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.
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.
Google Apps lets you brand online services with your own URL, but it doesn't eat the costs of domain registration as Microsoft Office Live does.
There's a ton of great technology in Opera, and it's free to compete with Mozilla Firefox.
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.
PayCycle serves businesses with an affordable, easy-to-learn online payroll system.
The online Google Spreadsheets is free, easy to use, and handy for collaboration, but stick with Excel for complex spreadsheets.
While it falls short of TV-quality video, Verizon's 3G V Cast service offers plenty of eye candy and speedy Web browsing for a reasonable price.
In partnership with retailers, banks and credit card companies, Apple launches the iOS mobile payment service Apple Pay in the US on October 20.
If you often wish you had a way to share your photos and home movies while away, Orb might be the perfect solution.
We like the cohesive look and feel as well as useful functionality offered by the free Windows Live apps.
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.
SurePayroll is a convenient service for white-collar businesses--though it's pricier than PayCycle and slightly harder to use.
Windows Phone 8.1 is the best update yet, thanks to its revamped design and modern features, but it lags behind iOS and Android.
Google's the way to go for straight Web searching, local results, maps, or image queries, but we found better engines for multimedia searches.
For mobile professionals, Sprint Mobile Broadband offers a compelling alternative to hot-spot services.
We love the idea of Starz Vongo and think $10 per month is a fair price for all-you-can-watch movies, but the service needs a better selection of movies and improved compatibility with portable devices.