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Tax-Prep Sites: The Big Three Fight for Your 2009 Return

Intuit TurboTax, H&R Block at Home (formerly TaxCut), and Second Story Software's TaxAct all offer solid Web-based tax-prep services, with the pricing and the hand-holding options being the main differentiators.

Nero SecurDisc 2.0: Improved Security For Optical Storage Media

Nero says the improved data-protection technology should increase the chances of recovering content from damaged CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray Discs.

Netgear Announces Superfast Powerline Network Products

The announcements made at CeBIT include next-generation powerline and advanced multimedia-optimized Wi-Fi products.

Asus Debuts Slimmer, Trimmer Netbooks

Three new netbooks are on display this week at CeBIT, with features like metallic cases, USB 3.0 support, and long battery life.

CeBIT: ASUS Joins the E-Reader Party

Company's first e-reader will feature a 9-inch display, lightweight design, and wireless connectivity.

Slow Navigation Hampers Sony Reader Daily Edition

Sony's new e-reader is optimized for viewing newspapers, but its sluggishness limits its practical value.

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Bookeen's Cybook Opus Wins Featherweight E-Reader Crown

Though it's slightly on the expensive side, the Cybook Opus is a great, highly portable e-book reader for anyone who doesn't care about frills.

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Panasonic Pooh-Poohs Black-Level Brouhaha

Panasonic has confirmed a video enthusiast’s observation that blacks on Panasonic plasma TVs get brighter over time, but says that this is a side effect of technology that optimizes overall performance--and that it will be less apparent on newer sets.

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