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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.

Should I get the new iPhone 4S?

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My wife and I write about technology for a living, and so it behooves us to stay up-to-date and always carry around the latest and greatest. Yet, I still have my old iPhone 3GS, and my wife hasn't yet complained about her lowly 3G. Truth be told, what both of us anticipated more than the new iPhone was getting off the AT&T contract. We're both off contract now, so that's good. However, why is it that we're told new phones are subsidized and are essentially paid off during that 2-year contract commitment when the charges stay the same when the contract ends?



Early reviews of the iPhone 4S praise speed, camera, and Siri

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Although the iPhone 4S isn't yet available, a number of enthusiasts were able to give it a test run at Apple's event on Tuesday. And they've now written their initial impressions. They generally praise the greater speed, higher quality camera, and the effectiveness of Siri. TiPb has posted a roundup of several of these reviews. Be sure to read the review on This Is My Next, which says that Siri, the new speech recognition feature, is indeed impressive.



Review: Kula Blox by TransGaming, Inc.

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I’m not an animal lover, but I’m also not one to see innocent little creatures get consumed by vicious predators – at least not as a general rule.  Unfortunately, Kula Blox makes the whole experience rather compelling.  This cute “falling” game actually adds a couple of cool twists to the whole genre and in the process it manages to create an entertaining casual game.  I honestly didn’t know much about Kula Blox before agreeing to review the game, but now I’m glad I volunteered for this adventure.



Video: Remembering Steve from iPhone Life

We wanted to create a short video here at iPhone Life headquarters to discuss the legacy of Steve Jobs. Martyn Webber sat down with Hal Goldstein (Founder of iPhone Life magazine), and David Averbach (CEO of iPhone Life magazine) to talk about the impact Jobs' has had on all of our lives. See video below:

 

 



Geotagging photos on your iOS device or desktop computer

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As has been mentioned some weeks ago, it's pretty easy to record GPS information and, later, incorporate it into photos taken on a non-GPS-enabled camera.

Unfortunately, the current camera lineup doesn't really please people that would like to geotag their shots. Neither the, because of the high price-value ratio or high image quality (IQ), most popular point-and-shoot (P&S) or DSLR (including mirrorless [aka EVIL] or some lower-end [Sony] SLT) cameras have built-in GPS modules.

Some examples of the current, most popular cameras lacking any GPS support:

P&S-style "luxury" fixed-lens camera



Thank You For Thinking Differently, Mr. Jobs

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I heard about your passing in the early hours of the evening last night, just as the news was breaking.

I was on my iPhone.

I looked down to take a moment and saw my iPad close by on one side, my Mac on the other, and I realized how much a part of my life you have been.

It wasn’t always that way. For years, my wife would tease me: she called me a “PC geek” and tried to entice me to drink the Apple juice. I was stubborn, but I did eventually give in and I bought an iPod.

And I loved it.



Will Apple be the same visionary company now that Steve Jobs is gone?

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Earlier this year Jason Snell of Macworld magazine had some interesting insights on how Apple would fare in the absence of Steve Jobs. His bottom line is that Apple is now firmly in the mold of Steve Jobs. Jobs created a corporate culture that has suffused the company and that has deeply imbibed his ethos of putting people first, of letting design lead technology, of having the courage to do things differently, and of never compromising the vision, even if it means lower short-term profits.



Me and Steve Jobs

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With the passing of my personal hero Steve Jobs, I have to take a moment to reflect upon how I got here and the role Apple and Steve Jobs played in my life.  As Yogi Berra said, when you see a fork in the road, TAKE IT!  There are many twists and turns that led each of us to the path we are on today so indulge me as I reflect on my path.  ONE MORE THING... Sign your organ donor card.  We had a few extra years of Steve Jobs thanks to the selflessness of a 20 year old.



The "insanely great" legacy of Steve Jobs

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The legacy of Steve Jobs may never be equaled: The Apple II, which jumpstarted the personal computer industry. The Macintosh, which changed the way people use personal computers. The iPod, which was easy and fun to use, and took over the MP3 player market. The iPhone, which has revolutionized mobile phones. The iPad, which is leading the way into what he called "the post-PC world."

As CEO of Apple, he did things his way: no market research, no focus groups. He didn't ask what consumers wanted. He simply intuitively knew what they would like, and he demanded that his company create it.



Remembering Steve

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Last month we hosted a "Dress like Steve Jobs Day" event as our way of honoring Steve's legacy. We received hundreds of amazing photos and messages from all over the world. We posted all of them at iPhoneLife.com/SteveJobsDay

We will be posting our favorite tributes to Steve Jobs on iPhonelife.com/rememberingsteve.

We invite you to share your comments, thoughts, feelings and wishes about Steve on that page.



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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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