DirecTV Now delivers an impressive mix of channels for the money, but people who prioritize a cloud DVR should look elsewhere.
Google Gmail Beta
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.
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.
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.
Microsoft's has built a new, Modern browser for Windows 10.
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.
Brinkster offers a reasonable amount of bandwidth and storage for a low price, but its above-average technical support makes it stand out.
Familiar tools coupled with new features and a simplified and redesigned interface make Office 2013 well worth the paid upgrade.
If you're a Windows user with a taste for Starbucks lattes, you'll love T-Mobile's slick, safe, and easy-to-use HotSpot service, although you'll pay a premium to use it.
EarthLink DSL service is perfect for the home user who wants broadband speed without paying cable prices.
If you're thinking about ditching your landline, SunRocket is a potential contender. A low price and lots of features are attractive, but the voice quality of your calls may vary.