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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.

Should you jailbreak your iPhone or iPod touch? Kim Komando says no

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I'll be honest: I've used a jailbroken iPhone. And don't like it at all. It is such a hassle to not be able to keep the software updated, because each new version that Apple comes out with requires that you go through the jailbreaking process again. You can read more about the problems entailed in jailbreaking in this posting from Kim Komando.



Kim Komando video review of the iPhone 4

Kim Komando has done a great video that gives you a good overview of the iPhone 4, highlighting the hardware, screen, camera, and multitasking. Double click on the video at right to see it in the proper size on YouTube.



Kensington Sling Bag -- the perfect iPad case for me

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Thanks to Kensington for sending me their Sling Bag. It's everything I hoped it would be -- and a real buy at $19.95. I really wanted an over-the-shoulder case because I take my iPad everywhere with me. The Sling Bag is fashioned like a messenger pouch so that it rests in the small of your back. It leaves your arms free, and stays in place even when you bend over to do things.



CNET article tells you what it will cost you for an iPhone 4 if you're already an iPhone user

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The crux of the problem is this: a new iPhone model comes out every year, but you have to sign a two-year contract. That means if you're lusting after the latest and greatest, you'll often be locked into your old contract and will have to pay considerably more than the price paid by new customers. If, for example, you want the base model iPhone 4 right away and your contract expires in 2011, it'll cost you $400 rather than $200. But AT&T is making an exception for iPhone users whose contract expires any time this year. You'll be eligible for the $200 price.



Giveaway -- five 1-year and five 3-month Slacker Radio Plus subscriptions

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In a recent column I wrote about the Slacker streaming music service that lets you create "stations" that stream only your favorite type of music. And I highlighted a new feature of their Slacker Radio app for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad: the ability to cache songs for offline listening. But the caching feature requires a Slacker Radio Plus account. I have good news: I'm giving away five 1-year and five 3-month subscriptions to Slacker Radio Plus.



iPhone 4 is here -- and gorgeous

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Apple has done it again with the iPhone 4. The new retina display is pretty amazing, with 326 pixels per inch and an 800:1 contrast ratio. You can read more about it in this article on Macworld. They also have hands-on article giving their first impressions of this new phone.



iPad basics -- free 109-page ebook tells you what you need to know

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Tonya Engst of the legendary TidBITs website has written a 109-page pdf ebook titled Take Control of iPad Basics. It's free, and if you're thinking about getting an iPad or if you have one, you'll want to get this book. Some of the content is, well, very basic, such as how to use the touch screen, but other information was quite useful to me. For example, I had no idea that you could combine gestures to get diacritical markings when typing. And to be honest, I didn't know that you could shake it to Undo.



Today's the big day -- will it be iPhone 4G? Lower price? -- follow it live on MacWorld

In about 5 minutes the keynote by Steve Jobs will begin at the Worldwide Developers Conference. Expect big news from Steve Jobs's keynote. Everyone is assuming it'll be a new phone. You can follow it live on the Macworld website. The keynote begins at 1 pm Eastern, 10 am Pacific.



iWatermark -- $2.99 app lets you digitally sign your photos

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A friend has created a useful app if you're serious about photography. iWatermark ($2.99) puts a digital signature on your photos. This can be useful not only for protecting your intellectual property, but also for promoting your brand by having your logo in all your images.



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