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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.

New York Times reports that Verizon iPhone is coming

First you hear rumors of a Verizon iPhone, then you hear that the rumors were unfounded. And now it's cropping up again — but this time the New York Times is reporting it. So it must be true, right? The Times says that an anonymous source (of course) who's in direct contact with Apple said that Verizon will begin selling the phone early next year. The article says that Apple really doesn't have a choice: it needs to sign up other carriers because the competing Android platform is gaining so much momentum. Anyway, I hope they're right, because in this corner of Southeastern Iowa we're stuck with pokey Edge speeds, and Verizon not only has 3G here but also much better coverage.



Where to Eat -- $3 app is indispensable for finding nearby restaurants that suit your taste

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I tend to eat a vegetarian diet, and one of the really hard things about traveling is finding good vegetarian food. The $3 app Where to Eat, for both iPhone and iPad, has been indispensable. The app lets you select from 45 different cuisines and 30 different food types, including vegan and vegetarian. When I'm traveling, I simply select one of those two categories, and then the app shows a list of nearby restaurants, the distance, and their location on a map. I can quickly get directions, as well as other information such as the phone number.



Pocket WavePad -- free app for recording and editing audio

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NCH Software, a leading provider of audio and telephony tools, has just released Pocket WavePad for the iPhone. (There's not yet an iPad-specific version.) It lets you record audio and edit the recordings, apply audio effects, reduce background noise, and easily email or upload the audio files that you've recorded.



More free apps for streaming video

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I'm writing an article for the magazine about streaming video for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. In addition to the YouTube app, there are several more apps that serve up content from video sharing websites. Dailymotion is probably the best one, since the Dailymotion site has quite a lot of content, and the app serves it up well. The $1.99 version is ad-free.



Using the iPad to create content

The rap against the iPad is that it's more for consuming content than creating. But people are using it to create content in interesting ways. An article on Business Insider, titled 10 Ways People Are Using The iPad To Create Content, Not Just Consume It," presents an amazing slide show of images and video.



STM Jacket iPad -- the ideal case for me

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I want a case for one purpose: toting my iPad wherever I go. And I want that case to be over my shoulder and out of the way. My first solution was the Kensington Sling Bag, which I posted about in early May. It served my needs well, but I wore it out in a few months of heavy use: frayed and coming apart at the seams. Fortunately, just as it was fading, STM sent me their Jacket iPad. And it's just what I was hoping to find.



Joost -- free video streaming app, free service

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Whew, I just finished an article for the magazine about all the video streaming options for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. A big job. We've covered a number of them, and most entail some sort of cost. Joost, though, is free, and the content is free. It offers a motley assortment of content that can be fun. I enjoyed watching a couple old Rocky & Bullwinkle episodes, and The Lone Ranger. The app streams celebrity news and gossip, music videos, action sports, comedy, and original web content.



Tango Video Calls -- free app for free video calling works over 3G, connects with Android users

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Tango Video Calls (free) was just released today and seems another good option in addition to FaceTime and Skype. Calling is free, and you can connect with other iPhone 3GS or 4 users, as well as with Android phones. It works over 3G and Wi-Fi. You can invite friends and others via one-click email or text message. The app automatically imports your iPhone contacts. It lets you easily switch to audio only, and to swap the large and small screens so that you can see more clearly what the other person is seeing.



mSpot Movies -- stream popular movies for $3 or $4 rental

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I'm working on an article for the magazine about streaming video and am surveying apps that stream movies and TV. Let me know your favorites. We've covered Netflix in our blog, the movies app that seems to be the most popular. And it's likely the most cost-effective, with unlimited streaming for $9 per month. Another contender with quite good quality is mSpot Movies. The app is free, and rentals are typically $3 or $4. Many of the movies have free trailers available.



Best productivity apps

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Adam Dachis at Lifehacker has put together a list of the best productivity apps. He covers list apps, task managers, note apps, the amazing (and free) Dragon Dictation (shown at right), Dropbox (for syncing files), and more. Some of these are must-have apps.



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