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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.

Saturday afternoon entertainment — silly iPhone app that actually pushes nuts off the table

Some time ago I posted about an iPhone app that can actually blow out a candle. And now the same developer has come out with Magic Mover ($0.99), which pushes things.

iWallpapers — free app offers over 15,000 images for iPhone (iPad version also available)


iWallpapers (free) was recently released and offers over 15,000 images for your iPhone or iPod touch. There's also a version for the iPad in the App Store. It includes a range of images arranged in 20 categories. You can earn points by uploading additional images and use these points to upgrade to an ad-free version as well use them for other paid apps.

Free iPad apps — nine you should have


Macworld has posted a helpful article on nine favorite free apps for the iPad. Since some of these also have iPhone versions, you may want to check this out even if you don't have an iPad.

11 Essential iPad apps — includes Air Video for streaming video to your iPhone or iPad from your computer


Macworld has a great article listing 11 essential apps for your iPad. These are all paid apps. The one that really caught my eye is Air Video ($2.99), which lets you stream video from your Mac or PC to your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. It actually converts the videos on the fly to a format compatible with your device.

Who needs Flash? See streaming video via html5 on Revision3


Apple has famously spurned Adobe's Flash technology that's used for, among other things, streaming video on the Internet. Steve Jobs doesn't like Flash and says that the new html5 standard, which is already built into the iPad, is the wave of the future. If you want to see how it works, Revision3, an Internet TV network, recently upgraded their website so that all of their streaming video uses html5 — and is therefore viewable on the iPad. They have a range of specially produced programming, including shows that review apps, HD technology and videos, computer games, movies, and a couple dozen more.

Another iPhone 4 surfaces

Earlier we covered the saga of Gizmodo's buying and showing off the forthcoming iPhone that was inadvertently lost by an Apple employee. Now a second one has surfaced in Vietnam (see embedded video in this post). One never knows if this is genuine.

Angry Birds game so popular it gets coverage in the Wall Street Journal


A game whose play involves catapulting involves catapulting birds into castles occupied by green pigs hardly sounds like the stuff of a winner. But Angry Birds ($0.99) is the top-selling game in the App Store — and so popular that it got written up in the Wall Street Journal a couple days ago. It has an astonishing 25,000 five-star ratings in the App store. It has two key components: it's fun and addictive.

Amazingly cool — app will let you use your iPad as a second monitor with your computer


The Air Display app is expected to be out in a couple weeks — and it's yet another great example of the clever things that developers come up with. You'll be able to use the app on your iPad such that your iPad will function as an extra external monitor with your computer, connecting wirelessly. Initially it'll just be available for the Mac, but a PC version is in the works. I'll post again when it's released.

Anttenna — free app uses GPS to serve up classifieds based on your location


This is a cool idea. Anttenna (free) uses GPS to let you find classified listings nearby. It's built on top of Twitter and creates a mobile marketplace for exchanging goods using bite-sized Twitter-style postings they call Anttweeting. You can also chat with people who have items for sale. As always, a service like this depends on lots of people using it, but they seem to be off to a solid start. It's using state-of-the-art social networking to facilitate local exchange.

Everything you need to know about reading books on the iPad

Well, maybe I exaggerate in the subject of this post. But an article in TidBITs is an excellent source if you're at all interested in reading books on your iPad.

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