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  • 10 unbeatable Black Friday shopping apps

    The mall is a combat zone on Black Friday, and you need a strategy for snatching the prime deals and getting out quickly. Put these 10 apps in your arsenal for a fighting chance at getting everything you need at the lowest possible prices.

    Giftster Wish List Registry (iOS, Android)

    Don't play the guessing game about what friends and family want, or risk your selections ending up in the regifting pile. Instead, share holiday wish lists with Giftster. You can easily mark an item as reserved or purchased to avoid duplicates.

    RetailMeNot (iOS, Android)

    RetailMeNot collects discount codes and coupons from over 50,000 nationwide stores and restaurants. You can search by category, store, or location and get lots of offers that'll save you real money. Use your coupon at checkout or bookmark it for later. The app will even let you know when coupons are about to expire. If you can't find a deal for your item, set up an alert, and RetailMeNot will notify you when it goes on sale.

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  • Star Apps: 'The Imitation Game'

    Generally, victors win the spoils of war, but all Alan Turing got was a spoiled legacy. Winston Churchill called him the greatest contributor to Allied victory, and today's programmers call him the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence, but Turing lived his post-World War II years disgraced by a homosexuality conviction. "The Imitation Game," starring Benedict Cumberbatch, aims to correct this wrong. I spoke with screenwriter Graham Moore ("The Sherlockian," "The Devil in the White City") and actor Allen Leech ("Rome," "The Tudors," "Downton Abbey"), who plays Soviet double agent John Cairncross in "The Imitation Game," about recasting Turing; deciphering cryptology, Turing puzzles, and Enigma machines; and their favorite apps.

    Benedict Cumberbatch plays computing pioneer Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, which opens November 28.

    (Credit: Miramax Films)

    What was your goal with this film? Graham Moore: To expose a new audience to Alan Turing's story. It had been told in biographies, a couple great novels, and onstage in Hugh Whitemore's "Breaking the Code." There have been documentaries, but never a full-on cinematic treatment of Turing's story. We felt that Alan Turing's legacy deserves to be so much better kno... [Read more]

  • Star Apps: Jena Malone

    Jena Malone ("Saved," "Pride & Prejudice," "Into the Wild," "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire") has been acting for almost 20 years and recording music for eight. She and Lem Jay Ignacio are The Shoe, which this year released its first full-length album, "I'm OK." You can see Jena Malone now in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1." We talked about The Shoe, shooting nude, and balancing her music and film careers.

    The other Shoe has dropped: I'm OK is out now.

    The band is called The Shoe because? The Shoe is whatever instrument I want to play. In this particular rendition of The Shoe, it's mostly vocal effects, looper, live percussion, and electronic drums. For our first record, there was a keyboard and mono synth and a few other things. But this is a more pared-down Shoe kind of vibe.

    Between naming the band The Shoe and your label, There Was an Old Woman Records, I'm assuming that the "There was an old woman who lived in a shoe" rhyme must have left a major impression on you. I just liked it because there's this innocent idea around it having been a children's story, and I wanted to build something I could live out of and tell stories out of. You can box it up and take it on the street and unveil it and have all these things come out ... [Read more]

  • 7 charitable apps for easy giving

    November is a time to give, whether you're growing a mustache to support men's health or donating food for Thanksgiving meals. With the seven apps we've found, you can be a do-gooder by simply doing what you usually do -- buying groceries, taking a walk, or playing a game.

    Charity Miles

    Don't wait for that 5K for charity: rack up dollars as you rack up miles on your regular walks, runs, or bike rides. Download Charity Miles (iOS, Android), choose from 28 established charities, and launch the app with each workout. Corporate sponsors will donate funds for every mile.


    Ever wish you could transfer pounds from your waist to someone else's? You nearly can with Foodtweeks (iOS, Android). Tell the app which foods you're about to buy, and it will recommend small, calorie-cutting tweaks. Follow Foodtweeks's guidelines, and it'll donate those calories to a local food bank.

    Donate a Photo

    If you're posting photos to your social media feeds all day, then why not donate one? With Donate a Photo (... [Read more]

  • Star Apps: 'Rosewater'

    Jon Stewart bought the movie rights to imprisoned Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari's best-selling memoir, "Then They Came for Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival." "The Daily Show" host didn't initially intended to direct "Rosewater" himself, but his investment in Bahari's story became so great that he saw no other way. I chatted with Jon Stewart and Maziar Bahari about "Rosewater" and the power of social media for political change.

    First-time director Jon Stewart on the Rosewater set.

    (Credit: Open Road Films)

    Jon, with this film being your directorial debut, where did you draw inspiration from? Jon Stewart: I was most influenced by Maziar and his story. The source material was there. As far as the visuals, the idea was to create a palette that the story could live in without the palette itself drawing your eye. So the idea was to create a quiet inauthenticity, 'cause we weren't in Iran; we were in Jordan. So environmentally and accent-wise, it lived in a world that wasn't discordant, so you could focus on the narrative of it. The prison was not going to be a dungeon, even though the expectations from Westerners was that Maziar was held in a dungeon without lights and wit... [Read more]

  • Star Apps: Kenny Loggins

    In the late '70s, Kenny Loggins eagerly left popular duo Loggins and Messina for an even more successful solo career with hits like "This Is It," "I'm Alright," "Footloose," and "Danger Zone." He never predicted he'd someday be in another group -- this time a trio, Blue Sky Riders. I chatted with the onetime king of movie soundtracks about Blue Sky Riders, his thoughts on the "Footloose" and "Top Gun" remakes, and his favorite apps.

