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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.

Next iPhone revealed!


This seems to be the real thing. The back story is that the forthcoming iPhone was found in a bar in Redwood City. It was camouflaged to look like an iPhone 3GS. You can read all about it and see two videos on Gizmodo. If this is true, you have to wonder if the guy who lost it has also by now lost his job at Apple. The new phone has a front-facing camera for video chatting, a camera flash, apparently a 960x640 display, and a second microphone. The back is flat, and the whole thing has a bit more of a square shape. The article says they took it apart and it's the real thing.

Norway prime minister, stuck in New York, runs country via iPad; free city guides


Well, if you listen to the actual interview you'll see that this article by CNN is a bit of an exaggeration. The prime minister of Norway was stuck in New York, thanks to the volcanic ash that has stalled air traffic. And he was using his iPad to communicate. And for those travelers who are stuck someplace, Lonely Planet is giving away its app city guides until April 22 for the following cities: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Budapest, Copenhagen, Istanbul, London, Moscow, Munich, Paris, Rome, Stockholm, and Vienna.

Pong iPhone 3G/3GS case protects you from radiation


I've seen some radiation protection products that seem to be snake oil. And that was my first impression when someone pointed me to the Pong website. But then I read the article in Wired in which they use some sophisticated technology to measure the radiation — and found that it did actually reduce the level from 1.18 to .42.

HoloToy gives you 3D on your iPhone and iPad

HoloToy ($0.99) offers a surprisingly effective 3D experience on the iPhone and iPad.

Very entertaining short iPad video review by David Pogue


David Pogue writes about technology for the New York Times, and also frequently makes delightfully creative videos, too. His 5-minute video about the iPad is a lot of fun. He makes it appear that he's conducting an online, interactive "town meeting" attended by people from around the world, to whom he's demonstrating the device. Plus, if you're curious how he was able to do these special effects, see his column about that. It's a heartwarming story.

New free iPhone browser Opera Mini downloaded over 1 million times on first day in App Store


Be sure to read our blogger Werner's review of this new, free web browser for the iPhone. Opera Mini was downloaded over 1 million times on its first day in the App Store yesterday! That's amazing. It's currently the top download among all categories. The beauty of Opera Mini is that it routes web pages to a server before they get to your iPhone. That server compresses the pages up to 90%, greatly speeding up your web browsing. Plus, it has other great features.

Funny video!! — a kitten playing with an iPad

I'll bet this video will spawn a whole new genre: apps for your cat or dog. The video starts slow with the kitten just watching, but then it really seems to get into playing with a couple different apps. It's pretty hilarious.

Wow — video demo of iPhone 4.0

This is an actual demo of a beta of iPhone 4.0. It's in Polish, but there are occasional subtitles to let you know what's being talked about.

Goby — free app helps you find nearby things to do


The Goby search engine, which helps you find things to do with your free time, released their Goby iPhone app last month (free), and it quickly jumped to being one of the leading free apps in the Travel category in the iTunes store. It covers every town and city in the U.S. and contains over 4 million things to do. It's location-aware, so it automatically knows where you are when you want to find something nearby. Plus, it also alerts you to current and upcoming events in the area. 

Two Macworld editors share their experience using the iPad when traveling


If you're wondering if an iPad will be a useful substitute for a laptop when traveling, you should check out this article from Macworld. Two editors recently spent a week traveling (one on vacation, the other on business), and they both took their iPad to see if it would suffice. Bottom line: excellent for entertainment, web/e-mail, and light business, but probably not a laptop replacement if you need to do serious work.

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