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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.

Apple developing wearable computers

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You take your iPhone 4S out of your pocket and ask Siri to schedule an appointment. It's a great convenience, yet it still entails getting our your iPhone. But suppose you could ask Siri to do that task by simply speaking to the iPod bracelet you're wearing, or to the iOS device in your sunglasses? As always, Apple is marching ahead with its vision of personal computing. On Sunday the New York Times reported that Apple is developing wearable computers.



Santa talks to Siri in new Apple commercial

This new commercial from Apple is funny, in case you haven't seen it.



Wall Street Journal reports on Apple's TV plans

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Blogs are buzzing today after a report im the Wall Street Journal that discussed a range of initiatives that Apple is considering as they prepare to launch their foray into the TV market. While there aren't yet any specifics, the message is clear: Apple is going to enter this market in a serious way.



Serious contacts bug for Verizon iPhone 4S users; other bug problems and fixes

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iPhone Life magazine publisher David Averbach found that his iPhone 4S had a serious bug after updating to the latest version of iOS 5. His phone no longer remembered the names of any of his contacts. A post by Paul Hontz on The Startup Foundry clearly desicribes the issue. Apparently it only affects Verizon iPhone 4S users and only if you update your iOS software over-the-air. According to Hontz, his contacts are still there, but the person's name wouldn't appear if he got a call or text message.



Rumors say Apple may introduce 7-inch iPad in 2012

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The latest buzz online says that Apple may introduce a 7-inch iPad next year. The source of many of the rumors circulating is DigiTimes, a Taiwan-based publication that typically cites component suppliers as its sources -- and that has mixed success in its prognostications. You can read more on AppleInsider.



Predictions for 2012: iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iTunes

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It's that time of year — when we see Best lists for the past year and predictions for the coming year. CNET has posted Five predictions for 2012. Some are obvious, others more speciulative. Let's consider some of them.



Showyou -- free video aggregator app wins top award from Apple

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I recently finished an article for the next issue of iPhone Life (on newsstands in February) about video aggregator apps. These are a lot of fun, in that they collect videos from your social networks and other favorite news or web sources and present them in a Flipboard-like fashion. I've written about Plizy in the past, and in my article I also highlighted Showyou. These two are my favorites, and both are free.



"Connected TV" market starting to build, with Apple TV leading the way

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The Apple TV is an iOS device, and is certainly lagging behind other iOS devices in terms of sales. But according to a report on RapidTVNews, Apple is on track to sell 4 mlllion Apple TV settop boxes in 2011, representing one-third of global sales of an expected 12 million. The report says that the market for connected settop boxes has doubled this year, and it seems that the trend will only accelerate -- with Apple leading the way.



500,000 Apps Now Available in App Store

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In a press release today that was mostly about the App Store for the Macintosh, Apple also gave salient figures for iOS: over 500,000 apps avialble, over 18 billion total downloads, and over 1 billion apps being downloaded per month. Of course, with all those apps it's a challenge to find the ones that meet your needs. Check out the iPhone Apps Starter Kit, which gives you a good basic selection of apps to check out.



More evidence for iPad 3 in March

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DigiTimes can always be relied upon for rumors, though they have a mixed record regarding whether those rumors end up being true. Their sources of information are Apple's suppliers in Asia. And those sources are now saying that we can except the iPad 3 around March or so. The component manufacturers say that they're preparing to reduce production of iPad 2 components and are now delivering components for the iPad 3.



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