Applications

PowerDVD 16 Ultra
EDITORS' TAKE

PowerDVD 16 Ultra

The latest version of CyberLink's PowerDVD software now includes a dedicated TV mode and Chromecast streaming, in addition to future 4K Blu-ray support.

Sony PlayStation Vue
REVIEW

Sony PlayStation Vue

Sony's PlayStation Vue lets you ditch cable TV and still enjoy tons of live channels and DVR features, and you don't even need a PlayStation.

4 stars Editors' rating on March 17, 2016
3.1 stars User rating out of 5 votes

Plans available vary by location.

HomeAdvisor
EDITORS' TAKE

HomeAdvisor

If your smart home detects a leak, HomeAdvisor will have a reputable plumber in your area call you.

Pricing not available

Adobe Premiere Elements 14
EDITORS' TAKE

Adobe Premiere Elements 14 ( Macintosh)

In addition to 4K, there are some interface tweaks and new guided edits.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 14
EDITORS' TAKE

Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 ( Macintosh)

It inherits haze reduction and shake reduction from its big sister.

Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Business 2016
EDITORS' TAKE

Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Business 2016

Office 2016 arrives today with big updates to how you work with others. But how does it stack up against its number one adversary Google Docs?

Microsoft Edge
EDITORS' TAKE

Microsoft Edge ( Windows)

Microsoft's has built a new, Modern browser for Windows 10.

0 stars User rating out of 5 votes

Pricing not available

Adobe Lightroom 6
REVIEW

Adobe Lightroom 6

Adobe Lightroom 6/CC remains a fine photo-editing and organizing tool, but the new version doesn't rise much past its predecessor.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on April 21, 2015
2.5 stars User rating out of 2 votes
Adobe Acrobat DC
REVIEW

Adobe Acrobat DC ( Windows)

Adobe Document Cloud, its apps and applications look like a very good start, but you may want to wait a bit before jumping in with anything other than Fill & Sign.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on April 6, 2015

Pricing not available

Lyve App
REVIEW

Lyve App ( Macintosh)

Lyve is a fast and hands-off way to organize your photos if you don't want to do it yourself.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on February 25, 2015
2 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Apple Photos
EDITORS' TAKE

Apple Photos ( OSX)

Apple's Photos for Mac OS X Yosemite combines an iOS-like interface with advanced editing tools familiar to desktop users. CNET takes a closer look at the developer release.

Coming to OSX Yosemite

Logic Pro X
REVIEW

Logic Pro X ( Macintosh)

Logic Pro X 10.1 from Apple is a self-contained music studio that offers tremendous flexibility and power -- once you get past the learning curve.

4 stars Editors' rating on January 28, 2015
Sling TV
REVIEW

Sling TV

Sling TV's bargain price and freedom from contracts make it well worth a test-drive for prospective cord-cutters or "cord-nevers" who can live with its stripped-down selection of live TV channels.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on January 26, 2015
1 star User rating out of 156 votes

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Microsoft Project Spartan
EDITORS' TAKE

Microsoft Project Spartan ( PC)

Project Spartan is now available for testing on Windows 10.

Pricing not available

Adobe Premiere Elements 13
EDITORS' TAKE

Adobe Premiere Elements 13 ( Macintosh)

While the updates to its Shake Stabilizer is welcome, the rest of the program's updates don't feel terribly compelling.

MSRP: $99.99

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Adobe Photoshop Elements 13
EDITORS' TAKE

Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 ( Macintosh)

If you're looking for gee-whiz features, you won't find them here. But there are still some nice enhancements.

MSRP: $99.99

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Apple Pay
EDITORS' TAKE

Apple Pay ( iOS)

In partnership with retailers, banks and credit card companies, Apple launches the iOS mobile payment service Apple Pay in the US on October 20.

Pricing not available

AEG Let's Taste
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AEG Let's Taste

This app is useful on its own now, but with a concept feature on display at IFA 2014, you might never again have to open your oven door to check on food while it's cooking.

Pricing not available

Parallels Desktop 10
REVIEW

Parallels Desktop 10

Integration with Mac OS X Yosemite and a fair price make Parallels Desktop 10 the best Mac system virtualization option, despite a confusing installation process.

4 stars Editors' rating on August 27, 2014
1 star User rating out of 1 vote
LibreOffice 4.3
REVIEW

LibreOffice 4.3 ( PC)

LibreOffice is a great office suite, but it can't compete with modern apps that offer strong compatibility with Microsoft Office, and also work on mobile devices and the Web.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on August 18, 2014
3.2 stars User rating out of 3 votes
Apple Health
EDITORS' TAKE

Apple Health

Apple's new iOS 8 app aims to be a hub for fitness and health. Here's how.

Pricing not available

Windows Phone 8.1
REVIEW

Windows Phone 8.1

Windows Phone 8.1 is the best update yet, thanks to its revamped design and modern features, but it lags behind iOS and Android.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on April 14, 2014
5 stars User rating out of 9 votes

Pricing not available

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5
REVIEW

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 ( Mac)

A nice, but not necessarily must-have update, Adobe Lightroom 5 remains a strong program for working with raw images.

4 stars Editors' rating on June 9, 2013

Pricing not available

Adobe Premiere Elements 11
EDITORS' TAKE

Adobe Premiere Elements 11 ( Windows)

The niftiest new feature in this consumer video-editing application is Time Stretch, which lets you slow down, speed u,p and reverse clips.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 11
EDITORS' TAKE

Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 ( Windows)

While there are a handful of new capabilities in the update to Adobe's entry-level image editor, the most noticeable is a more readable interface intended for middle-aged eyes.

MSRP: $99.99

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Parallels Desktop 8
REVIEW

Parallels Desktop 8

Any Mac user who needs to use Windows or Linux software or needs to test software in different environments will appreciate Parallel Desktop's seamless integration, with plenty of little features that make the switching experience as smooth as possible.

4.5 stars Editors' rating on September 5, 2012
3.3 stars User rating out of 11 votes
McAfee Total Protection 2010
REVIEW

McAfee Total Protection 2010 ( 1 User)

McAfee Total Protection 2010 hits many of the right notes. It's easy to use and it's effective, but years of below-average releases will likely leave many users unwilling to give it a try.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on February 26, 2010
1 star User rating out of 5 votes
PC Tools Internet Security 2010
REVIEW

PC Tools Internet Security 2010 ( 1 User, 3 PCs)

We're big fans of PC Tools Internet Security's ThreatFire component, and the overall toolset that PC Tools provides is robust, but the suite could be both faster and easier to use.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on December 4, 2009
0 stars User rating out of 2 votes
Quicken Starter Edition 2010
REVIEW

Quicken Starter Edition 2010

Quicken 2010 is a solid finance package, especially for novices, but offers little that's substantively new.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on October 14, 2009
0 stars User rating out of 1 vote

MSRP: $29.95

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Zone Alarm Extreme Security 2010
REVIEW

Zone Alarm Extreme Security 2010

ZoneAlarm Extreme Security 2010 isn't necessarily the best suite around, but it's definitely effective and should appeal to those who like making granular adjustments to their protection.

3 stars Editors' rating on October 8, 2009

As Reviewed: $69.95

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