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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.

Wirefly offers free online backup service for your iPhone's data


I subscribe to MobileMe at a cost of $100 per year. It gives me a secure feeling knowing that all of my contacts are backed up online, should something happen to my phone and computer. But now you also have a free option. Wirefly is offering a free mobile backup service that lets you back up 2GB of data — contacts, music, photos, calendar, and video — for free.

Rumors about a new iPad and a Verizon iPhone


These can hardly be considered rumors, since they've been confirmed by a number of different sources — and because it's unimaginable that Apple wouldn't take these next steps. You can read InvestorPlace for more details. The word is that the Verizon iPhone will be out in early 2011 — and that it'll be a modified version of the iPhone 4. The iPad is reportedly going to get front-facing VGA camera and a 5-megapixel camera on back.

Shop Savvy and other free bar code scanners help you save money


Now that we're closing in on the holiday season, you absolutely must have a bar code scanner. These apps are tremendously popular, and for good reason. You're in a store, you find something you like, you scan the bar code with your iPhone's camera, and then you find out where you can buy it for the lowest price. Typically these apps are location aware, in case you want to buy it at a nearby store. And typically, they also have maps and directions that show you how to get to the store with the lowest price. And — they're free! Why would anyone go without one of these?

myChevrolet -- free app for diagnostics, location services, remote operation


The integration between devices and cars is only going to grow, and the new app myChevrolet gives you a taste of amazing things to come. The app is free, but you have to spend a thousands of dollars on a new Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, or Cadillac. myChevrolet has location-based services, such as one for parking. It allows you to save your parking location to a GPS-enabled map and set a timer to track how much time you have on the parking meter. Or if you have a mechanical problem, the roadside assistance feature locates the nearest dealership.

Apple now ranks 4th in worldwide phone sales


You've got to hand it to Steve Jobs: when he introduced the iPhone in January of 2007, he predicted that Apple would sell 10 million iPhones by the end of 2008. Most commentators were scornful and said it was impossible. Even Macworld criticized Jobs, saying that the goal was unreachable. In October of 2008 Macworld reported that Apple had reached their goal.

Appbzr -- free app for finding and organizing apps


appbzr (pronounced "app bazaar") is quite a popular and highly rated free app for helping you to organize, discover, and share apps. You can browse for price drops, hot apps, or the worldwide top 100. It also offers push notifications when there are price drops for apps that you're interested in.

Chinon docking station includes 7-inch LCD screen


I love these gadgets. The latest is a docking station from Chinon that includes a 7-inch LCD. The Chinon AVi lists for $199 on their website, but Overstock and a couple other places have it for $179.

Free device lets you read credit cards on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch


This is pretty amazing. You download the free Square app, then use that to place your order for the free Square credit card reader. You plug the reader into your device, and now you can accept credit card transactions. There's no setup fee, no contract, and no monthly charge. The transaction costs 2.75% of the purchase price plus 15 cents to swipe a card. This humorous promotional video shows the device in action.

Movie Vault -- app offers over 1,000 streaming movies


I just finished an article on apps for streaming movies and somehow missed this one. Movie Vault ($2.99 for iPhone, $4.99 for iPad) has over 1,000 classic movies available. You pay for the app but the movies are free. I'm just now watching Here Comes Mr. Jordan on my iPad, and the quality is quite good. The first movie I tried, though, crashed without playing. You can browse movies by genre or search in a variety of ways. If you like old movies, this is definitely a good option. 

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