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.

App Store surpasses 40 billion downloads, with 20 billion in 2012

Apple on Monday announced that the App Store has eclipsed 40 billion downloads, with nearly half of those coming in 2012.

Review: Proximo lets you use your iPhone to find your keys

Kensington's Proximo uses Bluetooth-enabled fobs and tags that enable you to use your iPhone to find your keys or other valuables.

Apple's fix for Do Not Disturb 2013 woes: Wait until Jan 7

Scheduled Do Not Disturb windows for iOS devices broke in 2013. Apple says they'll be fixed by January 7.

Getting in shape for the new year

A slew of products exist to help you track the steps you take, the miles you walk, the flights you climb, and even the sleep you… sleep. Which are the best devices out there, and why you should you want them?

2012 in review: The year in Apple news

Mac and iOS may have dominated Apple news this year, but they weren't the only developments. Dan Moren and Lex Friedman recount the rest of what happened in 2012.

2012 in review: The year in iOS

2012 was a big year for iOS, with software updates, new hardware, an Apple apology, and plenty of other significant developments.

Review: Bose SoundLink Air offers good sound, but few features

Bose's SoundLink Air is an AirPlay speaker that lacks some basics and requires a separate purchase for portability. But it's easy to use and it sounds good.

Ten apps for your new iPad

Did you get a new iPad for the holidays? Not sure where to start? Check out these ten must-have apps.

Review: JBL Micro Wireless is an impressive portable Bluetooth speaker for the price

JBL's Micro Wireless Bluetooth speaker fits in a (big) pocket and weighs next-to-nothing, yet it sounds good and is surprisingly inexpensive.

Review: This Is Not An App is one, and it's rather cloying

This Is Not An App comes from author and illustrator Keri Smith. And if you don't find it too precious, you may well enjoy it.

Apple releases iOS 6.0.2 with Wi-Fi fix

Apple on Tuesday released a minor, bug-fixing update to iOS 6.

What's new in iTunes 11.0.1: Missing features restored, annoying bugs fixed

iTunes 11 was a massive overhaul of Apple's jack-of-all-trades app for managing music, App Store shopping, device syncing, and more. iTunes 11.0.1 fixes a lot of small things that ailed the initial update.

Why Google Maps for iPhone is good for Apple

Google Maps arrived in the App Store this week. Lex Friedman makes the case that Apple is surely delighted.

Smule's new social app Strum mixes video with visual and audio filters

Smule, well-known for its slew of audio-tweaking apps, on Thursday unveiled its latest offering: the video social network Strum.

9 great wireless speakers

These days, there are more wireless speakers on the market, using Bluetooth and AirPlay, than you can shake a cable at. Lex Friedman tests many of them; here are a few of his favorites.