Ben BoychukMacworld

Ben Boychuk is associate editor of City Journal, a public-policy magazine, where he oversees the magazine's coverage of California. He's also a columnist for ScrippsHoward News Service and the Sacramento Bee. He lives in Southern California with his wife, two children, their cat, and an albino corn snake named Bart Karateman.

Don't get Apple picked: How to protect your Mac from theft in public places

Protecting your Mac from theft in public places might seem like a pain, but taking a few steps can save you a lot of hassle down the road, as Ben Boychuk learned firsthand.

Rhyme Time for iPhone

This simple but reasonably sophisticated rhyming dictionary app fits the bill for those times when you're stuck on a word.

QuickVoice2Text Email for iPhone

QuickVoice2Text is an excellent recorder capable of capturing high-quality sound for long periods of time. But its chief selling point -- the ability to translate your recordings into text which you can e-mail -- is distressingly hit-and-miss.

Home inventory apps for iPhone

Ben Boychuk looks at a trio of apps for the iPhone and iPod touch that will help you organize your worldly possessions and perhaps save you some time in the long run. The three home inventory apps serve the same purpose and share similar drawbacks, but My Stuff emerges as the most user-friendly offering of this lot.

iVideoCamera for iPhone

iVideoCamera gives iPhone users the video capability they wouldn't otherwise have, but certainly not the quality of video they could expect from an iPhone 3GS. If something is better than nothing, then iVideoCamera at least meets that minimum standard.

Dragon Dictation for iPhone

This app -- which converts your speech into text that you can e-mail, send via SMS or copy and paste to the clipboard of your iPhone or iPod touch -- is shaping up to be an essential addition to Apple's mobile devices.

LivingSocial for iPhone

This frustrating and buggy app will turn you into an anti-social misanthrope.

Quickpedia for iPhone

What makes this free mobile Wikipedia browser worth the download over simply navigating to Wikipedia from Safari is the app's easy-to-read interface and the search history.

Job search apps for the iPhone

A pair of job search apps for the iPhone and iPod touch offer mobile listings but little else that will interest mobile users on the lookout for work.

Bing for iPhone

The mobile version of Microsoft's search tool is head in the right direction -- particularly when it comes to maps and directions. But for searches, Google Mobile App is still Ben Boychuk's choice.

News Rush Pro and News Rush for iPhone

Both versions of this news app are capable aggregators. Now if only News Rush's developer would add ways to separate the useful sources from the less useful ones.

iPhone bill trackers

In our round-up of mobile bill tracking apps, both BillMinder and BillTracker are very good options with features that some users may find more appealing than others. But in Ben Boychuk's estimation, BillMinder enjoys an edge over the competition.

MarketWatch for iPhone

MarketWatch has the kind of features you'd expect from a financial news app. But it stands out thanks to its Cruise Control feature, which lets readers click on headlines to hear complete stories read by a voice that's almost lifelike

Decade Review for iPhone

If you're looking to relive the last 10 years, Open Door Networks has just the app for you. Decade Review lets you browse dozens of events by year, supports portrait or landscape view, and lets you zoom in and out of images with a tap.

More iPhone time-tracking apps

In our round-up of time trackers, Ben Boychuk finds that pro users should give On The Clock a look, while anyone who needs a simple, user-friendly task timer would do well to check out ClockedIn. The similarly named ClockIn has a few too many quirks, thought it might find favor with independent contractors who have a fairly small pool of clients and jobs with a consistent rate scale.