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.

Hipmunk adds hotel booking to flight search app

Mirroring the functionality of its Web-based travel search service, Hipmunk's iOS app now lets you search for hotel rooms in addition to flights.

Strike Knight for iPhone and iPad

Neither the iPhone or the iPad version of this arcade bowling game push the envelope for iOS gaming. But both versions offer up a decent degree of fun, if you're either willing to put up with a lot of ads or pay for the privilege of making those ads go away.

Comcast cable customers to get access to WatchESPN app

WatchESPN, which had previously been limited to Bright House, Time Warner, and Verizon FiOS TV customers, will soon be available for Comcast's Xfinity TV users, as part of a deal reached Wednesday between Comcast and Disney.

Report: iOS, Android downloads topped 1 billion last week

Analytics firm Flurry contends that 1.2 billion applications were downloaded by iOS and Android users between Christmas and New Year's Day.

Apple planning media event in January

AllThingsD says that Apple is expected to hold a press event in January, but that it won't be about a new iPad or any other hardware announcement.

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.

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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.