Monday, April 18, 2011

Blackberry PlayBook Launch

Research in Motion (RIM) officially launches its first tablet PC, the Blackberry PlayBook on April 19, 2011. With the launch of the Apple's tablet PCs, the iPad first generation and subsequent iPad 2, RIM has struggled to keep pace.

The initial reviews of the PlayBook are mixed for many reasons. One of the big ones will be the availability of apps. as well as 3G connectivity. I don't believe consumers will receive the PlayBook as they did the iPad, that is with anxious anticipation.

The PlayBook scores well against the iPad on some features, but overall, it has a long ways to go until they are able to capture and broaden their customer base. I've done an in-depth review of the Blackberry PlayBook vs Apple's iPad 2 which also includes video reviews. Hope this comparison of the two tablet PCs is helpful.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Filing 2010 Taxes in Canada

101 Tax Secrets For Canadians 2010: Smart Strategies That Can Save You Thousands, Revised and Updated EditionThe April 30th deadline for filing 2010 taxes is fast approaching for most Canadians, unless of course you're self-employed, then June 30th deadline applies.

Filing taxes is not fun for anyone, but it's an important to file your tax returns on time in order to especially if you owe the government. If not, you could end up penalized in interest. If you are going to get a refund, then the faster you file your taxes, the better.

For the past 5+ years, I've filed my own tax returns using UFile. Prior to preparing my own tax returns, I used to use the services of an accountant. However, I decided to look into filing them myself and after some homework and calls to CRA, I found out that it's not all that difficult to file one's own tax returns.

Yes, it does take some time and effort, however, once you get the hang of it, it's quite simple if you use tax software like UFile. Some of the key features about using UFile are highlighted below:

  • easy to use and handles complex tax situations;
  • uses a step-by-step interview approach;
  • automatically checks for tax deductions for maximum tax refund;
  • highlights any anomalies before you're done;
  • allows you to go back and correct errors;
  • ability to file using NETFILE for faster refund.

And more importantly, UFile is the most competitive in terms of price. Also, you can file your tax return online or using a software-based application. You may also be eligible to file your taxes for free...check here.