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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.

Bucketz for iPhone and iPad

There's a lot going on in this physics puzzler -- perhaps too much, in fact. The frenetic, fast-paced Bucketz feels more like an assault on your senses than a pleasant way to pass the time.

Use Comic Life 2 to create comic strips with your own photos

Comic Life 2 turns your photos into comic book-style layouts, and it perfectly balances ease of use with a sense of fun.

New iPad app Projectbook merges note-taker with task manager

Launched on the App Store Wednesday, Projectbook lets you take notes and turn the information stored in the app into to-dos and tasks. The new release works on the iPad 2 and third-generation iPad but Mac and iPhone versions are in the works.

Apple's ads preach to new customers, not the choir

Technology critics may not adore Apple's new ads. But if they reach the audience the company's targeting, that's all that matters.

HipGeo adds video support to iOS travel journal app

An update Tuesday to the HipGeo travel journal app adds the ability to record and upload geo-aware videos of your travels. Philip Michaels takes the updated app out for a test drive.

Disc Drivin' for iPhone and iPad

Asynchronous turn-based games are quite popular for the iPhone and iPad, but racing games really don't translate well to this slower-paced, casual format.

National Parks by National Geographic for iPhone and iPad

This app contains information and photographs featuring 20 national parks. It's a decent offering on the iPhone, but it's really impressive to see what National Geographic does with the iPad's larger screen.

TechHive: Recent updates make Ski Safari as cool as ever

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Over at TechHive, Philip Michaels revisits the iOS game Ski Safari and finds that a recent update to the iPhone/iPad version has made a great game even better.

iPhoto, Aperture get Mountain Lion updates

To coincide with Wednesday's Mountain Lion release, Apple rolled out new versions of iPhoto and Aperture that add support for Mountain Lion. Other software updates from Apple on Wednesday include iMovie and Apple Desktop Remote.

Go in-depth with Mountain Lion

Mountain Lion is out, and Jason Snell takes us on an extensive tour of the OS X update's new features.

Record iPad sales help Apple enjoy revenue, profit growth

Apple reported revenue of $35 billion and profits of $8.8 billion for its fiscal third quarter. Those numbers were up 22 percent and 20.5 percent, respectively, over year-ago figures. In the first full quarter of third-generation iPad sales, Apple sold 17 million iPads, an increase of 84 percent over last year.

Tiny Wings 2 for iPhone and Tiny Wings HD for iPad

The latest versions of Tiny Wings -- a 2.0 update for iPhone users and an entirely new release for the iPad -- contain everything you loved about the original side-scrolling game, with a lot of welcome new features.

The Great Cookie Thief for iPhone and iPad

Despite some performance lags (which are more notable on older iOS devices), this ebook will delight preschool and elementary school-aged children.

Big Win Baseball for iPhone and iPad

With gameplay that seems less concerned about baseball and more focused on building up a bankroll of virtual currency, this iOS game is a swing-and-a-miss for baseball fans.

Givit for iPhone and iPad

Along with the Web-based Givit service, this iPhone app shines with its ability to easily set who you want to share videos with.