Philip MichaelsEditor, Macworld

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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.

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.

Expo Notes: LightSpeed's Show & Tell feature has retail appeal

One of the more noteworthy features in LightSpeed for iPad is a Show & Tell capability that lets retailers use the mobile point-of-sale app to display their inventory. Philip Michaels took a look at the recently released iPad app at Macworld | iWorld and came away impressed.

Expo Notes: Toddlers get an app of their own in Babiis

The iPad-only Babiis, which debuted at Macworld | iWorld, delivers video messages to the under-two set, while using the iPad 2's front-facing camera to record their reactions to recorded greetings and stories from family members.

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Pundit Showdown Live

An all-star panel of Mac experts battles it out at Macworld | iWorld to determine who's got their finger on the pulse of the latest Mac and iOS news.

Expo Notes: Abvio plans interface update for iOS fitness apps

Version 7.0 updates Runmeter, Walkmeter, and Cyclemeter will arrive in March. The new versions of the GPS fitness apps from Abvio will feature a more refined interface, aimed at making it easier to access data with a swipe.

Expo Notes: Star Walk, Solar Walk to track rocket launch in future update

In San Francisco this week to tout the educational aspects of its apps, Vito Technology says that an upcoming update to the Star Walk and Solar Walk iOS offerings will add the ability to track the next rocket launch by SpaceX.

MacBook, Mac mini get firmware updates

The firmware updates for the mid-2010 models of the MacBook and Mac mini enable Lion Recovery from an Internet connection.


Apple reports record revenue, profit for fiscal first quarter

Record-breaking iPhone, iPad, and Mac sales rang in a stellar start to the 2012 fiscal year for Apple.

Apple puts iPad at head of the class

A summary of Apple's Thursday announcements, including iBooks 2, iBooks Author, and the new iTunes U app.

New AT&T rate plans charge more money for more data

The wireless carrier is introducing rate plans that cost an extra $5 a month, but also increase the amount data. Existing customers can keep their current data plan if they prefer.

Thursday's event kicks off busy week for Apple

Six days after it holds an education-focused event in New York, Apple will announce its quarterly earnings and sales for the holiday quarter.

Apple unveils supplier names with 2012 responsibility report

As part of its annual report on worker protections and factory conditions, Apple has published a list of its production suppliers for the first time. The release is tied into Apple joining the Fair Labor Association, which will audit Apple's supply chain in the coming year.

Let's go to the replay: Stanford beams in-game action to fans' phones

This fall, Stanford University worked with a video delivery company called Elemental Technologies to set up a system where near-instantaneous replays of in-game action are delivered to the smartphones of fans at football and basketball games. It's a system that could represent the future of live sporting events.