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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

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

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'

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

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

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

Star Apps: Blancmange's Neil Arthur

If the goal of UK card game Happy Families was to unite clans based on similar professions, then the objective of Blancmange's "Happy Families" album was to join seemingly disparate elements of Western electronics and Eastern sounds. Thirty-two years later, the breakthrough album continues to inspire electronic artists like La Roux, Hot Chip, and Metronomy. Blancmange recently re-recorded the classic album as "Happy Families Too," adding new track "Running Thin" and remixes from Depeche Mode, Yaz, and Erasure founder Vince Clarke, as well as legendary UK DJs Greg Wilson and Derek Kaye. I … Read more

Star Apps: Cody Simpson

Australian singer-songwriter Cody Simpson first found fame performing an acoustic mix of original songs on YouTube, among the Jason Mraz and Justin Timberlake covers. For his new "Surfboard" single, he takes inspiration from Elvis and the Beach Boys, urban dance music, and his model girlfriend Gigi Hadid, daughter of Beverly Hills "Housewife" Yolanda Foster. I chatted with Simpson about his change in musical direction, working with Justin Bieber manager Scooter Braun, making his long-distance relationship work, and his favorite apps.

What's your new "Surfboard" single about? It's a real reflection on a … Read more

Star Apps: Jon Favreau

Fear inspired "Iron Man" director Jon Favreau to produce his latest film, "Chef," a smaller-budget affair than the usual Favreau fare. After working on three "Iron Man" films, "The Avengers," and "Cowboys and Aliens," he was nervous that he'd never make another "Swingers." His fear was unwarranted -- "Chef," out today, shows just how much he's matured artistically since the 1996 cult classic. "Chef" is a warm, well-written comedy starring Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Oliver Platt, Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman, … Read more

The software week in review for May 16

Welcome to week two of our recaps of recent software news, opinions, how-tos, new releases, and coming attractions. For the latest reviews from our editors and new products, subscribe to our newsletters.

Apple's playbook

Cupertino fans are playing Fantasy Apple in advance of June's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). Rumors are circulating that Apple will announce the iPhone 6, though it may not be available 'til August or September. The long-rumored iWatch and Apple TV appear to be no-go for this conference, according to Re/code's sources.

Which means -- apart from that possible iPhone 6 -- that … Read more