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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.

App Genie, which offers dozens of tools in one app, now has a free version

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I like the idea of App Genie — a single app filled with over 30 functions. It's like having many apps in one. It includes an amazing of useful tools: converters, translator, barcode scanner, country facts, nutritional information, speedometer, and many more. The newly released free version, App Genie Lite, lets you select three of the tools to use for free. 



Stanford University study finds people are addicted to their iPhones

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A recent survey done at Stanford University found that many iPhone users are addicted to their iPhones. How bad is it? Perhaps the most telling finding is that 75% of respondents admitted to falling asleep with their iPhone in bed with them. Read more on Yahoo. Interestingly, the author of the study said that it's not necessarily unhealthy to be addicted to one's iPhone and characterized it as an extension of the mind. Still, the survey did reveal that it can interfere with relationships. And me?



Everyday Looper — you've got to see this to believe it!

Everyday Looper is an app that lets you record bits of audio and then loops it so that you can record on top of it.



Macworld video covers outstanding iPhone, iPod accessories

This is a great, 5-minute video from Macworld that shows you some of the best accessories for your iPhone or iPod.



Slight delay with iPad — coming April 3

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Apple announced today that the iPad would be available on April 3. I am so looking forward to the reaction of consumers and hope that it's a game-changer in the same way that the iPhone has been. The version with WiFi only will be available first, with the version that adds 3G later this month. As announced earlier, the WiFii-only models will start at $499, and the 3G models at $629.



Pocket Bracket — leading app for fans of March Madness basketball

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If you're a fan of the NCAA basketball tournament, you'll want to take a look at this app. PocketBracket ($1.99) lets youcreate brackets, organize pools, and follow the NCAA men's basketball tournament with game and score updates. In addition, you can compete among thousands of users on the PocketBracket Network as well as your friends and coworkers. PocketBracket comes preloaded with 2009 tournament data so you can test-drive the application before the 2010 tournament. You can create sample brackets and begin organizing your pools.



Top Rated Apps (Free) — app for browsing the best apps

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With 150,000 apps in the App Store, it can be a challenge to find the best ones for your needs and interests. Top Rated Apps (Free) lets you browse 1,000 of the best apps selected by MF Software and all having ratings of at least 3.5 stars. The data is stored on your phone, so you can browse for apps offline. If you're connected, the app updates automatically with the latest data as you browse. The free version lets you identify up to five favorites for later purchase. If you want to be able to track more than that, you'll need to buy the commercial version ($0.99).



E! Online — free app for following the Oscars AND for submitting your own video

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If you're following the buzz on the Oscars, which is coming up this Sunday, E! Online (free) is a great choice. The app was just updated with a new carousel navigation menu above the news section that highlights the Academy Award season coverage with special video content and a new "Live from the Red Carpet" section. The app offers extensive coverage from the event, as well as leading up to it and in the days that follow. Also new to this version is E! Talk Box, which gives you the ability to record your own video commentary (you'll need the iPhone 3GS) on hot topics and celebrity headlines and submit it directly to E!



iExit — $2.99 app tells you info about upcoming exits

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How many times have you been driving down the highway and taken an exit only to find that there’s nothing in the nearby commercial district to your liking? iExit can help. Start up the app, and it uses GPS to quickly determine where you are and what direction you’re traveling. It then offers information about the upcoming exits, as well as information about your favorite places to stop that are coming up. Plus, it tells you where to turn once you get to the exit and provides maps.

 



Where to Wee — $0.99 app helps you take care of an urgent need

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This is one of those just-in-case apps that you might want to have. If you're in an unfamiliar city and have an urgent need to find a restroom, Where to Wee ($0.99) is here to help. It has a database of 60,000 restrooms worldwide, with more being added all the time. It shows the nearest washroom based on your GPS location and includes information on amenities such as handicap access and changing tables, as well as ratings for cleanliness.



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