Articles and Reviews by Michael Alexander

Document the Unknown in the iPhone 2.2

Apple's 2.2 update for iPhone has been out for a little more than a week and the hunt for undocumented features is in top gear. Here's what we've discovered--with a lot of help from our readers--so far: Update apps is back.


ABContacts Makes Group Contact Management as Easy as 1-2-3

Buy ABContacts; Contacts Manager, Group Text & Email, Dialer, Favorites on the App StoreABContacts - We all know the old saying, "It's not what you know, but who you know." In this social-networking, job-connecting and deal-making world we live in now, that adage is more true than ever.

Michael Alexander rated this app 4.5/5 | Category: ,

EasyWriter Pro Gives You Most of What You Can Expect For Now

EasyWriter Pro - I was surprised that Apple did not add a landscape keyboard mode in its latest OS update. It's such an obvious omission I wonder just what they were thinking. I waited for the recent OS, hoping beyond hope for landscape typing, even though I had already heard rumors of the features the update would include.

Michael Alexander rated this app 3.5/5 | Category: ,

Joost Finally Picks Up the Pace jumped out of the gate so fast, not even the mighty Secretariat would have been able to keep up. But about the time Joost looked like a sure bet, it faltered. Joost, which offers a wide range of free movies, TV shows and music channels, never really got going.

Michael Alexander rated this app 4.0/5 | Category: , ,

Siddur, a Prayer Book with Extras

Buy Siddur סדור - Zmanim Luach Minyanim - סידור לוח זמנים on the App StoreSiddur is a Jewish weekday prayer book but Siddur, the iPhone app from RustyBrick, is something more than that. Two heads being better than one, I consulted with my wife Lorri before writing this review.

Michael Alexander rated this app 4.5/5 | Category:

iTalk, It Listens, Voice Recorder from Griffin Technology

Buy iTalk Recorder on the App StoreiTalk Recorder, according to Griffin Technology, the developer, is "WAY more than a voice recorder." That's partly true. Unfortunately, the "way more" part is still not enough to put it on par with many of the other voice recording apps in the App Store.

Michael Alexander rated this app 3.5/5 | Category: , ,

f/8 Lets You Be on the Spot and Ready to Shoot Great Photos

Buy f/8 DoF Calculator on the App StoreIf you're passionate about photography and have the gear to match, then you'll find Bitwerkz's f/8 to your liking. If you don't, you won't. f/8 is a simple app with a sophisticated purpose: It helps you calculate depth of field (DOF).

Michael Alexander rated this app 4.5/5 | Category: ,

Black Friday Deals Makes the Day Even More Grim than Usual

The only thing I can think of that would be worse than being murdered in my sleep is paying retail, which explains why I like  apps that make it easy to find discounts as much as a crow likes shiny trinkets.

Michael Alexander rated this app 0.5/5 | Category: Uncategorized

BlackFriday Steals Gives You the Best Things in Life

The best things in life are not free. Nope, the best things in life save you money. Therein lies the appeal of Mobile Simplicity's BlackFriday Steals discount shopping app. It's a straightforward app: No fussing needed.

Michael Alexander rated this app 4.5/5 | Category:

Best-selling Ocarina Puts You in Touch With Your Inner Vibe

I'm not much of a musician. Back in grade school, I was always the kid who got the triangle while all the other kids got flutes, slide whistles, thumb pianos and other neat instruments. So when I first saw Smule's Ocarina, currently the best-selling, paid app in the App Store, I knew I would finally be able to express my inner vibe.

Michael Alexander rated this app 5.0/5 | Category:

Use Searchme: to Flip Through Web Pages Like iPod CD Covers

Searchme:, developed by Searchme: is one of those "Why didn't I think of that?" kinds of apps. It's an innovative approach to Web searching that is optimized for the iPhone. And it's cool beans.

Michael Alexander rated this app 4.0/5 | Category:

Mobile News Network Feeds You AP News on the Run

There are so many ways to get your daily news fix on the iPhone, it's getting increasingly harder to decide how to get the facts. If you want AP news, and only AP news, the AP's Mobile News Network is hard to beat.

Michael Alexander rated this app 4.5/5 | Category:

Dexy's Note Taker is Both Free-Form and Functional

Dexy, from Zonk, is a nicely executed, free-form notes taker and notes organizer that is far more capable and useful than the iPhone native app. It's similar conceptually to a stack of 3 X 5 index cards.

Michael Alexander rated this app 5.0/5 | Category:

Consumer Reports' New App Is a Mixed Shopping Bag

When a much-respected organization like Consumer Reports introduces a free app for the iPhone, you can't help but want to check it out in a hurry. The app is a reference guide to cars, electronics, finances and several other products and services.

Michael Alexander rated this app 3.0/5 | Category:

WhereIsMyTime - Time Never Stops but at Least You'll Know Where It Went

Where did all the time go? If you're like most people, you're bound to ask yourself that question more than a few times in a week. With Brainsoft Labs' WhereIsMyTime, you can keep a record of how you spend your time your day, week or month's activities.

Michael Alexander rated this app 3.0/5 | Category:

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