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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.

Enhancing the video camera of the iPad 3: sorry, impossible, it seems

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I have some bad news for you iPad 3 owners looking for further enhancing the (otherwise, resolution-wise, excellent (dedicated article)) video camera of the tablet. I've spent at least 6-7 hours today carefully examining and programming the iPad 3 camera to greatly enhance its functionality, just as I've did to the iPhone 3GS (higher-than-VGA resolutions), 4 (much wider Field-of-View) and 4S (720p60; better low-light performance; much wider Field-of-View at lower resolutions).



Combined article update: iOS 5.1.1 iPad 3/2 Cydia compatibility list

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UPDATE (07/07/2012): answering a question HERE, I've run some VERY serious CPU usage tests (see THIS for the methology; I used "top" on my iPad 3) and found out the following:

The InfiniDock and Springtomize 2 combo (can be used together to give the highest configurability; see below for related remarks) does not add any CPU usage when
- the device shows SpringBoard
- 10 icons are put in the dock, even with card roll and scrolling (via InfiniDock) enabled
- the maximum number of icons are displayed in each row



Mx Great Britain Guide App Review

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Mx Great Britain Guide is the perfect way to explore this popular vacationing spot.  There are so many different historical landmarks, famous restaurants, amazing shows, and music venues to visit; you'll be amazed at how much there is to see!  Out of all the different apps for Great Britain; this one is clearly one of the best. 



PreggoBooth!

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A co-worker that I often work closely with is currently pregnant.  Among all the serious things that we discuss about her being pregnant, we joke back and forth about her growing tummy!  In the spirit of this, I would like to introduce to you the application called PreggoBooth.

 

This application solely serves one purpose: to show you what you would look like if you were pregnant. 



The Godliness Of Sir Jonathan Ive

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In the intriguing words of Sir Jonathan Ive: “We try to develop products that seem somehow inevitable. That leave you with the sense that that’s the only possible solution that makes sense... Our products are tools and we don’t want design to get in the way. We’re trying to bring simplicity and clarity."
“I think subconsciously people are remarkably discerning. I think that they can sense care.


Video shows iPhone, iPad assembly line at Foxconn factory

A news report from China gives a rare look inside a Foxconn factory at Zhengzhou, where over 70% of the iPhones are made. The video features Fioxconn head Terry Gou taking a tour inside the factory. It opens with scenes from a helicopter ride above the Foxconn campus, giving you a good sense for the enormity of the manufacturing facility, which covers over 2 square miles and employs over 100,000 workers. The video shows the assembly line for the iPhone 4S frame and motherboard, which produces 10,000 units a day. It also shows a "clean room" where the iPhone 4S camera is manufactured.



Quick review: multimedia player app BUZZ Player out with a brand new MKV playback engine

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UPDATE (11/Oct/2012): HERE, I've reported on the brand new (4.0.2) version's vastly reduced MKV hardware playback compliance now that AC-3 support had to be removed from the player. Please read it so that you can know when to use the new version for MKV playback and when not. (Generally, not for anything Full HD and containing non-AAC audio tracks.)

Original article:



Review: Proporta Tablet Cases

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The fine folks at Proporta sent me over a couple of cases to use with my tablets. I’m not using the latest and greatest tech by today’s standards. I’m still using the Original iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab 7. Don’t shy away from this review just because you may have a different tablet model. There’s a good chance Proporta will have a similar case/style for your exact device. If you are not familiar with Proporta, they have been making great cases since 1996.



Lay down some serious beats with triqtraq!

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Looking for an easier way to mix beats, and create original DJ-quality sound textures on your iPhone? The triqtraq app turns it into a beat and sound sequencing machine that makes it about as easy as it gets. For a limited time you can grab at $1.99 on the app store here. Read on for the full press kit, or watch the embedded video for the demo... It is nothing less than amazing!



Good looking iZON lets you look in on your house and family members

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The iZON from stem is a beautiful, functional Wi-Fi enabled security camera / NannyCam. In fact, it looks like it was designed by Apple, which is high praise indeed. It's a small cylinder, reminiscent of Apple's original iSight external camera.


The removable convex base connects to the iZON via magnets, allowing for some flexible angles.


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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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