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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.

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.

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.