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Microsoft PowerPoint for iPad review

Microsoft PowerPoint for iPad lets you view, edit, create, and play a presentation, all right from your iPad, no matter where you are. It provides all of the tools you're used to using in PowerPoint, optimized for the touchscreen interface of the iPad.

Pros

Finger laser pointer: If you're projecting a presentation straight from your iPad, you can just use your finger as a laser pointer. Drag your finger across the image on your iPad, and whatever you do will show up just like a laser pointer on the main display.

Full-featured: With this app, you'll have … Read more

Microsoft Excel for iPad review

Microsoft Excel for iPad brings the versatility and functionality of this powerful spreadsheet program to your iPad with an intuitive and attractive interface. Create, edit, and send all types of spreadsheets right from your iPad, and maintain proper formatting across all of your devices with this app.

Pros

Template options: Excel for iPad is a full-featured application, so it brings all of your favorite things about Excel along with it. One of the nicest of these, in our opinion, is the number of template options available. Whether you're putting together an annual financial report, a household budget, or a … Read more

Avast Free Antivirus for Mac review

Avast Free Antivirus for Mac scans for viruses and malware in the OS X environment.

Pros

Robust scanner: Avast Free Antivirus offers scanning at both a threat and a warning level, meaning you can scan your machine either for immediate threats or for potentially unwanted applications. In addition, Avast allows you to scan individual files via drag and drop rather than making you navigate to each file's location. You can split results to display infections only or to list potentially unwanted items.

Native-friendly design: Avast Free Antivirus looks like a native OS X app. The left Finder-like organization makes … Read more

Ashampoo WinOptimizer 11 review

Ashampoo's all-new WinOptimizer 11 packs more tools for cleaning, optimizing, and protecting your Windows PC than its freeware competitors, including WinOptimizer Free. And it has a sophisticated yet easy-to-manage layout with support options that the free system utilities can't match. In addition to regularly scheduled system maintenance and tweaks, WinOptimizer 11 has a One-Click Optimizer, extras like anti-spy protection, and a host of modules. Recent upgrades include Live Tuner 2.0, Game Booster, and User Rights Management.

Pros

Does it all: WinOptimizer 11 has an impressive array of tools and features -- more than other software of its … Read more

Microsoft Word for iPad review

Microsoft Word for iPad gives you the ability to open, create, and edit Microsoft Word documents on your iPad while maintaining proper formatting. With this app, you can work on the same document across all your devices, wherever you are and whenever you need to.

Pros

E-mail preferences: If you want to share the document you're working on with someone else, you can e-mail it either as a link or an attachment directly from the document, itself. In addition, you can decide whether the recipient of the e-mail can edit the document or only view it, which is a … Read more

Wide Sky review

Wide Sky is a fun and engrossing game that gives you the opportunity to train your hedgehog and accomplish missions together. Using ropes and assorted special powers, your hedgehog can ascend to the highest levels in the Wide Sky as long as you can master the techniques for controlling him.

To begin playing this game, you'll have to pick how you'd like to control your hedgehog, either by touching the screen or by tilting the device you're playing on. The game tells you that the touch option is best for beginners, but we found it easier to … Read more

Towpix review

Towpix is a social photo app that lets you enter your pictures into a weekly themed contest and vote on the photos you like best. You can like as many entries as you want, and the one with the most likes at the end of the week wins a prize. So invite your friends and check back every week to see what the new theme for the contest will be.

To begin using Towpix, you can either sign up for a free account, or log in with Facebook. Once you're in, you'll see the main feed screen with … Read more

Think 3D Free review

Think 3D Free lets you create projects using a variety of 3D shapes that you can add to, rotate and manipulate in space, and save images of. Choose from 11 different types of projects, and build structures with vibrant colors that are fun to experiment with and observe.

This app opens with two sample projects already created for you to play with and add to if you choose. Tap a project to get started, or choose to create your own new one by tapping the "+" icon in the upper left-hand corner of the interface. This will bring up … Read more

Hola Better Internet review

Hola Better Internet is the Android app for Hola, the free multiplatform VPN service that lets users watch geoblocked videos in their countries. It comprises two utilities: the Unblocker, which changes the IP that identifies your geographic location, and the Accelerator, which smoothes out media streaming and playback and can even reduce data consumption.

Hola is unusually easy to use for a VPN service, and Hola Better Internet continues the theme. The main screen has only three toggles for Hola, the Unblocker, and the Accelerator. But tap "Help" and then "FAQ," and you'll find an … Read more

Digital Deal: Up to 50 percent off EA/Origin games

From 4/17 through 11:59p.m. PST on 4/23 Origin is running its Gigabytes of Deals promotion with most games and expansions up to 50 percent off. Selected titles are available for both PC and Mac -- Origin client required. You can get Battlefield 4 for half off and discount pricing on a BF4 Premium Membership Bundle and Titanfall Digital Deluxe.

Popular Titles:

Titanfall -- $47.99 Titanfall Digital Deluxe -- $67.99 Battlefield 4 -- $24.99 Battlefield 4 Digital Deluxe -- $29.99 Battlefield 4 and Premium Membership Bundle -- $72.98 Need for Speed Rivals … Read more