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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.

Rumor: iPhone 5 with 4-inch screen coming next June


A post on iLounge says that their most reliable source for inside information is saying that the iPhone 5 will be coming next June and will have a 4-inch screen. You can read more on iPhone Savior. The post says that the new iteration will no longer have glass on the back, probably replacing it with aluminum. The larger screen will increase the length of the phone by 8mm.

Rumor: Assembly of new, higher resolution iPad to begin in January


DigiTimes is reporting that assembly of a new, higher-resolution iPad will begin in January. The specs include a thinner, lighter battery, a quad-core A6 processor, and a smaller dock connector. It's rumored that Apple was trying to include a retina display, which would have doubled the pixel density. But apparently there have been technical problems. So although a higher-resolution display is expected, it may not be a retina display.

Free Gmail app returns to App Store


A few weeks ago there was a lot of hoopla around the arrival of a new Gmail app (free). But it was quickly pulled from the App Store because of serious bugs. Now it's back, without the bugs. Gmail has a large base of users, and the arrival of a dedicated app is welcome. Reviews have been lukewarm, however, with the main criticism being that it doesn't support multiple email accounts.

Setting up your free iCloud account


I am really liking iCloud, especially the way my email, calendar, and contacts are always in sync between my computer and iPad. And I like the way it automatically pushes new email to my computer and iPad.

How to get started with iTunes Match


If you're interested in having your entire iTunes library in iCloud via the new iTunes Match service, check out the excellent tutorial on TiPb. It walks you through the process both via text and screen shots, and via a video. The process involves downloading iTunes 10.5.1, going into iTunes and signing up for the $24.99 service, and then initiating the service by clicking the option that says Add This Computer. This starts the matching process as iTunes goes through your library and matches your songs with the iTunes catalog.

iTunes Match arrives! Store all of your music in iCloud


Today Apple released iTunes 10.5.1, which now lets you take advantage of the iTunes Match feature of iCloud. The service costs $25 per year and lets you store all of your music in iCloud. Your entire collection is conveniently available to you without having to store the whole collection on each deevice. When you subscribe to the service, it checks your iTunes Library against the iTunes Library of 20 million audio files. And for those in your collection that match their library, it adds those songs to your iCloud library.

Two hidden features in iOS 5


According to an article on the Macworld website, iOS 5 has a couple features that are available but not enabled: 1) a panoramic photo feature and 2) an alternate way of invoking spelling suggestions. Interestingly, you can enable these features without jailbreaking your device. But you do have to tweak it a bit — so this is probably only of interest to the techies among you. Also, the features are pretty fritzy, which is possibly why they weren't enabled.

Apple begins selling unlocked iPhone 4S


Yesterday Apple began selling an unlocked version of the iPhone 4S. That means that you can use it with any carrier, and you don't need to sign a contract. But it will cost you: prices start at $649 for the 16GB phone. You can also buy an unlocked iPhone 4 for $549 and a 3GS for $375. However, the unlocked phones will only work with GSM carriers, such as AT&T and T-Mobile in the U.S.

iOS 5 update available over the air: fixes battery issue, maybe


The good news is that an update is available that is said to fix the battery issue on the iPhone 4S. In addition, this is the first update available "over the air." No need to connect your iOS device to your computer. You can download it via Wi-Fi, though apparently not 3G or Edge. The not so good news is that according to PCWorld, some iPhone 4S users are still complaining about rapid battery drain.

Steve Jobs, the tweaker: great profile in The New Yorker


A New Yorker article by Malcom Gladwell, one of my favorite writers, really gets to the heart of who Steve Jobs was as a person. Jobs, Gladwell says, relentlessly tweaked things. He didn't invent, he tweaked. And tweaked. And tweaked. Until it was perfect. He sometimes drove people crazy, but it was this aspect of his personality that led to Apple's success. Gladwell, using details from Walter Isaacson's biography, tells how the tweaking even spilled out into Jobs's personal life.

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