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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.

Slacker streaming radio — Slacker Pro giveaway

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Slacker is a service that, like Pandora, lets you identify the type of music you like and then creates a personalized station that streams this music. And Slacker, like Pandora, makes it super easy for you to create your station, beginning simply by naming your favorite song or artist. These two websites are hugely popular, and both offer a free iPhone app that lets you access your stations or create new ones.



Emergency Radio lets you tune into local police and emergency services

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Emergency Radio covers over 900 local areas, letting you use your iPhone to tune in to police, fire, and emergency services frequencies via Wi-Fi or your data connection. The popular app is one of the top paid apps (99 cents) in the iTunes App Store. It takes advantage of ability to identify your location, making it easy for you to search for nearby frequencies based on your current location. You can also search for specific cities/counties. The application also offers a customizable favorites list, and a list of scanner codes to aid in listening. You can find a list of the communities covered by clicking here. If you don’t see yours listed, you can request it. A free Lite version covers specific services in Chicago, Denver, Miami, New Orleans, and San Jose.



Steppin game now free

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The developer of Steppin has just reduced the price to — free! This game for iPhone and iPod Touch entails using your fingers as if they're your feet to navigate five levels of courses, from skipping across lilies in a pond, to traversing the face of a cliff. You use the multitouch capability of the screen to get across all five levels in the fastest time. A scoreboard system tracks your best time as well as reporting the best player of the day, week, and ever.



Amazon.com now optimized for iPhone

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Earlier this week Amazon launched an iPhone-friendly version of its website. When you go to Amazon.com in Safari on your iPhone or iPod Touch, it automatically gives you the iPhone version (and gives you the option of seeing the PC version, if you want). This is the whole Amazon site, not just the Kindle ebook area. If you do a search, you can, just like the desktop site, search any specific area of the site, or choose just to search the Kindle area.



"Ad apps": strictly for advertising

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A couple days ago I posted about "crap apps": entertaining and completely useless apps A couple days ago I posted about "crap apps": entertaining and completely useless apps that in some cases make a lot more money for the developer than serious apps. Now the Wall Street Journal has an article on what might be called "ad apps": apps whose main purpose is to promote a product.



Great video on "crap apps"

The Wall Street Journal has posted a fun video about "crap apps," those apps the are entertaining — and useless. I've posted about some of them. The irony, which isn't of course lost on the Wall Street Journal, is that these apps often make a lot more money than the serious apps.



Rumor: AT&T may lower monthly plan by $10

TheStreet.com is reporting that AT&T may lower the price of their monthly service plan to $59, down from $69. The announcement would coincide with the introduction of iPhone 3.0 on June 8 at their developers conference. The rationale is, of course, to broaden the base of iPhone users by making it cheaper.



Amazing iPhone tricks

MacWorld has posted a series of three articles that offer amazing iPhone tricks: "11 ways to sync your data with an iPhone," "15 great uses for GPS on the iPhone," and "7 Surprising uses for the iPhone’s camera."



Soonr connects you to the mobile cloud, adds project management

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The mobile cloud is essential. In the past when we each had a single computer, it wasn't necessary. But now we all have a menagerie of gadgets and computers: home computer, work computer, laptop computer, iPhone, netbook. I was just out of town for a few days, and it would have made my life so much easier if I'd had all of my gizmos in sync. That's what Soonr does for you.



MyWisdom -- thousands of bits of wisdom for .99

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MyWisdom is a real gem. It's a well organized collection of bits of wisdom — thousands of quotations from over 500 different individuals — currently on sale for .99. You can view a list of authors — from Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Albert Einstein, and Abraham Lincoln, to Marie Osmond, Ben Harper, Nicholas Cage, and Paul McCartney. The range is remarkable. You can also view by category, from Altruism & Cynicism to Work & Recreation.



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