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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.

46 tips for business users

Inside CRM has a great article for business users: 46 Tips for the Business iPhone User. It covers areas of special interest to business users such as productivity applications and resources that are especially useful when you're on the road. In addition to pointing you to useful applications and web sites, there are a few simple tips from a business person's perspective, such as the suggestion that you can use your camera to capture the contents of a white board at the end of a meeting.



iPhone Your Life: Apple's new web site for iPhone users

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As much as I like the App Store, it's not always easy to find what you're looking for. So now Apple has introduced a new web site, iPhone Your Life, that helps you identify useful applications to get the most out of your iPhone — whether you're looking for local information, traveling, playing games, trying to organize your life more efficiently, or needing help on the home front.



Wikipanion — Free app for accessing Wikipedia

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One of my main uses of my iPhone is accessing information on the Internet. When I'm out with friends they've sort of gotten in the habit of expecting me to look up information whenever a question comes up in conversation. Anything from wanting to know the lowest-paid team in baseball (the Marlins) to knowing whether pomegranate is a citrus fruit (it's a fruit-bearing shrub).



Best app for news: AP Mobile News Network (and it's FREE!)

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Of the few applications I've tried for reading the latest news, my favorite is AP Mobile News Network. And, with over 700 user reviews on iTunes, it must be among the most popular. Best of all, it's FREE. The latest version has added advertising, but it's not intrusive.



9 tips for using Google Mobile

The new voice feature of Google Mobile is pretty cool, but so far it seems like it's recognizing my queries only about 10 percent of the time. I found that if I make the query very simple -- like one word -- it seems to work better. Yet I got a result when I said "Weather in Fairfield, Iowa." When I saw the blog item by Matt Cutts on tips for using Google Mobile, I got excited, thinking he'd have tips for improving accuracy. But mostly he deals with other things.



Google search results now optimized for iPhone

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This week Google took a big step toward meeting the needs of iPhone users by optimizing search results for your iPhone screen — no more scrolling from side to side. Simply go to Google's site via Safari and do a search. Not only are the results optimized, but local search results have more convenient Get Directions and click-to-call links. You'll need version 2.x of the firmware to access the optimized site.



iPhone 3G now most popular phone

Well, we knew it was hot. And now the official sales results show that the iPhone 3G topped the charts in the third quarter, surpassing the Motorola Razr, which had help the top position for 12 consecutive quarters. You can read more about this in a report on CNet.

The report says that Apple sold nearly 7 million iPhones in its fourth quarter, and is on track to easily surpass its goal of selling 10 million iPhones in 2008.



Coming: Use your iPhone to connect your laptop to the Internet

Many carriers offer the ability to connect your laptop to the Internet by using your mobile phone as a sort of modem. It's often called tethering. That way you need not be in the vicinity of a wireless hotspot to go online with your laptop — you're able to connect wherever you can get a cell phone signal. This functionality is very convenient — but hasn't yet been available to the iPhone. However, an AT&T executive recently mentioned at an event that tethering was coming.



iPhone-optimized web sites now includes Best Western

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The universe of web sites custom-tailored to the small screen of the iPhone continues to grow. Some of these can be found in the Dribbr directory of web apps and iPhone-optimized web sites.



The iPhone as a musical wind instrument?

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What will they think of next? You gotta watch this short video and this of an iPhone being played like a flute, or rather a recorder. Apparently Ocarina creates sound by letting you blow across the iPhone.



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