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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.

Barnes & Noble offers free reader, 700,000 eBooks (500,000 free)

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Barnes & Noble released a free eBook reader for the iPhone and iPod touch late last week and announced that they intend to offer over 700,000 books in their new eBook store, including 500,000 free ones in collaboration with Google Books. Like Amazon, their price for new offerings is $9.95. You can read more about their new eBook store in a report in the New York Times.



Free app lets you access over 21,000 free music albums

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Jamendo, a free application released earlier this summer gives you streaming access to more than 21,000 free music albums and over 200,000 tracks. Jamendo is the top site in the world for free and legal music downloads, with all music made available under the Creative Commons licenses. This video gives a good overview of the application. The service offers five categories of music: Electro, Instrumental, Jazz, Lounge, and Pop.



The seven best games

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Okay, I agree — it's clearly a matter of opinion and taste what constitutes the best games out of the 6,000 in the App Store. Still, reviewer Mike B at Koku Games is pretty confident that the seven he's identified are among the best. His three-minute video review gives you a nice glimpse of the range of iPhone games — and a sense for which ones you might like to try.



Concert Vault: free app for listening to whole concerts

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Out of the over 50,000 apps in the App Store, MacWorld magazine picked Concert Vault as the best app of 2009. This free app lets you enter in your favorite band or artist, and then you can listen via streaming audio to an actual concert that was recorded sometime in the past — U2, early Bruce Springsteen, Janis Joplin. The collection spans the 1960s through today. Obviously not every band or artist will be represented, and the current ones less so. But hopefully you'll find something you'll like from among the thousands of concerts.



New eBook on secrets of app marketing

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You know by now the huge challenge developers face getting their new app noticed. If you're not among the top 100, forget it. And even being in the top hundred can still mean earning just a few dollars a day. And as you might guess, there's now a market for services and how-to's that teach developers how to market their apps. One of the newest offerings is a 29-page eBook, "Secrets Of iPhone App Marketing: How To Get Your App Noticed & Increase Your Sales," which takes developers step-by-step through the process of successfully marketing their apps. It's not cheap, at $49.



Tethering coming September, will cost $55/month!

Appmodo claims to have spoken to a "reputable" AT&T employee, who told them that both MMS and tethering are coming in September. MMS will be no extra charge, but Appmodo says that tethering is going to be $55/month on top of your current data plan. Ouch. Let's hope Appmodo is right about the timing — but wrong about the price.



Apple celebrates first anniversary of App Store by picking their favorite apps

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Happy birthday to the App Store, which celebrated its first birthday last week. And in honor of the occasion, Apple has selected 30 of their favorite apps and 30 of their favorite games. You can find their listing in iTunes. A number of my personal favorites are there, and I think I just might try some of the others listed. Click here to see the page in the App Store. 



Free CNNMoney app now available

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CNNMoney was launched recently and appears to be one of the top apps for up-to-the-minute news in the area of business and finance. It includes news, analysis, financial data, and streaming video. Features include the ability to personalize the content and how it's presented, breaking news alerts, stock ticker, customized stock quotes and tracking, and the ability to easily share articles and videos via e-mail or Twitter.



iPod touch owners may not want to upgrade to 3.0

PCMag.com is reporting the results of some speed tests of the iPod touch after upgrading to 3.0 — with the result that it actually slows some things down. The testing found that even though JavaScript speed is greatly enhanced, operations such as startup and web page loading are slower. Of course if features such as copy and paste are more important to you than speed, then you'll want to spend the $10 and upgrade anyway.



Tests show iPhone 3GS even faster than Apple says

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Real-world tests are being done on the claims of speed in the new iPhone — and it's passing these tests with flying colors. In addition, as this article on Medialets shows, even the previous 3G iPhone shows dramatic improvement with the new iPhone 3.0 software.



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