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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.

Why the iPad is magic


If you just read one article about the iPad, make it Adam Engst's article on why the iPad is magical. He argues that the iPad is different from a computer or the iPhone or iPod touch in a subtle and special way: it becomes the app in a way that these other technologies don't. That was what I noticed when I watched the Wired video review. The iPad, Engst says, is like a chameleon or tabla rasa or blank slate that transforms with each app you use.

Great video review of the iPad from Wired


Wired has posted a very helpful hands-on video review of the iPad. It gives you a good sense for what it's like to use one. Wired has also posted an article on 10 of the most intriguing games and apps for the iPad. And a detailed review from Steven Levy.

iPad case gallery at iLounge


The iLounge website has posted an iPad case gallery. At a glance you can see all the different options, with links to the vendors. When I get my iPad (I'm intending to get the 3G model), I think I'll opt for a satchel-type case — something I can put over my shoulder.

Letterman and Colbert — a humorous take on the iPad

Yahoo News has posted video excerpts from humorists David Letterman and Stephen Colbert on the iPad. Enjoy the fun.

iPad — What you need to know, plus a roundup of cases


Macworld has a great article that answers frequently asked questions about the iPad. It's a quick way to get a handle on all the essential details. Also, they have a roundup of cases

Great video review of the iPad

This video review of the iPad from PC magazine really does a good job of showing you the device and what it can do.

Tons of iPad reviews out today — mostly euphoric


Wow, the first wave of reviews of the iPad are amazingly euphoric — unbridled enthusiasm, and calling the iPad revolutionary and a game-changer. It even made the cover of this week's Newsweek magazine, which read: "What's so great about the iPad? Everything." Fast Company has a very helpful executive summary of the main reviews, with links to the original articles. The Huffington Post also has a slide show of the rave reviews from the top media outlets.

goober VoIP and goober IM — free apps out today, cheaper rate than Skype


Two free apps announced today increase your options for making low-cost calls via your iPhone or iPod touch. goober VoIP is like Skype in that it can use the data capability of your iPhone via WiFi or 3G to make telephone calls. But the rate is 1 cent per minute compared to Skype's 2.1 cents per minute for calls in the U.S. and Canada. International calls are around 1.4 cents per minute. The first two minutes of any call are free, and you get 100 free minutes when you first sign up.

iPhone may be coming from Verizon


The Internet is buzzing with the news this morning that Apple may be coming out with a Verizon-compatible CDMA iPhone in September. As a result, Verizon's stock has surged, Apple's stock is up, and AT&T's stock dropped. All of the buzz is courtesy of a Wall Street Journal report yesterday that quoted unnamed sources. The most interesting aspect of the rumor was that both the GSM and CDMA bands would be in the same phone.

Apple's fight with Google — update: Steve Jobs seen chatting with CEO Schmidt


For a number of years Google and Apple were the best of buddies, with Google CEO Eric Schmidt even being on Apple's board of directors. That was so yesterday. Schmidt has resigned, and in early March Apple sued Google partner HTC because it says the devices it makes that run Google's Android software are a violation of its patents.

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