John BrandonMacworld

John Brandon is a technology writer and car enthusiast. After leaving the corporate world in 2001, he embarked on a solo writing career and never looked back (except for that one time). He's tested thousands of products and reported on everything from 50 Cent starting a headphone company to BMW building a data center in Iceland. He lives outside of Minneapolis.

ProSoft Data Rescue 3

Data Rescue 3 is a program that every Mac user should at least know about, if not own outright, for those times when you need to restore important files.

MixPad 2.07

MixPad 2.07, software for multitrack recording and mixing, has a number of good features. However, the program doesn’t provide enough tools to make your music shine. See our complete review.

Momento for iPhone

If you want to jot down notes about your day to help remember them later, this journaling app is a good solution with a great interface.

FastTrack Schedule 10

AEC Software’s FastTrack Schedule 10 has a newly designed interface, powerful enterprise-level features, and handy extras that make it an outstanding project management aid.

iZotope Music & Speech Cleaner 1.0

iZotope Music & Speech Cleaner is easy to recommend for anyone who needs to clean up audio files frequently.

SuperGlued for iPhone

When it comes to an app that can find a concert, let you share your thoughts with other concert-goers (through Twitter), and search based on your location, SuperGlued shows a lot of promise. But the app didn't always work quite right in our tests.

Snood for iPhone

Snood might not hold your attention for too long, but it’s great for a quick five-minute session, has memorable graphics, and puts a character-driven spin on the "match-three" genre.

PatternMusic for iPhone

This music app may not satisfy some serious musicians, but PatternMusic still provides an engaging experience for creating your own sounds and loops.

Song Sift for iPhone

This single-funciton app allows you to streamline your music by filtering out artists and albums with a limited number of songs. Song Sift isn't a powerful app, but it's good at what it does.

Air for iPhone

This generative music app isn't for serious music-making, but it does provide compelling ambient music in the style of Brian Eno.

ReelDirector for iPhone

Pros may find the features in this movie-editing app lacking for their needs. But when it comes to basic movie-making, ReelDirector provides a great feature set.

Chronos SOHO Organizer 8

Better integration with online e-mail servers and obvious iPhone sync features would have made SOHO Organizer 8 much more attractive as a personal information organizer.

Air hockey games for iPhone

We pit a trio of mobile air hockey games against one another in a head-to-head-to-head challenge. In the end, the realistic puck movements in Acceleroto's Air Hockey put it over the top.

iPhone ringtone roundup

John Brandon checks out four iPhone ringtone makers and reports on the good, the bad, and the noisy.

The Secret of Monkey Island for iPhone

Whether you embrace this iPhone version of the classic adventure game depends on how you feel about adventure games in general and Monkey Island in particular. If you love both, this game will feel like discovering pirate treasure. If you're not a fan, you'll find this occasionally dull pirate's life is not for you.