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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.

Take Me Home -- free app puts contact info on lock-screen in case you lose your iPhone


Most people are honest, at least here in rural Iowa. I know that if I lost my iPhone, they'd likely try to return it. But I've often wondered how easy it would be for them to contact me if they did find it, especially if they weren't familiar with the iPhone. One solution is to put your contact information on the lock-screen of your device, so that it's readily available if someone should find your iOS device. A free app, Take Me Home, lets you easily do this. The free version is fully functional, and comes with an attractive home screen.

Google Search -- free search app now has new interface


Last week Google released a new version of Google Search (free). This is a great app, with voice search and the Google Goggles feature that lets you search by taking a picture. The update has implemented a new interface that's pretty cool. If you swipe right in the search results, you'll get a menu along the left (as in the image) that lets you refine your search. Check out this video demo on PocketNow.

iPhone 5 rumors


A lot of rumors are floating around regarding the iPhone 5. Most say that it will have roughly the same form factor, but that the screen will fill the entire width of the face of the device, that the back will be aluminum again, and that it'll have the same A5 dual core processor as the new iPad 2.

Google Translate (free) -- speak what you want translated, and it then speaks back translation


I can't believe I missed the release of Google Translate (free) last month. Or maybe I assumed it was just another app for text translation. But it is so much cooler than that. It can also do speech recognition, such that you canspeak the phrase or sentences that you want translated, and it will speak back to you the phrase or sentences in the target language. It's fun to play with. When you speak the text, it shows on-screen what it thought you said as well as a text translation. Then if you tap the speaker icon, it speaks the text.

iPad 2 news: long lines, choosing a data plan, moving your data plan to your new iPad


I want one, of course. I called the Apple Store in Des Moines yesterday to see if they had any iPad 2s in stock. They said that they had a small number come in that morning — but that there were 100 people waiting in line when they opened the store. Those new iPads sold out fast. If, like me, you're in the market for one, it's a challenge to decide between AT&T and Verizon data plans, other things being equal. And also to decide whether the cheapest route, if you have both an iPhone and and iPad, is to pay the additional $20 /month for the Personal Hotspot feature on your iPhone rather than signing up for an iPad data plan. Two great articles help you sort this out.

Special code for 30% off on skins for your iPad or iPhone


If you're interested in an attractive skin for your iOS device, you can get 30% off at MusicSkins by using the code GREATDEAL when you make your purchase. If you're into dressing up the back of your device with an attractive cover, check out their selection. They have a wide range of skins: music, fashion, movies/TV, art, models, and more. What's a skin? From their website: "Made from Patented 3M material, they apply easily and leave no residue behind when peeled away.

iOS muffs change to Daylight Savings Time


According to a report on Yahoo News, quite a number of users reported Sunday morning that instead of the time on their iOS device springing forward 1 hour, with the switch to Daylight Savings Time, it actually fell back an hour, putting their clock two hours off. If you have this problem, the simple fix is to either restart your phone or switch it to airplane mode and then back.

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