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Philip has covered the Mac market since 1999, with a focus on the iPhone, iPad and iOS in recent years. In all that time, he has never tested a fart app.

MLB.com At Bat warms up for 2012 season

A new version of Major League Baseball's iOS app hits the App Store on Wednesday. And this season, one app will run in optimized form on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. MLB.com is also introducing a monthly subscription on top of the annual fee to experience the app's full features.

CoPilot GPS to deliver free route planning, on-board mapping

ALK Technologies has announced CoPilot GPS, a free route planner and on-board mapping app for the iPhone and iPad. It's slated to hit the App Store this spring.

Aspyr works to fix Civilization V upgrade issue

Users trying to download an update to the turn-based strategy game from the Mac App Store are unable to do so if they’re running Mac OS X Lion. Why Aspyr works with Apple to fix the issue, it's offering discounts on earlier versions of Civilization and promising to provide a free scenario pack to current and future Civilization V users.

Apple issues firmware update for 2011 Mac models

Four firmware updates released Thursday promise to improve stability for every MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, and Mac mini introduced in 2011.

TCM for iPhone and iPad

Fans of classic movies should steer clear of these companion apps for the cable channel the same way they'd avoid a cinematic stinker.

Analysis: Halo effect moves from iPod to iPhone

Apple is still reaping the benefits of a halo effect, only now it's the iPhone rather than the iPod that's attracting new users to the company's other products. And this time, the halo effect is extending into markets where Apple hasn't enjoyed much of a presence.

Cook: Apple will lead the way in improving working conditions

Speaking at a Goldman Sachs conference Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook provided the company's most extensive comments to date on reports of conditions at its suppliers' factories.

Trenches II for iPhone and iPad

This solid blend of the tower defense and real-time strategy games will impress hardcore fans of both genres. However, casual gamers may find less to love about the iPad and iPhone versions of this app.

With a wave of its hand, Waze adds voice-control features to traffic app

Version 3.1 of the crowd-sourced traffic and navigation app for iOS adds the ability to report traffic incidents and calculate routes using voice commands.

iBooks 2 and iBooks Author

We've had the chance to test Apple's enhanced ebook reading and creation tools, and the authors of those reviews weigh in on both applications.

Mad Chef for iPhone and iPad

The gameplay in this frenetic food-assembly game is every bit as sharp as the knives tossed by the titular chef.

Numberlys and The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore for iOS

Moonbot Studios builds iOS apps that draw on elements of books, movies, and games for a unique interactive experience that represents the best of what the iOS platform has to offer.

Expo Notes: TeenAgree keeps tabs on teenaged drivers

The TeenAgree iOS app alerts parents when teen drivers are straying outside of an agreed-upon boundary, driving too fast, or texting while driving.

Expo Notes: Garmin StreetPilot integrates with Wikipedia, Facebook, Foursquare

The latest iOS version of both StreetPilot and StreetPilot onDemand includes point-of-interest information gleaned from Wikipedia. You can also check in at locations via Facebook and Foursquare.

Expo Notes: For iPod touch protection, turn to Nerf

The Nerf Armor iPod touch case at Macworld | iWorld gave Philip Michaels a flashback to the Nerf-branded toys of his youth.