Brian BeamMacworld

Brian Beam is a software designer and owner of web development firm CommandB, located in Kansas City.

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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.

Heyday

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.

Vesper

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.

iOS App Review: Readability provides convenience for mobile reading

Compatible with both the iPhone and the iPad, the iOS version of Readability's read-it-later offering offers a simple workflow and pleasingly minimalist design.

MyScript Notes Mobile for iPad

If jotting down notes as opposed to typing them on your iPad is your thing, then this app might be right up your alley.

MyCalendar Mobile for iPhone

This single-task app can help you remember the birthdays of Facebook friends and other contacts, but that comes with the price of shameless self-promotion.

Twist for iPhone

This free utility tracks your location and notifies the people waiting for you of your estimated arrival time. It's a great way to avoid sending redundant emails or texts and -- more importantly -- to avoid the temptation of texting or calling when you're driving.