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Star Apps: Miss America 2014, Nina Davuluri

Star Apps: Miss America 2014, Nina Davuluri

Miss America 2014, Nina Davuluri -- the first winner of Indian descent -- wasn't always celebrated by her peers. In middle school, the future pageant pioneer felt misunderstood by her classmates because of her heritage. That's why her candidate platform for Miss New York (and later Miss America) was "Diversity through cultural competency." On Wednesday, she spoke about the value of social diversity at Macy's in San Francisco. I spoke to Davuluri about the event, feeling misunderstood, her proudest moment in the Miss America competition, pageant queen misconceptions, and her favorite apps.

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TrueCrypt's cryptic warning is downright alarming

TrueCrypt's cryptic warning is downright alarming

Popular encryption program TrueCrypt released a peculiar statement on its SourceForge page, warning users about a potential vulnerability and recommending they abandon TrueCrypt.

"WARNING: Using TrueCrypt is not secure as it may contain unfixed security issues," says the red text atop the page. The warning further states that the app ceased development in May, after Microsoft ended support of Windows XP. The developers recommend migrating any True Crypt-encrypted data to encrypted disks supported by users' OS.

The use of TrueCrypt had increased in recent months, thanks to Edward Snowden's endorsement. The latest build is still offered on … Read more

Name your own price coding bundle at Udemy

Name your own price coding bundle at Udemy

We're doing something a little different this week. Instead of the usual software deal, we've partnered with StackSocial to bring you some of the best coding classes on popular online learning platform Udemy. The price? You decide. The best part is that 10 percent of your purchase will go to the charity of your choice. This deal is available through StackSocial.

Learn how to be a Web developer, design your own Web site, or just improve your coding skills with these lectures, videos, and tutorials. Beat the average price (currently $14.66), and you'll get all eight … Read more

Star Apps: Journey

Star Apps: Journey

It's been 40 years since Journey formed in San Francisco, and the band seems to keep getting bigger. "Don't Stop Believin'" was used in "The Sopranos" series finale and was covered in "Glee," and it's the biggest selling song from the 20th century in iTunes history. Journey's 2011 tour was one of its best attended. Next the diamond-certified rock band will mark its anniversary with a national tour with fellow Bay Area group the Steve Miller Band (whose No. 2 album, "The Joker," turns 40 this year) and … Read more

Star Apps: Michael Willett

Star Apps: Michael Willett

High school was all fun and games for Ferris Bueller, but for 24-year-old actor Michael Willett ("G.B.F." and "United States of Tara"), it was more of a struggle. Thankfully he gets to relive high school as stylish and popular Shane, a modern-day Ferris Bueller, on MTV's new comedy, "Faking It" (Tuesdays at 10:30/9:30 central).

How would you describe "Faking It"? It's a comedy set at a high school, where the more unique you are, the cooler you are. My character, Shane, is the cool kid … Read more

Twelve apps for new grads

Twelve apps for new grads

Nationwide, thousands of recent graduates are hanging up caps and gowns and looking forward to a bright future. If you're a recent grad, or if you'd just like to take a summer sabbatical or hit the reset button on your career, read on for our app recommendations to help you gun for that dream job, indulge the travel bug, or continue your education. If you're also shopping for electronics and hardware, check out CNET's Grads Tech Gift Guide.

Job hunting

LinkedIn

Use a social network that's actually beneficial. LinkedIn is one of the best ways … Read more

Star Apps: Wyatt Nash

Star Apps: Wyatt Nash

Lifetime struck ratings gold in January with its adaptation of V.C. Andrews' bestselling YA novel "Flowers in the Attic." On May 26, the channel will premiere the sequel, "Petals on the Wind," starring Heather Graham, Ellen Burstyn, and Wyatt Nash. The film follows the lives of incestuous siblings Christopher and Catherine Dollanganger, a decade after their escape from captivity. Nash, a Nashville-born model-turned-actor, is known for his roles on shows like "Hollywood Heights," "1600 Penn," and "Pretty Little Liars." He chatted about taking on the controversial character, working with … Read more

Star Apps: Bella Thorne from 'Blended'

Star Apps: Bella Thorne from 'Blended'

In the new romantic comedy "Blended," Bella Thorne plays Hilary/Larry a misunderstood tomboy desperate to fit in. Thorne is a Candie's model and TV star, idolized by teens and tweens for playing dancer CeCe Jones on Disney Channel's "Shake It Up," and she also appeared in "Big Love," "My Own Worst Enemy," "Dirty Sexy Money," and "In the Motherhood." To see her in person -- big hair, glitter eye makeup, and all -- you'd imagine that the Larry role was a major stretch for … Read more

The software week in review for May 23

The software week in review for May 23

This week Facebookers unearthed a Zuckasaurus, eBayers learned their info was exposed, Apple fans spread iOS 8 rumors, and a flock of new releases landed on the Internet. Read on for our recap, and to get the latest product reviews and updates from our editors in your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletters.

Threatdown

On Thursday Facebook announced two new privacy features. First, the default setting for new users will be to share posts with friends only. Current users can, of course, make that same choice in the Settings menu. Second, in the next few weeks, Facebook will introduce a … Read more

Star Apps: Richard Edwards from Margot & the Nuclear So and So's

Star Apps: Richard Edwards from Margot & the Nuclear So and So's

Margot & the Nuclear So and So's frontman Richard Edwards speaks like he sings, calmly and deliberately. The band, from Chicago and Indianapolis and named after a Wes Anderson character, has released its sixth album, "Sling Shot to Heaven." The 13 tranquil tracks are highlighted by Edward's soothing finger-picking and hypnotic, Chris Martin-esque vocals. I chatted with Richard Edwards about the new album, the "Lazy" single, social media, and his favorite apps.

It's common knowledge that you named the band after the Gwyneth Paltrow character in "The Royal Tenenbaums." Are you … Read more