You might not have realized it -- what with all the excitement over "Magic Mike" and all -- but we are rapidly approaching an exciting season: prime buying time for new Windows computers!
(I know, I know, settle down.)
The latest, super-fast Intel chips are now shipping in new machines; Samsung, Vizio, Asus, and Sony have all outed well-reviewed new models. Windows 8, the transformative new operating system for Windows computers, will be released to the world in a few months -- which either means an easy, $15 upgrade for your current machine, or that you should buy now if you think you're going to hate Windows 8 and don't want it pre-loaded on your shiny new PC).
So, what free programs should you download first for your Windows machine? Or, if you've already got a PC, what apps should you already be running daily? We think we've got 10 of the most essential, indispensable, must-have free programs for Windows. Dive in below, and tell us what we missed in the comments section.
How to vote
Vote-by-mail ballot request deadline: Varies by state
For the Nov 3 election: States are making it easier for citizens to vote absentee by mail this year due to the coronavirus. Each state has its own rules for mail-in absentee voting. Visit your state election office website to find out if you can vote by mail.Get more informationTrack ballot status
In-person early voting dates: Varies by state
Sometimes circumstances make it hard or impossible for you to vote on Election Day. But your state may let you vote during a designated early voting period. You don't need an excuse to vote early. Visit your state election office website to find out whether they offer early voting.My Election Office
General Election: Nov 3, 2020
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