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Top 10 Google Chrome Extensions for Better, Faster Browsing

Google Chrome has much to recommend it as a browser, but a veteran FireFox or habitual Internet Explorer user may be hesitant to give up the add-ons or plug-ins that[...]

Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Edition Review — Introducing Word Starter and Excel Starter

Fans of Microsoft Works may be disappointed to learn that their preferred lightweight office suite has been discontinued in favor of a very different product: Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Edition.[...]

Top 10 Best Internet Explorer Add-Ons

Contrary to popular belief, Internet Explorer can do lots of the same cool tricks as Firefox or Google Chrome -- so long as you've got the right IE Add-ons. We[...]

Top 10 Best Firefox Add-Ons for Improved Browsing

Google Chrome may grab headlines for its excellent extensions (including the fake ones), but Firefox takes a back seat to no one in the browser plug-in department. We list the[...]

CES 2012: Windows 8 Gaze and Lenovo’s Android ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’ TV

Even before CES opens its doors on Tuesday, the show is already evidencing novel uses of new operating systems, such as Tobii's Gaze "look and tap" UI for Windows 8,[...]

Microsoft Office 2010 Buyers Guide — Breaking Down the Office 2010 Editions

Microsoft Office 2010 hits retail stores this month and as usual Microsoft is offering a byzantine selection of Office 2010 Editions to choose from. Which version of Office 2010 is[...]

Microsoft Word 2010 Review — What’s New in Word 2010

Microsoft Word 2010 is the crown jewel of the latest version of MS Office, but has the world's best-known word processor evolved enough to justify an upgrade? We break down[...]

Windows 7 – A Guide to the Editions

Windows 7 comes in six different flavors -- with a few more niche alternates just for good measure. We've told you why (or why not) to buy Windows 7, but[...]

Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) Review

Sometimes there is something called a free lunch. Here, it's known as Microsoft Security Essentials. This antivirus package promises to deliver much of what paid solutions offer, but for a[...]

Microsoft Excel 2010 Review — What’s New in Excel 2010

Microsoft Excel 2010 was subject to perhaps the least radical makeover of any app in Office 2010, but that's not to say that the world's most popular spreadsheet application didn't[...]

TaxAct Online Review

TaxAct is the cheapest of the Big Three consumer tax preparation products, but is there a hidden cost to what you don't pay? We work it out in this review.

Microsoft Office 365 Review

Microsoft is previewing the first home edition of its Office 365 online suite. Is Home Premium for you, or should you buy Office 13 instead? Read the full review.

Tips: Using the New Tiles in Windows 8

Windows 8's missing start button is only one change in a long list. Here are tips on how to cope with the tile-based user interface (UI) in Microsoft's latest OS.

25 Top Gadget Add-Ons for PCs, iPhones, iPads, and Android Devices

The Christmas countdown is on, but there's still time ahead for finding gadgets that will add more power, connectivity, storage, and/or fun new features to PCs and/ or mobile devices.[...]

Samsung Unveils Windows 8 ATIV Smart PC Tablet Convertibles

As part of the rollout of eight Windows 8 PC models, Samsung took the wraps off the first two entries in its new ATIV Smart PC line-up of touch tablet[...]

Nero 11 Platinum Review: From DVD Burning to Advanced Video Editing

In Nero 11 Platinum, a software package for DVD/CD disc burning and media creation, the sum of the parts is greater than the whole. Read the full review.

Adobe Media Encoder CS5 Review

Adobe Media Encoder arrived as a standalone program in Creative Suite 4 to much gnashing of teeth. Does Media Encoder CS5 redeem the application? We break it down in this[...]

RSA: Five Top Internet Security Threats in 2012

Attackers in 2012 will range from criminals to "hacktivists," governments, and employees. Here are five top security threats that emerged from the RSA Conference.

The new iPad runs the iPhone OS — and that’s the problem

No matter how excited you are about the 9.7-inch HD display, capacitive multitouch interface, or staggeringly cheap 3G data plans promised by Apple's iPad, there's one feature that's billed as[...]

Top Five PC Software Applications for School or Office

Here are five of the hottest software packages for PCs and Mac for August 2012. Categories include office suites, graphics, storage, videoconferencing and cool tools.