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.

Where to Eat? for iPhone

This perfectly adequate restaurant locator is missing the kind of functionality that would make it a truly go-to app when it comes to finding a place to eat.

Air Sail for iPhone

This charming but diabolically challenging racing game features cute graphics and a clever interface.

Where To? for iPhone

This location-based search app does an adequate job helping you find nearby services, stores, and restaurants. But it could stand to give you more power over the range of searches.

Today Show for iPhone

NBC's venerable morning show dominates all competitors. And the iPhone app for Today sets a similar standard for fans of the morning news program.

3000 Awesome Facts Pro for the iPhone

This app from Nikolay Nachev is a pretty nifty collection of trivia.

Wattpad for iPhone

This e-book reading app has a user-friendly (if sparse) interface. Community-driven content should give bibliophiles plenty to browse and enjoy with Wattpad.

PimpMyNews for iPhone

For people on the move, in their cars, at the gym or multitasking at work, PimpMyNews offers an innovative way to "read" your favorite Web sites by listening to an almost lifelike voice read blog items and news stories.

L.A. Times News Reader for iPhone

This mobile version of the Los Angeles Times looks cut-rate and amateurish.

iPhone RSS readers

It's the little things that make an RSS reader an ideal iPhone app. Ben Boychuk found a pair of apps that get some of those details right.

MeeHive for iPhone

MeeHive delivers news to your iPhone and iPod touch that reflects your interests. But for a service so focused on the reader's interests, it's a bit disappointing to use an app lacking much in the way of customizable features.

Fandango for iPhone

Fandango's app for the iPhone and iPod touch is pretty solid, but it lacks the news features of the Fandango.com Web site and it puts limits on the theaters from which you can buy tickets. Those limitations hamper the app's convenience and ease of use.

The Good Blogs Explorer for iPhone

If you're looking for something novel to read on your iPhone or iPod touch, Good Blogs can point you in interesting new directions. But the current version of the weblog aggregator has more vices than virtues.

CanIAffordIt for iPhone

Essentially a simple expense tracker and calculator, CanIAffordIt works well enough, but it is no substitute for judgment and self-restraint.

Vector Tanks for iPhone

Gamers of a certain age will enjoy Vector Tanks’ old-school look and feel, while younger games should appreciate the challenge of a game that rewards racking up high scores with finite resources.

ABC News for iPhone

ABC News replicates some -- though not all -- of the content on the network's Web site. But it's missing some of the features that make the Web site worthwhile.