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.
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.
Quicken 2010 is a solid finance package, especially for novices, but offers little that's substantively new.
If you plan to keep your spreadsheets to yourself, you won't find many exciting new features in Excel 2002. But if you regularly share and edit spreadsheets with your coworkers, purchase the upgrade posthaste.
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Familiar tools coupled with new features and a simplified and redesigned interface make Office 2013 well worth the paid upgrade.
This is the first version since Word 97 that's a gotta-get upgrade. With tons of new tools for the single user and a renewed attention to collaboration for those who work in groups, Word 2002 is the best writing tool on the planet.
Office 2016 arrives today with big updates to how you work with others. But how does it stack up against its number one adversary Google Docs?
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.
In addition to 4K, there are some interface tweaks and new guided edits.
It inherits haze reduction and shake reduction from its big sister.
Norton AntiVirus 2006 improves its detection and removal of spyware and adware but lags behind the more proactive McAfee VirusScan 2006.
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.
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.
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.