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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.

Steve Jobs bio suggests Apple TV may have been his next big idea


TechCrunch has an interesting article ruminating on the projects that Steve Jobs was working on at the time of his passing. There were reports that he was still making phone calls the day before he died to talk with execs about details of forthcoming products. TechCrunch highlights the passage in the Steve Jobs biography, which came out today, in which he talks about Apple TV — and whether this may be his final "one more thing." In the book, Isaacson writes that Jobs wanted to make TV sets elegant and easy-to-use.

Biography of Steve Jobs due out Monday


A biography of Steve Jobs that had been in the works for a number of years and coincidentally scheduled to be published this fall will be available in bookstores on Monday. Titled Steve Jobs and authored by Walter Isaacson, a respected biographer, the book is based on over 40 interviews with Jobs. Not only is this an authorized biography, but Jobs apparently opened up to Isaacson and revealed much about his life that he hadn't previously disclosed. Jobs told Isaacson that one of his motives for doing so was to let his children know him better.

AT&T and Sprint set new records with iPhone 4S launch


The iPhone 4S juggernaut continues. Not only did Apple sell a record 4 million iPHones the first weekend, but also AT&T announced today that they've had over 1 million iPhone 4S activations since last Friday — their most successful launch ever.

Set Up Your New iPhone 4S: a Walk-through and Siri Demo


If you're one of the lucky ones getting a new iPhone 4S, AppleInsider has posted a setup guide. The article walks you through the setup process, including screen shots. The process is different from how it worked in the past because with iOS 5 you no longer need to connect to your desktop computer and have the iTunes software installed. The article begins with an unboxing, then shows the steps of setup, and then walks you through the iCloud options.

iOS 5 secrets: a trove of tips for the iPhone and iPad


iOS 5 has a lot of cool features, and TidBITS has a great article walking you through some of the useful features that you may have missed. Some are for both the iPhone and iPad, while others are just for one device or the other. Regarding features common to both devices, the TidBITS article covers the new Shortcuts feature, the ability to sync wirelessly without being plugged into a power outlet, using Airplay to mirror the screen of your device on an HDTV, and an explanation of how to change the order of apps in Notification Center.

Over 4 million iPhone 4S units sold over the weekend


Apple issued a press release today saying that over 4 million iPhone 4S units were sold over the weekend. According to Computerworld, this beats analysts predictions of 3 million units, and dwarfs the 1.7 million sold the first weekend for the iPhone 4. It's amazing how consumers have responded. You wouldn't think that there would have been that much pent-up demand.

Siri's sense of humor


The Wall Street Journal has a funny article documenting Siri's sense of humor. For example, the article tells about someone who said to Siri, "Beam me up." And Siri replied, " Sorry, Captain, your tricorder is in Airplane Mode." And to the question, "How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?" Siri replied "Depends if you're talking about African or European wood."

iOS 5 how-to: Setting up and using Wi-Fi Sync and Software Update


One of the great features of iOS 5 is that you no longer have to connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer to sync or to udpate the iOS software. These new features are called, respectively, Wi-Fi Sync and Software Update. Macworld has posted a helpful article that explains these two features and shows you the couple simple steps you need to take to use them.

Apple posts guide to setting up iCloud


One of the key features of iOS 5 is iCloud. In order to use it, you need to set it up — which is fairly simple. But if you're in any way confused by it, Apple has posted a guide to setting up iCloud that shows you the steps. Also, CNET has an article about setting up this new service.

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