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Jeff Merron is a writer and editor who wrote full-time for ESPN.com's Page 2 for five years and has contributed to Slate, Consumers Digest, Yahoo.com, Information Week, Byte Magazine, and many other national outlets.

SoundNote for iPad

This note-taking app, which records audio while letting you type or scribble notes on your iPad, is not without its share of limitations. But it's also an impressive app that should interest students, workers, or anyone else who has to take notes during lectures, meetings, or presentations.

Weather HD and Weather Station Pro for iPad

Weather HD and Weather Station Pro have very similar aims: to turn your iPad into a simple virtual "weather station" that tells you the basics about current and future weather conditions in a visually elegant fashion. Each succeeds in its own style.

MindMeister for iPad

The iPad version of this mind-mapping tool lacks some of the features of the premium Web-based MindMeister offering. But for many users, the portability and power of MindMeister for iPad will be more than enough.

Hurricane tracking apps for iPhone and iPad

You can keep an eye on hurricanes from your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad with the help of an assortment of App Store offerings. But which app should you choose for your storm watch? Jeff Merron rates five contenders.

Runner's World SmartCoach for iPhone

Both the paid and free versions of this running advice app are surprisingly strong additions to the market for semi-personalized training and coaching.

Bloomberg for iPad

This information-packed app offers an immense amount of global financial news while also letting you track your investments.

Qrank for iPhone

Trivia games come down to how interesting the questions and answers are. And on that score, Qrank is a terrific game for your iPhone.

Easy Agenda for iPad

Usually, simplicity is a good thing in an iPhone or iPad app. But this personal scheduling app for the iPad takes the concept too far with limited features that will only appeal to users with the most basic needs.

Type n Talk for iPhone

This app, which repeats what you've type in a synthetic voice, is easy to use and works fine. The question is, what would you use it for?

Newsprint for iPhone

This bug-ridden RSS reader crashes and hangs frequently, often encounters "unknown errors," and is incapable of locating even the feeds that come preloaded on this $5 app.

Yellow Pages for iPhone and iPad

This useful app lets you look up information about businesses, including addresses, phone numbers, and, when available, a Citysearch star rating.

Popplet for iPad

This clever mind-mapping, brainstorming, and idea-collection app for the iPad has a few notable limitations. But Popplet's attractive interface and ease of use make it hard to resist.

Seasonality Go for iPad

This customizable weather app for the iPad takes a modular, graphic approach that's pretty appealing, though, in practice, its interface can be confusing and the graphic data overwhelming.

PrintBureau for iPhone and iPad

The hybrid PrintBureau app is actually a bundle of two separate printing apps from EuroSmartz that work on either the iPhone or iPad. Whether you use the bundle or opt for a standalone device-specific version, you'll be pleased with how this printing app performs.

BBC News for iPhone and iPad

This app from the BBC is chock-full of attractive, well-organized, world-class journalism. But compared to similar apps -- notably NPR's offerings -- BBC News could offer more content in a better design.