Google Maps 9.0 for Android and iOS brings a handful of new and useful features with its Material redesign.
WinZip 9.0 is the easiest-to-use and most powerful compression program available. No PC should be without WinZip.
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Ulead has greatly improved VideoStudio with tools for all levels of users, though it's not without its problems.
Norton Ghost 9.0 is a much improved disk imager, particularly now that it performs backup/restore operations without leaving Windows. Even so, Acronis True Image 8.0 is much better for the same money.
If you're interested in digital artistry, you need Painter, though you'll pay a lot for this upgrade.
AOL 9.0 Security Edition offers free antivirus and firewall protection as part of its basic service, making it a good deal for Internet novices.
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A magnitude 9.0 quake and aftershocks bring devastation to Japan, send tsunamis racing across the Pacific, and pose a grave danger to several nuclear power plants.
VirusScan 9.0 is a worthwhile upgrade for current VirusScan users, who will benefit from the improved spyware detection. But VirusScan lacks a firewall, making it an incomplete security solution.
A week after Japan's devastating 9.0-magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami, the country deals with disaster relief efforts and a nuclear crisis. Also: more iPad 2 buzz and SXSW updates.
A very capable image-editing program at a reasonable price.