Joel MathisMacworld

Joel Mathis is a regular contributor to Macworld and TechHive. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and young son.

iOS App Review: Geo Walk HD lets kids explore the world, but with limitations

Geo Walk is best suited for young children who are just learning to read and who want to explore the world, as anybody else would rather just use a good encyclopedia.

TechHive: Google Drive gets updates for iOS and Android

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The revamp transforms the service’s mobile offerings into a richer, full-blown competitor to other online storage services.

Audiobooks.com goes mobile with iOS, Android apps

Audiobooks.com subscribers will have an easier time accessing the streaming audiobook service on the go, thanks to Wednesday's release of a mobile version for both the iPhone and Android devices.

Any.do for iPhone

It may have started out life as an Android app, but this is just about a perfect to-do manager for your iPhone.

Square's new pricing plan targets bigger businesses

Square is introducing a new flat-rate option for merchants who use its credit card-processing service, suggesting that it's growing beyond the small merchants and vendors who initially turned to Square to process payments.

Amazon Instant Video now available on iPad

The Amazon Instant Video app for iPad launched Wednesday morning; it provides a hybrid experience of a service like Netflix and the iPad’s native iTunes video store.

Hands on with Bing's social search feature

Bing is hoping to take on search giant Google by adding new social search capabilities. Joel Mathis takes the feature out for a test spin to see what social adds to search.

Buzz Contacts for iPhone

This app takes two basic iPhone functions -- mail and texting -- and handles them better than the native solutions on your phone.

Wunderkit for iPhone

This mobile productivity tool succeeds where so many rival apps fail by recognizing the realities of the workplace -- that few of us work alone and that not every task needs to be performed on an iPhone.

Making sense of Facebook's new App Center

Announced this week, Facebook's App Center is part app store, part recommendation engine. And Joel Mathis explains how it's an extension of the company's efforts to keep you tied into the world's largest social network.

Bobsled Calling for iPhone and iPad

If you're looking for an unfussy little app to make Voice over IP calls on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, Bobsled Calling is a solid choice.

Smartr Contacts for iPhone

With its ability to aggregate contact information from multiple sources into a single list, Smartr Contacts offers a powerful address book for your iPhone or iPod touch.

Ban.jo for iPhone

This social networking app, which aggregates location-based check-ins from Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Instagram, and Google+ to let you know if friends are nearby, delivers on what it promises. But some might find the app's ability to follow strangers' check-ins to be a little off-putting.

Notes Plus for iPad

Notes Plus distinguishes itself from other iPad note-takers with a few standout features. But its steep price tag is hard to ignore as well.

Habits Pro for iPhone and iPad

There's little to recommend this habits tracker, which bogs you down into details instead of helping you meet your goals.