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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.

Catalog Spree -- free app for the iPad brings you an attractive assortment of catalogs

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Catalog Spree (free) brings you over a dozen catalogs, with more to come. The app offers a very attractive and functional presentation of catalogs ranging from Nordstrom Lingerie to Filson (men's outdoor clothing) to DwellStudio (bedroom domestics). You can order from within the app, which has a shopping cart and everything. 



Free magazine for the iPad about gaming on iOS devices

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TouchGen, a website devoted to gaming on iOS devices, has recently created a free magazine on the same topic. TouchGen Magazine is a "pilot issue" that collects 15 of their reviews over the past two years. Their forthcoming Issue 1 will have many of the features you'd expect from a newsstand gaming magazine, such as news, reviews, features, and commentary, but in an interactive format designed to make the most of the iPad reading experience. Their intention is for the magazine to continue to be free. If you're a gamer, you may want to check it out.



Despite claims to the contrary, white iPhone not thicker

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When the white iPhone first came out, quite a number of sites, such as Engadget, reported that was a tiny bit thicker and that some cases might not fit. But then Apple said that this assertion was false.



CaMeasure -- use your camera to measure size or distance

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I'm always amazed by all the novel uses of the camera on iOS devices — from taking your pulse to helping those who are colorblind determine colors — and wrote an article about that in a recent issue of the magazine. And I just received a press release for another. CaMeasure lets you use your camera to measure size or distance. It does this in one of two ways. For smaller objects such as furniture, the app asks you to put an object of known size, such as a sheet of paper or a credit card, by the object.



Time, Sports Illustrated, Fortune magazines now free to subscribers via the iPad apps

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One of my main uses of my iPad is reading the news, and I love The Daily, the newspaper from Rupert Murdoch's News Corp that's just $0.99 per week. I'd actually prefer to read all of my magazines via the iPad.



David Pogue selects the best camera apps

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There are some 6,500 camera apps, and a recent column by David Pogue points you to the best. These apps, most of which are free or low cost, can transform the iPhone's mediocre camera into a useful tool. He covers apps that you simply use in place of the iPhone's Camera app and give you much better quality. For example, the many features of Camera+ ($1.99) include image stabilization.



mSpot streams current movies

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You have a number of choices when it comes to on-demand streaming movies, including apps from Netflix and Hulu. mSpot, however, distinguishes itself by offering movies that are more current than other services via their free Movies by mSpot app. Their titles become available on the same day as the DVD is released, which is four weeks before the movies are available on Netflix and a year before they're available on Hulu. If you want to try out the service, they offer a free movie that changes every two weeks. Their pay movies cost $3.99 or less.



White iPhone now available

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It's been a long wait, but the white iPhone is finally available for purchase either via Apple's website or at a store near you. I guess I'll be sticking with my black iPhone 4, but I went for white when I got my new iPad and much prefer it.



Apple posts Q&A on iPhone tracking issue

As I noted in two previous posts, it was recently revealed that there's a log file on your iPhone that records everyplace you go. It created a bit of a stir, even though it was evident that that information wasn't being transmitted to Apple or to any other entity. Members of Congress even questioned Apple about it. Apple today posted a Q&A that explains what this log file is, and says that in fact it's not tracking your location. Rather, it's maintaining a record of nearby Wi-Fi hotspots and cell phone towers, some of which can be as distant as 100 miles, in order to be able to quickly and accurately respond when an app requests location data.



PIM -- free app helps you find places to park

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Not much need for this here in rural Iowa. But if I lived in one of the hundreds of U.S., Canadian, and European cities covered by this app, I'd definitely give it a try. PIM (free) lets you find, reserve, and pay for a parking space via your iPhone. It has information on over 16,000 parking facilities, including rates, hours of operation, entry points, and facility type. It even helps you navigate to the facility.



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