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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.

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.



How to make a free stylus for your iPhone

Why would you want a stylus, when you can just use your finger? Well, you might be wearing gloves. Or maybe you need greater precision that your finger allows.



Aha Radio — free app delivers web content as streaming radio while you drive

This is a novel idea. You're driving, yet you still would like to access your Facebook friends updates, Twitter tweets, podcasts, and more. Aha Radio (free) turns it all into radio stations so that you can listen to this content as you drive. Plus, it gives you reports on nearby traffic based on your location.



World's largest iPhone app giveaway — over 1,000 app codes

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In honor of their recent 2009 Best App Ever Awards, the website 148Apps has just launched "the world's largest iPhone app promo code contest to give away over 1,000 iPhone apps and games." They're giving away 1,000 promo codes for over 110 different applications and games that were either winners or nominees in the competition. The giveaway will run through February, with winners being announced every few days.



Touching your iPhone won't work when you're wearing gloves? Use a sausage

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What do you do when it's cold out, you're wearing gloves, and you want to use your iPhone? According to this short article in Popular Science, iPhone users in South Korea are getting around the problem by using a sausage as a stylus. The article says that a sausage has the same conductivity as your finger and that the iPhone responds to the touch. Is this for real?



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