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.
Home security giant ADT embraces the smart home with a new month-to-month professional monitoring service.
If your smart home detects a leak, HomeAdvisor will have a reputable plumber in your area call you.
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.
The brainy Google Desktop 2 does a mixed job anticipating the content you want. Still, it provides a handy link to files, apps, and Web sites that you access the most, and its search is powerful, too.
We really like Opera 9, but we like it more as the cool, arty browser that it is and not as our everyday workhorse for the Internet.
Home media buffs will find what they need in this versatile and stable suite for authoring and editing DVDs and CDs, but pros may want more.
Adobe PhotoShop CS Ver. 8.0
QuickBooks Simple Start is easy to learn, but the lack of budgeting, payroll, and Excel-import tools limits its usefulness. We recommend a more powerful accounting app, such as QuickBooks.
Deepnet Explorer may not have the institutional support of Internet Explorer, but it offers more built-in features than Microsoft provides.
The well-designed QuickBooks Point of Sale Pro 4.0 is a cash register on steroids--a hardware and software system for managing a retail business.
Apple's new iOS 8 app aims to be a hub for fitness and health. Here's how.
Premiere 6.0 is easily the best, all-around midrange editing program for Windows. For complex Mac projects, however, choose Apple Final Cut Pro 2.0 instead.
Amazon Unbox has taken its knocks, but it's a strong choice if you own a Windows PMC, or if you don't mind watching movies on your monitor.
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.