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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.

Transferring and syncing files to an iPad


A couple very good articles have recently been published that give a thorough overview of transferring and syncing files between a desktop computer and an iPad. For example, you can create a Word doc on your desktop computer, save it to Dropbox, and then open it on your iPad and edit it via an office app such as Office2 or Documents to Go. The revised version then syncs automatically back to your desktop computer via Dropbox.

"Wave and pay" -- pay by waving your iPhone as you exit a store


There are a gazillion rumors that the iPhone will be getting "near field communication" — a technology that will let you pay just by waving or tapping your iPhone as you leave a store. The New York Times reported that Apple has filed related patents and has hired an expert in this area. And while this definitely seems to be coming, Engadget reported in March that it's not in the cards for iPhone 5.

Carbonite Access -- free apps give you access to your computer files


I finally got around to signing up for Carbonite, and am amazed at how well this backup service works and how easy it is. In my mind, everyone who uses a computer should use Carbonite. The service costs $59 a year for unlimited storage. You install it, and it automatically backs up the files and settings on your desktop computer. Then if you like, you can use their Carbonite Access iPhone or iPad app to access your files anywhere, anytime. The iPad app was just released in March.

The New Yorker now available for free to subscribers via iPad app


Last week I posted that Time, Inc had begun making its magazines available for free to subscribers via iPad apps. Now Conde Nast has made The New Yorker available for free to subscribers via its New Yorker iPad app. You can read more on Macworld.

iOS 4.3.3 fixes situation of iPhone tracking your location


On Thursday Apple released iOS 4.3.3, which fixes a bug that had widely caused privacy concerns among iPhone users. It was revealed that your iPhone not only tracks your location, but keeps a log file of that information. And that log file is transferred to your desktop computer when you sync. Not only that, this happened even if you had turned off the Location Services setting. The update reduces the size of the log file cache, no longer syncs the file to your desktop computer during automatic backup, and deletes the cache if you turn off Location Services.

Catalog Spree -- free app for the iPad brings you an attractive assortment of catalogs


Catalog Spree (free) brings you over a dozen catalogs, with more to come. The app offers a very attractive and functional presentation of catalogs ranging from Nordstrom Lingerie to Filson (men's outdoor clothing) to DwellStudio (bedroom domestics). You can order from within the app, which has a shopping cart and everything. 

Free magazine for the iPad about gaming on iOS devices


TouchGen, a website devoted to gaming on iOS devices, has recently created a free magazine on the same topic. TouchGen Magazine is a "pilot issue" that collects 15 of their reviews over the past two years. Their forthcoming Issue 1 will have many of the features you'd expect from a newsstand gaming magazine, such as news, reviews, features, and commentary, but in an interactive format designed to make the most of the iPad reading experience. Their intention is for the magazine to continue to be free. If you're a gamer, you may want to check it out.

Despite claims to the contrary, white iPhone not thicker


When the white iPhone first came out, quite a number of sites, such as Engadget, reported that was a tiny bit thicker and that some cases might not fit. But then Apple said that this assertion was false.

CaMeasure -- use your camera to measure size or distance


I'm always amazed by all the novel uses of the camera on iOS devices — from taking your pulse to helping those who are colorblind determine colors — and wrote an article about that in a recent issue of the magazine. And I just received a press release for another. CaMeasure lets you use your camera to measure size or distance. It does this in one of two ways. For smaller objects such as furniture, the app asks you to put an object of known size, such as a sheet of paper or a credit card, by the object.

Time, Sports Illustrated, Fortune magazines now free to subscribers via the iPad apps


One of my main uses of my iPad is reading the news, and I love The Daily, the newspaper from Rupert Murdoch's News Corp that's just $0.99 per week. I'd actually prefer to read all of my magazines via the iPad.

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