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Best tax apps for filing your 2016 taxes

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 »

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How to watch Super Bowl 2017 on your phone or tablet

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

Watch the game live -- and data free -- on the NFL Mobile app (iOS and Android) if you are a Verizon Wireless customer. The app is full of information on Sunday's... Read More »

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Tags: Friday 5 , streaming , Football

Friday 5: Pokemon Duel, Smithsonian Earth, Roku, Snapchat, Hulu

Welcome to the Friday 5! Every week, we'll bring you the most noteworthy apps for Android and iOS. This week, we have a new Pokemon game, a new streaming service from the Smithsonian, and notable updates of the Roku, Hulu, and Snapchat apps.

Pokemon Duel

The Pokemon gods dropped a surprise on the world this week with the unexpected launch of Pokemon Duel (Android, iOS). This tactical board game is a much different beast than the augmented-reality... Read More »

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Tags: Friday 5 , apps , streaming , social

Microsoft revamps Windows 10 privacy settings

It's no secret that Windows 10 collects an unprecedented amount of user data, especially if left to its default settings. Now ZDNet reports that Microsoft is changing the operating system's privacy and security settings, in the midst of legal threats from regulators in France and Switzerland.

Microsoft's overhaul now collects your data in a Web-based privacy dashboard that you can access by logging in to your Microsoft account. The Windows 10 installation process will also be... Read More »

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Tags: security and antivirus center , Windows 10 , security , Microsoft , Privacy

How to watch the presidential inauguration

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 »

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Tags: video

Amazon 24-hour digital sale on December 30

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 »

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Tags: Amazon

Top software trends of 2016

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

Cutting the cord keeps getting easier and more attractive. When PlayStation Vue launched in March... Read More »

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Tags: Messaging , Apple , apps , Google , Facebook , streaming , app

Best free PDF readers for viewing and editing PDFs

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 »

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Tags: Adobe , PDF

Microsoft Word explained in 5 minutes

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 »

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Tags: Microsoft , productivity , Office , Word

Microsoft PowerPoint - best presentation software

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 »

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Tags: productivity , Office , PowerPoint