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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 January event now official -- coming in NY City January 19


According to CNET, Apple sent out invitations to the media today inviting them to an event in New York City on January 19. As usual, Apple ain't sayin' what it's going to announce. Can you imagine another company getting away with this — inviting the media to an event and not telling what they'll be introducing? Yet you can be sure that the media will flock to the event. Of course, this announcement, coming right in the middle of CES, steals some of the thunder from that trade show. Apple always does that.

iPad rumors and news: Siri, March release of iPad 3, iPad Kindle store, more


I, for one, am looking forward to the next iPad — and to having Siri on my iPad. AppleInsider, citing a Japanese Mac site, says that the third-generation iPad is on track to begin shipping in March. And some of the rumored details of this new iPad were shared earlier this week by Jeremy Horwitz, at iLounge, who says he actually saw one at CES.

App that helps mute people communicate receives award at CES


It's nice to see an app by fellow blogger Todd Bernhard, president of No Tie software, win an award at CES. Getting recognition was AutoVerbal Pro Talking Soundboard, a $9.99 app that allows people to communicate who are unable to speak due to conditions such as stroke, surgery, cerebral palsy, and autism. The app has hundreds of photo buttons representing common words or phrases. Users can also program a variety of buttons to speak custom messages. In addition, users can type anything and it will be spoken using text-to-speech.

Voice control widespread at CES, Nuance announces Dragon TV


Siri has been a revolution in man/machine interface, with Apple selling millions and millions of iPhone 4S units. Clearly Apple is leading the way, and initial reports are that while there are many voice-controlled devices being shown at CES, none quite matches up to Siri. Although it seems likely that many of these voice initiatiives predated Siri, there is no doubt that the success of Siri has spurred their coming to market.

Apple nowhere and everywhere at this week's Consumer Electronics Show


The huge, annual CES (Consumer Electronics Show) tradeshow is under way in Las Vegas this week. And Apple isn't there, as usual. But, as usual, Apple is everywhere. That is, many of the products being introduced are simply ripoffs of Apple products. PCWorld has an interesting article about this "Parade of ripoffs." One of the biggest trends at the show is expected to be the new slew of "ultrabook" computers — all of them looking very much like the MacBook Air.

Computerworld: How Google and Apple will come to dominate the TV market


On the heels of my previous post detailing what's known about a forthcoming Apple TV set, I can across this great article in Computerworld that explains why Google and Apple are positioned to control TV. The article says that they'll do just what they did with the cell phone market: take it over. The article says that this is a good development and differentiates Google's model from Apple's.

More details about an Apple TV set emerge


Let's separate facts from rumors. Here is what we know: 1) Steve Jobs was focused on developing an Apple TV set when he passed away, and told biographer Walter Isaacson that the current TV interface is broken and that he had figured out a solution. 2) Apple has put together prototype TV sets. 3) Apple has been negotiating with content providers. And here's what we don't know: 1) Whether Apple will actually come out with a TV set. 2) When it would come out with one.

New study: iPhone 4S doubles data usage, thanks to Siri


Yesterday Reuters reported on an industry study that found that iPhone 4S users consume twice as much data as iPhone 4 users. This is likely due to Siri. Each time you ask Siri to do something, your iPhone uploads your request to Apple's servers, which then interpret your request and send a response. The same study showed that the iPhone 4S triples data usage compared to the iPhone 3GS.

Rumor: iPad 3 in March, iPad 4 in October


The Taiwanese site DigiTimes seems to be the leading source for iOS device rumors, given their propinquity to component suppliers. And their latest story is that suppliers are saying there will be two iPads this year: an iPad 3 in March and an iPad 4 in October. The model in March will be the one we're expecting, with a higher screen resolution of 1,536x2,048 pixels.

Your chance to vote for Best App Ever


Jeff Scott over at 148Apps has launched his fourth annual Best App Ever Awards. This is not only an opportunity for you to vote for your favorite apps, but also to learn about great apps by seeing the nominees. There are an astonishing 109 categories this year, pointing you to the best apps in areas such as Best Location-Based App, Best Remote Access App, Best Time Killer, Best App for Locals, Best Music Service App, Best Shopping App, Best Comic App, and many more. 

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