Facebook Pages Manager: Facebook's main app for iOS is fine for hanging out online with your friends, but it's not quite as useful if you're the proprietor of one of the site's "pages" featuring public personalities and businesses. Facebook has decided there's a separate app for that—the free Facebook Pages Manager application for iPhone. The app lets users manage all the service's pages that they oversee, as well as use the Insights analytical tool. Users can post updates and photos to a page, and they can receive real-time alerts when fans post comments and links to that page. The good news? It will almost certainly perform better than Facebook's stock price.
Hulu Plus: This app for iPhone and iPad has long been one of the premiere places to stream new and classic TV shows while on the go—and this week saw a major upgrade: Much-improved AirPlay mirroring and HDMI support, making it easier to play video from your iOS device on your television screen. (This part of the upgrade applies only to the iPhone 4S and to the last two generations of iPad.) New features also include Retina support for the new iPad, as well as a revamped video player and user interface. The download is free, but after a trial period you'll pay $8 a month to subscribe to the service.
New York Times: It's a dire time for newspapers, but the New York Times keeps pressing ahead with improvements to both its iPhone and iPad apps. Both versions now give access users to the paper's blog offerings—a feature that was previously available only at the website. Users can now shuffle and adjust the news sections to meet their preferences, and fresh news will automatically download overnight as long as your device is connected to Wi-Fi. The iPad app has one other new feature—the ability to zoom in for a closeup on photos that accompany stories. Both apps are free, though you'll pay $15 a month for full access to the iPhone app and $20 a month for full access to the iPad offering.