Brian BeamMacworld

Brian Beam is a software designer and database/system administrator at the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation and the owner of web development firm CommandB .

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Wrist-based password managers: How 1Password and LastPass for Apple Watch stack up

These popular password managers are now compatible with the Apple Watch, but with very limited features.

Alfred review: This Mac app launcher continues to shine, but Alfred Remote doesn't stack up

Alfred is a top-notch productivity app on the Mac that makes launching apps a cinch. But Alfred Remote, its iOS counterpart? Not so much... yet.

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Meet the first crop of third-party keyboards for iOS 8

Interested in taking a replacement keyboard for a spin? Here's a first look at some popular early options for iOS 8.

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The best timekeeping iOS apps

Time is money, and your iPhone and ipad can track the amount of hours you work. Here's a roundup of timekeeping apps that'll make sure you get paid.

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CanOpener review: Apps makes your iOS music through your headphones sound better

CanOpener works well to improve the sound of older tracks playing on you iPhone or iPad.

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Heyday review: Document the day's events at your convenience

This iOS app works with your device's photos and video to help you keep a journal of important events in your work or everyday life.

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Vesper: Elegant Notes review: A pleasantly simple and useful note-taking iOS app

Vesper doesn't have a lot of features, but its simplicity makes it easy to focus on your note-taking instead of fussing with the app itself.

Calca review: A text editor that's also a math wiz

When you need to work in text and perform calculations, Calca is a powerful tool.

Drafts 3.5 for iOS review: Note-taking app lets you focus on writing first

Stop fussing with what app to use when you want to write something down. Write it in Drafts first, and then send it to the app you want.

Editorial for iPad review: Text editor ideal for building custom workflows

Editorial is a text editor with an intuitive Workflow feature that helps you be more productive with your written content.

Audyssey and LouderLogic review: Enhanced audio players make your iOS music sound better

The Audyssey Music Player and LouderLogic are iOS audio players that offer different ways to enhance your music.

ReadQuick and Velocity review: Increase your reading speed using your iOS device

Can't seem to catch up on your reading? ReadQuick and Velocity promise to help you be a faster reader, using a technique that involves your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Review: NoteSuite a powerful note-taking app for Mac and iPad

Previously known as Projectbook for iPad, NoteSuite now has a Mac companion, making its powerful note-taking tools available on two platforms.

Review: TextExpander Touch 2 a typing timesaver for iOS

This utility lets you use keyboard shortcuts to place frequently-used text snippets into your documents.

Use mobile dieting apps to help shed some pounds

Looking to eat healthier in 2013? We take a look at some iOS and Android apps that aim to help you stick to your diet.