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.

Aliens Invade for iPhone

Fans of the old Space Invaders arcade game will appreciate this mobile offering, which provides a 21st century refresh on the old "When aliens attack" genre. Aliens Invade is fun and addicting, and you'll want to blast away often

Onion Microfiche Headline Reader for iPhone

This app provides headlines -- and nothing else -- from the satirical Onion newspaper. It's pretty silly, but if you're a fan of the paper, you'll get some laughs out of this app.

A Masterpiece Collection for iPhone

With 36 novels, plays, and short story collections, A Masterpiece Collection boasts a formidable assortment of literature. More important, you can adjust type size for a luxurious reading experience at a bargain price.

Bookmarks for iPhone

This app for browsing the Open Directory Project -- the largest, most comprehensive, human-edited directory of the World Wide Web -- is more flawed than the project itself.

Holiday shopping apps for iPhone

The App Store is awash in apps that help you budget and track your gift-giving during the holidays. We look at a pair of apps -- Christmas Shopping List and Santa's Little Helper.

FluxTunes for iPhone

Like the similarly named FlickTunes, this app lets you use the entire screen of your iPhone or iPod touch to control music playback. But FluxTunes offers superior superior preference controls, making it a fine utility for controlling your music with minimal effort.

More financial news apps for iPhone

Financial news apps from CNNMoney.com and Yahoo both have some worthwhile features for market watchers. But the standout app is FT Mobile, particularly if you're willing to pay for a premium membership with the financial newspaper's online site.

vTie and vTie Premium for iPhone

If you're an occasional wearer of neckties or a student just getting a start in the working world, both of these apps from Lab48 offer a handy reference for assorted knots and how to tie them.

Bookmark for iPhone

Notwithstanding some annoying limitations and quirks, audiobibliophiles will find much to love about Bookmark, an iPhone and iPod touch app that gives you greater control over audiobooks on your mobile device.

WritePad Pro for iPhone

Apart from some quibbles and a few trade-offs, the feature-rich WritePad Pro is a very fine personal organizational tool.

FlickTunes for iPhone

This app, which makes use of your handheld's full screen for control music playback, is the ideal music manager for for drivers, joggers and multi-taskers.

CardPro for iPhone

This organization app lets you keep track of your contacts by snapping a picture of their business cards with the iPhone's built-in camera and entering the name and company. CardPro has the potential to save you time in organizing the business cards you collect, though there are some caveats.

The Deep Pinball for iPhone

OOO Gameprom returns with another pinball adventure, this one set in a watery underworld. It's a fun game, with the 1.1 update improving upon the original release.

BuzzVoice Talks and Tick Talk for iPhone

We look at a pair of apps that read the news to you. BuzzVoice Talks is a thankfully-renamed update to PimpMyNews that adds more options for users. Tick Talk is more of an alarm clock that wakes you up with the morning's headlines.

Words With Friends for iPhone

Words With Friends is a two-person crossword challenge that takes advantage of the networking capabilities of the iPhone and iPod touch to help you take on far-flung opponents in a Scrabble-esque word showdown.