Philip MichaelsEditor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

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.

BiteHunter for iPhone

There's a solid idea behind BiteHunter, which aggregates daily deals for restaurants into a single app. But some sloppy execution makes the app unappealing to all but the most dedicated bargain hunters.

2011 in review: The year's most loved and loathed stories

For the fourth consecutive year, we look back at the most (and least) popular articles based on our readers' votes.

2011 in review: Macworld's top stories

These 20 stories -- covering everything from iCloud to Lion -- were the most-read articles on during the past 12 months.

2011 in review: Apple's financial performance

It was a year of highs and more highs for Apple's finances. To wrap up 2011, we take a look at the highlights of Apple's financial performance, from record Mac sales to retail efforts overseas.

Battle by Ships -- PirateFleet for iPhone

Take the classic Battleship board game, move it to the iPhone and iPod touch, and add pirates and turn-based gameplay, and you'd wind up with this app. It's a solid game, though the asynchronous gameplay may turn off some users.

Gift iOS apps

Struggling for last-minute stocking stuffers? If anyone on your shopping list owns an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, it's easy to send them an app. We give you a crash course on how it works.

Cars 2 AppMates iPad toys stuck in neutral

There's a clever idea behind the Cars 2 AppMates -- toys that interact with a dedicated iPad app. But some kids will find the toys difficult to use, and the current version of the app is prone to crashes of the non-vehicular kind.

Nuance buys voice-recognition app maker Vlingo

Both companies make voice-driven search and dictation tools, particularly in the mobile market. The president of Nuance tells Macworld the acquisition should "accelerate the pace of innovation" both companies have brought to voice-enabled products.

Another Monster at the End of This Book for iPhone and iPad

This kids' book for the iPad and iPhone is a decent follow-up to the delightful Monster at the End of This Book, but it needs to work out some performance lags before it can measure up to its predecessor.

Riot Rings for iPhone and iPad

Both the iPhone and iPad versions of this match-three game offer a winning mix of colorful critters, goofy sound effects, and ever-shifting game play.

Share videos privately with Givit through Web, iOS

Givit is an online video sharing service that focuses on making it easy to share videos privately with friends and family. This week, the service announced an iOS app to augment its Web-based offering.

LocalEats update delivers menus to iPhone food finder

Version 2.4 of the mobile restaurant locator arrived on the App Store Wednesday. Now, a vast majority of restaurants listed in LocalEats will also include menu information, thanks to a partnership with SinglePlatform.

A Charlie Brown Christmas for iPhone and iPad

This iOS ebook is a worthwhile adaptation of the beloved 1965 TV special, though the story really comes to life on the iPad.

Our Editors' Choice Award winners

Earlier this week, Macworld unveiled the winners of its 27th annual Editors' Choice Awards. In this podcast, we explain the reasoning behind some of our Eddy selections.

Early-bird pricing for Macworld | iWorld ends Monday

Monday's your last day to get an iFan Pass to the Jan. 26-28 Mac/iOS event for $75. The price for the pass, which gives you access to tech talks and the exhibit floor as well as the music, film, and art components of the show, goes up by $25 on Tuesday.