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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.

Free app offers 3-D sounds of nature


Amazing what's free in the App Store. Naturespace recreates the sound and space of natural surroundings using the latest HD recording technologies.

Google adds product search for your iPhone


You can now get price comparisons for any product you're interested in just by doing a Google search and then scrolling down in the search results until you see the "Shopping results for . . . " link. Click on that link and Google returns a list of companies that offer that product and pricing information — in a format that's optimized for your iPhone. Some products, such as books and electronics, also include info such as online ratings and reviews.



Here's a novel idea: Geoff Smith, a musician and creator of jingles who got his start doing theme songs for hundreds of top podcasts and eventually also online advertising and marketing firms, has created a ringtone service. You subscribe to his podcast, and each week you receive a new ringtone, plus get access to previous ringtones.

AppReview — free app and website covers over 17,000 apps


The two big problems with the App Store are sifting through the over 30,000 apps to find the ones that suit you, and for the developers, getting your app noticed. AppReview helps.

One billionth app is "Bump," downloaded by a 13-year-old


Congratulations to Connor Mulcahey for downloading the one-billionth app. Enjoy your booty. And congratulations to the company, Bump Technologies, which created the free app, called Bump. The app lets you share your contact info with other users of the app via any Internet connection. And how do you initiate the transfer? By bumping phones with the other iPhone or iPod Touch user, of course.

One billionth app downloaded

The App Store had its billionth download today — nine months after its launch. This is remarkable by any measure. And as Apple and AT&T posted their earnings in recent days, it was the iPhone that saved the bottom line for both of them, even giving Apple a record profit at a time when Mac sales are down. So who won? And what was the billionth app to be downloaded? The contest page hasn't yet posted the results as I write this.

Early review of iPhone 3.0 software in Barron's; Multiplayer games coming

This short review of iPhone 3.0 in Barron's gives a bit of detail about some of the new features such as copy/paste and the ability to search all data. However, we won't really have a sense for the potential of this new version until seeing some of the new apps that take advantage of its features.

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


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.

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