    Kenny Loggins hits the road with Blue Sky Riders this December.

    (Credit: Stephen Morales)

    How would you describe a Blue Sky Riders show? BSR shows are different than Kenny Loggins shows because Gary Burr and Georgia Middleman bring a different energy to the stage. I think I was most surprised by how much humor we have in our shows. I joked with Gary when we first started, "I didn't know I was joining the Smothers Brothers." I also do not perform my solo hits, like "Footloose" or "Danger Zone," although we do have a writers-in-the-round portion of the show where Georgia, Gary, and I perform a couple songs from each of our solo careers together. Gary and Georgia are award-winning songwriters and performers in their own right. We like to put on a show that gets people excited. I think our harmonizing is what's unique and what the fans will appreciate.

    Blue Sky R... [Read more]

  • Star Apps: 'Big Hero 6'

    Marvel comic turned 3D animation "Big Hero 6" began production in 2012, and since then its health-monitoring robot has come a little closer to reality thanks to wearables and health apps. But unlike an app, Baymax the robot cares, looking after prodigy Hiro's physical and emotional well-being after his brother Tadashi's tragic death. Directors Don Hall ("Winnie the Pooh") and Chris Williams ("Bolt") talk about compassionate health care, drawing, and their favorite apps.

    Baymax becomes Hiro's surrogate parent after his brother's untimely death.

    (Credit: Disney)

    The thing that struck me most about the film is how much Baymax replicates the experience of Apple HealthKit and even the health and fitness functionality we're anticipating from the Apple Watch.

    Don Hall: Baymax's whole health care persona came out of a Carnegie Mellon study about applying soft robotics to the health care industry. Also, I really like the idea that we can have these robots help us out when we need it. And the idea of his being an app is a really interesting idea. But technology is advancing faster than we can keep up with it, and even now with the Nike+, they're keeping track of our vital signs and encouraging us to exercise more. So there's a rudimentary health care app idea already in the ether, and who kno... [Read more]

  • Star Apps: 'The Theory of Everything'

    Stephen Hawking is famous for his research in general relativity and quantum gravity, but also well known because of his near-total paralysis from ALS. Before taking on the role of the acclaimed scientist, that's what actor Eddie Redmayne knew about Hawking: "I knew he was a physicist, but I didn't know about astronomy, cosmology, and astrophysics. But when I read this script, I just couldn't believe how much there was behind the icon." Based on Jane Hawking's memoir, "Traveling to Infinity: My Life With Stephen," "The Theory of Everything" delivers a more complete picture of Hawking as a husband and father. Eddie Redmayne talked to me about what he learned playing Hawking, developing chemistry with co-star Felicity Jones, and his favorite apps.

    Eddie Redmayne plays Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.

    (Credit: Focus Features)

    Prior to getting involved with this film, what did you know about ALS, and what did you know about Stephen Hawking? I knew embarrassingly little about both. I don't think I even knew that ALS was degenerative. I had been at Cambridge and had seen Stephen Hawking from a distance. I knew his voice. I knew he was an icon. I knew he had done certain things with black hole theory. I knew he was a physicist, but I didn't know about astronomy, cosmology, and astrophysics. But when I read this script, I just couldn't believe how much there was behind the icon... [Read more]

  • Star Apps: Jann Klose

    As the first musician in a deeply conservative German family, Jann Klose quickly learned that his musical aspirations would not get support. "When I said I wanted to learn an instrument growing up, I was denied that. I had to go out and do it on my own." Today Klose is a multiple Independent Music Awards winner, best known for his "Song to the Siren" cover and original gay anthem "Make It Better." I chatted with Klose about his classic rock obsession, gaining the support of his family and Buckley collaborators, and his US tour.

    Have a Klose encounter this fall when the troubadour takes to the road again.

    (Credit: Yael Shulman)

    You've covered Tim Buckley's "Song to the Siren" and played with Renaissance, Pete Seger, and Les Paul. Where does your interest in classic rock come from? It's what the radio was still playing when I was growing up in the '80s and '90s, and I've always been drawn to that kind of music. There's no rhyme or reason for it. It just really affected me, and I connect to it. Everything from the late '60s and early '70s rock -- Led Zeppelin; The Beatles; Joni Mitchell; Crosby, Stills & Nash -- the music just spoke to me. It wasn't something I really had around me. I discovered it on my own, because I was j... [Read more]

  • Star Apps: Daniel Ash

    Daniel Ash (Bauhaus, Love and Rockets, Tones on Tail) prefers not to revisit his band years, but that doesn't mean he's no longer in love with much of the material he and his bandmates produced. So much so that for his new album, "Stripped," he reimagines 12 of his favorite classic tracks in a contemporary context. I chatted with Ash about why he prefers disco to goth when DJing, CDs to Serato, and YouTube to Facebook.

    Daniel Ash reworked the classics for Stripped.

    How long have you been DJing? I've been doing it for about 20 years. I started off in a Hollywood club called Goldfinger's. I always said I had wanted to do that, so a friend from England who owned the club just put me on the spot and said, "You're playing next Thursday or Friday night." So I had to go out and buy CDs. It's funny, I just went to this store and bought dozens of CDs. Anywa... [Read more]

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