Taxes can be complicated if you do them yourself or costly if you use a qualified tax preparer. That's why more and more Americans -- 40 percent, according to recent Intuit estimates -- are turning to do-it-yourself tax apps, which promise ease, affordability, and security.
We've checked out tax preparation and filing apps, and our top three picks are so intuitive, navigable, and instructional that you can use them confidently on your phone or tablet. But if you're... Read More »
Where can you watch the Super Bowl? With the right apps on your phone or tablet, you can get out of the house and still watch the game for free, without being tethered to your TV.Watch with the NFL Mobile app
If you want to watch the presidential inauguration this Friday, you have a choice: Try to get to Washington, DC, in time to catch Donald J. Trump's festivities, or stay at home, make a cup of tea, and stream the event live.
The swearing-in ceremony happens Friday, January 20, promptly at noon ET, but many news organizations will start their live streams early. CBSN (CBS News' online news service), for example, plans to begin coverage at 7 am ET on... Read More »
Just when you thought it was safe to put away your wallet, Amazon has declared Friday, December 30, Digital Day: 24 hours dedicated to buying movies, music, games, and other digital content for the device you may have just received for the holidays. Amazon will offer substantial discounts on digital downloads: up to 80 percent on games like Battlefield 1 and Rocket League and as much as 50 percent on movies and TV shows, including The Martian and "Supergirl."
The... Read More »
Well, that was an odd year. We got a very public lesson in why it's important to keep online communications secure; we went outside to toss Poke Balls at augmented-reality pocket monsters; and we asked inanimate objects in our homes for assistance. Here are the software trends of 2016 that we found intriguing, important, or entertaining.Streaming services put cable TV on notice
How many apps did you download this year -- and how many of those are still on your phone? Every day in 2016, about 2,500 apps hit Apple's App Store, and just a bit less landed in the Google Play Store. So even the most avid app lover can't keep up with all the new releases. We tested hundreds, but our greatest compliment is putting an app in heavy rotation on our phones. Here are the iOS and... Read More »
About PDF readers
With the portable document format (PDF), you can create professional-looking documents that can then be viewed with a PDF reader or viewer. While you often need a paid application such as Acrobat Pro to create a PDF, you can easily find a free PDF viewer for almost any popular platform. PDF readers can be standalone... Read More »
ABOUT MICROSOFT WORD
Microsoft Word is the essential word processor, available everywhere from Windows PCs and Macs to Android and iOS phones and tablets. The sturdy productivity app comes with a broad collection of templates, handy design and formatting tools, and useful collaboration capabilities. For Windows and Mac, you can get Word as part of an Office... Read More »
About Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft PowerPoint is a slideshow presentation app that lets you create, view, and share powerful presentations, complete with pictures, tables, charts, transitions, animations, and more. You can get a free PowerPoint download for Android or iOS; however, you can only view presentations -- you can't create or edit unless you pay for Office 365. On Windows and Mac, you have three options:• Try PowerPoint... Read More »
About Microsoft Office Picture Manager
The Microsoft Office Picture Manager software was an image-management tool with photo-editing capabilities that was once bundled with Microsoft Office (2003 through 2010) for Windows and Mac. Since Microsoft Office no longer incorporates a built-in image manager or editor, look for a standalone photo manager.
Microsoft Office Picture... Read More »