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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.

Hulu — the top site for streaming free TV/Movies coming to iPhone?

Silicon Alley Insider is reporting that Hulu is working on an iPhone app. This is great news, if true. This site has become the most popular site for free streaming of TV shows and movies. They really have a good sense for interface design.



iPhone-optimized websites

As Ben notes in an earlier post, we at iPhone Life are working to make our content, um, conveniently accessible to the iPhone. (Something we oughta have done by now.) That includes a version of our website optimized for the iPhone and iPod Touch, and a free app that will present our best content. That app will include a handy list of the top Internet websites that have been optimized for the iPhone. And the task of developing that list is mine. I've just spent an hour looking to see what's out there and was amazed. After the break you can see what I've come up with so far.



This is not an iPhone -- it's soap

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Yep, you can now buy, for $8, soap that looks like an iPhone. What will they think of next? These natural, handcrafted iPhone soaps come in a variety of your favorite scents: Macintosh Apple, Halzenut Coffee, Tropical Mango, Apple Cinnamon, Pina Colada, Mojito, and Coca Cola. Currently on sale is Red iPhone Soap for $6. Gem 'em while they last.



iFlush, top-selling flush app, now available in Version 2

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iFlush - Public Utility, which claims to be the #1 selling iPhone/iPod Touch flush application, is now available in version 2.0 in the App Store. This new version makes it easy to share your favorite flushes on the web and with friends over e-mail. "We’ve created all the plumbing you need to turn your iPhone into a toilet," said Loren West, CEO of Elimination Systems.



The Weather Channel — a feature-rich free app

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in an earlier post I mentioned the all-time top 20 list of free apps and paid apps that Apple has posted in honor of the anticipated one-billionth download. Among the most popular free apps is The Weather Channel, which is rich with features.



Free app lets you take photo of product, get info

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So you're in a video store wondering if you want to rent or buy a particular DVD. Simply take a photo of the cover, and SnapTell will quickly return info that includes rating, description, links to Google, YouTube, Wikipedia, IMDb, eBay, Barnes & Noble, and more. You can quickly compare prices and find out what other people think about it.



Wattpad offers free books

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Wattpad describes itself as a "YouTube for Ebooks," and the free app in the iTunes store gives you iPhone access to one of the most popular ebook-sharing communities, with hundreds of thousands of novels, short stories, fan fiction, essays, jokes, and more. And like YouTube, there seems to be some copyright violation. But most offerings appear to be legit.



Free dictionary/thesaurus app from Dictionary.com

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The new Dictionary.com app, released this past week, is free and includes a dictionary with more than 275,000 definitions and thesaurus with 80,000 synonyms. Note that this is not simply access to the online site; rather, you get a full dictionary on your device that you can use offline. Of course that means that it takes up a chunk of memory.



Easter specials include 15% discount at Proporta

Proporta, a leading vendor of cases and other accessories for the iPhone and iPod, is offering a 15% discount on April 12, Easter Sunday. Simply enter the promotion code FEAST at the cart page to receive your discount. In addition, Vito Technology is offering an Easter egg hunt in its Star Walk app.



Counting down to the 1 billionth app download — your chance to win

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The App Store has started a countdown to the 1 billionth app download, with the figure at about 930 million as I write this and racing upward fast. From now until the 1 billionth download, Apple is offering a contest with lots of prizes. To enter, you simply download an app. Or you can enter without downloading. You can enter up to 25 times a day to increase your odds of winning.



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