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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.

Macworld's iPhone Superguide, Second Edition


A new edition of the Macworld iPhone Superguide is now available. You can read more about it on the Macworld site, and see the range of formats available on this page. In short, the printed book is $19.95, and the cost is $12.95 for the book as a downloadable PDF or on CD-ROM. The prices listed include shipping and handling for the printed and CD-ROM versions. You can also download a free 19-page sample PDF from the book.

Watch NCAA tournament on your iPhone


CBS Sports March Madness On Demand is a $5 app that will let you watch the NCAA tournament basketball games on your iPhone -- but only via Wi-Fi. If you're limited to 3G and Edge, then you can get audio. For those addicted to March Madness, this is just the ticket. An article on Yahoo talks about this app and another one appearing this week: NCAA Highlights, which offers archival footage of past NCAA tournaments. It works over both Wi-Fi and 3G connections.

Free apps let you speak your requests


Metaphor Solutions has released three free apps that let you interact with your phone by speaking rather than tapping. SayNCall VoiceDialer lets you call someone just by speaking his or her name, company name, or phone number.

Free app offers cures for 100 health conditions


Natural Cures  is a free app launched by Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., and nutritionist Laurie Teitelbaum. It presents over 100 health conditions and offers the best treatments from both conventional and complementary medicine, backed by thousands of research studies. Other features include a weekly update and health news and research related to comprehensive medicine, a Nutrition Primer, advice on how to find board-certified integration physicians in your area, and more.

Free app for celebrity news


Access2Go is a free app from NBC Universal that brings its entertainment news show, Access Hollywood, to your iPhone. You can navigate through images to select items of interest, or you can filter the content by specific celebrities, films, topics, etc. Interactive features include voting in daily entertainment polls.

Guide to all 33 Twitter apps

Twitter just keeps getting more and more popular. And now the reaction has begun. Doonesbury has been trashing it all week (beginning with the March 2 strip), and in the current issue of Time, Lev Grossman writes about how he gave up Twitter. If you're addicted to Twitter, iLounge has posted a guide to all 33 Twitter apps

25,000 apps and counting -- more than available for MS Windows Mobile

Fortune is reporting that the App Store has now reached 25,000 apps — which is astounding, given that the store opened last July. By comparison, there are an estimated 20,000 apps for the Windows Mobile platform, which has been around for 10 years. And the Windows Mobile apps are scattered among a variety of stores. Interestingly, the App Store may have some competition.

MouthOff — Another what-will-they-think-of-next app


Yet one more novel iPhone app that doesn't serve much purpose — but will likely be a success because of its novelty and creativity. When you use MouthOff, a large mouth appears on the screen. As you speak, the mouth moves. Of course, you have your choice of a variety of mouths. The idea is to hold it in front of your face, and then speak or sing or laugh or shout or scream.

Kindle for iPhone


The big news today is that Amazon has released a free app for reading the 240,00 ebooks sold in its Kindle ebook store. Kindle for iPhone already had hundreds of reviews by mid-day, with most of them giving four or five stars. One of the nicest features is that when you buy a book, it remembers where you left off reading.

CBS offers free streaming TV on the iPhone


CBS Interactive is a free app that AppleInsider says is the first iPhone app in the U.S. to provide free streaming TV content directly from a studio.

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