DirecTV Now delivers an impressive mix of channels for the money, but people who prioritize a cloud DVR should look elsewhere.
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.
If you're using an earlier version of Microsoft Money, the 2007 updates may not tempt you to upgrade, unless the latest version's new budgeting abilities fit your needs.
Using a fully customizable menu, you can now build your own beer for the PicoBrew Pico.
McAfee VirusScan Professional 7.0 is a top-notch virus slayer for first-time users, but unless you use Outlook Express or Eudora, VirusScan Professional 6.0 users won't need to upgrade.
While the updates to its Shake Stabilizer is welcome, the rest of the program's updates don't feel terribly compelling.
If you're looking for gee-whiz features, you won't find them here. But there are still some nice enhancements.
Kaspersky Internet Security 2009 provides adequate protection, but the program itself could use some work in telling the user what's going on.
With VirusScan 2006, McAfee greatly enhances user protection against spyware and adware threats but slows your system down in the process.
Norton AntiVirus 2006 improves its detection and removal of spyware and adware but lags behind the more proactive McAfee VirusScan 2006.
Mozilla Thunderbird 2 is a fine, free, extensible e-mail client and a solid alternative to pricey Microsoft Outlook 2007 or the free Windows Live Mail.
Project Spartan is now available for testing on Windows 10.
Google Home is a breezy service that lets you create a custom sign-in page chock-full of news and widgets.
Fresh on the heels of its acquisition of DVR company Meedio, Yahoo's entry in the alternative Media Center front-end sweepstakes, Yahoo Go for TV, is currently available as a beta release from the company's Web site. The program offers easy media management in a free package, but hardware support is limited, and the emphasis on driving branded online content knocks local file browsing to second place.
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.
Spybot is both free and adaptable for both beginning and power users, but it left behind several known spyware apps.
QuickBooks Premier 2006 is the best upgrade in years. Its slick new interface is the best in small-business accounting, and its accounting toolkit is easy to learn. Small but growing businesses should buy it.
Google Notebook lets you save the text, the images, and the URL of origin for Web sites that interest you, but its features are limited.