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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.

Stain Brain — free app helps you get the stain out

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Here's a freebie that's completely practical. Stain Brain identifies over 85 common stains and tells you what to do about them. The step-by-step removal procedures come to you courtesy of the experts at Tide. And they ought to know. The app lets you rate the effectiveness of the solutions and even lets you share your own tips for removing difficult stains. You can browse the top-20 stains, find stains by category, ask questions, communicate with other community members, and, naturally, navigate to product pages to find additional information and store locations.



Battery Gauge — tells you how much battery time you have left

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If your battery is getting low and you're afraid to use your iPhone because you might run out of juice, this handy app could help. Battery Gauge ($0.99) not only tells you your current battery level, but also predicts how much time is left on your battery for each type of usage: Talk Time, Internet, Audio Playback, Video Playback, and Standby Time. Very useful. 



Use your iPhone to process credit card payments and to "wave-and-pay"

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I guess this is the future of commerce: whip out your iPhone to accept a credit card payment wherever you are. And simply wave your iPhone to make a payment when you're buying something. TransSF Card Terminal is a free app that lets you accept credit card payments on your iPhone. The app claims to be the only one that works with any gateway and any credit card processor.



Seego.com — new directory of iPhone-optimized websites

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Apps are all the rage, and I almost never use Safari when going online. But with the arrival of Seego.com, I will likely be using Safari more. Seego is a directory of 2,200 websites that have been optimized for the iPhone. Unlike regular sites, which take a long time to load, which don't always work in the iPhone's Safari, and which typically entail a lot of pinching, zooming, and scrolling, websites that have been optimized are typically fast and perfectly tailored to the smaller screen of the iPhone. Simply point Safari at seego.com.



Budtrap — a gizmo whose time has come

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I don't typically go in for accessories but this one I'm getting. And it's about time we had something like this. I like to use my iPhone to listen to podcasts but that means I'm always carrying two objects: my phone and my earbuds. And the earbuds always get tangled. Enter Budtrap. It slides onto your earphone jack and secures your earbuds. You simply do a quick wrap of the cord around your phone and then clip the loose end in Budtrap.



Today's rumor: Apple may launch "world phone"

I suppose I ought to be careful about spreading rumors, but this is such a great idea that if indeed Apple isn't planning to do this, it should. The rumor is that next year not only will Verizon be offering an iPhone but that the phone will be able to work on both CDMA and GSM networks. Plus, it would have all the necessary 3G bands, such that you could take the phone virtually anyplace in the world and have both cellular and high-speed data capability. You can read more on CNet. The rumor also is saying that this new phone will have a 2.8-inch screen, compared to the current 3.6-inch screen.



SoundAMP — use your iPhone as a hearing aid

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I continue to be astonished by all the different ways the iPhone is being used, including as an extension of your senses. I've already written about the Eye Glasses app ($2.99), which lets you use your iPhone to magnify small print. And you can also use your iPhone as a hearing aid. SoundAMP ($9.99) is an app that uses your iPhone to amplify ambient sound. Your iPhone picks up the sound via the built-in microphone or via a microphone on an external headset. And in both cases you listen to the amplified sound via earbuds or the headset.



Orb lets you stream content from your computer to your iPhone

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Orb sounds pretty neat, though I haven't yet tried it. They just released their software for the Mac yesterday, having been available for Windows for some time. According to their press release, the free Orb application and service enable the streaming of any media type from computers running Windows or the Mac OS, to any other internet-connected device including laptops, mobile phones, and even TVs connected to a game console. You're able to access all your music, photos, and video anywhere, anytime, without first having to download content to your iPhone or iPod touch.



Free 200-page PDF iPhone & iPod buyers' guide

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The iLounge website has just announced their 2010 iPod + iPhone Buyers' Guide, a 200-page PDF that you can download for free. It has great iPhone content, including the 100 best iPhone and iPod touch games, 100 essential iPhone and iPod touch apps, accessory guides, best-of-year awards, iPhone and iPod history and glossary, and much more.



App Store hits 100,000 apps, over 2 billion downloads

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CNet is reporting today that the App Store has reached yet another milestone: 100,000 apps. That's just phenomenal. Well over 20,000 are games. By way of comparison, as of September, Nintendo DS had 3,500 titles and Sony PSP 600. The range of apps is astonishing. Every day I get press releases for apps for very specialized purposes. Just today they've included apps for insurance claim handling, high-risk obstetrics — and translating a baby's cries (Cry Translator).



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