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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.

Introducing The TAKTIK iPhone Case: Rugged Protection

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If you have been following my articles in iPhone Life Magazine and my blogs here at iPhoneLife.com, you know I am somewhat of a rugged case afficianado, and that I am known for testing heavy-duty cases thoroughly and aggressively in the field so that I can report back to you in detail on my findings. So it's with great enthusiasm that I share with you this incredible new case: the TAKTIK by LUNATIK.

 



Fantasy Eye Candy: An iPhone Concept Video You Have To See!

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Sometimes it's nice just to imagine what could be:

 

If you can't see the video, click HERE.

 



X-Doria Sleeve Stand

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The X-Doria Sleeve Stand is a zippered pouch for the iPad (all models) that also incorporates a built in stand via tabs at the opening. I was on vacation last week and brought this with me. I was going to bring my iPad in the Proporta’s sleeve I have been using and also bring Arkon’s foldable tablet stand with me. I received this unit a few days before I left so I used this instead because it incorporated both accessories into one.

It’s a thicker sleeve that is very well padded. Inside are little padded bumps. To and from vacation, I stowed this away in some luggage I had knowing that the padding would protect my device.



Speck iPad 3 Case Mini Review Series: FitFolio for iPad

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This is the first mini review in this series of the new iPad 3 Speck Cases. If you are not familiar with my last post, Speck sent me several of their new cases for the iPad 3 (compatible with the iPad 2). I gave these away locally to other iPad users to see what they think about them. The first feedback I got was on the FitFolio. The below mini review is unedited. This user has an iPad 2.

 

“This was my first iPad cover. I was skeptical about the cover fitting the iPad along with fearing losing the ability to attach cords etc in the iPad outlets. I am a true believer! The cover attached easily and appears to be very secure.



Do you find your iDevice's screen to be too blueish (or just too harsh for bedtime reading)?

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iOS forums are full (see for example THIS, THIS etc.) of complaints of (mostly) bluish (or, in some cases, yellowish) screens. In addition, several articles have been published on the adverse effects of blue(ish) lights – see for example THIS and THIS (two very important and interesting articles!)



nPower PEG - make your own power!

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Finding power can be a problem when you travel, especially when you go off into the wilds of some remote location. Take as much portable technology with you as possible is my advice. People often look at me weird when I suggest this. Should you carry more dried food, water and first aid gear? Sure, but a cached set of accurate and up-to-date digital terrain maps will lead you back to civilization if you get in a fix, or may even lead civilization to you. Modern humans use technology like apes use a stick to get ants out of a log, and let's face it, you might be less likely to panic if you have your handy iPhone and it actually works. The nPower PEG is your insurance against a dead battery! Using kinetic energy, you can keep that technology lifeline open... Read on for the full press release...



What I played this week - Carnivores, Album Flow 2 and other gaming news!

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Check out the Featured App Store bundles if you haven't yet. Several of the best apps you will likely find on the app store, all nicely sorted into related bins can be had thus. Last night I found myself perusing the dinosaur related app/games bundle (under Game Collections), and of course there is a 3D FPS game in there called Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter that I couldn't resist. The game turned out to be a mere 74MB of totally cool, and immersive hunting of the prehistoric beasties, which ran just fine even on my old original iPad with it's old-school graphics! Also this week, played with the latest release of Album Flow (see previous review here), since the developer made some interesting tweaks to the new version. Album Flow brings Cover Flow to iPad (or now iPhone), in case you were wondering, but with some interesting new capabilities. More news from the gaming realm at the end--lot's to cover so let's jump in, shall we...?



Game Center Has Been Hacked and My Birds are Angry…

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...and Frankly, so am I. I’m not just an average Angry Birds Player, I’m pretty good. As of this post, my score on Angry Birds HR Free (iPad) is:   #239 out of 2,271,376 players. My score Angry Birds Seasons (iPad) is: #164 out of #3,255,881 players and my Score on Angry Birds Seasons, paid version is: #2,230 out of 2,2731,378 players.



iPhone Life Weekly Weekend Giveaway 6/22

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Every weekend we will be raffling off tons of great apps and accessories for FREE. Here's how it works: Every Friday we will announce the prizes being given away through iPhoneLife.com, Facebook, and Twitter. To enter the giveaway, go to iPhoneLife.com/giveaways. On Monday morning we will randomly select the winners.



Make a splash with Color Splash Studio

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In the good old days, I used to edit photos of the kids, turn them into black and white images, and restore some color in a few select areas. I probably could have made a business of it. Now, you can do it on your iPhone or iPad in a few minutes. But change is a good thing, and so is Color Splash Studio from MacPhun. MacPhun has had a popular app for the Mac for a while, so it's nice to see iOS users get some loving. I just received my new MacBook Pro with Retina display, so I thought I would celebrate by editing this photo from last week's WWDC event when I saw Apple's Phil Schiller introduce the new MacBook.



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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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