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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.

Movie Club -- free app offers over 60 streaming movies, also free

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Everybody likes movies, and here's yet another app for streaming them to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. The free Movie Club gives you free access to over 60 movies. Naturally, these aren't recent movies, but they do offer early appearances of well known actors such as Robert De Niro, Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson, and Kirk Douglas. These may be movies that are also freely available on YouTube.



Juicy iPad, iPhone rumors -- new version of iPad expected in April

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The Internet has buzzing with iPad and iPhone rumors the past two days. Ben Patterson offers a roundup on Yahoo. Perhaps the juiciest is that the new iPad and iPhone will have a faster, dual-core version of Apple's A4 processor — making it possible to power a 2048 x 1536 display. Think 1080p video on your iPhone or iPad. Yes! Other rumors have included tidbits such as: the new iPad, which is expected in April, will be thinner and will have front- and back-facing cameras and Facetime.



Apple founder Steve Jobs takes medical leave

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The news headlines today are saying that Apple CEO Steve Jobs has taken a medical leave from the company. No information is available regarding the reason, or where he is. The announcement sent to Apple employees said that he'll continue to be involved in strategic decisions and that chief operating officer Tim Cook will be in charge of day-to-day operations. We wish him good health. There is no doubt that his vision has had a remarkable influence on technology. Apple, unlike other companies, doesn't do market research. One man decides what the market wants: Steve Jobs. And his instincts have been uncanny.



15 apps for healthy cooking

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I happen to be into healthy living — including organic, vegetarian food. If you have a similar interest, you might want to check out a recent post on the 15 Coolest iPhone Apps for Health-Conscious Cooks.



Vote now for Best App Ever

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Again this year Jeff Scott of the website 148apps.com is hosting a vote for the Best App Ever. Nominations are now closed, and he's selected the top 10 nominees in each category. Voting is open until January 25, with the winners to be announced at the Macworld Expo. There are 35 categories overall, with 15 of those related to games. Check out the nominees if you want to find some great apps.



Verizon announces they'll be offering their iPhone in early February

The long-awaited Verizon iPhone is finally here! On Tuesday Verizon announced that their iPhone 4G would be available to current customers on February 3 and to everyone else on February 10. There was a bit of good news/bad news. The good news is that their iPhone will come with tethering. You'll be able to use your iPhone as a WiFi hotspot for up to 5 computers and devices. The bad news is that it'll be 3G — and won't be able to use the 4G network that Verizon is rolling out. It's basically the same phone as the current iPhone 4, but with CDMA chips instead of GSM and the ringer/mute switch in a slightly different location.



WSJ says Verizon to announce iPhone next Tuesday

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The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Verizon will be announcing their iPhone at a special event on Tuesday. Invitations from Verizon went out to the media yesterday, but didn't say what would be announced. Rumors are even saying that Steve Jobs will be present at the event.



Chinon docking station now plays iPhone videos

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I got pretty excited about this gadget when I first posted about it last October. But I mistakenly thought that the 7-inch LCD would play videos stored on the iPhone. Nope. Music, but not videos. Now they've announced their new AVi Alpha docking station that can play iPhone video, and at $149 it's $50 cheaper than before. Of course it has a bunch of additional features, such as a digital photo frame and the ability to stream web videos from popular sites such as YouTube or Netflix onto the LCD (if you're connected via WiFi). Oddly, their website still seems to have the previous model.



OverDrive Media Console -- free app lets you check out ebooks and audio books from your library

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Ever since I heard that our public library in this small town had audio books that you could download from their website, I've been wanting to give it a try. But as with so many things, I never got around to it, mainly since it entailed going to their website, downloading, and them moving to iTunes to put it on my iPhone or iPad. Now the free OverDrive Media Console makes the whole thing a snap: you do everything from within the app.



New Year reveals bug in iPhone alarm

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Those who rely on their iPhone alarms found that as we moved into 2011 their alarms were no longer working. Apple acknowledged the bug on Sunday and said that the problem would only be evident on January 1 & 2, and that it wouldn't affect any days after that. Also, it only affected one-time appointments, not repeating alarms. You can read more about it in the New York Times.



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