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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.

Tips for taking HDR photos in iOS 4.1

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If you have an iPhone 4 running iOS 4.1, you'll want to use the HDR feature for taking the best quality photos. As I explained in an earlier post, when you take a photo using this feature, it actually takes three different shots in three different exposures, and then combines them in order give the best quality and detail. A very helpful article on the Macworld website explains more about this feature, when to use it, and when not to use it.



New iPad screen protector reduces glare

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Finally — a screen protector for the iPad that reduces glare. They claim that with the ScreenGuardz HD Anti-Glare screen protector you'll have no problem seeing the screen even in direct sunlight. And an added advantage for me is not constantly seeing my own reflection on the screen. The cost is $20.



New iPad inevitable by Christmas, spurred by competition such as the impressive Samsung Galaxy

Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab on Thursday, and it is one impressive device.



Great review of iOS 4.2 for iPad, includes video demo

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I can't wait until iOS 4.2 comes out in November. This review on Gizmodo makes it sound like it'll be a real upgrade for my iPad. The review covers features such as multitasking, folders, wireless printing, and Game Center. The biggest surprise of the review is that the orientation lock button will be onscreen and the current physical button will be a mute button, as on the iPhone.  And you'll be able to control brightness from the taskbar.



Everything you need to know about the new iOS 4.1 update

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TidBITs has a useful post on the iOS 4.1 update. The article lists the changes available only to iPhone 4 users, such as the ability to upload HD videos via WiFi to YouTube and MobileMe, and the new support for HDR photos. It also goes over the changes that are available on all devices that run the new software, such as the ability to rent TV shows from within the iTunes app.



Funny commercial for iPad app from Newsday

Newsday for iPad came out in August, and Newsday has posted an entertaining commercial for their new app on YouTube. 



Apple changes course on rules for developers -- and opens the way to some apps

Apple made some major changes this week in an effort to better meet the needs of developers — and get the FTC off its back. For the first time, Apple made public the guidelines — all 113 of them — that it follows in deciding which apps get approved. Until now, the developers had little idea what Apple would consider unacceptable, and were often frustrated when their apps were turned down. Apple's revised set of rules will also now allow some apps that weren't perviously allowed, possibly opening the way for Google Voice.



TextNow -- free app gives you a free phone number that you can use for free texting on your iPad or iPod touch

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TextNow is currently available for free, and if you'd like to do free texting on your iPad or iPod touch, this app certainly deserves consideration. They actually give you a free phone number that others can use to send text messages to your iPad or iPod touch. It also can be used to send picture messages. It does have ads, but you can use in-app purchasing to upgrade to a version without apps ($5.99 per year). Here's a video demo.



Apple Peel 520 -- a $60 case that turns your iPod touch into a phone

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Apparently the Apple Peel 520 is on its way to market in the US, with an announcement imminent. This is a case that turns an iPod touch into an iPhone. You can read a review and see a video on M.I.C. Gadget. The price will be around $57. It requires jailbreaking the iPod touch. The review looks at a prototype unit.

Here's more info from a press release:



ZumoCast -- free app for streaming your videos and music from your computer to your iPhone or iPad

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Just released today, ZumoCast (free) sounds like a great app. It lets you stream your videos and music that are on your computer to your iPhone or iPad wirelessly via 3G or Wi-Fi. No syncing necessary. It automatically converts the streaming content on-the-fly to a format appropriate for your device. One advantage of this is that because your files stay on your computer, you can avoid filling up the memory of your device. The app also lets you save music and video for offline viewing or listening.



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