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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.

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.

iWeather Complete Pro for iPhone

If you like lots of weather information packed tightly into a single screen, then either iWeather Complete Pro or the free iWeather Complete is worth a look. But both versions require you to put up with clutter in the name of completeness.

Stress Free with Deepak Chopra for the iPhone

There's nothing relaxing about this app for the iPhone and iPod touch. Instead of undoing your stress, Stress Free with Deepak Chopra will add to it, thanks to an unintuitive interface, a total lack of documentation, and poor technical support.

MailTones for iPhone

Most users who utilize -- or at the very least monitor -- their e-mail on the iPhone or iPod touch will likely find this audio e-mail notification app quite useful.

Emo Weather for iPhone

This fun and funky little weather app provides the basic weather information most people need. And its cartoon characters may make you smile in even the worst weather conditions.

WxFix Standard for iPhone

Some of its features fall short and the interface can take some getting used to, but overall, this app packs an impressive amount of information into the features you'd depend on for a weather app.

GoodReader for iPhone

The more you use this superb PDF file viewer, the more you'll discover what it's capable of doing. GoodReader's file transfer capabilities are top notch. And it's the reading experience in which the app truly shines.