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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.

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.



Adorama announces winners of iPhone photo contest — really awesome photos

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These photos are must-see. I had no idea that the iPhone was capable of such great images. The lucky winner (shown here) was titled "Good-Bye & So Long," was by Neville Black, who won $1,000 in the Adorama iPhone Photo Contest. According to Adorama, this annual Award was created to spotlight the rapid rise in popularity of the iPhone as a new platform for digital point-and-shoot photography.



Everything you wanted to know about Apple vs Adobe Flash

CNet has a great article that thoroughly explains the fracas between Apple and Adobe. This matters to you because, as you know, when you point your iPhone or iPad at a web page that uses Flash animation or video, you don't see it. You only see an empty space. The fracas heated up when Steve Jobs said this past week that Flash will never be available on the iPhone or iPad. The article explains why. And it explains why in the future, with the forthcoming HTML5 standard, Flash may not be necessary. 



99-year-old has first computer — an iPad

This is a touching video about a 99-year-old woman who recently bought her first computer — an iPad.



Pianist plays Flight of the Bumblebee on an iPad

This is another "you-gotta-see-this" video. At an orchestral concert the guest pianist plays Flight of the Bumblebee on an iPad.



Opera Mini — speed test shows free browser loads pages 4 times faster, but loses to Safari in other tests

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I came across some speed tests on Lifehacker for the free Opera Mini browser. When it comes to loading web pages it's over 4 times faster than Safari. But the testing shows that it's slower than Safari in a couple other respects. The review says this is likely due to Safari's privileged position as the default browser and the fact that this is first version of Opera Mini.



Free Game of the Day — free app brings you a free game each day

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Free Game of the Day is a free app that highlights a free game each day. You download the game app from within the Free Game of the Day app. This is because many of the apps that they make available are ones that you'd normally have to pay for. It's an interesting marketing model: they convince developers to make their game available for a day for free. This brings attention to their game, and downloads soar, boosting their ranking. In the case of the Stair Dismount game, it went from 5,000 daily downloads to 32,000.



Next iPhone revealed!

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This seems to be the real thing. The back story is that the forthcoming iPhone was found in a bar in Redwood City. It was camouflaged to look like an iPhone 3GS. You can read all about it and see two videos on Gizmodo. If this is true, you have to wonder if the guy who lost it has also by now lost his job at Apple. The new phone has a front-facing camera for video chatting, a camera flash, apparently a 960x640 display, and a second microphone. The back is flat, and the whole thing has a bit more of a square shape. The article says they took it apart and it's the real thing.



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