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 .

LogMeIn Ignition for iPhone

If you depend on having reliable remote access capabilities no matter where you are without lugging around a notebook computer, then LogMeIn's app for one-click control over Macs and PCs is a must-have.

TweetTheBeat for iPhone

For music lovers who also use the Twitter microblogging service, TweetTheBeat provides an interesting way to discover new music (and promote your own) with your iPhone or iPod touch.

RedLaser for iPhone

This app -- which uses the iPhone's camera to scan barcodes in order to bring up a description of the products as well as what it's selling for at various online sources -- is truly a breakthrough development for the iPhone.

AppBox Pro for iPhone

This collection of 21 utilities isn't slick, but that doesn't detract from its usefulness. Bundling nearly two dozen apps into one package means you'll get good value out of AppBox Pro, even if you wind up using just a few of its utilities.