I know it may be a bit early, but it really is getting to be that time of year again--when we all sit down with our mountain of forms, receipts, student loan documents, calculators, deductions, bank forms, our uncle Joe who knows how to finagle the numbers, and everything else we are required to input for taxes. I can just feel the excitement buzzing in the air, the anticipation of this wonderful time of year.
Oh, you don't like doing your taxes? You think they're complicated? Well, maybe a tax tech app called TurboTax SnapTax for your iPhone or Android smartphone can help!
You'd be surprised at how much something you can get for nothing. Some of my favorite
software comes free of charge, no strings attached. Below I've rounded up five
essential programs for Windows, including a must-have mouse utility and a
full-featured replacement for Microsoft Office.
pay a small fortune for Microsoft Office when you can get a word processor,
spreadsheet editor, and presentation maker for free? Kingsoft may not be a
household name, but Office Suite Free 2012 offers full file compatibility with
Microsoft documents and an interface that's cool, colorful, and familiar.
but true: Your computer can fall victim to a virus or spyware infection just by
visiting a Web site! Okay, but which sites are safe and which ones are
potentially dangerous? That's the question answered by Site Advisor, which adds
a kind of red-light/green-light filter to your Web browser. Specifically, when
you run a search in, say, Bing or Google, each resulting link will include a
red, yellow, or green marker. That's how you'll know at-a-glance if a link is
safe to click. This must-have add-on is available for Firefox, Google Chrome,
and Internet Explorer. There's even a version for your Android smartphone or
We're living in an app world and I just don't know how to make sense of it. I just got my wife an iPad and she's looking for apps with which my 3 year-old daughter could play or learn. She complained she didn't know where to start.
So I started with Google and searched 'search engine for apps' and came across some interesting results. I also asked all my techie friends and parents to see which mobile app search engines or review sites they liked.
I've test-driven all the suggestions and here are my top picks.
Are you the proud owner of a shiny new smartphone? If it's an iPhone or one of the many, many models that use Google's Android operating system (the Droid X, Droid Incredible, HTC EVO 4G, etc.), it's time to stock up on apps.
Apps, of course, are little programs that let you do all kinds of fun and productive things with your phone. You can download them directly to your phone using an app that's already on it: Android Market or App Store (for Android phones and iPhones, respectively).
There are literally thousands to choose from; I've rounded up five I consider essential. They're available for both platforms, and they're all free!
Calling all Mac users! Today's your lucky day. For a mere $49.99, you can score a Mac software bundle with a combined value of $367. I know: it sounds to good to be true. But trust me, it's the real deal--and a real deal.