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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.

Tonos Español free in honor of Cinco de Mayo — create Spanish language ringtones

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Fellow blogger Todd Berhard has created a number of apps that let you make customized, text-to-speech ringtones for specific callers. And today, in honor of Cinco de Mayo, he has made TONOS Español totally free. It lets you create Spanish language ringtones using with male and female voices. You can also combine 200 sound effects to 'get your attention' before your custom message is spoken.



Everything you need to know about iPad 3G service plans from AT&T

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Of course, I like the fact that the iPad 3G can connect to the Internet anywhere a cell phone signal is available. But right up front I'll tell you that 250MB won't be enough for many people. I got my iPad 3G last Friday and used it a while in the afternoon. The next morning I checked and found that I'd already used 47MB of the 250MB that I had paid $15 for.



1 million iPads sold as of last Friday

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Today Apple announced that they had sold 1 million iPads as of last Friday — that's in 28 days, and over twice as many as the number of iPhones sold when that first went on the market. You can read more on CNet and Yahoo news.



News apps on the iPad — I like the iPhone versions better than iPad versions

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I was really looking forward to downloading the iPad versions of my favorite news apps — AP News and the New York Times. But now, having used them, I've decided I prefer using the iPhone versions on my iPad. Take AP News. The home page has a lot of eye candy, but I don't see what it adds.



Whoopee, got my iPad 3G

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Lots of happy people today, as the iPad 3G makes its way across the country to thousands of eager customers. And I was one of them. What a great gadget.  I immediately signed up for the At&T plan at $15 per month. Unfortunately, no 3G here in this corner of Iowa, but Edge seems to work okay. What I'm finding is that because the iPad's processor is so much faster, some of the apps that didn't work so well on my iPhone work better on the iPad. For example, it always took longer than I'd like to download the news using the USA Today app.



Apple Worldwide Developer Conference coming up in June

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Expect June to be another exciting time for the iPhone. That's when the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference will take place — and when the new iPhone will likely be announced. Of course, if you're a developer, you'll want to attend and get state-of-the-art knowledge about how to develop top apps for the iPhone and iPad. Click on the link above for more information.



25 things you can control remotely with your iPhone

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One of the most surprising things about the iPhone is all the incredible variety of things it's being used for. And one of those things is as a remote control. A very helpful article/slide how on Business Insider, entitled "25 Things You Can Remote Control With Your iPhone," gives you a good picture of the possibilities, from controlling your DVR to the Boxee media center software. Pictured is the ProRemote ($99) software that lets you control pro audio editing software.



Extreme Sheepdog Trials — a game you can control by whistling

If you've never seen extreme sheepherding, you've got to watch this 3-minute. I just couldn't believe it when I first saw it.



QRANK — free daily trivia quiz

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if you enjoy trivia games, you might like QRANK, a free daily trivia quiz. Plus, it has a social component such that you can compete with your friends or try to get a high score on the leaderboards in various regions. Each day there are 20 new questions taken from current events.



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