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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.

Convert your DVDs for the iPad -- step by step


One of the really fun things about these gadgets is using them as portable movie players. You have many options for doing that, such as renting in iTunes, using the Netflix app, and more. And if you already have a collection of DVDs, one option you have is to convert them for viewing on your iPad. SimpleMobile Review has a great step-by-step guide, complete with screen shots, that walks you through the steps of converting your DVDs.

iTunes 10.0.1 update includes Ping sidebar

As you likely know, the biggest change in iTunes with the release of version 10 was Ping, which integrates social media into your iTunes experience so that you can see what music your friends are listening to, etc. Now Apple has released an update to iTunes 10 that adds a Ping sidebar. Read all about it on Macworld.

iPhone ranks number 1 in customer satisfaction


CNET has an interesting report on studies from this past week that show Apple ranks number 1 in customer satisfaction. A six-month study of smartphone users found that iPhone users were the most satisfied. A separate study also found that, for the seventh straight year, overall Apple scored the highest in customer satisfaction among all companies in the PC industry. 

Tips for taking HDR photos in iOS 4.1


If you have an iPhone 4 running iOS 4.1, you'll want to use the HDR feature for taking the best quality photos. As I explained in an earlier post, when you take a photo using this feature, it actually takes three different shots in three different exposures, and then combines them in order give the best quality and detail. A very helpful article on the Macworld website explains more about this feature, when to use it, and when not to use it.

New iPad screen protector reduces glare


Finally — a screen protector for the iPad that reduces glare. They claim that with the ScreenGuardz HD Anti-Glare screen protector you'll have no problem seeing the screen even in direct sunlight. And an added advantage for me is not constantly seeing my own reflection on the screen. The cost is $20.

New iPad inevitable by Christmas, spurred by competition such as the impressive Samsung Galaxy

Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab on Thursday, and it is one impressive device.

Great review of iOS 4.2 for iPad, includes video demo


I can't wait until iOS 4.2 comes out in November. This review on Gizmodo makes it sound like it'll be a real upgrade for my iPad. The review covers features such as multitasking, folders, wireless printing, and Game Center. The biggest surprise of the review is that the orientation lock button will be onscreen and the current physical button will be a mute button, as on the iPhone.  And you'll be able to control brightness from the taskbar.

Everything you need to know about the new iOS 4.1 update


TidBITs has a useful post on the iOS 4.1 update. The article lists the changes available only to iPhone 4 users, such as the ability to upload HD videos via WiFi to YouTube and MobileMe, and the new support for HDR photos. It also goes over the changes that are available on all devices that run the new software, such as the ability to rent TV shows from within the iTunes app.

Funny commercial for iPad app from Newsday

Newsday for iPad came out in August, and Newsday has posted an entertaining commercial for their new app on YouTube. 

Apple changes course on rules for developers -- and opens the way to some apps

Apple made some major changes this week in an effort to better meet the needs of developers — and get the FTC off its back. For the first time, Apple made public the guidelines — all 113 of them — that it follows in deciding which apps get approved. Until now, the developers had little idea what Apple would consider unacceptable, and were often frustrated when their apps were turned down. Apple's revised set of rules will also now allow some apps that weren't perviously allowed, possibly opening the way for Google Voice.

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