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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.

Review: Fabrix Satchel 2.0

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Fabrix sent me their Satchel 2.0 to test out. I have been using this the last few weeks. I have the 15” variant, which is part of their wool felt collection that includes other sizes as well. This accessory will hold a Macbook Pro 15” is you so choose. This is actually their second Satchel. I never used the first one, but from what I read, they took a lot of user feedback and incorporated it into the newer model. (Note: Pics at end of review)



The smartphone watch Pebble gets runkeeper as an app! 2 weeks left to get one

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The Pebble, one of the coolest smart phone watches I have ever seen, now has it first app.  RunKeeper.  Now if you do not know what I'm talking about, you can read about it in my orginal post on the smartwatch on PeriVision: Here is some excerpts:



Album Art lets even the most inartistic user create custom wallpapers

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The folks at More Blu Sky are back with another app and while all of their apps have beautiful design, their latest, Album Art, let's you create your own artwork, suitable for use as a wallpaper or lockscreen image.





Apple led with 29% share of smartphone market in first quarter in U.S.

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Apple and Samsung have been duking it out in court and in market share. And in the recently completed March quarter, Apple was the victor, according to a report today by NPD Group, with a market share of 29% and second-place Samsung coming in with 24%. But while Apple led other smartphone makers, the iOS platform still trails Android.



A case that helps more than your iPhone

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I saw a beautiful iPhone case at MacWorld, and the aesthetics alone were worth the purchase price, but there's more than meets the eye. Trü Protection tells us that 15 percent of the purchase price goes to a specific charity, depending on the case design.



G.O.D.:God of Defence--Deity-powered Defense Against the Undead

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G. O. D.: God of Defence from MGame Mobile is a brand new tower defense title that offers a twist on the genre’s traditional game play.



Win the fin, by Liking Octa Products on Facebook!

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I've written about the very cool Octa TabletTail before, and now they are giving iPhone Life readers a chance to win one of these cool tablet stands/grips. I first saw these folks at MacWorld, but I've finally had some hands-on time with the TabletTail. It's a combination grip/stand that attaches either directly to your tablet or a tablet case as long as the case is not porous.


Lossless audio playback on iOS - Part II

Let's continue our adventure to lossless audio playback! In Part I, I've scrutinized 24 bit and/or lossless FLAC and WMA playback. In today's installment, I've looked into how the reviewed multimedia players (along with my new purchase, the lossless playback-specific GoldenEar) play back the following formats:

- the WMA Pro (default) output of Microsoft Expression Encoder 4 to see how WMA Pro is handled (the previous test tested Lossless, 24 bit and non-Pro, simple WMA2.)
- Monkey's Audio (.ape); with normal compression level



Best free games

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iMore has posted an article listing their selection of best iPhone/iPod touch games in 8 different categories: strategy, shooter, sports, casual, physics, action, role-playing, and racing. Most of the games also have a version for the iPad. The article highlights three top games in each category.



Review: brand new, free(!) video player: QQPlayerHD

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Several MacRumors forum members (see for example THIS thread – BTW, my first post there also contains an 1:2.35 movie playback screenshot) have asked me for my opinion on the recently released , free(!) QQPlayerHD (iTunes link).


(main file list dialog; the screenshot also shows the one and only menu available in the app. Click the image for the original-sized one.)



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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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