Brian BeamTechHive

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 .

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.

Projectbook for iPad

This new note-taking and task management tool offers several unique features that may appeal to productivity-minded iPad owners. The app may not quite measure up to a more mature rival like Evernote at this point, but Brian Beam thinks Projectbook is off to a good start.

Find the best music identification app for iOS

Lots of apps can listen to ambient music and identify the song title and artist as well as provide other relevant info. But which one is the best? Brian Beam looks at the criteria that makes for a great iOS music identification app.

Finding the best iOS scanner app

Thanks to their built-in cameras, iOS devices allow you to scan and save documents -- provided you've got a good iOS scanning app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. How do you find a good scanning app? Brian Beam has tested a bunch for Macworld and offers up a few pointers on what to look for.

App Guide: iOS scanning apps reviewed

We tested and rated five scanning apps for your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.