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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.

Monotron Analogue Ribbon Synthesizer: Review

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The Monotron Analogue Ribbon Synthesizer is developed by KORG.  It’s a pocket size synthesizer, which can be carried in a pocket for on the go music creations.  The Monotron synthesizer offers professional sounds at novice levels.  I have never used a synthesizer but within a few minutes I was able to connect the synthesizer to my ipad and create music tracks.  It’s a great deal of fun to say the least.  The Monotron can create professional sounds without a great deal of knowledge about mixing or synthesizing.

 



Wicked Audio X-Ray Yankee Zulu Headphone: Review

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Wicked Audio offer very affordable set of headphones called, X-Ray Yankee Zulu. They are a very nice pair of headphones, which offer mediocre sound and comfort ability.



A first look at iOS 5.1 -- available now

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Even if you're not getting a new iPad or Apple TV, yesterday's Apple event is relevant to your iOS world, thanks to the release of iOS 5.1. It's not a major upgrade, but it does add a few useful new features. You can see an overview on CNET. One of the most requested new features is now available: the ability to delete individual photos in Photo Stream. Another important feature is the ability to take a quick photo without unlocking your device. This was first available in iOS 5, but wasn't always visible. Now it is.



Stop Motion Apps: More Fun Than I Should Be Allowed to Have

When I saw this article over at Mashable, I said to myself “I must try these immediately!”  Especially after talking about how much I use my iPhone camera in my last post! How could I not share my filmographic adventures with you, iPhone Life-ers?

So today, I have a very special treat because I have made incredibly entertaining (well, at least moderately entertaining) stop motion videos using three free apps. I had lots of fun testing these out and I’m excited to share the results with you.

I’m considering a career in animation now, just saying.



Review: Treasure Seekers 4 The Time Has Come by G5 Games

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Tom and Nelly are back for the fourth installment of the treasure hunting, bad guy thwarting hidden object series Treasure Seekers.  Check out the links after this review for my thoughts on parts 2 and 3 of the series.  Fans of the series will feel right at home with this iteration of the franchise, and newcomers should be able to jump in fairly easily as well, though references to older adventures might not make much sense to them.  Overall it still provides a decent balance of game play mechanics but there isn’t really a lot of what I’d consider mini-games this time around.  It’s not my favorite of the bunch, but I don’t regret hanging out with the treasure seeking duo again.



Is AppleCare+ Worth it?

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When you walk into the Apple store on March 16th to purchase your new iPad, are you going to get AppleCare+?  

Before deciding, you should consider what you get with the purchase.  

Apple offers: 90 days of complimentary phone support for your device. This means that all of the little problems that may arise, when first using your device, can be solved from the comfort of your own home.  Not all problems that arise with your new iPad will require a visit to the Apple Store or a third-party reseller.



Apple TV, lost in the shuffle but a bargain at $69 refurbed

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Today's big news was the new iPad, but Apple kicked things off with an upgrade to the Apple TV.  It was a minor update, supporting 1080p, rather than the "cracking" that Steve Jobs alluded to in the book Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.  If you're not concerned about the new higher resolution, the previous generation is available at a bargain basement $69 price if you don't mind a refurb and if you can get through to the Apple Store!  I've bought refurbished Apple products (including an Apple TV) and aside from the packaging, you get a like new product at a great deal.  In fact, while placing my order for a new iPad, I added a $99 refurbished iPad nano which will find a home on my wrist.



Apple to continue selling iPad 2 starting at $399

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While the big news today was the new iPad, also announced was the fact that the iPad 2 will continue to be sold — at a price that's $100 less than before. The base model with WiFi and 16 GB will go for $399, while the 3G model will go for $529. Apple said that this lower-priced model will make it easier for students and schools to buy this popular item. It will still be known as the iPad 2. I still don't get the name of the new iPad. Is that really its name — "the new iPad"? 



The new iPad: What's Your Take?

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Well, the big day has come. The rumors can finally be put to rest. No Siri (though there’s sort of a “Siri Lite” voice-recognition feature), no missing home button, no textured touch screen, and no… name?

The new iPad is being called just that—“the new iPad.” Strange? Or just a way to get back to the simpler method of referring to any future iteration of the iPad as just its original title? That’s not a bad idea. It’ll certainly save us the hassle of having to call it “the iPad 9” several years down the road. It’s just a bit underwhelming, is all. But let’s get to the good stuff!



Let there be LTE... your mileage may vary

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The new iPad offers 4G LTE, which offers great promise.  But before you spend the extra $130 (plus monthly fees) for the LTE model, take a long look at the Verizon and AT&T coverage maps.  When I did, it was clear to me that Verizon was the way to go, even though I have my family's cellphones on AT&T.  AT&T simply doesn't have the 4G LTE coverage I need in my home and surrounding area.  The benefit to having both providers is I should always be able to get online, either with my iPhone or new iPad!

Here are the links to AT&T and Verizon.  Make sure you are looking at 4G LTE.



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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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