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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.

"Revolutionary new product" coming from Apple

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Here's what we know: a "revolutionary new product" is coming from Apple within the next 8 months. Here's what we don't know: what it is. No clue. According to AppleInsider, this claim was made in a recent radio interview in France by acclaimed designer Phillippe Starck, who says he's been working on this new product and that met regularly with the late Steve Jobs regularly in recent years. Starck has designed a wide range of products in his career, AppleInsider says, including motorcycles, toothbrushes, and windmills.



Apple responds to Justice Department lawsuit

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MacWorld is reporting that Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr gave them this statement in response to the Department of Justice lawsuit alleging ebook price fixing: "The DOJ’s accusation of collusion against Apple is simply not true. The launch of the iBookstore in 2010 fostered innovation and competition, breaking Amazon’s monopolistic grip on the publishing industry. Since then customers have benefited from ebooks that are more interactive and engaging.



Seidio releases Surface and Convert Plus cases!

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Looking for an iPhone 4/4S case that can protect and charge?! This year at CES, I was able to catch a preview of these new cases from Seidio, which are now available. The Surface and Convert cases offer sleek and stylish protection in high-tech layers (complete with Gotham style belt-clip), and the ability to "Plus" up your power levels to the tune of 1700mAh (several hours of added juice). Read on for the full PR on these great new cases!



App Review - The Dream by Swipea

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The dream is a children's story about the main character named Ahmad and his adventure.  The book can be either read by kids, or the app will read it to the children making it a fun app for kids from about age two through twelve.  In addition to the story this app includes a 'fact find' section where you can tap on highlighted words while reading the story to learn some fun facts such as what different words mean.  There is also a 'happy bazzar' which is a place to find related apps quickly and easily.  There are several related apps to choose from and with a quick tap you'll be taken right to the app store. 



Speck Brings Spring Colored Cases

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Now that Spring is here, we all find ourselves outside more. That means we need to have cases to protect our precious iOS devices. What better way than with an incredibly refreshing color selection from Speck Products



Review: Incipio 1450mAh offGRID Backup Battery Case

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I'm off to Las Vegas today for fun this time, not a conference. That means that once I leave my hotel room, finding a plug may be possible, but sitting in a casino tethered to a wall just doesn't seem right. And I don't think you get free drinks for increasing your place on the Angry Birds Game Center Leaderboard .

I want to wander Vegas all day (and all night) without worrying about my iPhone 4s withering its battery away in my pocket. So i'm bringing the Incipio 1450mAh offGRID Backup Battery Case which offers good protection for the phone, including a screen protector–and extra power without too much extra weight.



Review: Fibble HD by Crytek

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It’s the same old story – alien ship gets hit, and despite their always advanced technology they end up helplessly careening into the earth.  Much like another physics puzzler called Marbians you end up in a suburban home and find out that humans are much bigger than you are.  You must find all your friends and ultimately flee your gigantic surroundings.  The atmosphere is cute but the levels can be quite challenging, so feel free to take the game for a spin even if you are a “macho” adult.  So far I haven’t been disappointed.



Department of Justice sues Apple alleging ebook price-fixing

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The headlines sound dire, and the storyline is a bit confusing. So let's get right to the bottom line: this lawsuit by the Department of Justice accusing Apple of conspiring to fix ebook prices is no big deal for Apple. Ebooks are a tiny tiny portion of Apple's business. My impression is that even a worst-case-scenario regarding this suit would have a negligible effect on the company.

The DOJ actually sued five publishers in addition to Apple, and three of them have already settled, without admitting any guilt. Two of them, like Apple, have chosen to fight the suit.



Verizon to Charge $30 Upgrade Fee Starting April 22nd... Really?

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Oh great… Here we go again. Looks like Verizon is retaliating against the backlash they received a while back for attempting to charge a $2 online bill pay convenience fee.

Now it appears that starting April 22nd, we will have to pay an extra $30 on top of the phone price to upgrade. Man… I thought I was with the “cool” carrier this whole time. I guess they're just joining everyone else.

Currently Sprint and AT&T have fees associated to their upgrades. But honestly, the reasoning Verizon has for the new upgrade fee is completely ridiculous:



Apps For Collaboration and Organization

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It’s time for some Spring organizing, iPhone Life-ers!

I don’t know about you, but my life gets cluttered up pretty quickly. We all wear many different hats during the day and it’s easy to drown in it all—forgetting to do things or missing a team meeting. So, today we’re going to talk about some apps that help facilitate organization and collaboration.



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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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