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

My-Cast Weather and My-Cast OneLook for iPhone

Both of Digital Cyclone's weather apps look good, but you'll want to pay up for the $4 version, which offers more compelling features than the $1 My-Cast OneLook.

BugMe for iPhone and iPad

Whether on the iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, this app gives you plenty of creative ways to take notes and remind yourself of what you've written.

Things for iPad

Like its Mac counterpart, this iPad version of the to-do manager presents a stunning interface that could entice even the most disorganized user to get their affairs in order.

iPad Weather apps

The iPad may not come with a built-in weather app, but plenty of third-party developers have stepped up with their own offerings. In our look at a group of weather apps, WeatherBug Elite stood out from the crowd.

Dr. Seuss's ABC for iPhone and iPad

The classic board book for small children arrives on Apple's mobile devices in spectacular fashion, with the hybrid app taking particular advantage of the iPad's larger screen.

GoodReader for iPad

Good.iWare has hit a home run with this iPad version of the file importer and viewer. The app works as easily and smoothly as the iPhone version, and it has a few extra tricks up its sleeve for good measure.

Manuscript for iPhone

This creative writing app lets you outline, take notes, research, and write on your iPhone or iPod touch. In a limited fashion, you can import and export your work to Google Docs or to your e-mail account.

Printing from your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad

Printing from your iPhone, iPod touch, and now your iPad shouldn't be difficult, but it is. Fortunately, third-party apps are here to help. Jeff Merron walks you through what you can and can't do with some of these App Store offerings.

Three iPhone and iPad printing apps

It may not be easy to print from your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, but it can be done -- provided you seek out the help of a third-party app. Jeff Merron looks at a trio of apps to see which one you should turn to for your mobile printing needs.

Dunnit for iPhone

This app finds a middle ground among to-do list managers, offering a simple and intuitive interface and a "just enough" approach to extra features (including integration with the OpenFeint gaming platform, so you can rack points as you tick off tasks.)

Pocket Coach for iPhone

This app's straightforward, no-nonsense approach to personal growth and achievements -- along with the just-frequent-enough reminders that you need to get on the stick -- are attractive attributes for an app that wants to help you get things done.

iSilo for iPhone

If you have a lot of Palm Doc files and are familiar with iSilo because you have used it on other portable platforms, the iPhone version could prove very useful. But as a general document viewer or e-book reader, it doesn't measure up to similar apps.

Hangman RSS for iPhone

This app taps an RSS feed to pump out the first half-dozen words of news headlines, requiring you to play an individual game of hangman on one or more of those words. It's easily one of the more clever and challenging hangman games in the App Store.

King Midas for iPhone

There's nothing wrong with this kids' e-book, which features top-notch illustrations. But there's also little to recommend this app over a printed book.

Outside for iPhone

Push notifications to let you know about changing weather conditions seem like a natural for an iPhone app. Unfortunately, Outside's bare-bones approach to notifications doesn't offer the flexibility most users will need.