DirecTV Now delivers an impressive mix of channels for the money, but people who prioritize a cloud DVR should look elsewhere.
Adobe has improved the speed of Flash and its integration with other CS3 apps, although flashy new features are few. Plus, Flash now works natively on Intel-based Macs.
VideoStudio 8.0 is a good pick for beginners who want to create and customize videos and DVDs.
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.
Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5
This is a great tool for experimentalists who want to tweak under the hood for more power and better performance.
If you're an advanced photographer and don't have Photoshop yet or if you need natural paint tools, version 7.0 is a must-have; otherwise, version 6.0 will do the trick.
On the expensive side but easy to use and ideal for turning photos into creative projects.
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.
McAfee Internet Security Suite 2006 packs a powerful protection arsenal--but it's far too slow. Loyal McAfee users should upgrade for the automatic spyware and phishing blockers, but the rest of us should seek security elsewhere, such as ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite 6.
Microsoft's has built a new, Modern browser for Windows 10.
Microsoft Office Project 2003
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.
In partnership with retailers, banks and credit card companies, Apple launches the iOS mobile payment service Apple Pay in the US on October 20.
Familiar tools coupled with new features and a simplified and redesigned interface make Office 2013 well worth the paid upgrade.
Project Spartan is now available for testing on Windows 10.
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.
Lyve is a fast and hands-off way to organize your photos if you don't want to do it yourself.