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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.

New, vastly enhanced iPhone 3G S video recorder enhancer released (with source code)!

I've just uploaded version 1.4 of my free(!), open-source(!) iPhone 3G S video recorder enhancer tool to Cydia. As usual, add the repository „http://www.winmobiletech.com/cy” or „http://winmobiletech.com/cy” to your Cydia client and download the new version from my repository. When the development is finally finished, I'll make the two programs be available in traditional Cydia repositories so that you don't need to access it from my private repository.

Main changes in this version:



App Review: iDraw on iPad 2

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App Review:  iDraw on iPad 2



To Jailbreak or Not To Jailbreak?

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Top Reasons for Jailbreaking Your iDevices



iPhone Life Weekly Weekend MEGA Giveaways: Actor!, BeatStudio, STaCKaH, mTrip and Wizards Castle HD

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Every weekend we will be raffling off  tons of great apps and accessories for FREE. Here's how it works:



Fring -- free app offers GROUP video chatting

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Fring (free) recently released a new version that offers the first ever group video chatting on the iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Android, and other devices. You can have up to four people chatting at the same time -- as long as they all have Fring. Video chat can be done over both 3G and WiFi. You can also use Fring to call regular phones by making in-app purchases of call time, with packages starting at $9.99. 



V1.3 of the iPhone 3G S Video camera enhancer app released with cleaned-up iOS 4.3.x support (with full sources)

I've just posted the new (1.3) version of my iPhone 3G S Video camera enhancer to my Cydia repository. (Please see my previous, dedicated articles [e.g., THIS] on accessing it.)

Unfortunately, when it runs under iOS 4.3.x, it has two main disadvantages compared to the pre-4.3 version:

- no on-device playback of anything over 1 Mbps. That is, you can't set for example 2Mbps as your video data rate if you want to watch the video on your iPhone.

- no Full sensor mode, also meaning less real resolution and worse low-light performance (but much better framerate and no „clicking” bug)


Film One Fest -- free iPad app gives you access to collection of one-minute films

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Film One Fest (free), a new iPad app released yesterday, gives you access to a collection of one-minute films from filmmakers around the world. In addition,  includes supporting stories, artists' statements, and interviews. The films are from an annual outdoor film festival of the same name that shows approximately 60 one-minute films chosen by a panel of judges.



Carbonite on your phone

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I use Carbonite on my desktop PC to backup my data to the cloud. Carbonite now has an iPhone/iPad app. This app allows you to access all your desktop files that have been backed up, from your iPhone/iPad. You can even listen to all your music stored on your desktop, from your device if it has been backed up by Carbonite. So now, not only is my desktop data safe, it is also accessible from my iPhone/iPad.



New, 1.1 version of iPhone 3G S Video Enhancer out with source code!

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New version (1.1) of iPhone 3G S Video Enhancer uploaded to Cydia, with the following changes:

- CameraRollValidator.plist and MediaValidator.plist are now granted a+w in the app delegate, which means you may not end up having to use iFile to set permissions manually, which means you will be able to play back the high-resolution videos right on your phone, and not only on a desktop computer. (This was missing from v1.0; see the related discussion HERE)

- I've reworked the previously iPhone 4-specific help text (third tab) and the label (first tab)



Apps Apple Should put on every iDevice from the Factory

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You have finally convinced Mom or your "better half" to purchase an iPhone or iPad.  Now, with over 300,000 applications in the app store and growing daily, where do I start.  What should I download onto my idevice and what should I purchase to put on my idevice.  This is probably what we all thought after we got our device.  Here is a list of applications and games that I think Apple should send on the idevices from the factory.  It’s not like they’re giving them away from the start.  Now they expect us to pay from $1 to $15 for each individual application we put on our device.  Well this list isn’t perfect but it is a starting



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Jim Karpen's picture

Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.

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