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Software week in review for August 1

Apple's getting closer to releasing its new OS, iOS, and iPhone. Microsoft needs to convince users to kick out the old Windows. Facebook has a new Bolt and updated Slingshot, but Messenger's on its own and there are no more Gifts. Read on for our recap of the software news, and to get the latest reviews and features from our editors in your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletters.

Apple

Apple hasn't announced the iPhone 6, let alone given it a release date, but speculation says it will launch on October 14. In the meantime, iPhone owners … Read more

Software week in review, July 25

This week we're hoping to recruit William Shatner, who decided to boldly go into software reviews, evaluating Facebook Pages on his new Tumblr. In other news, Apple's next OS is now in public beta, Microsoft wants one Windows to rule them all, and everyone's talking Tor. To get the latest reviews and features from our editors in your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletters.

Security and privacy

Black Hat and Def Con are a little over a week away, so it's not surprising that Tor is on the minds of many. This week a Black Hat talkRead more

Facebook Pages Manager review

Facebook Pages Manager makes the tracking and management of multiple business/organization pages on the go quite easy, proving to be much more convenient for this than the default Facebook app for Android. It's by no means perfect, but it's certainly functional.

Pros

Feature-rich: Facebook Pages Manager lets you moderate comments, change profile and cover images, add media files to your page, track page updates through the Pages Feed, and receive push notifications for page-related activities; all these features work as advertised and are intuitive. What's more, you have access to Insights for detailed statistics and can … Read more

Facebook Messenger review

Facebook Messenger enables you to share images privately, call Facebook users anywhere in the world for free, text phone contacts, and even record voice memos. With its appealing and intuitive interface, this app proves to be more convenient than using Facebook Chat through your Web browser.

Pros

Fun to use: Facebook Messenger's streamlined interface, visual-based display with beautiful avatars and nice icons, responsive swipe gestures, and overall accessibility of the chatting, calling, and media sharing options make this a fun way to stay in touch with your network of friends and family.

Complete chatting features: The app's core … Read more

Facebook review

The new version of Facebook for Android proves to be more streamlined and accessible than the mobile version of the official Web site. If you're using Facebook often, you shouldn't miss this app, though it does have some minor but annoying issues.

Pros

Great experience: Facebook for Android retains all the functionality of the social Web site, packing it into an appealing interface, which manages to offer a lot of features without feeling cluttered. The UI has changed from the previous release, with several buttons rearranged. The new app also uses tabs to make accessing certain features quicker. … Read more

Facebook review

Facebook is an app that gives you full access to your Facebook account from your iPhone, making it possible to keep up with friends while you're on the go. You can do everything from adding photos to viewing status updates with this handy app, and you'll soon find it's an invaluable addition to your app library.

Pros

Fully functional: Whether you need to edit your profile or send your friend a birthday message, you can do it all quickly from this app. There's no part of your Facebook profile you can't access, including Privacy Settings … Read more

Instagram review

Instagram provides a platform for you to apply filters and other effects to your photos and then share them with friends. You can choose to post only to Instagram, or you can share simultaneously on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Foursquare right from the app.

Pros

Hashtag searches: In addition to adding your own photos to Instagram, you can also browse through the millions of photos other users have posted. One great way to see the kinds of pictures you're interested in quickly is to search for certain hashtags. And you can also include hashtags along with your own photos … Read more

Facebook acquires Oculus VR

On Tuesday Facebook announced that it has completed an agreement to acquire the immersive virtual-reality tech company Oculus VR for $2 billion. Oculus VR is known for the Oculus Rift, a high-definition headset with motion-tracking capabilities and 3D display, which has been reaching record popularity in the game-development scene. The company recently came to GDC 2014 to showcase the second iteration of its Oculus development kit.

"Mobile is the platform of today, and now we're also getting ready for the platforms of tomorrow," said Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. "Oculus has the chance to create … Read more

Mom tries to Facebook-shame daughter, gets pizza on face

Some parents believe in an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, and a Facebook post for a Facebook post.

Children, they think, sometimes need to learn lessons the hard way. Because the power of the hard way hasn't yet been disrupted by the clever young people in Silicon Valley.

In order to teach her 12-year-old that she was too young to have Facebook and Instagram accounts, Kira Hudson from Colorado made her pose with a sign that read: "Mom is trying to show me how many people can see a picture once it's on … Read more

Facebook for iOS makes it easier to share selectively

I'm not an organized person. Planning is not my forte. Thus, Facebook expecting me to create a group to which I may later want to share a post or a photo is asking too much. With the latest Facebook for iOS update (version 8.0), I don't have to engage in such advanced preparations.

Now, when I go to share a status update, a photo, or a photo album on Facebook, I can select its audience on the fly. To do so from the Update Status screen, tap in the To field to bring up the Share With … Read more