Yardena ArarMacworld

Contributing Editor Yardena (Denny) Arar is a San Francisco-based freelance writer, avid online shopper, media junkie, consummate foodie, and proud possessor of a private pilot's license.

Sony Bravia KDL-52NX800

The Bravia 52NX800 delivers respectable audio/video quality, integrated Wi-Fi and a ton of Internet features, but suffers from annoying design issues.

Samsung Series 8 UN55C8000

The Samsung UN55C8000 delivers excellent video and audio, plus a ton of well-designed Internet and media player features--for a hefty fee.

Sharp LC-52LE820UN

The Sharp Aquos LC-52LE820UN offers good image quality, above-average audio, and energy efficiency, but it has serious shortcomings, and it's pricey for its screen-size class.

Vizio XVT553SV

The Vizio XVT553SV delivers solid image quality and a good collection of Internet features at an outstanding price.

Hitachi UltraVision LE42S704

The Hitachi UltraVision LE42S704 delivers decent picture quality and great audio at a good price if you're not set on Internet or robust multimedia support.

10 things you need to know before buying an HDTV

From the sneaky salespeople to the misleading movie demos, buying a new HDTV can be tough. Here's how to see through the in-store demo tricks and save money on the set that's right for you.

Samsung LN46C650 HDTV

The Samsung LN46C650 is a dream come true for budget minded buyers who seek solid image quality in a connected HDTV with advanced features.

How we test HDTVs

As HDTVs have become more sophisticated, so has the labs's test methodology. But we still rely heavily on actual people evaluating actual content.

Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex TV HD Media Player

Seagate delivers a full-featured media streamer at an affordable price, but it's not quite as polished as the WD TV Live Plus.

AT&T 3G MicroCell

The AT&T 3G MicroCell largely (but not 100 percent reliably) delivers on its promise of excellent 3G coverage indoors, if you're willing to pay.

Technology tax deduction tips

Knowing how, when, and when not to deduct your technology expenses is key to minimizing your taxes while avoiding inquisitive IRS auditors.

Online tax preparation services

Sign of the times: Most people who use software to prepare and electronically file their income tax returns now opt for Web services.

2nd Story TaxAct Deluxe Federal Edition

TaxAct's tax help is adequate for many situations, and it's a terrific deal, especially if you don't stand to benefit from the data-import options available in TurboTax and H&R Block at Home,

TurboTax Deluxe Online

TurboTax is worth its price premium for anyone who can benefit from TurboTax's superior data import capability, or its superlative context-sensitive help and navigation features.

H&R Block At Home Deluxe

People who are willing to take care of data entry but who like the ability to consult with a tax pro as needed might find H&R Block's Best of Both a good compromise between going to an H&R Block office and doing their taxes entirely by themselves online.