Lex FriedmanSenior Contributor, Macworld

Lex uses a MacBook Pro, an iPhone 5, an iPad mini, a Kindle 3, a TiVo HD, and a treadmill desk, and loves them all. His latest book, a children's book parody for adults, is called "The Kid in the Crib." Lex lives in New Jersey with his wife and three young kids.

Now you can use Mailbox app with no reservations

The Mailbox app for iPhone is now allowing new users to get started with the app, without requiring that they wait in a reservation queue.

Report: Apple replacing some third-gen Apple TV units with Wi-Fi issues

If your third-generation Apple TV has trouble getting online via Wi-Fi, you may be able to get a free replacement.

Review: Beacon Audio Phoenix is an unimpressive portable Bluetooth speaker

For just $100, you can own the highly portable Bluetooth Phoenix speaker, but its audio quality and controls leave a lot to be desired.

Which Apple devices to pack for your trip

Lex Friedman is heading to Ireland. He had to decide which of his Apple devices to pack for his travels, and which to leave at home. His thought process may help you decide what to bring on your next extended journey.

Review: Big Blue Media Tower mostly disappoints

The Big Blue Media Tower lives up to the tower part of its name. But it wouldn't make much sense in your entertainment center.

How to handle Notification Center annoyances

You might rely on the Reminders app, but sometimes its banner notifications stack up. That gets awfully annoying. Here are a few ways to handle things, without losing (or forgetting about!) your reminders.

Review: StockTouch is a colorful, creative alternative to Apple's Stocks app

StockTouch is powerful, colorful, highly customizable app. If you're looking for a different approach to iOS-based stock management, it's worth taking a look at.

Hands on: Panic's Status Board makes eye-catching work of tracking data

Panic on Wednesday released its new iPad app, Status Board, which lets you assemble a customizable dashboard of information.

Review: The Twig Case is a cool option for protecting your iPhone 5

The Twig Case is actually made of paper, and it's available in dozens of designs. And we like it a lot.

A $5 app isn't expensive: Customers need to help fix the App Store economy

We've conditioned ourselves to believe that a $5 app is expensive, and that free apps are better than paid ones. Lex Friedman says we've got to break that habit.

Review: Zooka wireless speaker bar mostly disappoints

The Zooka Bluetoth speaker sports a clever design. But it's tough to recommend regardless.

Lodsys sues developers large and small over in-app purchasing patents

Lodsys, the patent-holding company that first made waves a couple years ago, filed suit this week against a slew of iOS developers.

Review: Marley's Chant speaker sounds portable and inexpensive

The Marley Chant is inexpensive, compact, and light, and it includes a clever, custom-fit canvas bag. But you shouldn't expect audiophile-quality sound.

Macworld/iWorld 2014 rescheduled for March 27 through March 29

The annual Macworld/iWorld conference for next year won't occur in February as originally scheduled. Instead, the conference will leap to late March, and a new expo hall, too.

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Happy World Backup Day: Start backing up your Mac today

World Backup Day may be a made-up holiday, but the lesson it brings is an important one: Back up your files, or risk losing everything. It's easier to get started than you might think.