mapa ("Switched at Birth," "Desperate Housewives," and "Ugly Betty") talked to me about what he wants gays and allies to take away from his new documentary, "Baby Daddy." I also spoke with songwriter-actress Lisa Loeb, singer of "Stay (I Missed You)," about co-starring in the hilarious coming-of-age comedy, "Helicopter Mom." And four-time Olympic medalist Greg LouganisRead more

Software week in review for June 20

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 Fools' Day launch, the minimal Yo app burned up the Internet this week, earning both appreciation and derision. It finished the … Read more

WWDC recap: What's coming soon to iOS 8 and OS X

WWDC recap: What's coming soon to iOS 8 and OS X

For two hours on Monday, Apple presented new products, and we tech journalists and Mac heads have spent the rest of the week obsessively breaking down the pros, cons, and question marks. This year's WWDC was all about software, chiefly OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 and better integration between the two. Both will be out in the fall. In the meantime, pore over the specs and screenshots with us. (And for this week's non-Apple-related news, visit our software week in review.)

Mac OS X Yosemite

OS X is getting a fresh look, taking design cues from iOS, … Read more

Star Apps: Taylor Kitsch

Star Apps: Taylor Kitsch

For Canadian actor Taylor Kitsch, playing hockey offers a great escape, and so does playing a diverse range of characters. Kitsch is best known for his roles in "Friday Night Lights," "Savages," "John Carter," and "Battleship." In his new film, "The Grand Seduction," he plays urbane Dr. Paul Lewis, a reluctant suburbanite won over by the townsfolk of a small fishing village, who want to land a lucrative business contract.

The role of Dr. Paul Lewis, an eccentric doctor with a penchant for cricket, is not your typical action hero … Read more

Techsmith takes $30 off Camtasia Studio 8, introduces new Snagit 12

Techsmith takes $30 off Camtasia Studio 8, introduces new Snagit 12

Camtasia Studio is an all-in-one professional screen capturing tool and video editor. With tons of features, a friendly UI, and easy-to-follow instructions, Camtasia is the first choice for many Windows users looking to make stunning videos. For this week only, you can get the rarely discounted, feature-rich suite at 10 percent off the regular price.

Features Capture what you're seeing and doing right on your desktop. Create videos, and add professional polish with its powerful video editor. Engage and keep your audience's attention with interactive pop-ups and quizzes. Save and share with your audience on YouTube, Facebook, or … Read more