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.

Review: Revisiting iPhone cocktail apps

Cocktails App and 5800+ Drink & Cocktail Recipes Free are a pair of promising App Store offerings that offer up drink recipes and information. But Cocktails and Drinks remain the toast of the App Store.

Review: Civics apps for iPhone

App Store offerings from SwampBits and Clint Bagwell Consulting ensure that the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and other historical documents and speeches are never out of reach.

Review: Strategic Assault for iPhone

This real-time strategy game has its share of frustrations. But there are also bursts where Strategic Assault engages, making it an enjoyable game for armchair tacticians.

Review: iPhone holiday apps

The App Store offers more than two dozen holiday-themed apps—games, music, and Christmas list keepers. We’ve sorted through the store to offer up a Christmas sampler of some of the more eye-catching applications.

Review: World Wiki Plus for iPhone

Tech Lumina’s version of the CIA Factbook is an inexpensive and better alternative to competing products from the App Store.

Review: More iPhone dictionary apps

Our look at dictionary applications for the iPhone and iPod touch continues, with a showdown between the Holy Trinity of Lexicons: The Oxford English Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, and American Heritage.

Review: Low-cost iPhone dictionary applications

The App Store offers dozens of dictionaries, including offerings from Merriam-Webster, American Heritage, and the Oxford English Dictionary. But what about some of the upstart dictionary apps? Ben Boychuk selects five of the most popular free or inexpensive alternatives and sees how they stack up.

Review: Classics for iPhone

Think print will always win out over pixels when it comes to settling down with a good book? Classics for the iPhone and iPod touch may cause you to re-examine your thoughts on e-book readers.

Review: Google Mobile App, revisited

Google’s search supremacy has never been in doubt but the addition of voice search to Google Mobile App makes this iPhone search tool much better than its predecessor.

Review: Timekeeping applications for the iPhone

The App Store offers a bewildering array of options for tracking the amount of time you spend on projects. We put five to the test.

Review: Firemail for iPhone

Our look at wide-format e-mail applications continues with Firemail, another promising option thanks to its clean interface, comfortable keyboard, and free price.

Review: World Factbook 2008 for iPhone

A mobile version of the CIA World Factbook holds a lot of promise as a reference guide. Unfortunately, the overall execution of this app is bland and unrewarding.

Review: Movies for iPhone

Movies offers a clean, easy-to-use interface, that lists the blockbusters and the bombs now playing or coming soon to a multiplex near you. And it’s free.

Review: WordPal for iPhone

If you need a handy reference guide for commonly misspelled or misused words, WordPal is a fine choice. But be warned that this otherwise promising app suffers from some limitations.

Review: iPhone flashcard apps

If you need to learn something through rote memorization, flashcards can help. And the App Store offers a number of options. We put three—Cram, gFlash+, and iFlipr—to the test.